IPSEF Asia 2017 conference

IPSEF Asia Conference 2017

IPSEF Forums are series of unique high level global business conferences that combine keynote presentations, panel discussion, table top exhibits, school visits and networking receptions to facilitate effective partnership building for senior figures from international and private schools, the investment community, regulators, and education suppliers.


InterContinental Hotel
Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur


Conference: 22-23 March
School visits: 24 March

Why you should attend IPSEF Asia 2017

The only Pan-Asian business conference for private and international schools.

IPSEF Asia is an important and well-established regional conference, with the 2017 event being the sixth to be held in the vibrant hub city of Kuala Lumpur.

Comprising two days of stimulating presentations, plenty of practical best practice Case Studies from schools, a full day of school visits and a relaxed networking reception, participants leave inspired and connected to high level contacts across the educational supply chain.

Speakers will bring their knowledge and perspectives from across Asia, including China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea and Thailand, with global perspectives from the UAE and South Africa.

IPSEF’s audience comprises the wide range of stakeholders involved in a new school operation, from schools and investors to the suppliers and regulators. Participants are senior figures from schools, usually Heads or owners, as well senior managers from industry, and national or regional regulators.

Join us in Malaysia in March 2017 and return home stimulated, informed and better connected than ever before!

School Visits on the 24th March announced:

  1. St Joseph's Institution International School, Tropicana
  2. British School Kuala Lumpur (BSKL), Bandar Utama
  3. Epsom College

KHDA Meetings

Schools and investors attending IPSEF in Kuala Lumpur are invited to have private meetings with the KHDA. Book your delegate place on IPSEF Asia and and let us know if you would like an introduction.

Speakers Include:

  • Maryanna Abdo, Vice President, Parthenon-EY
  • Dr. Tareq Zeyad Awad Al Ameri, ADEC Division Manager Promotion & Business Development Private Schools and Quality Assurance
  • Kalthoom AlBalooshi, Executive Director of Educational Development, Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA)
  • Dr Abdulla Al Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA)
  • Amol Arora, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, SHEMROCK & SHEMFORD Group of Schools
  • Anshul Arora, CEO, Edvance Group
  • Ashwin Assomull, Managing Director, MENA Education Leader, Member of Parthenon-EY's Education Practice
  • Nigel Austen, BC Program Principal, Maple Leaf International School - Chongqing
  • Ross Barfoot, Lead Global Partner, Education, Clyde & Co.
  • Colin Bell, CEO, Council of British International Schools (COBIS)
  • Anne Bradbury, International Director, The Teaching Assistant College
  • Rachel Burtrand, ICT Integrator, Nexus International School
  • Nicki Coombs, Head of School, Beaconhouse Malaysia School
  • Andrew Dalton, Executive Principal & Director of Education, The International School @ ParkCity, Malaysia and Chairman of AIMS (Association of International Malaysian Schools)
  • Delton Daniels, IT Educator, Curro College
  • Suresh Dass, COO & Principal, St. John's International School
  • Richard Davies, Divisional Director, Fieldwork Education – Nord Anglia Education
  • Shellie Gazdik, Associate Director of Client Success, Hobsons
  • Dr Goh Chee Leong, CEO, HELP Education Services (HELP International School)
  • Winston Goh, Head of Marketing (South APAC), Axis Communications
  • Kamal Gupta, Chief Operating Officer, Global School Foundation, Singapore
  • Diane Jacoutot, Managing Director, Edvectus
  • John Gwyn Jones, Managing Director, Panyathip International School
  • Jaco Joubert, Head of IT, Curro
  • Stuart Kent, High School Principal, Seoul Foreign School
  • Dr. Tan Sri Dr. Khair, Ministry of Education, Malaysia
  • Pierre Le Roux, Executive Head, Curro College
  • Judith Y. L. Loh, Pre-school Centre Director, Deputy President – NAECCEM, National Association of Early Childhood Care and Education Malaysia
  • Prof. Dr. Sharifah Meriam Syed Akil, Rizq Islamic School
  • Matthew Marson, Deputy Principal, Curriculum and Innovation, HELP International School
  • Kevin Martin, Counsel, Clyde & Co, Hong Kong
  • Stephen McKenna, Legal Director, Education, Clyde & Co
  • James Mullan, Co-Founder, Which School Advisor
  • James Neill, International Director, GL Education Group
  • Andrew Nicol, Regional Managing Director, Asia and the Middle East, Hobsons
  • Robert Pick, Master, Marlborough College, Malaysia
  • Dr. Logendra Stanley Ponniah, Acting Dean, Taylor’s University
  • Paul Rennie, Deputy High Commissioner, British High Commission Malaysia 
  • Kevin J Ruth, Chief Executive, Executive Director, ECIS
  • Dr Nurul Nadiah Sahimi, Dean for the Faculty of Education and Humanities, UNITAR International University
  • Prof. Arfah Salleh, Vice Chancellor, UNITAR International University
  • Ian Temple, Principal, Tenby International School Setia Eco Park
  • David Tongue, Headmaster, Brighton College International School - Bangkok
  • Peter Wells, Principal, Taylor’s International School
  • Prof. Dr. Sopia Md Yassin, Director, National Child Development Research Centre (NCDRC)
  • Boo Chuan Yen, Vice-principal and Head, English Language Centre, Hin Hua High School
  • Sami Yosef, Head of South East Asia Research, ISC Research
  • Ruth Young, Secondary Principal, Bromsgrove International School, Bangkok Thailand
  • Siamack Zahedi, Managing Director, The Gateway School of Mumbai

Some of the conference topics covered include:

  • Preparing International school students for university and career success: A case study approach
  • The Chinese independent school education framework: A successful case study
  • Developing models for low cost and high quality education
  • Challenges facing International school curriculum development
  • What does quality teaching look like?
  • Building leadership capacity
  • Islamic schools - a new trend
  • Social media and parent engagement- Making communication simple and useful
  • Promoting global learning - facilitating global citizenship
  • The new rigorous COBIS Patron’s Accreditation system for international British schools overseas
  • Getting value from your data: Exploring how schools are driving improvement through effective use of data
  • Parental concerns regarding in-school surveillance
  • Child Protection - Safeguarding your international school in an uncertain world
  • Improving teacher retention in offshore and international schools through professional development, staff building and pastoral care.
  • A tale about two start-up schools
  • What expats want from schools
  • The changing landscape of International education in Asia
  • Establishing a socio-emotional climate to support learning
  • An expert panel of speakers on early years
  • Technology in Schools
  • Expanding into Asia – regulatory, legal and business model considerations
  • GL Education Seminars
  • Running in parallel with the IPSEF Asia conference on the 22nd March at the InterContinental Hotel, these two GL Education seminars are designed to help schools make the most of their student data. Choose from an introductory session, or a more interactive session aimed at experienced users of data.

9.30-12.15 An introduction into the use of data to support teaching and learning

13:15 – 15:45 Using data to support teaching and learning: effective implementation (via the GL Education website)

IPSEF Exhibitors

  • BridgeU
  • CES Holdings
  • Clyde & Co
  • Hobsons
  • GL Education
  • Eteach International
  • Harlequin Floors
  • Hussey Seating
  • International Insurance Solutions
  • NAECCEM, National Association of Early Childhood Care and Education Malaysia
  • Open Apply
  • Pacific Prime
  • Parthenon-EY
  • Winter's International School Finder

Find out more and/or book tickets at the IPSEF website.

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