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Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker I

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yip Mum Wai
Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment Tunku Abdul Rahman University College Malaysia

Dr. Yip holds a Diploma in Materials Engineering and MSc in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from University of Warwick, United Kingdom. He was awarded an Engineering Doctorate in Engineering Business Management from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Dr. Yip holds a position as Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, Tunku Abdul Rahman University College. He is a certified Train the Trainer of PBSM Malaysia, certified TRIZ Instructor, certified Knowledge Management Facilitator and Practitioner, Senior Member of International Association of Computer Science and Information (IACSIT), Senior Member of South Asia Institute of Science and Engineering (SAISE) and also a senior member of International Economics of Development Research Centre (IEDRC).
Dr Yip has presented many papers in engineering management such as TRIZ, innovation management and knowledge management in many international conferences in Japan, Korea, China, Macau, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. He is also a reviewer, Editorial Board Member and conference chair and keynote speaker for many International Journals and International Conferences.

Keynote Speech Title: Managing Uncertainties by Practicing Knowledge Management
Abstract: As the industrial age has shifted into the knowledge age, the global economic is shaped by uncertainties.  Oil price plunge, slow market demand with huge competition are scheming for another wave of financial turmoil. In this context, organizations need to face the uncertainties with innovative business thinking and management.  Thus, the practice of knowledge management is essential to overcome the uncertainty.  Practice of knowledge management can bring forward their propositions on how organizations manage knowledge in times of global uncertainty.  Knowledge management (KM) is about identifying, acquiring, applying, sharing, developing, creating, preserving and measuring knowledge within an organisation.  Practice of Knowledge Management Model will be presented in details on how KM activities can manage the uncertainty in this chaotic period.

Keynote Speaker II

Prof. Piriya Pholphirul
National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), Thailand

Professor Piriya Pholphirul is Full Professor of Economics of the Graduate School of Development Economics, National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) and Editor-in-Chief of Development Economic Review. He also serve as Executive Director of the Center for Development Economics Studies, a consultancy research institute under National Institute of Development Administration.
During his tenure work at NIDA (2005-Present), he also served as a Vice Dean and Program Director of the International College of National Institute of Development Administration during 2012-2016, spent three years (2009-2012) on sabbatical leave to serve as an Human Development Economist at the World Bank and served as an Associate Director of the Center of Poverty Studies of NIDA (2005-2009). Before joining NIDA, he was a research specialist (2003-2005) at the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), Researcher (1999-2003) at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University (USA), and an international business officer (1997-1998) at the Siam Cement Group.
Professsor Piriya Pholphirul received his bachelor's degree in economics from Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), a master's degree in policy economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA) and doctorate in economics from Georgia State University (USA). He has been teaching and conducting extensive research in fields of economics, business, and public policy, writing more than 10 economic textbooks, regularly publishing more than 50 research articles in international journals, and writing more than 200 op-ed articles in newspaper.  Because of his level of expertise, he has served as a consultant to a number of governmental organizations and international organizations.

Keynote Speech Title: Does Immigration Promote Innovation in Developing Countries? Evidence from Thai Manufacturers
Abstract: Contrary to studies of other migrant-receiving countries, most of which are developed countries, this paper examines impacts of immigrant workers on innovative capacities in Thailand, which is not only a representative of a receiving country that is a developing country but also a country where the majority of its immigrant workers are unskilled. Analysis of firm-level survey data in Thailand finds that employing unskilled and cheap labor from neighboring countries, namely, Myanmar, the Lao PDR, and Cambodia, is like adopting a kind of ¡°labor-saving technology¡± which actually impedes firms¡¯ R&D investment.Contrary to developed countries in which immigrants are found to boost innovation and promote sustainable growth, in Thailand, even though employing unskilled immigrant workers helps firms maintain their cost competitiveness in the short run, its negative impacts on R&D investment tend to hamper improvements in productivity and thus diminish global competitivenessin the long run. Employing skilled or educated migrants, on the other hand,complements technological progress and encourages firms to innovate more quickly. In addition, the paper finds that providing government incentives and promoting access to financing have become effective tools in facilitating Thai firms¡¯ investment in innovation.