[cz_gap height=”80px”][cz_title bline=”cz_line_after_title” id=”cz_101974″ sk_overall=”font-size:20px;color:#000000;font-weight:600;” sk_lines=”background-color:#e61e27;top:-25px;”]SPEAKERS[/cz_title][cz_title id=”cz_49418″ sk_overall=”font-size:18px;color:#000000;font-weight:600;”]MAALIC 2023 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS[/cz_title][cz_gap height=”80px”]
[cz_image size=”355X453″ css_position=”relative;display: table;margin:0 auto” id=”cz_58937″ image=”561″ sk_caption=”font-size:12px;”][/cz_image][cz_title title_pos=”cz_title_pos_center” id=”cz_37394″ sk_overall=”font-size:14px;text-align:center;font-weight:600;line-height:1.3;padding-top:10px;”]Assoc. Prof. Dr. Richard Watson Todd
King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand [/cz_title]
[cz_title id=”cz_96604″]Richard Watson Todd is Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Research in the School of Liberal Arts, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi. He has a PhD from the University of Liverpool. He has published over 100 articles, including in Applied Linguistics, ELT Journal, System, Journal of English for Academic Purposes, and English for Specific Purposes. He is the author of three books: Classroom Teaching Strategies (Prentice Hall), Much Ado about English (Nicholas Brealey) and Discourse Topics (John Benjamins).

His recent research has been in the areas of multimodal corpus design, participatory budgeting and the language of religious cults. He was instrumental in the design of the languaging curriculum, which represents a new paradigm in language teaching by focusing on helping learners to strategically make use of AI tools and resources to successfully do things in English for real-world purposes.[/cz_title][cz_gap height=”80px”]

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[cz_image size=”355X453″ css_position=”relative;display: table;margin:0 auto” id=”cz_104162″ image=”562″ sk_caption=”font-size:12px;”][/cz_image][cz_title title_pos=”cz_title_pos_center” id=”cz_104111″ sk_overall=”font-size:14px;text-align:center;font-weight:600;line-height:1.3;padding-top:10px;”]Madam Zaharah Abd.Jalal
Managing Director, MDEA Consultants (M) Sdn. Bhd.
Principal Consultant, MDEA Sparx Byond Resources Sdn.Bhd.[/cz_title]
[cz_title id=”cz_37835″]After graduating with a Finance Degree from Eastern Michigan University USA, she expected to work in the financial institutions many decades ago.  However, a stint as an English language teacher (her staff went MIA), to graduates and foreigners to communicate led her to discover her passion in assisting young adults and professionals from diverse industries to use the English language to communicate and be more effective in their roles and profession.  She equipped herself further by completing the Post Graduate Diploma in TESL from The UiTM and a Master of Science in Corporate Communication from the University Putra Malaysia. After serving universities and colleges, in 1996 she built her own Training and Consultancy firm and to date; 60 public Listed Organizations and Ministries have benefitted from English language (ESP) or Communication courses specially curated for their needs. She occasionally shares her project based learning methods and experiences at conferences both locally and internationally.

Her passion in empowering people created an avenue for her to assist women entrepreneurs through learning& development and innovating their businesses to stay sustainable and relevant thorough numerous coaching clinics and boot camps at local and national levels. As Vice President of both the Women Entrepreneur Network (WENA) and the ASEAN Women Entrepreneur Network (AWEN) 2012-2022, she was appointed as a Malaysian focal point of AWEN. She was awarded as one of the Outstanding ASEAN Women Entrepreneur by the AWEN of VIETNAM 2015 and Thailand 2018 respectively.[/cz_title][cz_gap]

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[cz_image size=”355X453″ css_position=”relative;display: table;margin:0 auto” id=”cz_66088″ sk_caption=”font-size:12px;” image=”620″][/cz_image][cz_title title_pos=”cz_title_pos_center” id=”cz_11307″ sk_overall=”font-size:14px;text-align:center;font-weight:600;line-height:1.3;padding-top:10px;”]Prof. Nigel Harwood
University of Sheffield, United Kingdom.[/cz_title]
[cz_title id=”cz_57861″]Nigel Harwood is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Sheffield, UK. His research interests include academic writing, citation analysis, and TESOL textbooks and teaching materials. He has published two edited books on teaching materials: English Language Teaching Materials: Theory and Practice (2010, CUP) and English Language Teaching Textbooks: Content, Consumption, Production (2014, Palgrave Macmillan). His most recent book (co-authored with Bojana Petric) is Experiencing Master’s Supervision: Perspectives of International Students and their Supervisors (2017, Routledge). An edited book on the proofreading of student writing and writing for publication will be published next year by Routledge. He has also published his research in journals such as Applied Linguistics, Journal of English for Academic Purposes, Journal of Pragmatics, Modern Language Journal, and Written Communication. He is a former co-editor of the Elsevier Q1 journal English for Specific Purposes.[/cz_title][cz_gap]
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[cz_image size=”355X453″ css_position=”relative;display: table;margin:0 auto” id=”cz_85834″ sk_caption=”font-size:12px;” image=”625″][/cz_image][cz_title title_pos=”cz_title_pos_center” id=”cz_40404″ sk_overall=”font-size:14px;text-align:center;font-weight:600;line-height:1.3;padding-top:10px;”]Dr. Anitha Devi Pillai
National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.[/cz_title]
[cz_title id=”cz_37449″]Dr Anitha Devi Pillai is an applied linguist, teacher-educator and an author. She teaches at National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University.

She is best known for her research into the language and heritage of the Singapore Malayalee community whom she’s studied for more than a decade. In 2013, she was awarded a National Heritage Board (Singapore) grant that resulted in the publication of ‘From Kerala to Singapore: Voices from the Singapore Malayalee Community’. For this study, Dr Anitha was awarded the ‘Pravasi Express Research Excellence Award’ in 2017. In 2021, she was awarded a fellowship by National Heritage Board of Singapore to further her research on the heritage and linguistic practices of Malayalees and in 2022 appointed as the Guest Curator of the first ever national exhibition on Malayalees.

Dr Anitha has also authored and edited creative and non-creative fiction books as well as translated a historical fiction novel, Sembawang: A Novel (2020) from Tamil into English. The translated novel was shortlisted for both the NUS International History Prize and the Best Literary Book Prize in 2022. Several of her short stories and poems have been included in the national curriculum and studied at universities in Philippines, Australia, India and Singapore. Both her creative and research explore themes such as identity, heritage, and culture.

She also serves on several government boards as an Exco member  and advisor, such as the Tamil Language Council, Publications Consultative Panel , Indian Community Oral History Committee and as the President of the Singapore Association for Applied Linguistics.[/cz_title][cz_gap]

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Language Academy
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia[/cz_title]

[cz_title id=”cz_50246″]Dr. Kang is a senior lecturer in the Language Academy, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. She has been teaching Korean as a foreign language and Translation as a profession in the higher educations in Malaysia.
Dr. Kang has also known as an active academician in promoting the Malay language and served more than 20 years as an interpreter and translator in Malay-Korean-English.[/cz_title][cz_gap]
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Associate Professor [/cz_title]

[cz_title id=”cz_105196″]Associate Professor Mohd Farid Shamsudin is an accomplished academic with extensive experience in management and marketing. He has a solid background in the banking and telecommunication industries, having spent almost eight years working in various financial institutions focusing on credit controls. Subsequently, he contributed 16 years to Celcom Axiata Malaysia, one of Malaysia’s premier mobile telecommunications companies, primarily in customer services, marketing, and sales. Mohd Farid’s academic journey began with a Bachelor’s in Management from Multi Media University. He pursued a Master’s in Business Administration from the International Islamic University Malaysia, specializing in strategic management. In 2012, he earned his doctoral degree in Business Administration from Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM). In 2014, he joined Universiti Kuala Lumpur as a Senior Lecturer and currently leads the research and innovation unit for the business school. He holds the distinction of being a Certified Marketer Asia, underlining his commitment to professionalism in marketing.

He is also an exco member of the Institute Marketing Malaysia, further attesting to his influential presence in the field. As a versatile educator, Mohd Farid imparts knowledge across various management and marketing-based subjects. His accreditation as a Trainer and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) practitioner enriches his teaching prowess, enabling him to guide individuals effectively towards realizing their potential.[/cz_title][cz_gap]

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Founder of Cempaka Education Group[/cz_title]

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Dato‘ Freida is an established and renowned educator. She pioneered private school education and has been instrumental in its transformation into one of the fastest-growing economic sectors of the Malaysian service industry today.

She founded Cempaka Education Group, which leads through continued innovation in its education offerings. Cempaka Education comprises physical and virtual campuses, and serves students from the age of eighteen months upwards. Its education verticals extend from early childhood development, K12 education ( Malaysian, British and International Baccalaureate curricula) to teacher training and education consultancy.



  • Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus, Bukit Nanas, (CBN), 1961 – 1967

Tunku Kurshiah College, (TKC), Seremban, 1964 (intervening year)

  • Universiti Malaya, BA (Hons.), 1967-1970
  • Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, MBA, 1980-1982



  • Pingat Ahli Setia Negeri Sembilan (A.N.S), 19 July 2006
  • Women Entrepreneurs Award, 15 August 2007
  • The National Women Entrepreneurs Award 2008
  • Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year 2009 – Woman Entrepreneur of The Year
  • Tribute to Women Malaysia Award on Education 2010
  • Dato’ Paduka Negeri Sembilan (DPNS), 14th January 2011
  • Tokoh Guru Pendidikan Swasta Nasional 2013 (National Teacher Leader for Private Education 2013)
  • Outstanding Entrepreneurship Award 2013



  • Founder Cempaka Education Group (2016- present)
  • Member of the Program Studies Committee (JKPP) Master of Education

Program in Educational Psychology, Faculty of Educational Studies,

University Putra Malaysia for three (3) years from the First Semester of Session 2020/2021.

  • Honorary Professor, University of Cyberjaya-2021
  • Chairman, Cempaka Schools (1983 – 2016)
  • Adjunct Professor for Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities,

University Technology Malaysia. (1st July 2020-31July 2022)

  • Advisor for Faculty of Education, The National University of Malaysia (1st September 2016 – 7th September 2021)
  • Expert in the Committee for Masters in Business Administration Program,

Faculty of Business and Economics, University Putra Malaysia (2018 – 2021)

  • President of the Malaysian Society for Education Administration and Management (MSEAM), 2020
  • Deputy President of the University of Malaya Alumni
  • President of the Malaysian Women’s Graduate Association
  • Committee Member of the Malaysian Children’s Aid Society
  • Advisor to the Malaysian International Dance Organization
  • Committee Member of the National Education Advisory Council (2010)
  • Vice-Chairman of the International Schools Association (ISA), Geneva(2013)
  • Honorary Secretary to the National Cancer Council (MAKNA)
  • Committee Member of the Malaysian Arts Council which is tasked with mapping out the way forward for the Arts in the country (2004)
  • Advisor on Education in Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS)-2006
  • Advisor for Faculty of Education, The National University of Malaysia (13th February 2015)
  • Panel member of Peniagawati ‘’Think Tank’’ (1st March 2015 – 31st Mei 2016)
  • Honorary Member of Integriti, The Malaysian Institute of Integrity


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