Asia Pacific Annual Conference

21-23 October 2019 | Seoul, South Korea

Plenary Speakers

Plenary I:  Digital Revolutions and Consequential Effects for Asia Pacific Business Schools

Hilary O'Connor, Vice President, Asia Pacific, Soul Machines

Hilary is a keen technology advocate and evangelist with a passion for innovation, and twenty three years’ experience in the IT industry. She joined Soul Machines, where she looks after the development of their Asia Pacific market, at the end of last year from Google where she worked for 4.5 years within their Cloud technologies business as Customer Engineering Lead, prior to that she spent 8.5 years at Microsoft, predominantly as Lead Technology Strategist. She has previously held consulting and, earlier on in her career, development roles, with companies such as Cap Gemini, Deloitte and Datacom.


Plenary II:  What Makes Asia-Pacific Schools Distinct?

Jean_Jinghan_ChenJean Chen, Dean of Faculty of Business Administration, University of Macau

Prior to joining the University of Macau, Professor Chen was the founding Head of Southampton Business School and Chair Professor in Accounting and Finance at the University of Southampton, UK. Professor Chen also worked as the Associate Dean of Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, the Vice President and Chief Executive of Surrey International Institute, and a Chair Professor in Financial Management at the University of Surrey for 16 years and has worked in the UK Higher Education Sector for almost 30 years. Professor Chen was elected by the UK Business Schools and held two senior roles as a Council Member and the Chair of Council's International Committee in the UK Royal Chartered Association of Business Schools (ABS) during 2014 and 2015. She was also elected by the China Management Academic in November 2015 to serve as an Executive Director of the China Academy of Management since then.


Che_Ruhana_IsaChe Ruhana Isa, Dean at the Faculty of Business and Accountancy, University of Malaya

Che Ruhana is currently the dean at the Faculty of Business and Accountancy, University of Malaya, the position she holds since 2014. She has vast administrative experience since she joined University of Malaya in 1990. Prior to her appointment as the dean, she served in various positions including deputy dean academic, head of Accounting department and program coordinator. Her research interests are in the area of management accounting, accounting change and public sector accounting.