Host Speakers

Bundhit Eua-Arporn, Ph.D.

Professor Bundhit Eua-arporn received his B.Eng and M.Eng in Electrical Engineering from Chulalongkorn University and Ph.D. in Electrical Energy Engineering from Imperial College, University of London. He led several major research projects on power system operation and planning, including Thailand Energy Outlook and Thailand Energy Master Plan Development. He served as Director of the Energy Research Institute of Chulalongkorn University from 2007 to 2013 and as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering from 2013 to 2016. He became President of Chulalongkorn University on May 18, 2016

Kiat Ruxrungtham, M.D.

Kiat Ruxrungtham, MD, is a Professor of Medicine at the Department of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University. He currently serves as Chulalongkorn University’s Vice President for Research and Innovation. He has been providing teaching and patient care at the King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University and mentoring junior researchers on HIV, vaccine, immunology research and also on clinical trials. He has published more than 280 peer review papers on HIV, immunology and allergy. He is a faculty member of the faculty 1000 of Medicine, an editorial board member of Asia Pacific J of Allergy and Immunology, Immunotargets and Therapy, Asian Biomedicine, and the Scientific Report. He is also a reviewer for more than nine journals.

Guest Speakers (Plenary sessions)

Supachai Panitchpakdi

Supachai Panitchpakdi’s career has spanned wide-ranging areas, starting off as an officer of the Bank of Thailand, he became Deputy Finance Minister, Commerce Minister, and twice Deputy Prime Minister. In between he assumed for some years the presidency role of a commercial bank, and chairman of several private corporations including an international insurance company. His international career is noteworthy for the fact that he is the first representative of the developing countries to be appointed Director General of the World Trade Organisation (2002-2005) and follows that up with two terms as Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (2005-2013). At present he is a board member of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin and a founding member of the Asia-New Zealand Foundation.

Huey-Jen Jenny Su

Dr. Huey-Jen Su is currently a Distinguished Professor of Environmental Health of the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan.  Trained at the Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Su has engaged most of her research efforts on the topic of air pollution related health effects, with particular emphasis on the rising global concerns on airborne microbial hazards. She was an expert committee member for preparing the report of “WHO Guidance for Biological Agents in the Indoor Environment”. Dr. Su has been actively involved in international projects of professional, non-profit, or non-government nature. As of February 2015, Dr. Su took the mantle of NCKU President as the first female President of its 85-year-long history. In July 2015, Dr. Su was elected as the chairperson of Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan (FICHET).

Alexander J.B. Zehnder, Ph.D.

Alexander J.B. Zehnder is Visiting Professor and member of the Board of Trustees of Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, Scientific Director of Water Resources of Alberta Innovates in Edmonton, Canada founder and director of triple Z Ltd. (, former president of the ETH Board and Professor emeritus of ETH Zurich, Switzerland.His work has focused on water policy, the nexus between water, energy and food security, water safety and infrastructures. He did much work on the scientific and economic fundamentals for sustainable development. Outside of academia he is involved in developing capital market instruments for more sustainable production and use of natural resources. The Dow Jones Sustainability Index is based on some of his contributions. He is one of the “founding fathers” of the concept of the “2000 Watt” Society.He heads NTU’s Sustainable Earth Office and chairs the Scientific Advisory Board of SCELSE, one of Singapore’s Research Centre of Excellence. He is a member of the Council STS (Science and Technology in Society) forum Kyoto, the Scientific Advisory Board of Alberta’s Government newly launched Environmental Monitoring and Science Division, Nestlé’s Advisory Board on Creating Shared Value, the Board of Trustees of the Dubai based Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award, and the Industry Advisory Board of zouk ventures, a London based venture capital firm investing primarily into clean technology, energy and water.

Andy Hor

Professor Andy Hor is the Vice President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Chair Professor of Metallic Chemistry & Materials in the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and Board Member of its business arm Versitech Ltd. His portfolio covers research, innovation, entrepreneurship and knowledge exchange of the University. He also directs the HKU Zhejiang Institute of Research & Innovation (ZIRI) in Lin’An and Shenzhen Institute of Research & Innovation (SIRI) in Shenzhen. He was a graduate of Imperial College (B.Sc.(Hon)) and University of Oxford (D.Phil.). After his postdoctoral research at Yale University, he went to Singapore and established his academic career in Chemistry in the National University of Singapore (NUS). He further spent five career-transformational years as the Executive Director of the Institute of Materials Research & Engineering (IMRE) of A*STAR of Singapore before he moved to HKU. He was conferred D.Sc. by the University of London. In research, he specializes in organometallic materials and heterometallic catalysis and has published >400 international papers with ~900 citations in 2015, filed patents in areas like nano structures and battery materials, and delivered numerous plenary, keynote and invited lectures in various meetings. He is Concurrent Professor of Fudan University in China, Senior Fellow of A*STAR and Research Visiting Professor of NUS. He is Fellow of the Singapore National Academy of Science, Fellow of Singapore National Institute of Chemistry, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK).

Christopher Tremewan

Dr Tremewan was elected 4th Secretary General of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities and took up the role from June 2011.  Before heading the APRU International Secretariat in Hong Kong, he was the Vice President and Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) of The University of Auckland. Dr Tremewan was a visiting professor at Peking University in 2007 - 2008, and a visiting fellow at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 2003.  He was elected a Senior Associate Member of St. Antony's College, Oxford University, in September 1991 from where he published the book The Political Economy of Social Control in Singapore (Macmillan and St Martin’s Press, 1994, reprinted 1996). He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in social anthropology from the University of Auckland, a Ph.D. in political science (on Southeast Asian politics) from the University of Canterbury, and a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University.

Ichiro Sakata

Dr. Ichiro Sakata was born in 1966. He is a Professor and Head of the Department of TMI at Faculty of Engineering, the University of Tokyo (UTokyo). He also has a joint appointment as a special advisor to the president of UTokyo and a Director of Innovation Policy Research Center, the Institute of Engineering Innovation. From 2014-2016, he served as a Director of Policy Alternatives Research Institute, UTokyo. He received his MA at Brandeis University (1997) and Ph.D at UTokyo (2003). He worked for the Tohoku reconstruction as a special advisor to the Minister of Reconstruction. He has published over one hundred papers in variety of fields including innovation policy and management, technological forecasting, nano-technology and sustainability science. His selected publications include “Five years on from Fukushima”, Nature vol.531 (2016) pp29-31 and “Cellulose nanofiber backboned Prussian blue nanoparticles as powerful adsorbents for the selective elimination of radioactive cesium”, Scientific reports 6(2016): 37009.

Pei Zhang

Pei Zhang is an associate research professor in the ECE departments at Carnegie Mellon University. Hereceived his bachelor's degree with honors from California Institute of Technology in 2002, and his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 2008. His research focuses on systems including wildlife tracking (ZebraNet), swarming drones (SensorFly), wearables (MARS), and sensing occupants using structures as sensors. Beyond research publications, his work appeared in popular media including CNN, Science Channel, and BBC Focus. He is also a co-founder of Vibradotech, won several awards including the NSF CAREER, Google faculty awards, and a member of the Department of Defense Computer Science Studies Panel.

Jaiyong Lee

Dr. Jaiyong Lee became the Provost of Yonsei University in February 2016. A leading expert in IoT Protocol and Platform, he has served as President of the Giga-Korea Foundation, Executive Member of the Global Engineering Dean’s Council, and General Chair of the Asia Engineering Deans Summit 2013. He is a regular member of the National Academy of Engineering of Korea. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering from Yonsei University, he received his master’s and doctorate degrees from Iowa State University. Since beginning his professorship at Yonsei University in 1994, he has taken various senior administrative positions, including Dean of the College of Engineering, Vice President for Research Affairs, and President of the Industry and Academy Collaboration Foundation.

Guest Speakers (Concurrent Sessions)

Alison Lloyd

Dr. Alison Lloyd is Director of Institutional Research and Planning at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University – the largest university in HK in terms of student enrollment. She oversees strategic and academic planning at the University. She was previously Associate Dean of the Faculty of Business at the same university, where she led the branding and marketing of all programmes, internationalisation and student development. Prior to joining The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Dr Lloyd worked as a Management Consultant in the consulting arm of a Big 4 global professional services firm and later moved on to being Managing Consultant in a business consulting firm in Hong Kong. She has previously worked on local and regional consulting engagements in the areas of strategy consulting, business process review and improvement, design and implementation of corporate performance management frameworks and change management for both private and public sector organizations in Hong Kong and Asia.

Dr. Chayanis Krittasudthacheewa

Dr. Krittasudthacheewa is Asia Centre Deputy Director of the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI, She has been working for 19 years in the Mekong Region with extensive experience in leading the projects with multi-disciplinary experts. She is strong in research project management and engagement with multi-stakeholders across sectors and levels, monitoring and evaluation, and specializes in the fields of integrated water resources management, hydrology, climate change adaptation, and water resources modeling. Since 2011 she has been managing the Sustainable Mekong Research Network (SUMERNET,, a regional research network of 68 member institutes delivering credible research to influence sustainable development policy in the Mekong Region. In Myanmar, she has been leading the Ayeyarwady Futures/ Chindwin Futures, the programs that collaborated with state and non-state agencies to support evidence based multi-stakeholder engagement in water resources management in the Ayeyarwady River Basin. Prior to joining SEI, she worked for the Mekong River Commission (MRC). She holds a Ph.D. in Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering from the University of Tokyo, Japan with two distinguished prizes.

Kuei-Ru Chou, Ph.D.

Kuei-Ru Chou, Ph.D., RN is jointly appointed as Director of Library at Taipei Medical University, and Deputy Director for Department of Nursing for Taipei Medical University-Shuang Ho Hospital. Dr. Chou has more than 30 years’ experience in research, education and clinical practice in mental health nursing and geriatric nursing. She has published many books and more than 120 scientific publications in SCI/SSCI journals. She devoted all of her research career in the field of cognitive therapy and alternative therapies for patients with mental health disorders. She is also a consultant to the patients with psychological problems in Wen-Fang Hospital. She has been serviced as the Director of Graduate Institute of Nursing from 2006-2011 and promoted to the Acting Dean of College of Nursing, Taipei Medical University. During these years, Dr. Chou served as the chair of research committee of Asian Oncology Nursing Society, the executive director of Oncology Nursing Society of Taiwan, the executive director of community service and international affairs committee of Lambda Beta Chapter-At-Large, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the director of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses Association R.O.C. Dr. Chou has received numerous awards in recognition of her research, teaching and service.

Nestor T. Castro, PhD

Dr. Nestor Castro is Professor of Anthropology at the University of the Philippines Diliman. Specializing in Cultural Anthropology, his expertise includes ethnicity and indigenous peoples’ issues, environmental and social impact assessment, and cultural heritage management. His works have been published in notable journals such as Le Temps Modernes, New Asian Visions, Colloquium: The New Horizon of Contemporary Sociological Theory, Philippine Social Sciences Review, and Diliman Review.

Dr. Castro served as Chair of the Anthropology Department, Associate Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Vice Chairman of the Anthropological Association of the Philippines, and Vice Chairman of the National Research Council of the Philippines – Social Sciences Division.  At present, Dr. Castro is the Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs of UP Diliman and President of the International Federation of Social Science Organizations.

Dr. Mario T. Tabucanon

Dr. Mario T. Tabucanon is a Visiting Professor & Senior Research Fellow at the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), Tokyo, Japan, and an Emeritus Professor at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand.

At UNU-IAS, he serves as Asia-Pacific Regional Adviser to the Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCEs) and oversees the academic alliance in the Asia-Pacific region known as the Promotion of Sustainability in Postgraduate Education and Research Network (ProSPER.Net).  He co-leads the offering of the annual ASEAN+3 Leadership Programme on Sustainable Consumption and Production for officials of Ministries of Environment and related Ministries.  He co-manages the implementation of the “Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Monitoring and Management in Asia” project at UNU-IAS.  At AIT, he served in the faculty for more than three decades and assumed senior leadership positions - Provost and Acting President.

He is founding President of the International Society of Environmental and Rural Development (ISERD), and International Adviser to the Executive Board of the Sirindhorn International Environmental Park Foundation in Thailand under the patronage of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.  He is renowned for his contributions to advancing the research methodology of Multiple Criteria Decision Making and its applications in development systems, as well as in education for sustainable development.

Prof. Dr. Supachai Pathumnakul

Supachai Pathumnakul is a Professor in Industrial Engineering Department and the Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer, Khon Kaen University, Thailand.  He is also the President of Research University Network Thailand (RUN), an associate fellows of the Academy of Science, the Royal Society of Thailand and a board of director of Thai Business Incubators and Science Park Association (ThaiBispa).

He holds a doctor of philosophy degree in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University, USA. In the past 15 years, he has been working his researches on agricultural and food supply chain and logistics and published more than 30 papers in international journals.

Kazuhiko (Kazu) Takemoto

Prof. Takemoto is Director of the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS). He is concurrently a Visiting Professor of the University of Tokyo, Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S), and Executive Secretary of Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Japan.
Prior to joining UNU, he developed policies on international environmental cooperation and global environment, in particular, climate change and bio-diversity as Vice-Minister for Global Environment Affairs (2008-2010) and as a Director-General of Environmental Management Bureau (2005-08).
He served for CBD/COP10 as its Alternate President (2010), CSD-18 as its Co-Chair (2010), OECD/EPOC as Vice Chair (2004-07) and UNFCCC/COP3 as Special Assistant to its President (1997). He is a Council Member of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).
He holds a PhD in environmental engineering from The University of Tokyo and a Master of International Public Policy degree from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University.

Dr Silaporn Buasai

Dr Silaporn Buasai is Deputy Director on Social Innovation at the Thailand Research Fund. She was a pioneer in Area-Based Collaborative Research for Development and an advocate for Area-Based Reform as a solution to Thailand's problem of widening gaps between urban and rural areas. She also served as Member of the National Reform Council during 2014-15 and chaired a sub-commission on Budgetary Reform and Local Finance. Dr Silaporn received a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science, Chulalongkorn University with 1st class honor, a Master's Degree in International Development Education from School of Education, Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Foundation and Policy Studies, Florida State University. She currently chairs a Committee on Networking for Area-Based Reform for the Royal Thai Government and is also in charge of the research program on Innovation for Area-Based Development at TRF.

Elsevier Speakers

YS Chi

Dr. Youngsuk ‘YS’ Chi is a leader in the media-tech industry. As Chairman of Elsevier, he works with governments, customers, and industry associations worldwide. As Director of Corporate Affairs and Asia Strategy for RELX Group, he is responsible for government affairs, corporate communications, and corporate responsibility for Elsevier’s parent company. Chi completed 4 years of service as the President of the International Publishers Association and has served as Past President since 2015. Additionally, Chi is the Immediate Past Chair of the American Association of Publishers, a US trade association that serves over 400 publishers. Chi is based in London and New York, but travels extensively to meet with members of scientific research communities and governments. Chi joined Elsevier in 2005 after serving as Chairman of Random House Asia and President of Random House. Prior to that, he held several President and CEO positions at Ingram Distribution Holding, the parent company of Ingram Book Group, and co-founded Lightning Source, the book industry’s first print-on-demand and e-book distribution company.

Olivier Dumon

Olivier Dumon brings more than 15 years of international experience to Elsevier, among which five years at Ebay where he led the company’s product management, vertical strategy and the customer service organization, focusing strongly on improving the eBay search engine. This boosted business in France, after which Oliver moved to eBay’s headquarters in San Jose, continuing his search projects on a global scale. After five years he was approached to become the Vice President Product Management of Search and Data at AT&T Interactive. In this role, Olivier launched several initiatives to improve the quality of data and the relevance of the YellowPages search engine, resulting in a top 3 ranking of business finder sites in terms of customer satisfaction. Olivier has a MBA from Harvard and a BSc from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Grenoble.“With his background and experience, Olivier is very well placed to lead A&G Research Applications & Platform in developing valuable information solutions for researchers”, said Ron Mobed, CEO of Elsevier Science & Technology. “Moreover, his four years in Silicon Valley, where organizations are accustomed to constantly having to adapt to the rapidly changing environment, will certainly be of added value to our company. Over recent years, Elsevier has made significant strides in improving the research experience, for example by extracting more insight from data by introducing analytics functionality and launching the Application Marketplace. Our A&G Research Applications & Platform group has played and will continue to play a major role in this process, which places Olivier in a key position in our company.”

Saurabh Sharma  

Saurabh Sharma is the Vice President of Research Solutions Sales for Elsevier in the Asia Pacific region, and is responsible for the strategic direction and growth of the company’s entire portfolio of research solutions, products and services in this market.

Saurabh joined Elsevier in 2006 as Senior Account Manager for South Asia and was promoted to Regional Account Director in 2009. During this time, Saurabh significantly grew the region’s revenue through a meticulous process including restructuring the business, team, customer engagement, channel relationship and stakeholder management. His strong commercial acumen enabled him to successfully conclude strategic deals with major academic and government consortia in South Asia, leading to consistent year‐on‐year revenue growth for the region as well as establishing a firm foundation for future business opportunities

Anders Karlsson

Anders Karlsson, PhD, joined in 2012 Elsevier as Vice President for Strategic Alliances, Global Academic Relations, to support Elsevier’s relations with key stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific region. Before joining Elsevier, he was for five years Counselor for Science and Innovation at the Embassy of Sweden in Tokyo (Japan), with a regional responsibility for Japan and South Korea. Before serving as Science Counselor, he was for 10 years Professor in Quantum Photonics at the Royal Institute of Technology - KTH, Stockholm, Sweden. In year 2000 he was one of 20 researchers to receive the first Future Research Leader grant from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research. He also held a special research fellow position 2001-2007 with the Swedish Research Council. His work, leading a consortium on advanced information technology, was awarded the EU René Descartes Research Prize in 2004 for excellence in collaborative research. He has been Visiting Scientist/Teacher at NTT Basic Research Labs, Stanford University as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar, École Polytechnique Paris, Zhejiang University and Advisor at Osaka University. He has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and a M.Sc. in Engineering Physics, both from the Royal Institute of Technology - KTH, Stockholm, Sweden. He has a strong interest in science communication and is a frequent speaker on topics such as research management, science and innovation policy, and in how results from science translate into societal impact.

Yoshiko Kakita

Yoshiko Kakita is Regional Solution Manager of Elsevier's Research Intelligence team in Japan, responsible for research intelligence solutions such as Scopus, SciVal, and Pure. Prior to joining Elsevier ten years ago, she spent 10 years living and studying in Taiwan, France and the United States. Yoshiko has a Master of Arts degree in history from the University of Houston, Clear Lake; and withdrew with ABD (All But Dissertation) status as a Ph.D. candidate in History at Boston College.

Alexander van Servellen

Alexander van Servellen is a Consultant with Elsevier, specialized in research analytics. Based in Singapore, he helps academic and government institutions in South East Asia make best use of solutions which enable evidence based policy making, monitoring and showcasing of research performance. He has authored studies related to analytics and regularly teaches about application of research metrics. Alexander holds an MSc degree in Developmental Psychology from the University of Amsterdam and has been working with Elsevier since 2006.

Adam Goh

Adam joined Elsevier in 2014 and for the past year has been supporting the Asia Pacific region as the Solution Sales Manager for Pure. Pure is the leading Current Research Information System (CRIS) and the newest solution in Elsevier’s Research Intelligence portfolio. Adam was previously from ExxonMobil as a Senior Key Account Executive, where he was responsible for driving direct and channel sales and opening new avenues of growth across all industries. Adam has a degree in Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Computer Engineering from Nanyang Technological University.