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Professor Andy Hargreaves

Boston College, United States



Andy Hargreaves is the Thomas More Brennan Chair in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. Before that, he was the co-founder and co-Director of the International Centre for Educational Change at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Andy has authored or edited over 30 books, several of which have achieved outstanding writing awards from the American Educational Research Association, the American Libraries Association, and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. One of these, Professional Capital: Transforming Teaching in Every School (with Michael Fullan, 2012) has received three prizes including the $100,000 Grawemeyer Award in Education for 2015.

Andy serves as adviser in education to the Premier of Ontario, is founding editor of two scholarly journals, and is President Elect of the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Uppsala in Sweden. In January 2015, he was ranked the #6 scholar with most influence on US policy.

Andy consults with organizations and governments all over the world. His most recent book is Uplifting Leadership (with Alan Boyle and Alma Harris) published by Jossey Bass Business, 2014.


Professor Kathaleen Reid

Oral Roberts University, United States










Dr. Kathaleen Reid-Martinez has served as the provost and chief academic officer of Oral Roberts University (ORU) located in Tulsa, Oklahoma since January 2014. She has more than 25 years of higher education experience, including a strong background in academic administration, leadership, technology acquisition, and online education.  Some of her higher education accomplishments include transforming quality control of academic programs, spearheading rapid enrollment, and leading in the acquisition, application, and integration for the advancement of learning.

A highly sought after international leadership speaker and consultant, Dr. Reid-Martinez has lectured on four continents. She continues to focus her academic interests and research in the field of international leadership. Recent presentations have included global and regional leadership training initiatives for leaders in education, business, government, military, and the non-profit sectors in Europe and the Middle East.    

Dr. Reid-Martinez received her B.A. in English from the University of Maryland, European Division; a M.A. in Mass Communication from the University of Denver; and a Ph.D. in Speech Communication from the University of Denver.

Dr Yuhlong Oliver Su

National Chi Nan University, Taiwan


Professor Chen-Sheng Yang

National Chi Nan University, Taiwan

Dr. Yuhlong Oliver Su is the 6th President of Chi Nan University and the Professor of Applied Chemistry in NCNU's College of Science and Technology.  As President of NCNU, Su has broadened the University's international reach, and promoted collaboration across academic disciplines and administrative units as he guided the University through a period of significant financial challenges.

Raised in Tai Dong, Su went on to attend Tai Dong Senior High School. He received his bachelor's degree from National Taiwan University in 1976, his master's degree from National Normal University in 1980 and his doctoral degree in 1985 from Princeton University, all in Chemistry. Previously, Su served as the Vice President of National Chung-Hsing University (NCHU), the Dean of Academic Affairs both in NCHU and NCNU as well as the Dean of General Affairs both in NCHU and NCNU.


Professor Chen-Sheng Yang is currently the Dean, College of Education, National Chi-Nan University. He is also the Editor-in-chief of the Educational Policy Forum, TSSCI. Moreover, he is the Chair of the Association of Taiwan’s Educational Policy and Evaluation. 

Professor Yang graduated from the National Taiwan Normal University with a Masters’ degree in 1991.  He then received a government scholarship to study abroad and received his Doctoral degree from the University of Northern Colorado, U.S.A, in 1996. In 2003, he was Chair of the Department of Educational Policy and Administration, NCNU. At the same time, he served as the Director of the Principals’ Training Center at the Department of Educational Policy and Administration. In addition, he was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Northern Colorado in 2006. Besides that, he was the Director of the General Education Center in NCNU in 2008. In 1991, he was the Specialist in the Ministry of Education in Taiwan. Professor Yang’s research areas include principalship, leadership, educational administration, organizational change and development, and higher education.

Dr John A. DeFlaminis

University of Pennsylvania, United States


John A. DeFlaminis is the Executive Director of the Penn Center for Educational Leadership (PCEL) which is the outreach, technical assistance, training and development center for the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education.  Before coming to Penn in 2004, Dr. DeFlaminis served as the Superintendent of the Radnor Township School District for 5 terms and a total of 17 years. Prior to that time, he was assistant executive director in two intermediate service agencies in Pennsylvania, and held a faculty position at the University of Louisville. Throughout his career, his teaching has ranged from elementary to university teaching. He has also consulted with numerous organizations and has conducted hundreds of workshops and keynote speeches in many areas, especially key organizational processes such as leadership and motivation.   

In addition to leading the PCEL, John has developed and directed the Distributed Leadership (DL) Program at Penn which is based on the theory of Distributed Leadership developed by James Spillane.  The Distributed Leadership Program at the Penn Center for Educational Leadership represents one of the most robust and long-standing operationalizations of DL theory to date. This program has successfully been implemented in two school districts in the same urban context-one public in sixteen schools; one parochial district in nineteen schools; and a third rural in eight schools, over the past decade. The program has not only been a significant lever for school change, but also the site of substantial empirical research since the original Annenberg funded project featured a mixed method cluster randomized control trial. As such, the DL Program provided a unique opportunity to observe and learn from the translation of DL theory into school-based leadership practice(s).

John will draw on his 40+ years of experience in the field and the university working with school and district leaders to leverage a unique perspective and understanding of Distributed Leadership in his key note and daylong session. He will draw on his recent book, “Distributed Leadership in Schools: A Practical Guide for Learning and Improvement” (Routledge, 2016), as well as recently published articles authored with Alma Harris, and international leadership programs across the United States and with Singapore, China, Kazakhstan, and Chile to bring intellectual insights to this work.

Mr Ong Chong Tee

Monetary Authority of Singapore, SIngapore


Mr Ong Chong Tee was appointed MAS’ Deputy Managing Director overseeing Financial Supervision from September 2013. He is responsiblefor the integrated supervision of the banking, insurance and securities industries. Prior to this, Mr Ong was Deputy Managing Director overseeing the central banking functions of monetary policy, markets and investments, as well as the development functions.

The Financial Supervision cluster comprises:

(a) Banking & Insurance Group that oversees the Banking and Insurance supervision departments, as well as the Anti-Money Laundering Department;

(b) Capital Markets Group that oversees the supervisory functions of the Capital Markets licensees, Markets Policy and Infrastructure, Corporate Finance and Consumer departments. This Group also includes MAS’ Enforcement Department;

(c) Policy, Risk & Surveillance Group that oversees the Macroeconomic Surveillance, Prudential Policy and Specialist Risk departments, including cyber-security and market risks.

Mr Ong joined MAS 30 years ago. He was Representative of MAS New York Office from 1991 – 1994.


Dr Sue McNamara

Six Seconds, Asia Pacific



Sue is the Regional Network Director of Six Seconds, Asia Pacific, a global community practicing and sharing learnable, measurable, scientific skills for a world of insight, connection and purpose. Sue is passionate about supporting individuals, teams and organizations to grow and to flourish.

Sue has over 25 years of experience in the field of leadership and training and over 20 years in the field of education. She supports organizations to create climates where people thrive and contribute with passion, purpose and high performance and Educational organizations, where students are encouraged and supported to flourish and mature as human beings who will positively contribute to their own lives, their families, their workplaces and to society as a whole.

Sue works with leaders, educators and change makers in business, education and community organizations to integrate emotional intelligence into their programs with the objective of creating positive growth. She advocates an evidence-based approach blending the neuroscience of change and learning, strong data with practical processes to improve learning and the application of EQ Skills. Her work in education focuses on school/polytechnic/university-wide implementation of emotional intelligence; from measuring and developing student EQ, to supporting leaders, teachers, counsellors and caregivers to create a positive climate for learning and well-being. Projects range from introductory programs to raise awareness through to whole-school/faculty implementations to create optimal climates.

Likewise, in corporate and government, Sue supports change makers in many forms, from introducing EQ as a performance driver, to integrating emotional intelligence into strategic planning, customized program development and train-the-trainer processes to build capacity.

Sue holds a Ph.D in Education, with her doctoral research investigating the relationship between teacher/student and parent/child emotionally intelligent behaviors. Sue is one of a small number of Advanced Practitioners of emotional intelligence in the world and a Master Trainer of the Six Seconds Certification programs. She is a certified EQ Coach and utilizes powerful assessment tools including the Six Seconds Emotional intelligence Assessment, Brain Profiles and Vital Signs to assist individuals to develop core competencies to unlock their full potential both professionally and personally. Sue also holds qualifications in early childhood education, tertiary education, advanced child protection, neuro-linguistic programing, coaching EQ and business and finance.

In addition, Sue is also an Adjunct Associate Professor with the Institute for Engineering Leaders at the National University of Singapore and an Advisor to the Centre for Future Ready Graduates at the National University of Singapore.

Professor Jeffrey S. Brooks

Monash University, Australia



Jeffrey S. Brooks is Professor of Educational Leadership in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies at the University of Missouri. Jeff is a J. William Fulbright Senior Scholar alumnus who has conducted studies in the United States, Thailand, Australia and the Philippines. His research focuses broadly on educational leadership, and he examines the way leaders influence (and are influenced by) dynamics such as racism, globalization, social justice, student learningand school reform.

Dr. Brooks is a widely-published academic author who has written two full-length books based on his research: The Dark Side of School Reform: Teaching in the Space between Reality and Utopia and Black School, White School: Racism and Educational (Mis)leadership. He is also co-editor of nine edited volumes, including What Every Principal Needs to Know to Create Equitable and Excellent Schools (with George Theoharis) andUrban Educational Leadership for Social Justice: International Perspectives(with Melanie C. Brooks) Dr. Brooks has written articles in leading educational research journals, including Teachers College Record, Educational Administration Quarterly, Urban Education, Journal of Educational Administration andInternational Journal of Educational Management. He is Series Editor for the Educational Leadership for Social Justice book series and co-editor (with Jane Wilkinson) of the Journal of Educational Administration & History.

Jeff has provided service, leadership, outreach and consultation to several educational organizations around the world, including the Victorian Department of Education & Training in Australia, Leon County Schools (Florida), the Minority Student Achievement Network (USA), University of Minnesota Urban Leaders Network, Capitol University (Philippines), Leyte Normal University (Philippines), Bukidnon State University (Philippines), University of Southeastern Philippines, University of Prishtina (Kosovo), East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS), University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), American Educational Research Association Leadership for Social Justice Special Interest Group, American Educational Research Association Division A: Administration, Organizations and Leadership, and the American Educational Research Association Politics of Education Association Special Interest Group.