Keynote Speakers


Keynote Speaker 1 

Steve Flint

Steve Flint, Professor in Food Microbiology and Safety, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand

Steve joined Massey University after 20 years with Fonterra (New Zealand’s largest dairy manufacturer) as a food microbiologist. There he learned much about New Zealand’s leading food industry, participating in problem solving and evaluating rapid methods for microbial analysis covering aspects of food safety and food spoilage. He developed specialist research interests in biofilms, (which he studied for my PhD), spore formation, alternative methods for cleaning, sanitation and new processing technologies. He really enjoys teaching along with his passion for science. He continues to develop his research in the fascinating world of biofilms (the origin of most microbial problems in food) and dairy microbiology. His research team consists of 10 PhD students investigating various aspects of biofilm development and control. In 2015, his team was involved in publishing a book “Biofilms in the Dairy Industry” which covers 15 years of biofilm research. His team was awarded the Massey University Team Research Award in 2017. He has published 157 journal articles, 20 book chapters and given160 conference presentations.

Keynote Speaker 2

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Professor Colleen Fisher

Prof Colleen Fisher is a teaching and research academic in the School of Population and Global Health where she teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.  Her research expertise is in the areas of women’s health, inequality and family and domestic violence.  Her research includes intervention  and program evaluations as well as research across the lifespan and cross-culturally – including in refugee and international contexts. Prof Fisher has delivered invited presentations at national and international conferences, has been successful in obtaining nationally competitive research grants and has published widely. She has also been an invited member on a range of related government and non-government committees and advisory bodies.  Prof Fisher has supervised PhD and Masters students to completion both within her content area and those students who utilised qualitative and mixed methods research.

Keynote Speaker 3

Rozhan M. Idrus

Rozhan M. Idrus

Professor of Open and Distance Learning & Technology, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) – Malaysia 

Rozhan M. Idrus is currently the Dean of the Centre for Graduate Studies (CGS) in the Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia. He is a Professor of Open and Distance Learning (ODL) & Technogogy with 30 years of experience as an e-learning analyst, consultant, presenter and workshop facilitator. He has presented 48 Keynote addresses in 17 different countries and has published more than 190 publications in international citation-indexed journals, books and handbook chapters. Spearheaded the first home-grown electronic portal (2003) and pioneered use of sms in teaching of physics (2008) while in the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). He has also garnered awards in mobile learning in the World Education Summit (2011), e-INDIA Awards (2010) and the Asia Pacific Mobile Learning & Edutainment Advisory Panel (APACMLEAP) Mobile Learning Initiatives Recognition (2009), Gold Medal Award in the Innovation and Invention in Education Competition 2016 in the Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris in Malaysia and more recently Gold Medal Awards in the 3rd World Invention Innovation Contest 2017 (Korean Invention News) and the 2nd International University Carnival on eLearning 2017. He has given a definition to the term ‘technogogy’ and is passionately promoting it. He is the founding chief editor of the Malaysian Journal of Educational Technology, Video journal of Innovative Pedagogies (VJIP, 2017) and the International Journal of Excellence in e-learning of the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University Dubai, UAE.

Keynote Speaker 4

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Professor David Preen

Professor David Preen is the Chair in Public Health at the School of Population and Global Health, The University of Western Australia (UWA). He was the Director of the UWA Centre for Health Services Research from 2006-2015 and holds honorary positions at the University of South Australia and the College of Medicine, Swansea University (UK). He has been involved with conducting health services research using population-based linked data, for over 15 years to study areas including: i) cancer service delivery, ii) pharmaco-epidemiology, iii) chronic disease management, iv) morbidity of marginalised populations, and v) methodological advances using medical record linkage.

Professor Preen has been awarded 60 research grants as a chief investigator totaling $32 million and has published over 185 scientific works, most of which have used whole-population linked administrative health data. He has been awarded prizes at a national and international level for his work, including the Peter Reizenstein Prize from the International Journal of Quality in Health Care, the Editor’s Choice Award from the Medical Journal of Australia, and prizes from multiple scientific conferences.