Dr. Samuel Chng

Keynote Speaker

Head of Urban Psychology Lab, Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities, Singapore University of Technology and Design

Samuel Chng is a Research Fellow and heads the Urban Psychology Lab in the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. He is an applied social psychologist and his research focuses on human behaviour and decisions in cities across a range of areas including sustainability, mobility and wellbeing. His work is multidisciplinary and applied in nature, focusing on delivering practical and policy impacts.

Dr. Carrie Childs

Keynote Speaker

Senior Lecturer, School of Human Sciences, University of Derby

Dr Carrie Childs is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Derby, United Kingdom. She completed her Doctoral degree at Loughborough University. As a social psychologist with a strong qualitative background, she has focused her research on how language is used to negotiate relationships, actions and events in our everyday lives. Carrie has a long standing research interest in sexuality issues. Her past work has explored interaction between police officers and children reporting alleged sexual offences. More recently, she has turned her attentions to social constructions of sexuality, particularly the marginalisation of non-normative sexual practices and relationships. Her current work explores discursive constructions of ‘sex addiction’ in the accounts of women who identify as being sexually addicted.

Dr. Yow Wei Quin

Conference Chair

Assoc. Professor & Assoc. Head of HASS (Research), Singapore University of Technology and Design

Associate Professor Yow Wei Quin is currently the Associate Head (Research) in Humanities Arts & Social Science at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, and a visiting Senior Academician at the Changi General Hospital. She obtained her PhD (Psychology), MA (Psychology) and MSc (Statistics) from Stanford University, USA. Her main area of research is examining socio-cognitive development across the lifespan, including how factors such as the language environment that we grow up in influence our cognitive functioning, as well as how technology influences the way we communicate and interact with each other. Professor Yow has published more than 50 international peer-refereed papers, conference proceedings and book chapters in top-tiered journals and conferences such as Developmental Science, Child Development, Journal of Gerontology Series B, Bilingualism: Language & Cognition, Frontiers in Psychology, Cognitive Development, GSA, SRCD, Cognitive Science Society, etc., in the area of social cognition, bilingualism, technology and aging. She also currently serves in the Editorial Board for Cognitive Development, and Frontiers in Psychology, and a recipient of multiple awards, such as the Public Administration Medal (Bronze), GSA Diversity Mentoring & Career Development Fellowship, SUTD Outstanding Education Award, and the Society of Personality and Social Psychology Teacher/Scholar Award.

Dr. Karel Karsten Himawan

Conference Chair

Universitas Pelita Harapan, Tangerang, Indonesia & The University of Queensland, Australia

Karel currently serves as the Head of Department of the Undergraduate Psychology program at Universitas Pelita Harapan, and as a course coordinator for the Masters of Mental Health program at the University of Queensland. He is a licensed clinical psychologist under the Allied Health Professions Council in Indonesia.

Karel is actively involved in various applied research projects about interpersonal relationship, particularly on how marriage and marital status affect an individual’s well-being viewed through cross-cultural perspectives. He approaches the phenomenon using psychological, sociological, and anthropological perspectives by outlining an individual’s psychological dynamics in relation to feminism and masculinity, gender role, sexuality, quality of life, and religious beliefs and practices. His works have been published in several international reputable journals. His research is also showcased in RELASI Research Lab, where he is the core researcher.

Dr. Tan Jing Hee

General Chair

Deputy Chairman of the Management Council, Chairman of East Asia Institute of Management Academic Board.

Dr. Tan Jing Hee is the Deputy Chairman of the Management Council, Chairman of East Asia Institute of Management Academic Board. 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.

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