Building people of character and integrity, and instilling good values should be the foundation of how education is delivered. On this note, how do we support students to navigate and leverage the benefits of today’s digital world?
Dr Goh Chee Leong is the Group CEO of XCL Education Malaysia which owns and manages four leading K12 education brands, Sri KDU, REAL Kids, REAL Schools and Cambridge English for Life. He was the founding CEO for HELP Education Services, which established two international schools in Malaysia, and was the founding Dean of the Faculty of Behavioral Sciences at HELP University, Kuala Lumpur, which houses one of the largest Psychology programs in South East Asia.
Dr Goh has served as the project leader for eight UNICEF projects in Malaysia and as an external consultant and trainer with many companies including Shell, Standard Chartered Bank, and BASF. His areas of specialization include the application of psychology to change management, talent management, education and leadership. He holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Otago.
Dr. Yuhyun Park is a world-leading expert in digital skills and child online safety. She created the Digital Intelligence (DQ) concept and framework, which is the world’s first global standards and a common framework for digital literacy, skills, and readiness (IEEE 3527.1). It was endorsed by the IEEE Standards Association, OECD, and World Economic Forum in 2018.
Dr. Park also holds various international leadership positions relating to digital economy, skills, and safety. She is a leader in the EQUALS ITU Digital Skills Coalition, the chair of TikTok Safety Advisory Council AP, the International Lead for Digital Economy in the G20 Civil Society (2020), and she is an adjunct professor at Yonsei University and a board member at Future Consensus institute in South Korea.
She has received recognition as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, Ashoka Fellow, Eisenhower Fellow, and multiple UNESCO prizes among other international awards. Dr Park completed her PhD degree and post-doctoral studies in Biostatistics at Harvard University.
Petrina Satvinder co-founded Dignity for Children Foundation with her husband, Rev Elisha Satvinder in 1998. They had already been providing care to marginalised communities around Sentul, Kuala Lumpur but Petrina felt there was more to be done. She embarked on formal training herself and soon developed quality educational programmes that would specifically address what these children needed to realise their full potential. Petrina is passionate about transformative education and desires to see underprivileged children becoming agents of change to their families, their communities, and society.
She holds a Master of Arts in Holistic Child Development from the Malaysian Baptist Seminary and Master of Education with majors in Curriculum and Pedagogy from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. She also has been awarded an International Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy from Montessori Centre International, UK as well as a Lower and Upper Elementary Montessori Teaching Diploma from the North America Montessori Center, Canada.
Professor Colin Diamond is the Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Birmingham. His work focuses on increasing engagement between schools and the university and establishing an Education Leadership Academy.
Colin Diamond has over 40 years of educational leadership experience, starting as a humanities teacher in inner-London secondary schools and later working with students with additional needs as a trained teacher and child psychotherapist. He has held various roles since: as a local authority adviser for SEND, an associate head teacher in Hackney and Tower Hamlets, as an inspector with the UK's Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills, and as Director for Children and Learners and Head of Academies and Free Schools Education Adviser team with the Department of Education in UK.
In 2014, his work in the wake of the Trojan Horse crisis led to his appointment as Deputy Education Commissioner for Birmingham. In 2015, he was appointed as Executive Director of Education in Birmingham to deliver the Education Improvement Plan signed off by the Secretary of State. In 2016 he received a CBE medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Colin Diamond is driven by the power of education to transform the lives of working class children, desiring all to have the same opportunities that he had received from schools in Liverpool.
Ranjitsinh Disale is the 2020 Global Teacher Prize Winner who is known for transforming the lives of young girls at the Zilla Parishad Primary School in Maharashtra, India. He translated class textbooks' into his pupils mother tongue, and embedded them with unique QR codes to give students access to audio poems, video lectures, stories and assignments. This created a revolution in the use of QR coded textbooks throughout India. His school was the first in the state of Maharashtra to introduce them. In 2017, the State Ministry announced that they would introduce QR coded textbooks across the state for all grades 1-12.
Ranjitsinh also started Let's Cross The Borders - a project that connects young people from countries in conflict - India and Pakistan, Palestine and Israel, Iraq and Iran and USA and North Korea - over a six-week programme, where students are matched with a peace buddy from other countries to understand their similarities. So far, Ranjitsinh has initiated an incredible 19,000 students from eight countries into this programme. He is also the first Global Teacher Prize winner to voluntarily share half his prize money with his fellow Top 10 finalists so they can continue to work on the projects that are making a difference in education for their countries.
Lou is passionate about making a difference through education and champions equal access to technology to bridge the educational divide and bring about a positive wave of change in education. Through FrogAsia, she works to empower and equip schools, teachers, students and parents with the right tools and opportunities, made possible by the internet.
Lou graduated with a degree in Materials Science from Oxford University. She enjoys baking in her free time and co-founded Dilufe & Co, an annual Christmas baking project, to raise funds for charity. She is also a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Soon Seng joined the inaugural Teach For Malaysia Cohort as a Fellow in 2012. Prior to becoming CEO, he served as a staff member for over six years, overseeing the training, support and impact evaluation of the Teach For Malaysia Fellowship as Programme Director.
Soon Seng holds a degree in Management and Marketing (Murdoch University) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (Universiti Utara Malaysia). He envisions a holistic education system that not only develops students’ academics, but also their social, emotional, physical, spiritual, and leadership skills, in order to thrive in the 21st century.