Conference Debate

Educational Innovations Must Be Disruptive To Be Effective
10 January 2018, 9:15am to 10:15am


MODERATOR - Eugene K.B. Tan
Associate professor of law at the Singapore Management University (SMU)
Co-director of the SMU Centre for Scholars' Development

At SMU, Eugene teaches courses at the law, business, and social sciences schools at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive education levels. An advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore, Eugene was educated at the National University of Singapore, London School of Economics and Political Science, and Stanford University where he was a Fulbright Fellow.

Professor Dennis Shirley
Professor of Education at the Lynch School of Education,
Boston College, United States

Dennis Shirley is a leader of educational change who helps schools around the world to improve teaching and learning. A dynamic keynote speaker, Dennis is known for his skills in assisting educators to work together across disciplines and schools. He draws upon his international experience to enable educators to develop new practices using the most advanced research. His new book is entitled The New Imperatives of Educational Change: Achievement with Integrity.  He is Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Educational Change.

Associate Professor Ng Pak Tee
Associate Dean in Leadership Learning, Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning and Associate Professor in Policy and Leadership Studies Academic Group,

National Institute of Education, Singapore

Ng Pak Tee is Associate Dean, Leadership Learning at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. One of his main roles at NIE is the professional learning and development of all school leaders in Singapore.  His latest book, published by Routledge, is Learning from Singapore: The Power of Paradoxes.

Ms Valerie Hannon
Board Director of the Innovation Unit,
London, United Kingdom

Valerie Hannon's career spans leadership of education systems, research, teaching, and capacity building. She is now an established thought leader in the field of education innovation. Valerie co-founded Innovation Unit (United Kingdom and Australia) and supported education change programmes in numerous systems in United Kingdom, Europe, USA, Australia and Africa. She is a founding member and Co-Chair of the Global Education Leaders Partnership (GELP) and an expert adviser on education to OECD. Valerie is also a regular speaker to several international conferences, including World Summit on Innovation in Education (WISE).

Mr Adrian Lim
Director (Education, Sectoral Innovation Group)
Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA)

Adrian Lim is Director of the Digital Participation and Foresight Division (Digital Readiness Cluster) at the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA). He leads a dynamic team to develop and implement initiatives and programmes to get K-12 students digitally ready for a digital society. Adrian was formerly a Principal of a Future School (Ngee Ann Secondary School). The school was also a Microsoft Pathfinder, Mentor and World Tour School. He was an Honoree Winner (Academic Leadership Category) in the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) World Award in 2011 and an Expert Panel member of the US-based New Media Consortium Horizon Report: K-12 Edition.