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ICET2013 Conference Organising Committee is pleased to announce the following keynote speakers who are leading international experts on the education.


Assoc. Prof. Chailerd Pichitpornchai, M.D., Ph.D.
the President of Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University

Assoc. Prof. Chailerd Pichitpornchai,M.D., Ph.D. is the current President of Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University (STOU), a position he has held since February 2013. Prior to this, Dr. Chailerd spent many years as an instructor and administrator in Mahidol’s Faculty of Medicine at Siriraj Hospital for many years. From 2008-2011, he was the Vice President for Planning and Information Technology at Mahidol University, and in 2009, he also assumed responsibilities as the Director of the Division of Information Technology.

For STOU, he was an advisor on information technology issues, served on many administrative committees and subcommittees, and led evaluators in internal quality assurance inspection for the Office of the Higher Education Commission.

Now approximately six months into his term as STOU President, Dr. Chailerd is leading the university in an effort to become an ICT-driven institution that capitalizes on the potential of its human resources by using ICT and language as key tools in developing operations that meet present and future challenges.


Dr. Chailerd will address the main conference theme in a keynote on the aspect of "Learning Styles and Brain-Based Learning".

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Dr. Surin Pitsuwan
Former Secretary General of ASEAN

Dr. Surin Pitsuwan has been involved in the public sphere for roughly three decades. In 1983, he was selected for the American Political Science Association’s Congressional Fellowship Program, when he interned in the Congressional Office of US Representative Geraldine A. Ferraro (D-New York). He returned to Thailand in 1984 to his teaching position at Thammasat University and ran for a Parliamentary seat from Nakorn Sri Thammarat, his home province. Starting in 1986, Dr. Surin won a total of eight terms in Parliament. As an MP, he was appointed Secretary to the Speaker of the House of Representatives (Chuan Leekpai), Secretary to the Deputy Minister of Interior, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs (1992-1995), and Minister of Foreign Affairs (1997-2001). He served as Chair of the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting and the Chair of the ASEAN Regional Forum in 1999-2000. 

In this capacity, he led efforts in September 1999 to get Southeast Asian governments to restore law and order in the region; that joint undertaking, with the support of the United Nations and the international community, helped bring about peace and security in East Timor.

He also served as an advisor to the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty from 1999-2001.  Upon leaving the foreign affairs portfolio in mid-2001, Dr. Surin was appointed to the United Nations Commission on Human Security, until 2003. In 2002, while still a member of the UN Commission, he concurrently served on the ILO’s World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization until 2004.  He is currently on the Advisory Board of the UN Human Security Trust Fund, the Advisory Board of the International Crisis Group (ICG), a member of the International Advisory Board of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, an International Academic Advisor of the Centre for Islamic Studies at Oxford University, and an advisor to the Leaders Project, a conference arm of the Cohen Group of former US Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, in Washington, D.C. From 2002 to 2004, Dr. Surin was also a member of the “Wise Men Group” under the auspices of the Henri Dunant Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HDC) in Geneva, advising the peace negotiations between the Acehnese Independence Movement (GAM) and the Government of the Republic of Indonesia. He served as a member of the Islamic Development Bank’s 1440 A.H. (2020) Vision Commission under the leadership of Tun Dr. Muhammad Mahathir, former Prime Minister of Malaysia, in June 2005.


Dr. Surin was a Deputy Leader of the Democrat Party, Thailand.  He also served on the National Reconciliation Commission (NRC), charged with bringing peace and security back to Thailand’s deep South.  He was appointed to the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) before assuming his post as the Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) from 1 January 2008 until 31 December 2012. During that period he was tasked with implementing the ASEAN Charter and preparing the region to enter into the ASEAN Community in 2015.


One of his most recognized accomplishments was to lead the ASEAN Member States and the United Nations and other international institutions such as the World Bank, ADB and various other International NGOs to enter and aid Myanmar after the catastrophe of Cyclone Nargis in May 2008, remaining until operations were successfully completed in December 2010. Dr. Surin has been conferred 13 honorary doctorate degrees, including ones from the National University of Malaya (UKM), University Purta Malaysia (UPM) and Bristol University (UK). After his term as Secretary General of ASEAN, Dr. Surin has been appointed Professor Emeritus at Thammasat University and also an Honorary Advisor and Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the King Prajadhipok Institute, established by the Thai Parliament. He is now involved in promoting education among the younger generation of the Muslims in Thailand.

Dr. Surin will address the main conference theme in a keynote on the aspect of "The Influence of the ASEAN Community on Global Education".



Dr. Allan Luke
Research Professor, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Allan Luke is Research Professor at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, where he teaches literacy education, sociology and policy. He has published 15 books and over 200 articles and chapters in the fields of education, sociology, linguistics, cultural studies. His work has appeared in most major education journals including: Canadian Journal of Education, Harvard Educational Review, Teachers College Record, Reading Research Quarterly, Educational Theory, Curriculum Inquiry, Linguistics and Education, Journal of Pragmatics, Cultural Politics and Australian Educational Researcher.

Over the last two decades he has been senior editor of: Pedagogies (Routledge), Teaching Education (Routledge), Review of Research in Education (AERA), Discourse (Routledge) and the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (International Reading Association).  Luke is a dual Australian/Canadian citizen. He grew up in the Chinese-American community in Los Angeles in the 1950s, studied at UC Santa Barbara before migrating to Canada in 1973. He taught elementary and secondary school in the Fraser Valley, the North Okanagan and Burnaby before finishing his graduate studies at Simon Fraser. In 1984 he moved to North Queensland to teach at James Cook University, where he was assigned to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teacher education program. There he worked on the development of models of critical literacy (the four resources model) and, with the New London Group, on the development of "multiliteracies". He was Dean of Education at the University of Queensland (1996-2003) and Deputy Director General of Education/Ministerial Advisor for the Queensland government (1999-2003), responsible for state reform of curriculum and assessment. From 2003-2005 he was establishment Dean of the Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice, National Institute of Education, Singapore, the largest educational research centre in East Asia. He has received the Educational Press Association of America Merit Award, the Gold Medal of the Australian College of Education, AERA Curriculum Studies Book Award; he was inducted into the International Reading Association Hall of Fame and was named 2004 IBM/Bulletin Australian Educator of the Year, with honorary doctorates from Simon Fraser University and Rajabhat Rajanagarindara University, Thailand. He is an Honorary Professor of Beijing Normal University has done policy work for the OECD, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Kirbati and New Zealand. He has recently completed a 4 year longitudinal study of Indigenous school reform for the Australian federal government and is about to embark on work for the establishment of a progressive educational research centre in Jerusalem with the Van Leer Foundation.

Dr. Luke will address the main conference theme in a keynote titled "Writing a new script for school reform: Multiliteracies in a low socioeconomic, mixed race school".



Mr. Gwang-Chol Chang 
Chief of Education Policy and Reform Unit (EPR)
UNESCO Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Gwang-Chol Chang is Chief of Education Policy and Reform Unit (EPR) at UNESCO Bangkok (Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education) since May 2010. He coordinates UNESCO’s regional work for policy research, knowledge management and capacity development support in the fields of education sector policy, planning, management, financing as well as secondary education, technical and vocational education and training, and quality of learning in Member States of the Asia-Pacific region. 

From 1996 to 2010, he worked at various units of UNESCO’s Education Sector in Paris, dealing with issues of educational reconstruction, education policy analysis, planning and management. He provided technical and capacity development support for dozens of developing and transition countries across all regions. Before joining UNESCO in 1996, he worked at the Planning Department of the DPR Korea Ministry of Education. Gwang-Chol Chang holds a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D) from Kim Hyong Jik University of Education, DPR Korea. We look forward to learning from him about issues facing education in developing countries.

Mr. Chang will address the main conference theme in a keynote titled “Barriers to Quality Learning”.


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