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Keynote Speaker:

James Reade

Associate Professor at the University of Reading

James Reade is an Associate Professor at the University of Reading, and is also affiliated with the New Institute for Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School of the University of Oxford. He gained his PhD (D.Phil) from the University of Oxford in 2007 under the supervision of Sir David F. Hendry. Between 2009 and 2013 he was a Lecturer in Economics at the University of Birmingham, and since 2013 has been at the University of Reading.

Dr Reade’s research interests span from macroeconomic forecasting, in which his PhD was, more broadly to econometric methods and applied economics. He has published in a number of top journals including The Economic Journal, The Academy of Management Journal, and Kyklos. His applications of economic theory have used large datasets from sport, social media, and have involved incorporating innovative methods of summarising and modelling data.


Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Nina Guyon

Department of Economics at the National University of Singapore (NUS)

Dr Nina Guyon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the National University of Singapore (NUS). She is also an affiliated researcher at the Interdisciplinary Lab for the Evaluation of Public Policies (LIEPP) at Sciences Po (Paris, France). She has a PhD from the Paris School of Economics (PSE).

Dr Guyon`s research interests include economics of education, urban economics and evaluation of public policies. In her current research, she focuses on the impact of social segregation at school, parental involvement and students’ aspirations on educational achievement, thereby contributing to the international debate on the reduction of social inequalities in education. Her research does not only focus on test scores, but also on children’s well-being. In 2012-2014, she ran a randomized control trial (RCT) in 320 schools in France to measure the impact of a policy aiming at decreasing the prevalence of violence in school. At the same time, she also implemented a survey in 500 primary schools to learn about the impact of a national policy targeting young children in need in the poorest neighborhoods of France. These projects led to the creation of two huge and unique databases on children’s cognitive and non-cognitive skills, which will be an amazing source of information to answer many opened questions in the field of economics of education.

Dr Guyon was awarded the European Economic Association Young Economist Award in 2010, and she received several large grants for her empirical work on education. Her research work has been published in top economics journals, including The Journal of Human Resources and The Review of Economic Studies.


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Conference Chair

Dr. Evan Lau

Associate Professor, Director of Centre for Business Economics & Finance Forecasting (BEFfore), UNIMAS

Evan Lau is a well-trained Universiti Putra Malaysia graduate with vast experience and research excellence covering the areas of International Economics with numerous applications of econometrics techniques. Recently he ventured into socioeconomic discipline including Economics of Crime and Suicide. He joined Faculty of Economics and Business Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) in 2005 soon after completing his Ph.D in 2004. He servicing as a senior lecturer since 2008 and promoted to Associate Professor from June 2014 to date. He holds the Managing Editor post for International Journal of Business and Society (IJBS), an internationally refereed journal indexed in SCOPUS bibliographic database, Malaysian Citation Centre (MCC), ProQuest publisher, Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory, Cabell’s Directories (Economics, Finance and Management) and EBSCO Host Publishing. He is the director of Centre of Excellence for Business, Economics and Finance Forecasting (BEFfore), UNIMAS which among other serves as a platform and reference point for business, economic and finance forecasting. He was the Visiting Scholar in Faculty of Economics in University of Cambridge. He teaches both the undergraduates and the graduate courses.

To date, Evan Lau has impressive volume of articles in refereed journals (more than 65) and has also presented his research works in many international and local conferences. As part of recognition and internationalization, he was listed as Top 10% economists in Malaysia since 2008 and Top 12% in Asia since 2012 by the Research Papers in Economics RePEc database. He was also cited as Top 10 Most Productive Malaysian Based Authors in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences for the year from 2001 to 2010, published by the Malaysian Citation Centre (MCC), Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) in 2012. Apart from that, his biography was selected to be listed in the 29th Edition of Who’s Who in the world for 2012. He also indeed contributed to society in terms of economic research studies. Thus, an invitation was extended to him for interviews in several special programs on Budget (2006, 2011), post budget 2013 and live radio interview in 2012 on the Malaysian broadcasting station. His profile is also made available at SCOPUS, RePEc, Research Gate,Google Scholar and Academia where he was among the highly cited authors in UNIMAS.


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General Chair

Dr. Tan Jing Hee

Executive Director & Chairman of its Academic Board of East Asia Institute of Management

Dr. Tan Jing Hee is an Executive Director of East Asia Institute of Management as well as the Chairman of its Academic Board. He started work as a Retail Manager in a family business dealing with pharmaceutical products, toiletries and film development and processing. Dr Tan went on to become Senior Science Master of a government secondary school. After five years, he re-joined the private sector as a Merchandising Manager of Robinsons Departmental Store, with responsibilities over 6 departments in Menswear Division. In 1973, he joined the Singapore Institute of Management, initially as Information, Publications and Research officer before moving into management development responsibilities. During his 25 years stay in the institute, he helped to build it into the premier HRD organisation in the region. While in SIM, Dr Tan was also involved in establishing enterprise-wide MBO systems in six medium and large organisations in Singapore. In 1987, he co-edited a book on Developing Managers In Asia, published by Addison-Wesley. Dr Tan was the Chief Operating Officer of SIM before leaving it to pursue other interests. In 1994, he wrote doctoral thesis on Developing A Factor Model of Management Work in Singapore, for which he was awarded his Ph.D from Henley Mangement College/Brunel University.


Committee Member
Assoc. Prof. Dr Erginbay Uğurlu, Ph.D in Econometrics, Gazi University, Turkey Istanbul Aydın University FEAS, Department of Economics and Finance
Dr. Chor Foon TANG, Ph.D in Economics, University of Malaya (UM) Centre for Policy Research and International Studies (CenPRIS)
Universiti Sains Malaysia
Dr. Rayenda Khresna Brahmana Department of Accounting and Finance,
Faculty of Economics and Business,
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Dr. Mohd Norfian Alifiah Department of Accounting and Finance, Faculty of Management
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Prof. Dr. Mansor H Ibrahim, PhD in Economics Washington University, USA Professor of Finance & Econometrics, Finance and Accounting Department
INCEIF (International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance)
Dr. Simonetti Biagio University of Sannio, Italy
Prof. Benjamin García-Paez, PhD. in UNAM, MScUOL, EIFEI Professor in Economics of Growth and Development Economics Department of the National University of Mexico
Associate Professor Dr Irwan Trinugroho  Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Sebelas Maret, Indonesia