Speakers

Speakers at The 6th Asian Conference on Education & International Development (ACEID2020) will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. This page provides information about presenters. For details of featured presentations, the conference schedule and other programming, please visit the Programme page.


  • Brian Aycock
    Brian Aycock
    IAFOR, Japan
  • Ryoma Kayano
    Ryoma Kayano
    WHO Centre for Health Development (WHO Kobe Centre)
  • Moneeba Mahmood
    Moneeba Mahmood
    Columbia University, USA
  • Cynthia Northington Purdie
    Cynthia Northington Purdie
    William Paterson University, USA
  • Yvonne Masters
    Yvonne Masters
    Independent Researcher, Australia
  • Sarajean Rossitto
    Sarajean Rossitto
    Temple University, Japan
  • Lowell Sheppard
    Lowell Sheppard
    HOPE International Development Agency Japan
  • Raz Shpeizer
    Raz Shpeizer
    Kaye Academic College of Education, Israel
  • Dexter Da Silva
    Dexter Da Silva
    Keisen University, Japan

Previous Speakers

View details of speakers at past ACEID conferences via the links below.

Brian Aycock
IAFOR, Japan

Biography

Brian served in the US military during multiple overseas operations, then joined the Peace Corps to work on economic development in sub-Saharan Africa. Brian also managed the refugee employment department of a resettlement agency, assisting refugees as they arrive in the United States. He has published articles on economic development and underdevelopment, as well as refugee law in Japan, and most recently presented on issues of human security at the International Conference on Peace and Conflict, hosted by the University of Delhi (India).

His undergraduate work was completed in the United States before beginning postgraduate studies in economics at the University of Glasgow. In 2017, Brian went back to school to study refugee law, earning his MA (Distinction) in Refugee Protection from the University of London. Brian is currently pursuing his doctorate at the International Christian University (ICU) in Japan, and serving as an adjunct lecturer at Keisen University and Oberlin University. His current research interests are in international law, particularly refugee and human rights law, and he is conducting research into legal protections for persons displaced by climate change.

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Ryoma Kayano
WHO Centre for Health Development (WHO Kobe Centre)

Biography

Dr Kayano joined WHO in 2015, having previously worked at Nagasaki University School of Medicine as Assistant Professor in charge of research promotion and international collaboration. He currently works as a focal point of health emergency and disaster risk management (Health-EDRM) and is responsible for the liaison for Japan local and national government. As the responsible officer for Health-EDRM research at WHO Kobe Centre (WKC), he coordinates the work of the secretariat of the WHO Thematic Platform for Health-EDRM Research Network, which facilitates global research collaboration for scientific evidence improvement. Based on his background in psychiatry, he also coordinates WKC’s research activities on mental health and dementia. After graduating from medical school, he served vulnerable populations through his early career as a general practitioner in a rural area and as a psychiatrist in training for people severely disabled.

Moneeba Mahmood
Columbia University, USA

Biography

Moneeba Mahmood is a first year PhD student at The Institute of Development Studies in the UK. Moneeba has previously worked exclusively in the development sector mainly on education, peace and conflict and women’s rights with a focus in South Asia, and youth employment and healthcare in the UK. She has worked and lived in Japan, Pakistan, Rwanda and Uganda. She is currently working as a visiting scholar at Columbia University in New York City on her PhD research focused on labour force participation for female medical doctors in urban Pakistan and how education translates into labour.

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Cynthia Northington Purdie
William Paterson University, USA

Biography

Cynthia Northington Purdie is a psychologist and associate professor at William Paterson University of New Jersey. Her research interests are reflected in her publications as they surround current issues in educational psychology with a particular emphasis on classroom management philosophies. She is the author of three books on behavior management for teachers, paraprofessionals and school transportation personnel. She regularly presents her research internationally and serves as the International Chair of the Ireland International Conference on Education (IICE). She also serves on the Scientific Committee of the International Conference on Education and New Developments (END) and on the steering committee of the World Conference on Education (WCE). Before joining the university faculty, she enjoyed a long career as a teacher of both regular and special education in The United States public, secondary schools.

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Yvonne Masters
Independent Researcher, Australia

Biography

Yvonne Masters is an independent researcher in Australia. She has been involved with IAFOR for several years as a member of The Asian Conference for Education Organising Committee, as co-facilitator of The Asian Undergraduate Research Symposium, and as a member of the International Academic Advisory Board. Yvonne is the current Editor-in-Chief of the IAFOR Journal of Education, a Scopus indexed, open access journal on education.

Yvonne was a teacher and teacher educator for over 40 years and is still passionate about education. She was a senior lecturer in Professional Classroom Practice in the School of Education, University of New England, Australia, a position that she accepted after five years as Director of Professional Experience in the same School. Prior to taking up her position at UNE, she had 30 years’ experience in secondary schools including in the roles of Curriculum Coordinator, Deputy Principal and Principal. Her teaching experience spans three Australian states. Her research interests centre on undergraduate research, academic publication, teacher education and policy, professional experience, teacher identity, online learning and virtual worlds. Yvonne was awarded her PhD, focused on school principalship, from Deakin University.

She is an active researcher and gained, in collaboration with other researchers, 4 Internal UNE School of Education Research grants; was a partner in a $200,000 ALTC (OLT) grant, VirtualPREX: Innovative assessment using a 3D virtual world with pre-service teachers; in 2014 achieved a UNE Seed Grant for a one year project to explore teacher quality; and in 2015 gained a $50,000 OLT seed grant to develop resources to assist pre-service teachers to gain online teaching skills to assist them in teaching wholly online into virtual schools.

Yvonne serves as a reviewer for several education journals and is a senior reviewer for IAFOR conferences. She presents on a variety of education topics including publishing as an academic, teacher education policy, undergraduate research, and online teaching at a range of conferences, both Australian and international.

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Sarajean Rossitto
Temple University, Japan

Biography

Except for brief stints in the theatre and fashion industries, Sarajean has worked with nonprofit NGOs in Japan and the United States her entire career. She develops projects and training programmes aimed at developing skills, knowledge and effective partnerships between organisations and across borders. Sarajean has coordinated programs targeting experts in community health, humanitarian response, persons with disabilities, and HIV/AIDS. She has assisted corporations develop community engagement, CSR and philanthropy programs. At Temple University, Tsuda International Training Center, Japan Campus, Meiji Gakuin and Sophia Universities she has taught courses on Japanese civil society, NGOs in a cross cultural context, NGO management, the SDGs, Gender perspectives on the SDGs and Understanding Current Issues through Theater for people from a wide array of backgrounds. Sarajean has served as the Tokyo representative for international organisations such as the San Francisco-based Give2Asia Foundation for whom she worked with close to 50 organisations through managing their Tohoku Recovery Fund 2011-2014.

Sarajean has served on the Board of Directors and Councilors for a number of organisations including FEW, For Empowering Women Japan, Mirai no Mori, the Asian Rural Institute, and A Place to Grow and helped found the Japan Alliance of Conflict Mediators.

Before 2005, when she began working as an independent consultant, Sarajean spent four years coordinating the bilateral exchange of nonprofit professionals between the United States and Japan for Japan-US Community Education & Exchange (JUCEE). She worked for six years with the Tokyo YMCA before completing her graduate studies in human rights in East Asia at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. She also holds certificates in Disaster Management (UNU Tokyo), Humanitarian Response (Harvard online program) and Conflict Mediation (Hitotsubashi University / NY Peace Institute).

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Lowell Sheppard
HOPE International Development Agency Japan

Biography

Lowell Sheppard is an author, speaker, a social entrepreneur, a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, husband, father, a long-distance cyclist, and wanna-be Sailor.

Lowell has spent his entire adult life working with established Non-Government Organizations (also known as non-profit societies) and in several NGO start-ups. As Founder of HOPE International Development Agency Japan and Asia Pacific twenty years ago, Lowell has seen the growth of HOPE to be in the top 2 % of charitable organizations in Japan with the coveted “nentai” certified tax-deductible status.

Lowell has served for the last twenty years as an informal advisor to companies and boards in the area of ethical decision making and thought leadership with a focus on community legacy.

He has dedicated much of his life to social and environmental improvement projects.

Today, Lowell is often asked to speak on Ethics and Philosophy, Social Enterprise, CSR, Sustainability, and subjects related to his various books.

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Raz Shpeizer
Kaye Academic College of Education, Israel

Biography

Dr Raz Shpeizer is currently a lecturer and pedagogical instructor at Kaye Academic College of Education, in Beer-Sheva, Israel. Born in Tel-Aviv, he graduated with a BA in Art and Philosophy and an MA in Philosophy from Tel-Aviv University. He then moved to Beer-Sheva, in the south of Israel, to gain his PhD in Philosophy from Ben-Gurion University. He was appointed a lecturer at Kaye Academic College of Education in 2011, and since then has taught both undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as conducting research. His fields of interest encompass general Philosophy, Philosophy of education, critical thinking, project-based learning, multiculturalism and qualitative methods of research.

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Dexter Da Silva
Keisen University, Japan

Biography

Dr Dexter Da Silva is currently Professor of Educational Psychology at Keisen University in Tokyo. He has taught EFL at junior high school, language schools, and universities in Sydney, Australia, and for more than two decades has been living, and teaching at the tertiary level, in Japan. Professor Da Silva was educated at the University of Sydney (BA, Dip. Ed., MA), and the University of Western Sydney (PhD). He has presented and co-presented at conferences in Asia, Australia, Europe and the United States, co-edited two books on Motivation in Foreign Language Learning, and written or co-written articles and book chapters on education-related topics, such as trust, student motivation, autonomy, and content-based language teaching. He is a past editor of On CUE Journal, past president of the Asian Psychological Association, regular reviewer for conferences, proceedings, journal articles and book chapters, and regularly co-chairs and participates in the Organising Committee of conferences on Motivation, Language Learning and Teaching, and Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences.

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