VIP Panelists


Professor Tan Sri Dato’ Wira Dr. Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan Shahabudin (Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Member of Steering Committee, the Talloires Network)


Professor Tan Sri Dato’ Wira Dr. Sharifah Hapsah is exemplary in the development of medical and higher education in Malaysia. She is credited for the development of the quality assurance framework for all qualifications in Malaysia. As Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), she has developed a transformation plan for UKM, introduced the commercialisation of research products and initiated innovative programmes for human capital development. She has combined her social activist work as President of the National Council of Women’s Organisation (NCWO) to strengthen community engagement projects at UKM. She is a prolific writer and a columnist in the mainstream newspapers focusing on education, health and gender issues. She has received numerous international and national recognitions, including the Fred Kartz Memorial Medal and the COL-ICDE Award of Excellence.

YB. Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah (Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia)

Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah obtained his first degree from Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur in 1984. He went on to pursue a diploma in translation at the Malaysian Translation Society in 1985. In 1995, he successfully completed an Executive Course at the Harvard Business School in Boston, USA. His career in the education field began 1981 when he was a teacher and a counselor at Yayasan Anda Akademik. He went on to become the Senior Manager at the International Islamic University of Malaysia in Petaling Jaya and in 2008, he was the Director for Privasia Sdn. Bhd. . Dato’ Saifuddin also actively participates in community engagement activities. He was the secretary for the Barisan Bertindak Bosnia (Bosnian Action Front) and President for the Malaysian Youth Council.

 Associate Professor Dr. Nantana Gajaseni (Executive Director, ASEAN University Network)


Associate Prof. Dr. Nantana Gajaseni, Ph.D is currently the AUN Executive Director. She is also faculty member for the Biology Department, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. Her research interests are in natural resource management, environmental economics, and limnology. She has extensive research experience in ecosystem management, biodiversity valuation, and integrated watershed management. She published a book with the title of Limnological Handbook, 3rd edition in 2001.

Professor Janice Reid (Vice-Chair of the Talloires Network Steering Committee and Vice Chancellor of University of Western Sydney)


Professor Reid has been Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Western Sydney since 1998. She has served on the federal Higher Education Council, committees of the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Australian Vice-Chancellors’ Committee, the Executive of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA), the Federal Council for Australia-Latin America Relations (COALAR), the Board of Integral Energy, the Board of the Queensland Museum, the Trust and Council of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, the Greater Western Sydney Economic Development Board, the 2002 federal Higher Education Review Reference Group and as Chair of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare from 1995 to 2001. She is currently on the Boards of UniSuper and the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission; the Salvation Army Greater Western Sydney Advisory Board, and is a Trustee of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. From 2005-2008 she was the Vice-Chair and Australian representative on the Governing Board of the OECD’s program on Institutional Management in Higher Education (IMHE).

In 1994 Professor Reid chaired the national review of nursing education in Australia. Her own research has been in the fields of indigenous and refugee health and health care, occupational health and mental health. In January 1998 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to cross-cultural public health research and the development of health services for socioeconomically disadvantaged groups in the community. She holds a BSc (Adelaide), MA (Hawaii), MA (Stanford), and PhD (Stanford).

Dato’ Misran Karmain (Deputy Secretary General of ASEAN for the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC), the ASEAN Secretariat)

Dato’ Misran first received his higher education in University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where he attained his Bachelor of Arts. He went on to complete his Masters in Public Administration at Institut d’Aministration du Publique, Paris, France. Since then, he has gone on to hold key posts in the Malaysian Embassy in the countries of Cambodia, France, United States and Yemen. Most recently, he has also been the Senior Undersecretary for Political, Security and Disarmament Directorate for the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Married with two children, he has also been decorated with several royal awards, most recently, the Kesatria Mangku Negara (K.M.N).

Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Wan Mohd. Zahid (Member of the Council, Sime Darby Foundation)


Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Wan Mohd Zahid holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from University of Malaya, Masters from Stanford University and PhD from University of California, Berkeley. He underwent a course in business management under the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He started his career as a teacher, moving up to principal level and eventually held various positions in the Ministry of Education. His last post prior to retirement was as Director-General of Education. Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Wan Mohd Zahid is currently the Chairman of Universiti Teknologi MARA,  Management and Science University and FEC Cables (M) Sdn Bhd. He is also a Director of Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB), Amanah Saham Nasional Bhd, Yayasan Felcra Bhd, Perbadanan Usahawan Nasional Bhd, SP Setia Berhad, Yayasan Sime Darby and Amanah Mutual Berhad. He was formerly the Chairman of Berger International Ltd based in Singapore, and Deputy Chairman of International Bank Malaysia Berhad.

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