Keynote Speakers


Prof. Sean (Shuying) Li

City University of Macau, China

Professor Sean (Shuying) Li is Pro-rector of City University of Macau, concurrent Dean of School of Education and Director of the Institute of Macau Education Development. Dr. Sean Li has over 30 years' work experience in domestic and foreign universities, and rich experience in interdisciplinary, transcultural and trans-regional teaching, research, and university administrative management. He has won numerous teaching awards. For example, he won “First Prize for High Quality Teaching” in a domestic university for several times in succession, got the title of "Excellent Student Supervisor" for three years in succession, and the “Award for Outstanding Teaching Performance” in Hong Kong. With respect to educational research, Dr. Sean Li has presided and participated in many important domestic and foreign research projects with funding over 3 million US dollars and published tens of research papers and books.
Sean is Editor for International Journal of Education Research (SSCI), Senior Editor for Cogent Education (ESCI). He also sits in the Editorial Boards of Journal of Phenomenology and Practice and International Journal of Learning and Lesson Studies. The book 《教育的情调》(The Tone of Teaching: The Language of Pedagogy) co-authored by him and Max van Manen and translated by him was published in 2019 and is a best seller. The book was ranked No. 1 of “the TOP 10 of 100 Books That Have Deep Impact on Teachers in 2019” by the China Education Daily. The book has also been included in the “120 New Book Recommendation List 2019” and is ranked No. 2 of its category strictly selected by the Expert Panel throughout the country by New Capital Newspaper Group.


Prof. Joy Kutaka-Kennedy

National University, USA

Before entering higher education Dr. Joy Kutaka-Kennedy spent over twenty years teaching students from pre-school through high school in regular education, gifted education, at-risk education, and special education. She has taught over fifteen years at the university level, emphasizing special education teacher preparation in academic course work and clinical practice supervision. Having extensive experience with online education, course development and program evaluation, she won Quality Matters recognition for innovative course design and student engagement. She has given numerous national and international presentations on creativity and collaboration in the online venue; individual accountability in online group work; emerging technological trends in higher education; implications of generational differences and technological innovation in higher education; and the future of Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and deep learning in education. Her university faculty responsibilities include course design and oversight, field work supervision, and mentoring new faculty in higher education. Dr. Joy Kutaka-Kennedy serves as an officer of the California Association of Professors of Special Education, mentors prospective grant writers, completes program reviews for state and national accreditation, and performs editorial reviews for professional publications. She currently is working on designing new curricula to align with new state credentialing standards.


Assoc. Prof. Eric C.K. Cheng

The Education University of Hong Kong, China

Dr. Eric Cheng is a specialist in knowledge management, educational management and Lesson Study. He is currently associate professor of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction of the Education University of Hong Kong. Eric earned his Doctor of Education in education management from the University of Leicester. He has been publishing locally and internationally, with over 50 articles in various media covering the areas of knowledge management, school management and Lesson Study. He is the author of an academic book entitled Knowledge Management for School Education published in 2015 by Springer. Eric has been successful in launching more than 10 research and development projects with external and competitive funds in the capacity of Principal Investigator (PI). He received the Knowledge Transfer Project Award from EDUHK in 2014-15, Scholarship of Teaching Award in 2013-14 and Knowledge Transfer publication Awards in 2012-13 form Faculty of Human Development of EDUHK.v class="col-sm-12">