Asia Pacific Annual Conference

17-19 November, 2021 | Join us Virtually!

Keynote Speakers

Keynote I:  Lessons Learned and Moving Forward in Global Uncertainty

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

Jikyeong Kang is President and Dean of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), and holds the MVP Chair in Marketing. Prior to assuming her post at AIM, Jikyeong was Director of the DBA Program at Manchester Business School (MBS) from 2010 to 2014. At MBS, she also served as Director of the Postgraduate Centre in charge of their 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, the highest ranking it has ever achieved. Whilst she was in charge of the MBA Programs, MBS became one of the first schools in the world to earn triple accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA. Jikyeong has also taught at top business schools around the world as a Visiting Professor, including IE in Madrid; the Rotterdam School of Management in Rotterdam; ESSEC in Paris; HEC in Montreal; CEIBS in Shanghai; and Sogang Graduate School of Business in Seoul. Jikyeong currently serves on the International Board of AACSB, the world’s largest business education alliance, and on the Board of EFMD, an international 900-member organization of business schools and corporations. She is also an Independent Director of Security Bank, one of the Philippines' leading universal banks serving retail, commercial, corporate and institutional clients, and of Kesoram Industries, which is part of the B K Birla Group of Companies in India. In 2017, Jikyeong received The Asia HRD Award for Contribution to Organization. This award is bestowed upon individuals who have built their success on innovative systems, processes, and practices which have impacted overall employee development and productivity with accompanying effect on the bottom line.  In 2018, Jikyeong received the Brand Laureate Best Brands’ International Brand Personality Award. Jikyeong earned her PhD from the University of Minnesota, her master’s degree from Colorado State University, and a bachelor’s degree from Hanyang University.

Martin_LockettMartin Lockett, Dean, Nottingham University Business School China

Over 40 years’ experience in China - research has included Chinese management and culture, economic reform and development, international trade and investment, and innovation.  He has worked on consulting and executive education in mainland China, Hong Kong/ Macau, Malaysia and Singapore.


Simon_WilkieSimon Wilkie, Dean, Monash Business School

Professor Simon Wilkie’s career spans a remarkable array of roles that extend beyond the higher education sphere and include appointments as Chief Economic Policy Strategist at Microsoft Corporation and Chief Economist with the US Federal Communications Commission. In 2019, Professor Wilkie joined Monash Business School from the University of Southern California (USC), where he was Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics and Professor of Economics, Communication and Law in the USC Gould School of Law. He was previously head of USC’s Department of Economics and the USC Center for Communication Law and Policy. Prof Wilkie has a PhD and MA in Economics from the University of Rochester, and a BComm (Hons) with first-class honours in Economics from the University of New South Wales. His research has particularly focused on game theory, its application to business strategy, economic and regulatory policy design, and the economics of the communications industries.

Keynote II: Collaborative Industry and University Partnerships

Gael_McDonaldGael McDonald, Education Strategist & Former President, RMIT International University Vietnam

Professor Gael McDonald has a Bachelor of Business (BBS) from Massey University, New Zealand, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Western Australia, and her Doctorate (Ph.D.) was obtained from The London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom. Professor McDonald has 25 years’ experience as a senior executive in the Higher Education sector. She has worked in the roles of Dean of Business, Vice President International, Vice President Research, at Unitec in Auckland, New Zealand; Pro Vice Chancellor of Business and Law at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia and prior to her recent retirement President and General Director of RMIT Vietnam in Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam. She is the author of Business Ethics: A Contemporary Approach (Cambridge University Press), co-author of Postgraduate Business Research: Surviving and Thriving, second edition (Springer) and Organizing an Academic Conference: Guidelines for Scholarly and Academic Success (Tilde Press). She has also published widely in academic and professional journals, and consulted in the private sector. Professor McDonald was a member of the Australian Embassy, Australia in Vietnam Advisory Committee, and a member of the External Review Group (ERF) for the Review of the Impact of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) Act on Higher Education in Australia. She is a past President of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) and Secretary of the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC). She has on three occasions been a member of the National New Zealand Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF) Panel in Business and Economics and has been a Council member of the University of Samoa. She is a Life Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM).