HEIC 2017, Kuala Lumpur

The Event Launch & Keynotes session at HEIC 2017 will feature a number of high-profile speakers, addressing the dynamics of human ecological challenges. These speeches will help set the tone for 3 days of conference sessions, networking and business development – outlining issues and challenges in Social, Religion & Culture, Natural & Built Environment, Family, Human Development & Social Advocacy, Politics, Government & Civilization, Education, Economy, Poverty & Sustainability, Consumer Issue, Safety, Community Development and other Human Ecological Challenges.

Keynote Speakers Biography :



Dr. Jomo Kwame Sundaram

Dr. Jomo Kwame Sundaram is the third holder of the Tun Hussein Onn Chair in International Studies, The Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia for the period 2016-2017.

Jomo Kwame Sundaram has been Assistant Director General and Coordinator for Economic and Social Development (ADG-ES), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations since August 2012. He was Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development in the United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) from January 2005 until June 2012, and (Honorary) Research Coordinator for the G24 Intergovernmental Group on International Monetary Affairs and Development from December 2006 until September 2012. In 2007, he was awarded the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. He has authored and edited over a hundred books and translated 12 volumes besides writing many academic papers and articles for the media.

Jomo was Professor in the Applied Economics Department, Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya until November 2004, Founder Director (1978-2004) of the Institute of Social Analysis (INSAN) and Founder Chair (2001-2004) of IDEAs, International Development Economics Associates (www.ideaswebsite.org); he now serves on its Advisory Panel. He was also on the Board of the United Nations Research Institute on Social Development (UNRISD), Geneva. He is on the editorial boards of several learned journals.

During 2008-2009, Jomo served as adviser to Father Miguel d’Escoto, the President of the 63rd United Nations General Assembly, and as a member of the [Stiglitz] Commission of Experts of the President of the United Nations General Assembly on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System. During 2010-2012, he was G20 sherpa to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and also UN G20 Finance Deputy during 2011-2012.

Born in Penang, Malaysia, in 1952, Jomo studied at the Penang Free School (PFS, 1964-1966), Royal Military College (RMC, 1967-1970), Yale (1970-1973) and Harvard (1973-1977). He has taught at Science University of Malaysia (USM, 1974), Harvard (1974-1975), Yale (1977), National University of Malaysia (UKM, 1977-1982), University of Malaya (1982-2004), and Cornell (1993). He has also been a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University (1987-1988; 1991-1992) and a Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore (2004).


Associate Professor Dr. Peter Gale

Postgraduate Program Director, School of Communication,
International Studies and Languages,
Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences (EASS)
University of South Australia

Dr. Gale has been teaching and researching in Australian Studies, on a wide range of topics, including reconciliation, immigration, multiculturalism, asylum seeker policy, racism, Australian politics, and the media racism. He has over 50 publications in many journals and edited books, including his first book on The Politics of Fear, published in 2005 and his recent book Sister Mary Theodore and the Story of Mithra, published in 2014. Dr. Gale is also involve in international development projects through Australind Childrens Fund and as President of Australind since 1998.


  Professor Datuk Dr. Azizan Baharuddin

Director – General
Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia (IKIM)

Professor Datuk Dr. Azizan Baharuddin received her B.Sc (Hons) in Biology from the University of Tasmania, Australia in 1978, MSc (Univ. College London) in 1979 and PhD in Philosophy of Science (Science & Islam) from University of Lancaster, U.K. in 1989. She specializes in several areas such as interfaith and inter-civilisational dialogue, Islam and science, environmental ethics, bioethics, as well religion and sustainable development. She has published widely in all these areas (more than 200 books, book chapters, monographs and articles). She is active in several governmental organizations (GO) and non-governmental organizations (NGO) connected with interfaith and inter-cultural dialogue, youth, gender, development & religion and the environment, as well as member of various advisory and consultative committees for ministries in Malaysia. She was appointed by the Prime Minister as the Chairman of the National Committee for the Promotion of Understanding and Harmony Among Religious Adherents (JKMPKA) from 2014 – 2015; appointed by the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation as a member (2009 – current) and Chairman of the National Bioethics Council (2014 – 2015). She was appointed by the Director-General of UNESCO as Member of the International Bioethics Committee in Paris (2014 – 2017). Due to her work and contribution in the area of Science & Religion, she has received an award from the Centre for Theology & Natural Sciences (2001), USA.  She was Director at the Centre for Civilisational Dialogue (until 2011) and Professor at the University of Malaya until 2015. She was appointed the Deputy Director-General of the Institute of Islamic.


Professor Dr. Laily Paim

Dean, Faculty of Human Ecology, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Professor Dr. Laily Paim received BSc. (Human Development) in 1981 from Universiti Pertanian Malaysia, MSc. (Home Economics) in 1984 from Indiana State University, USA and PhD (Human Resource and Family Studies) in 1993 from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. Her specialization is in the area of consumption economics. She has been actively involved in research and consultancy activities related to poverty, consumption, well-being and quality of life. Her work has been shared in books, journals, conferences and seminar locally and internationally. She focuses on family/ household/ consumer as unit of analysis in her work. Currently she is the dean of the Faculty of Human Ecology, Universiti Putra Malaysia. She was the president of Malaysian Consumer and Family Economic Association (MACFEA) from 2012-2016.