Keynote Speakers on 6 November 2019

Keynote Speakers

Wednesday 6 Nov 2019


Professor Dr. Robert Brian Shutes

Emeritus Professor of Ecotechnology, Middlesex University, London, United Kingdom

Topic>>Wetlands for Water Pollution Control: A multi-faceted paradigm for Environmental Education

Panelist (Water Pollution) on topic: of “Wetlands for Water Pollution Control: A Multi-Faceted Paradigm for Environmental Education”

Brian Shutes is Emeritus Professor of Ecotechnology at Middlesex University, London. He was Vice-Chair of the International Water Association (IWA) Specialist Group on ‘The use of Wetlands for Water Pollution Control’ (1996-2008).

He has been a consultant and partner on projects in Asia for the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Union, UK and Singapore Government Departments and Agencies, and has organized and presented at workshops, seminars and conferences in Asian countries. He has also been a Visiting-Professor at universities in Asia.

Wednesday 6 Nov 2019


Dr.Suleeporn Bunbongkarn Choopavang

Director of Foreign Affairs Department of the Chaipattana Foundation

Topic>>Pollution Control through Environmental Education: Social Enterprise

Panelist (Social Enterprise)

Suleeporn Bunbongkarn Choopavang, (Ph. D.), the Director of Foreign Affairs Department of the Chaipattana Foundation, has joined this charitable organization, established by His Late Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, for more than 15 years. With an aim to provide prompt, timely and necessary responses to problems affecting the Thai people, His Majesty the Late King granted the initiative for the establishment of the Chaipattana Foundation which serves as a non-governmental organization. At the Foundation, Suleeporn’s responsibility covers a wide range of international affairs as well as development projects in various countries including China, Singapore, Laos, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Malaysia.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Suleeporn worked for the UNESCAP and had for many years, volunteered for different organizations for people with disabilities.

Aside from working for charities, Suleeporn has also been active in an academic arena. She gave lectures in universities and spoke at conferences. Suleeporn’s contributions had also been recognized by the media which led her to receive Cosmo Reflecting on Time Award from Cosmopolitan Magazine in 2006. Later, she was selected a prominent alumnus of Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in 2016.

Suleeporn is married to Senior Colonel Apichart Choopavang, the Thai Defence and Army Attache to Myanmar. Although she had stationed in Yangon with her husband since 2017 to 2019, Suleeporn had actively been involved in the work of the Chaipattana Foundation. During her assignment, Suleeporn had taken part in bringing the royal initiative of His Majesty the Late King on sustainable agriculture to Myanmar in order to help the local people and farmers at large. When she is free from her tasks at the Foundation and universities, Suleeporn is busy as a translator and a mom of a 4 year old daughter.

Wednesday 6 Nov 2019


Dr. Denis Nkala

Regional Coordinator and Representative The United Nations office for South-South Cooperation in UNOSSC, Asia and the Pacific Office

Keynote Speaker in Topic: South-South Cooperation – Alternative Development Pathways

Denis Nkala (Ph.D.) is the Regional Coordinator for Asia-Pacific in the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation. He has worked in the Asia-Pacific region since 2006. He has worked extensively with countries in the region including China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Republic of Korea and Thailand.

In 2009, he co-wrote a publication on South-South and triangular cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.

Most recently, he has worked with a team from Thailand on a publication focusing on Thai outreach to other countries including the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy. Denis Nkala studied Economics and Business Administration (B.Sc.), Applied Economics (M.Sc.) and Applied Management and Decision Sciences (Ph.D.). His previous assignments also include Iraq and Zimbabwe. Denis is a national of Zimbabwe.

Wednesday 6 Nov 2019


Dr. Sumet Tantivejkul

Honorary Chairman of WEEC2019 and Secretary-General of the Chaipattana Foundation

Topic>>Local Sphere

Congress Sharing "Theme Local Sphere"

Sumet Tantivejkul (Ph.D.) is well recognized for his major role as the Secretary-General of the Chaipattana Foundation, a non-governmental body established by the late King Rama IX, King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand. Before he was assigned this prominent duty, Sumet spent years of his working life at the National Economic and Social Development Board, the governmental organization responsible for setting the direction of the Thai economy, as well as the Royal Development Projects Board, the governmental organization which takes care of various royal development projects initiated by His Late Majesty, where he served as the first Secretary-General of the organization.

Sumet spent more than 30 years accompanying the Late King on countless visits to the rural areas. He is, thus, known as a public icon who has worked for the greater good as inspired by His Late Majesty. Due to his extensive service to the Monarch, Sumet was offered 13 Honorary Doctorate Degrees from major universities around the country, as well as numerous awards and honors. In recognition of his meritorious service, Sumet was conferred with the Knight Grand Cross (First Class) of the Most Admirable Order of the Diredgunabhorn.

Now in his 80s, Sumet is still active in giving talks about His Majesty the Late King’s development works. He also serves as chairman and board to directors for several leading foundations and institutions in Thailand, and a grandfather of two grandchildren.

Wednesday 6 Nov 2019


Professor Ronghuai Huang

Director at UNESCO International Research and Training Centre for Rural Education (INRULED) and Professor in Faculty of Education of Beijing Normal University (BNU)

Topic>>Environmental Education and Communication Sphere

Congress Sharing "Theme Environmental Education and Communication Sphere"

Ronghuai Huang is a Professor in Faculty of Education of Beijing Normal University (BNU). He has being engaged in the research on smart learning environment, artificial intelligence in education, educational technology as well as knowledge engineering.

He received ‘Chang Jiang Scholar’ award in 2016, which is the highest academic award presented to an individual in higher education by the Ministry of Education of China. He serves as Co-Dean of Smart Learning Institute, Director of UNESCO International Rural Educational and Training Centre, and Director of China National Engineering Lab for Cyberlearning Intelligent Technology. He is very active in academic organizations both at home and abroad. He is also Committeeman of the Science Subject Expert Committee of the National Textbook Committee, Vice-chairman of China Educational Technology Association, Deputy Director of Teaching Guidance Committee of Educational Technology at Institutions of Higher Education (MOE), Vice-Chairman of Beijing Education Informatization Expert Committee, and Expert of MOE AI Innovation Panel.

During 2013 to 2018, he serves as General Chair for International Conference on Advanced Learning Technology (ICALT). He is also Executive Committeeman of The Global Chinese Society for Computers in Education, Vice President of International Association of Smart Learning Environments (IASLE), and Editor-in-Chief of Springer’s Journal of Smart Learning Environment and Journal of Computers in Education.

Till now, he has accomplished and is working on over 100 projects, and his ideas have been widely spread, with about 400 academic papers and over 40 books published at home and aboard.

Wednesday 6 Nov 2019

11.30-12.00 @ Bhiraj Hall 2

Mari Nishimura

Education and Youth Unit of the Ecosystems Division of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi HQ

Keynote Speaker

Ms. Mari Nishimura works in Education and Youth Unit of the Ecosystems Division of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi HQ, focusing on Behavioural Changes on Campus and Green Jobs for Youth.

Before joining the team, she worked on promoting sustainable lifestyles among urban youth. She led the education part of the activities towards SDG12 Sustainable Consumption and Production, responding to the need for new cultural and educational models to foster a new generation of citizens that integrate sustainability in their personal and professional choices.

She brings in her hands-on experiences in the Economy Division office in Paris, the liaison office in New York and the regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean in Panama City.

Before joining UNEP in 2015, she worked in public policy and advisory at the European Union level covering issues related to Fluorinated gases as well as at the global level relating to Ozone Depleting Substances regulated by the Montreal Protocol.