Plenary I: Digital Revolutions and Consequential Effects for Asia Pacific Business Schools
Greg Cross, Chief Business Officer, Soul Machines
Greg is one of the original tech nomad’s, who has spent his career travelling to and living in every major tech market in the world. He now lives in New Zealand but creates businesses that compete on the international stage. Most recently PowerbyProxi a wireless charging company he co-founded was sold in 2017. In 2016 Greg teamed up with Dr Mark Sagar to create Soul Machines to build a HumanOS for Artificial Intelligence and explore the future of human machine cooperation. They are at the cutting edge of AI research where their unique Digital Brain inspired by neuroscience and developmental psychology is leading the way in what comes after deep learning as we move towards Artificial General Intelligence. With global corporations like AutoDesk, Mercedes Benz, Royal Bank of Scotland, and P&G as customers Soul Machines is re-imagining what is possible in the delivery and underlying economics of highly personalized customer experiences and specialized knowledge. Greg is the Sir John Logan Campbell Executive in Residence at the University of Auckland Business School.
Plenary II: What Makes Asia-Pacific Schools Distinct?
Jean 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 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.