Annual Accreditation Conference: Asia Pacific

26–28 May 2019 | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Plenary Speakers

Plenary I: The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Forces Affecting Education Delivery

Noor_Azizi_IsmailNoor Azizi Ismail, Vice Chancellor of Universiti Malaysia Kelantan

Dr Noor Azizi Ismail is currently the Vice Chancellor of Universiti Malaysia Kelantan. Prior to the recent appointment, he served as Deputy Director General of Higher Education, Ministry of Education Malaysia, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) and Dean of Graduate School of Business at Universiti Utara Malaysia. He earned his PhD in Accounting Information Systems from Loughborough University. He had published 6 books and more than 50 academic papers in leading journals. Professionally, he is a Certified Management Accountant and a Certified Trainer for Business Intelligence. In 2018, he received ‘Movers & Shakers’ from The Asia HRD Awards.


Nigel_De_BussyNigel de Bussy, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Curtin University, Curtin Business School

Nigel holds a PhD from Curtin University and an MA from The Queen’s College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of both the Public Relations Institute of Australia and the Australian Marketing Institute, and a Certified Practising Marketer. Nigel joined CBS as a lecturer in public relations in 1994 and was Head of the School of Marketing from 2012 – 2017. Before joining Curtin, Nigel spent more than a decade as a public relations professional in the UK and Australia. His research has been published in a number of leading journals in the fields of public relations, communication management and marketing communications.


Jikyeong Kang, Asian Institute of ManagementJikyeong Kang, President, Dean and MVP Professor, Marketing, Asian Institute of Management

Jikyeong Kang was named dean and president of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) after joining the institution only nine months prior.  Previously, Jikyeong was Director of the DBA Program at Manchester Business School, UK (2010 to 2014). At MBS, she also served as Director of the Postgraduate Centre in charge of MBS’ MBA Programs from 2001 to 2007, where she was instrumental in propelling the full-time MBA Program’s Financial Times ranking from 47th in the world in 2002 to 22nd in 2007. Jikyeong has also taught around the world as a Visiting Professor, including IE, RSM, ESSEC, HEC, and CEIBS. Jikyeong serves on the AAACSB International Board of Directors, is a member of multiple AACSB affinity groups and committees and co-presented at ICAM 2016 on “Building a More Collaborative B-School.” She earned her bachelor's degree from Hanyang University in Seoul, her master's degree from Colorado State University, and her PhD from the University of Minnesota.


Plenary II: A New Era: Supporting Faculty and Students

Kenji_YokoyamaKenji Yokoyama, Vice-President, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, College of International Management & Graduate School of Management

Professor Kenji Yokoyama, Ph.D. is Vice-President and Executive Dean, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) and former dean of APU School of Management. He started working for APU in the year 2000. His career as an educator commenced in 1983 after spending 3 years as a journalist. He is a board member of 3 academies, an executive council member of AAPBS (Association of Asia Pacific Business Schools) and a member of JUAA’s (Japanese Universities Accreditation Association) Business School Division. His research interests include institutional studies of export/import transactions. He published 10 books and 53 academic papers as of 2016, with a few of which he was awarded academic prizes.


Pereira_ArunArun Pereira, Professor, Asia School of Business

Arun Pereira, PhD is MIT-Sloan International Faculty Fellow and Professor of Practice at MIT’s Asia School of Business in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Previously he was External Faculty at McKinsey & Co, as well as Clinical Faculty at the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad, India and Executive Director of ISB’s Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Case Development. He is also Emeritus Faculty, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, where he spent 18 years in various faculty positions. Further, he is AACSB’s Global Facilitator for Assurance of Learning since 2012, and teaches in the International Teachers Programme (at London Business School in 2019 and 2020; and previously in IAE-Aix Marseille, France in 2017 and 2018, and in CEIBS, Shanghai and Beijing in 2015 and 2016). Professor Pereira has over 30 years teaching and consulting experience in the US, Europe, and Asia. He has won multiple teaching awards in Executive MBA, and MBA programs including being voted the Outstanding Professor (twice) by executives of the Executive MBA program at the Boeing Institute of International Business, St. Louis University, USA and voted ISB’s Professor of the Year (twice) by the MBA students at ISB, India. His research in the area of marketing has appeared in various journals including Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, International Journal of Management Science (OMEGA), International Journal of Research in Marketing, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Product and Brand Management, Psychology and Marketing, Journal of Retailing, Industrial Marketing Management, and Journal of Business Ethics; his research in teaching and learning has appeared in various journals including the Learning Organization and International Journal of Training and Development. His books include Papal Reich (Author House, 2002), and The Culturally Customized Web Site (Elsevier, 2005).

Stephen_BoyleStephen Boyle, Dean (Academic), University of South Australia

Professor Stephen Boyle is Dean: Academic at the University of South Australia Business School. As Dean: Academic, Professor Stephen Boyle provides leadership in the area of teaching and learning to ensure a culture of scholarship and excellence in teaching within the Business School. He is also responsible for maintaining the University’s equity provisions within the School. He supervises all program directors and the student experience team, and oversees internship and international programs within the School, to support its teaching and learning initiatives and equity targets. Professor Stephen Boyle trained originally as a musician completing an Honours degree in Music Performance at the University of Adelaide and worked with many national and international artists during his career. He undertook his MBA at UniSA and then completed his PhD in cultural economics at Macquarie University. He studied with cultural economist, Professor David Throsby examining the economics of symphony orchestras in Australia. Professor Stephen Boyle won best paper in the Economic Papers journal in 2012 for his work on productivity analysis of symphony orchestras. Prior to his role as Dean: Academic, he was the inaugural Academic Director of UniSA College which he established to provide pathways for non-traditional students to successfully enter university. He was also instrumental in establishing the James Morrison Academy of Music @ UniSA and is a board member of the Academy. Professor Stephen Boyle's teaching and research interests are in cultural policy, arts management and the creative economy. He recently chaired the 41st International Conference on Social Theory, Politics and the Arts and is an Executive Editor of the Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society. He is an Adjunct Researcher at the Culture and Leisure Industry Research Centre at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing, China. He is also a Visiting Professor at UIBE where he teaches classes in the Creative Industries in the Asia Pacific Region.