IPSEF Asia | Kuala Lumpur 2016

2016 Review: Kuala Lumpur:

16 - 18 March 2016

IPSEF Asia 2016 celebrated its 5th year in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

As IPSEF Asia celebrated its fifth anniversary in 2016 and we not only returned to our original home at the Intercontinental but this was the most pan-Asian event yet! Case studies of new schools from across Asia were blended with a focus on the dynamic and fast changing Chinese market. What is the legislative environment in China? What are the models that allow overseas investors and schools to operate there? What will be the impact of the relaxation of the one child only policy? To answer these questions we had a line-up of highly informed and experienced educators and professionals who shared their objective advice and personal experience.

These important themes ran alongside subjects as diverse as curriculum choices, school design and build, teacher recruitment and CPD, financing your school project, legal issues, and preparing for the unexpected (E.g. natural disasters and civil unrest).

The 2016 speakers included:

Vincent Thierry Adam, Head of Upper School, Northfields International School, Mauritius

Dr Abdulla Al Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA)

Tay Beng Chai, Partner, Bird & Bird and Managing Partner, Tay & Partners, Malaysia

Edward Clark, Executive Director, LSC Education, UK

Brian Cooklin, Principal, Nord Anglia International School, Hong Kong

Vanessa Cumbers, Director, CRS Education, China

Andrew Dalton, Principal, The International School @ Park City, Malaysia and Chairman of AIMS (Association of International Malaysian Schools)

Nina Adlan Disney, CEO, Asia Pacific Schools, Malaysia

Dr Nicholas Dwyer, Director, Haileybury International School Tianjin

BK Gan, President, Taylor's Schools, Malaysia

Richard Gaskell, Director of International Schools, ISC - The International School Consultancy, Thailand

Martin George, Headmaster, Epsom College Malaysia

Aniruddh Gupta, Founder & CEO, DML Education Pte Ltd., Singapore

Shehzad Jamal, Senior Manager and Head of Education, Colliers International, Dubai

MA Jiqiang,Vice President, Dipont Education Management Group

Rick Johnson, CEO, EduReach, UK

John Gwyn Jones, Managing Director, Panyathip International School, Laos

Dr. K. Habib Khan, Chief Administrator for USAD International Programs, USA

Kaushik Mohan, Vice President, Parthenon EY

Dr. John Moore, Principal, The British School Kathmandu

James Neill, International Director, GL Education Group, UK

Robert Pick, Headmaster, Marlborough College, Malaysia

Jonathan Price, Managing Director, Eteach International, UAE

Raymond Ravaglia, Director of Pre-College Programs, The School of the New York Times, USA

Paul Rennie, Acting High Commissioner, British High Commission

Denise Sinclair, Head of Training and Curriculum, Matrix Global Schools, Malaysia

Russell Speirs, Founder & CEO, RSAcademics Ltd.

Elaine Stallard, Founder and CEO, Winter's International School Finder, UK

Tao Sun, Chairman, Elite K-12 Education Group

Rajiv Vasudeva, President-Network Expansion & Special Projects, Millenium Education Management Pvt Ltd. (An Educomp company), Singapore

Sharon Wellington, Assistant Principal – Curriculum, Primary Campus, The Alice Smith School, Malaysia

Dr. Helen Wright, Associate, LSC Education, UK

Dong Zhengjing, Deputy Chairman, Nanjing Foreign Language School Xianlin Branch School

James Zika, Senior Director, International Planning & Outreach, The College Board, USA

Conference Programme

Download the 2016 conference programme (pdf).

School Visits

There were optional school visits on day 3 to:

HELP International School:

Established in 2014, HELP International School offers the British Curriculum from preschool to A-Levels, with an international team of experienced teachers. In celebrating the school motto “Life in all its fullness”, we encourage all-round student’s development and aim to empower students to find meaning and fulfillment in all that they do.

Nexus International School:

Nexus International School was established in Putrajaya in 2008 offering the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), IGCSE and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). In 2015, they were awarded the Apple Distinguished School Award and the Mastering Status for IPC delivery. The Nexus Singapore campus opened in 2011, and will move to the new state-of-the-art Aljunied campus by 2019.

The Alice Smith School:

The Alice Smith School, a not-for-profit educational foundation was founded in 1946. It is one of the first schools in Malaysia and earliest in South East Asia and wider afield to be accredited as a British School Overseas by the Department for Education in London and is graded as Outstanding.

IPSEF would like to thank our Knowledge Partners for their continued support - Oxford University Press, Parthenon-EY and GL Education

Oxford University Press


Oxford University Press is at the heart of the international classroom. Our specialist international team is dedicated to helping schools around the world choose the best resources and professional development for their needs. For digital inspection copies, up-to-date catalogues and contact details, visit www.oup.com/oxed or email education.export@oup.com.

Parthenon EY


As the leading advisor to the education sector globally, Parthenon-EY guides the largest organisations across sectors of education such as K-12, higher education, transnational education, vocational training, ELT, and education technology. The firm completes more than 150 education projects annually and has worked across 80 countries.

Visit www.parthenon.ey.com

GL Education

GL Education

GL Education is a knowledge partner of IPSEF and a leading supplier of standardised assessments to schools in over 100 countries worldwide. We provide insight and advice to Ministries of Education, NGOs, investors and school leadership teams around the world to help them deliver better educational outcomes.

Visit www.gl-education.com

Thank you to the sponsors and exhibitors, which included:


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Faculty Match

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