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22-24 March 2017

InterContinental Hotel
Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur

Conference: 22-23 March
School visits: 24 March

Review of IPSEF Asia 2017

The only Pan-Asian business conference for private and international schools.

IPSEF Asia is an important and well-established regional conference, the 2017 event was the sixth to be held in the vibrant hub city of Kuala Lumpur.

It comprised of two days of stimulating presentations, plenty of practical best practice Case Studies from schools, a full day of school visits and a relaxed networking reception, participants left inspired and connected to high level contacts across the educational supply chain.

Speakers brought their knowledge and perspectives from across Asia, including China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea and Thailand, with global perspectives from the UAE and South Africa.

IPSEF’s audience comprised of the wide range of stakeholders involved in a new school operation, from schools and investors to the suppliers and regulators. Participants we're senior figures from schools, Heads or owners, as well senior managers from industry, and national or regional regulators.

School Visits on the 24th March included:

1. St Joseph's Institution International School, Tropicana

2. British School Kuala Lumpur (BSKL), Bandar Utama

3. Epsom College

KHDA & ADEC Meetings

Schools and investors attending IPSEF in Kuala Lumpur we're invited to have private meetings with the KHDA and ADEC

Speakers Included:

Maryanna Abdo, Vice President, Parthenon-EY

Dr. Tareq Zeyad Awad Al Ameri, ADEC Division Manager Promotion & Business Development Private Schools and Quality Assurance

Kalthoom AlBalooshi, Executive Director of Educational Development, Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA)

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

Amol Arora, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, SHEMROCK & SHEMFORD Group of Schools

Anshul Arora, CEO, Edvance Group

Ashwin Assomull, Managing Director, MENA Education Leader, Member of Parthenon-EY's Education Practice

Nigel Austen, BC Program Principal, Maple Leaf International School - Chongqing

Ross Barfoot, Lead Global Partner, Education, Clyde & Co.

Colin Bell, CEO, Council of British International Schools (COBIS)

Anne Bradbury, International Director, The Teaching Assistant College

Rachel Burtrand, ICT Integrator, Nexus International School

Nicki Coombs, Head of School, Beaconhouse Malaysia School

Andrew Dalton, Executive Principal & Director of Education, The International School @ ParkCity, Malaysia and Chairman of AIMS (Association of International Malaysian Schools)

Delton Daniels, IT Educator, Curro College

Suresh Dass, COO & Principal, St. John's International School

Richard Davies, Divisional Director, Fieldwork Education – Nord Anglia Education

Shellie Gazdik, Associate Director of Client Success, Hobsons

Dr Goh Chee Leong, CEO, HELP Education Services (HELP International School)

Winston Goh, Head of Marketing (South APAC), Axis Communications

Kamal Gupta, Chief Operating Officer, Global School Foundation, Singapore

Diane Jacoutot, Managing Director, Edvectus

John Gwyn Jones, Managing Director, Panyathip International School

Jaco Joubert, Head of IT, Curro

Stuart Kent, High School Principal, Seoul Foreign School

Dr. Tan Sri Dr. Khair, Ministry of Education, Malaysia

Pierre Le Roux, Executive Head, Curro College

Judith Y. L. Loh, Pre-school Centre Director, Deputy President – NAECCEM, National Association of Early Childhood Care and Education Malaysia

Prof. Dr. Sharifah Meriam Syed Akil, Rizq Islamic School

Matthew Marson, Deputy Principal, Curriculum and Innovation, HELP International School

Kevin Martin, Counsel, Clyde & Co, Hong Kong

Stephen McKenna, Legal Director, Education, Clyde & Co

James Mullan, Co-Founder, Which School Advisor

James Neill, International Director, GL Education Group

Andrew Nicol, Regional Managing Director, Asia and the Middle East, Hobsons

Robert Pick, Master, Marlborough College, Malaysia

Dr. Logendra Stanley Ponniah, Acting Dean, Taylor’s University

Paul Rennie, Deputy High Commissioner, British High Commission Malaysia

Kevin J Ruth, Chief Executive, Executive Director, ECIS

Dr Nurul Nadiah Sahimi, Dean for the Faculty of Education and Humanities, UNITAR International University

Prof. Arfah Salleh, Vice Chancellor, UNITAR International University

Ian Temple, Principal, Tenby International School Setia Eco Park

David Tongue, Headmaster, Brighton College International School - Bangkok

Peter Wells, Principal, Taylor’s International School

Prof. Dr. Sopia Md Yassin, Director, National Child Development Research Centre (NCDRC)

Boo Chuan Yen, Vice-principal and Head, English Language Centre, Hin Hua High School

Sami Yosef, Head of South East Asia Research, ISC Research

Ruth Young, Secondary Principal, Bromsgrove International School, Bangkok Thailand

Siamack Zahedi, Managing Director, The Gateway School of Mumbai

Some of the conference topics covered include

  • Preparing International school students for university and career success: A case study approach
  • The Chinese independent school education framework: A successful case study
  • Developing models for low cost and high quality education
  • Challenges facing International school curriculum development
  • What does quality teaching look like?
  • Building leadership capacity
  • Islamic schools - a new trend
  • Social media and parent engagement- Making communication simple and useful
  • Promoting global learning - facilitating global citizenship
  • The new rigorous COBIS Patron’s Accreditation system for international British schools overseas
  • Getting value from your data: Exploring how schools are driving improvement through effective use of data
  • Parental concerns regarding in-school surveillance
  • Child Protection - Safeguarding your international school in an uncertain world
  • Improving teacher retention in offshore and international schools through professional development, staff building and pastoral care.
  • A tale about two start-up schools
  • What expats want from schools
  • The changing landscape of International education in Asia
  • Establishing a socio-emotional climate to support learning
  • Expanding into Asia – regulatory, legal and business model considerations
Running in parallel with the IPSEF Asia conference on the 22nd March at the InterContinental Hotel GL Education ran 2 seminars designed to help schools make the most of their student data.

Thank you to our Exhibitors


CES Holdings

Clyde & Co


GL Education

Eteach International

Harlequin Floors

Hussey Seating

International Insurance Solutions

NAECCEM, National Association of Early Childhood Care and Education Malaysia

Open Apply

Pacific Prime


Winter's International School Finder

Knowledge Partners

Thank you also to our Knowledge Partners, Strategic Partners, Sponsors and for the Media support.

Clyde and Co.
GL Education
Parthenon EY

Strategic Partners

Supported by

Epsom College in Malaysia
Pacific Prime Insurance

Media Partners