Main Speakers

The International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability will feature plenary sessions by some of the world's leading thinkers and innovators in the field, as well as numerous parallel presentations by researchers and practitioners.

Garden Conversations

Main Speakers will make formal 30-minute presentations in the plenary sessions. They will also participate in 60-minute Garden Conversations - unstructured sessions that allow delegates a chance to meet the speakers and talk with them informally about the issues arising from their presentation.

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The Speakers

  • Mohd Khalid Mohd Noor

    Khalid M.Nor graduated with a Ph.D in Biostatistic from Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y, U.S.A in 1978. Since then, he value-add his expertise with another form of information-handling idiom namely: Thinking & Creativity ( handling information in the mind ), which enrich and complement his statistical-based information discipline. He has been involved in the teaching and research in Statistical Methodologies as well as in Thinking & Creativity. Dr. Khalid has been involved in the training and consultancies of not less than 100 institutions and organizations, public and private, in the areas of Thinking Skills, Lateral Thinking, Creativity, Concept/idea R&D; and other topics related Thinking and Creativity.

  • Dennis Ramdahin

    Dennis Ramdahin is a career environmentalist focused in the area of environmental management and sustainability planning. His experience resides with federal and state government sectors that include the world’s largest mass transit system (New York City Transit), and more recently the US Air Force. His principle interests are sustainable program development, energy master planning, green building design, and life cycle financial modeling, all aimed at addressing the climate agenda. Dennis recently contributed fulltime support towards the present development of the Air Force Base Energy Model - an initiative to facilitate energy efficiency in base design and operation, for replication globally. This work extended beyond the fencelines of this project to baseline the hurdles in current business and financing arrangements (found within existing government practices in the US), and outlines opportunities for addressing the carbon agenda through application of creative financing (from within existing budgets) for accomplishing high performance design.

    Dennis holds a Master Degree and Undergraduate Degree in Environmental Studies.

  • Chamhuri Siwar

    Chamhuri Siwar is a Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). He holds a MS degree from Iowa State University, USA. His area of specialisation includes agricultural and resource economics, rural economics, environmental economics, poverty and income distribution, sustainable economies, socioeconomics and impact studies. His areas of research include rural and urban poverty, sustainable agriculture (including sustainable forestry and fisheries), poverty and environment, waste management, economic sustainability, rural and agricultural development policies, sustainable development, corporate social responsibility and socioeconomic impact assessment. He leads several Intensified Research in Priority Areas (IRPA) projects related to Urban Poverty and the Informal Sector (1998/1999), Municipal Solid waste management (1999/2002), Poverty and Environment (2004/2005)and Socioeconomic Impact of the Financial Crisis (2000/2002). Currently, he is leading a research team on Corporate Social responsibility (CSR) for Sustainable Development (2006/2009).

  • Dato' Dr. Sulaiman Md. Yassin

    Professor Dato' Dr. Sulaiman Md. Yassin is the Vice Chancellor at the Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. He graduated with an honours degree in Agricultural Science from the University of Malaya in 1972 and subsequently with a Masters degree in Communication Arts from Cornell University in 1974 and a doctorate in Extension Education and Communication from the same University in 1980. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholar fellowship to the United States in 1986/87.

    In terms of scholarship, he has written and edited several books (10) and modules (8), as well as continued presenting conference papers internationally. His most recent publications include the book "Communication for Educational Practitioners" in 2002. His expertise has been well recognized at the international level, whence he had on various occasions over the past 30 years served as a Consultant for the ASEAN, FAO, IAEA. ILO, UNFPA, World Bank and the World Council of Mosques for project formulation and programme review missions in training, agricultural development and technology transfer.

    In research, Dato' Sulaiman had been involved with three IRPA projects; being a programme Leader in the 1980's for Family Development project, a Research Centre Leader in a joint project on Solid Waste Management and Policy Strategic Study in 2000 - 2002 and a Research Centre Leader for a joint Priority Research study on Quality of Life and Wellness in 2002 - 2005. He has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels since 1972 in UPM, UM, UMS and KUSTEM.

    Beginning as the Director for the Centre for Extension and Continuing Education in UPM, he was also the Project Manager for the Centre's building. He has been the Dean for Graduate Studies, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs and once seconded as DVC for Development to UMS. He had served as the founding Dean for the Faculty of Science and Professional Arts in UPM Terengganu. As Deputy Rector for Academic Affairs in KUSTEM, he had been instrumental in establishing 20 academic programmes for KUSTEM, instituting a Teaching Evaluation and Student Assessment System and a successful Educational and Multimedia training workshop for all lecturers. On record, he has thrice been awarded the Excellence Service Certificate by UPM and twice by KUSTEM. He was the Rector of KUSTEM before appointed as the first Vice Chancellor of Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. As Vice Chancellor, he is the chief administrative and academic officer of the University.