Professor Chanita Rukspollmuang, Ph.D., is one of the pioneers in the field of Comparative and International Education in Thailand. She received her bachelor degree in Law (with honor) from Thammasat University, Thailand and graduated from Michigan State University, USA, with a Doctorate in Socio-Philosophical Foundations of Education. Her areas of specialization include Development Education, Comparative and International Education, Sociology of Education,
Teacher Education, and Educational Law, as well as Education for International Understanding (EIU), Global Citizenship Education (GCE), and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).
She started her career as an education officer in the Division of Policy and Comparative Education, Office of the National Education Commission. In 1981, she was asked to join the Faculty of Education, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, as a faculty member in the country’s first graduate program in the Foundations of Education in which one major is Comparative Education. Dr. Chanita has taught courses in theories and practices in comparative education for more than 30 years. Her textbooks, researches, and publications are widely used in the academic arena. At present she is an Assistant President at Siam University, Thailand.
Dr. Chanita is an internationally-recognized expert in Education, Development Education, Comparative Education, Sociology of Education. She received numerous grants and awards both at the national and international levels including the Distinguished Research Award at Chulalongkorn University’s Rachadapisek Research Fund (1984 and 2006), Thammasat University’s Distinguished Alumni Award (2003) and Recognized Alumni Award (1996); and the Japan Comparative Education Society’s Hiratsuka Memorial Award in 1985.
Dr. Pam Ries is an Associate Clinical Professor of Education and Director of the University of Iowa REACH program. She has over 30 years of experience as a practitioner and consultant providing services to students with disabilities, teachers, and families. As a consultant for two area education agencies, Dr. Ries worked in literacy development, on behalf of students with disabilities and English Language Learners, providing professional development to practicing teachers, and teaching people to be teachers. She has a depth of knowledge related to the missions, challenges, and practices of educational institutions. Dr. Ries is currently in her fourth year as director of UI REACH, a post- secondary program for students with intellectual and cognitive disabilities. She has successfully advocated for greater alignment of university resources and services for students with disabilities and the integration of students with disabilities throughout the college campus. Students graduating from the program find gainful employment at more than four times the rate of their non-attending peers.
Dr. Rosario Margarita Aligada, a UP alumna, is a Professional Teacher who holds a doctorate degree in Reading Education, a Master’s degree in Special Education, and an undergraduate college degree in Community Nutrition. She is a Solution- Focused Brief Therapy Practitioner, a Registered Nutritionist-Dietitian, Family Ministries’ Worker, and a Life/Success Coach. She is a founder of Laro, Lapis at Libro (a transition school for children with exceptional needs). She teaches Special Education, and Research courses. She is currently the Chairperson for Special Education, and the Dean of the College of Education of Miriam College.
Dr. Marilou Nicolas is a Professor at the Chemistry Unit of the Department of Physical Sciences and Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences, University of the Philippines (UP) Manila. She earned her doctoral degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology from UP Diliman; her Master of Science in Biochemistry degree from UP Manila; and her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree from UP Diliman. Her research interest in biochemistry.
Dr. BaoHui Zhang is Qujiang Scholar professor, former dean, and doctoral student supervisor at the School of Education (SOE), Shaanxi Normal University (SNNU), Xi’an, China. He received his Master degree in chemistry education from Beijing Normal University in 1994, master degree in 2002 and PhD degree in 2003 in Educational Technology from the University of Michigan, USA. He has 12 years’ experience studying , living , and working out of China (6 years in the US and another 6 years in Singapore as a faculty member at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University). He served as professor and doctoral supervisor at the Institute of Education, Nanjing University (2011-2014) after returning to China. He joined SNNU in 2014 after its global dean search. He is currently chair of Research and Publication of the International Council of Associations for Science Education (ICASE) and editor of Science Education International, a flagship journal of ICASE (2014-2018).
Ms. Hannah Kitchen is an Analyst in the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills. Prior to this, Hannah was a member of the OECD’s Young Professional Programme in the Directorate for Public Governance and Territorial Development where she worked on issues around public sector reform, providing advice to governments on how to improve public service delivery. Before joining the OECD Hannah was responsible for work on enhancing public service efficiency and reform across the British government in HM Treasury in the United Kingdom. She has also worked in the European institutions, both in the European Parliament and in a UK regional development office. Hannah studied modern history and politics at the University of Oxford, UK and international economics at Sciences Po, Paris. She is currently coordinating Evaluation and Assessment Reviews in Romania and Morocco.
Dr. Roslinda Ithnin is a Physical Chemistry lecturer and currently the Director at the Center for Foundation Studies in Science, University of Malaya. Previously she was the director at the Research Grant Management Centre (PPGP), Institute of Research Management and Monitoring , University of Malaya. Dr. Inthin received her PhD in Physical Chemistry / Surface Science from the University of Nottingham (1997). Her BSc. (1985) and MSc. (1988) in Chemistry were obtained from the California State Universities in the USA. She continued her international collaboration in Surface Science during her sabbatical at The University of Manchester (2003/4) and later, at the University College London (2008/9). Her current physical chemistry research is on polymer electrolyte which uses natural and biodegradable polymers such as starch. She is a member of ECoS (Educational Co-research for Sustainability), a Japan based group which discusses sustainable green chemistry in schools. She collaborates with researchers from the Toin University of Yokohama and Tokyo Gakugei University to develop educational materials for sustainable development in science education. Dr. Inthin was one of the consultants for the consultancy project by the University of Malaya sponsored by the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA). The project with KeTTHA again allows her to visit schools and interact with students for a good cause.
Dr. Lourdes B. Filoteo has a doctoral degree in Chemistry Education from the UP College of Education in Diliman while both her BS Chemistry and MA in Science Education degrees were from the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU). She also has earned units in Special Education and Bachelor of Laws. Dr. Filoteo has presented papers in both local and international conference and she has written papers published both here and abroad, the most recent of which is the online article entitled: Ethnicity, Epistemological Beliefs, Thinking Skills and Concept Understanding in Chemistry . At present, Dr. Filoteo is the Director of the WMSU Testing and Evaluation Center.
Dr. Grace Javier Alfonso is a Professor Emeritus of the University of the Philippines (UP) and the Executive Director of the University of the Philippines TV. She is the former Chancellor of the UP Open University, former Director of the UPOU Multimedia Center, and founding Chairperson of the Film and Audiovisual Communication Department of the UP College of Mass Communication. She is a director for film and television; a painter; a sculptor; a multimedia artist; a film critic; a Member of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (Gawad Urian), a Professor at the UP Film Institute and UPOU Faculty member of Information and Communication Studies, UPOU PDA for Art and Culture, and a UP Artist II Productivity Grantee. Dr. Alfonso earned her in Bachelor of Fine Arts (major in Painting), M.A. in Art History and Ph.D. in Communication degrees from the University of the Philippines.