InHERIT 2023

Our Speakers

Prof. Dr.

Jennifer Chan Kim Lian

Universiti Malaysia Sabah

Prof Dr. Jennifer Chan Kim Lian holds a PhD in Tourism and Hospitality Management from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, UK. She is a Professor and Principal Fellow at the Faculty of Business, Economics and Accountancy, as well as The Head of Tourism Economics Cluster for the Centre for Economics Development and Policy, Universiti Malaysia Sabah. 

Through her academic career at Universiti Malaysia Sabah, she has held several academic management positions including Deputy Dean for Research and Development in 2000-2002 at School of Business, Deputy Director of Centre for Strategic and Academic Management, Universiti Malaysia Sabah from 2008-2014; Director of Borneo Tourism Research Centre from 2015 – 2021.

Externally, she was appointed as upskilling and community-based tourism trainer by Sabah Tourism Board 2019-2022, Board Member and Chair for Academic Committee for Asian Ecotourism Network since 2018, World Gastronomy Institute as Advisory Member Malaysia since 2018; Field Expert in Kinabalu Aspiring UNESCO Scientific Committee Global Geopark appointed by Chairman -UNESCO Global Geopark Development Special Action Team in 2019. She was a facilitator and trainer in the AKEPT student supervision training module from 2009 to 2013. Appointed as one of the Expert Panel Group Members for developing National Program Standards – Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary by the Malaysian Qualification Agency in 2011.

She also serves as academic advisory board member and academic external reviewer for several higher education institutions in Malaysia; and a member of Council of National Professors (MPM09017) and The Academy of Professors Malaysia (No MAPM0236).

Prof. Dr.

Zahed Ghaderi

College of Art and Social Science, Sultan Qaboos University

Dr. Zahed Ghaderi is attached to the Department of Tourism, College of Arts and Social Science, Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), Muscat, Oman. Zahed has over two decades of experience in the field and has published extensively in top-tier tourism and hospitality journals such as Tourism Management, International Journal of Hospitality Management, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, Current Issues in Tourism, Tourism Management Perspectives, etc. His research interests include cultural aspects of tourism, smart tourism, organizational learning, host-guest relationship, sustainable tourism, tourism crisis management. Dr. Zahed also serves on the Editorial Board of several top-ranked tourism and hospitality journals such as Current Issues in Tourism, Journal of hospitality and tourism management, Journal of travel and tourism technology, Journal of ecotourism. 

Prior to joining SQU, Zahed worked for Kharazmi University (Iran), the SilkRoad International University of Tourism in Uzbekistan (Visiting Professor), Deggendorf University of Technology in Germany, and Tehran University (Iran). He has also worked for the Ministry of Culture, Handicrafts and Tourism in Iran for more than one decade, and managed inbound tours in two travel companies (IRANHRC and ZHIVARTOURS). 

Dr. Techn.

Zairin Zain, ST., MT.

Unversitas Tanjungpura

Dr.techn. Zairin Zain, ST., MT. received his doctoral degree from Faculty of Architecture and Spatial Planning, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna. He is currently the Director of International Affairs Office in Unversitas Tanjungpura, Kalimantan, Indonesia. He is also a fellow member of Majelis Adat Budaya Melayu Kalimantan (Council of the Indigenous Culture of Malays in West Kalimantan), Asosiasi Tenaga Teknik Indonesia (Indonesian Institute of Construction Engineers), chapter West Kalimantan and member of Persatuan Insinyur Indonesia (Institute of Engineers Indonesia)

Dr.techn. Zairin Zain, an associate professor at the department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering Universitas Tanjungpura. His interest mainly focuses on Cultural Studies, Traditional Architecture, Heritage Studies and Conservation. He had produced multiple international and national publications about Malay traditional architecture and culture. In 2022, he has been elected as the Chief Editor of the International Journal of Environment, Architecture and Societies. The Institute of Research and Community Services, Universitas Tanjungpura and the Centre of Southeast Asian Ethnicities, Cultures and Societies.

Prof. Emeritus Dato'

Ibrahim Komoo

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Ibrahim Komoo, FIGM, FASc, DSNS, P. Geol. is Professor Emeritus of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and currently Founder/ CEO of Geopark and Geotourism Creative Solutions Sdn Bhd (GGCS). He graduated from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and obtained his BSc (Hons.) in Geology (1972-1976); and later at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (1976-1979) where he obtained his PhD in Engineering Geology. His fields of specialization include Engineering Geology (landslide; geohazards management); Environmental Geology (geoheritage conservation; geotourism; geopark); and Sustainability Science (environmental sustainability; regional sustainable development).

In 1979, he was appointed as a lecturer at the Department of Geology, UKM. In 1984, he was promoted to Associate Professor and in 2003 as Professor of Engineering Geology. Throughout his academic career, he has held many academic management positions: Head of Department of Geology (1984-1985, 1987-1989); Associate Director, Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI) (1994-1998); Deputy Director, LESTARI (1998-1999); Director, LESTARI (1999-2000, 2002-2005); and (2008-2012). He was appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) UKM (2005-2008); Special Advisor to Higher Education Minister (2011-2013); and Vice-Chancellor, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) (2012-2015); Founder Professorial Chair of Iskandar Malaysia @UTM (2017-2019). He is currently appointed as a Vice President of Global Geoparks Network Association (since 2005); Co-ordinator of Asia Pacific Geoparks Network (APGN); Advisor, Langkawi UNESCO Global Geopark (2015-2023); Chairman of the National Heritage Council, Malaysia (2018-2020, 2021-2023); Deputy President of Academy of Professors Malaysia (2021-2023) and Distinguished Professor, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (2023). 

He was appointed as Fellow, Institute of Geology, Malaysia (FIGM) (1995) and Fellow, Academy of Sciences, Malaysia (FASc) (2002). He received Darjah Dato Setia Negeri Sembilan (DSNS) conferred by the Sultan of Negeri Sembilan (2007), Langkawi Award (2009), Emeritus Professor UKM (2012), Science Excellence Award 2012 (Environmental Geology) from International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) (2013), Malaysia Geoscientist Award (2013); Honorary Member of Geological Society of Malaysia (GSM) (2014), Langkawi Tourism Personality Award (2015) and ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes (2022).


Rosli bin Haji Nor

Penang State Heritage Commissioner

Rosli bin Haji Nor, 59 years old, was appointed as Penang State Heritage Commissioner or Pesuruhjaya Warisan Negeri Pulau Pinang on the 1st September 2021. He was the General Manager of Melaka World Heritage Office since 2011.

His main task in Penang is to established Penang State Heritage Register, and to prepare the conservation management plan and preservation guidelines for all properties inscribed as Penang State Heritage. Rosli Haji Nor is a conservation architect by training. He started his career in architectural field with a private firm in KL and later JKR.

After spending several adrenalin pumping years working for the Melaka State Government, he was promoted to head the Unit Warisan at the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage to prepare the draft of the National Heritage Act. He later headed the Conservation and Archaeology Division at Department of National Heritage.

Being one of the team members that involved in the nomination of Melaka and Penang for the World Heritage listing, he was offered to lead the Melaka World Heritage Office in 2011 to overseeing the state of conservation of the World Heritage site of Melaka.

Prof. Dr. h.c. mult.

Jürgen Sieck

University of Applied Sciences: HTW Berlin

Jürgen Sieck received his degree in mathematics and his PhD in computer science from the Humboldt University zu Berlin. Now he is the head of the research group "INKA - Informations- und Kommunikationsanwendungen" and professor for computer sciences with a specialisation on mobile Application, Augmented and Virtual Reality at the University of Applied Sciences HTW. Previously, he was visiting professor at Monash University Melbourne, Australia, at the University of Cape Town, South Africa and at Old Dominion University Norfolk in Virginia, USA. 

In 2013 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Odessa National Polytechnic University, Ukraine. Since 2013, he is PI of the cluster of excellence “Bild Wissen Gestaltung” and “Matters of Activity. Image Space Material” at the Humboldt-University zu Berlin. From 2015-2021, he was also a professor of computer science at Namibia University of Science and Technology in Windhoek.

In April 2018 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from West Ukrainian University. 

Since 2021, he is Fellow of the Lviv Polytechnic University.

Adjunct Prof. Dr.

Madeline Berma

Taylor’s University (Malaysia)

Madeline Berma received her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Hull, England; Masters of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison USA; and Bachelors of Economics (Honors) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Currently she is an Adjunct Professor Taylor’s University (Malaysia); Fellow, Academy of Sciences Malaysia, and Honorary Fellow, Institut Masa Depan Malaysia (MASA). She served as a member of the Malaysian Competitive Commission (2020-2022), Honorary Professor of University Malaysia Sarawak (2019-2022); Commissioner, Human Rights Commission Malaysia (SUHAKAM) (2019-2021); She was a senior fellow of Institut Masa Depan Malaysia (MASA) (2021-2022),). She was an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Management, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) until she retired in 2018. Madeline is an expert on development studies. She leads research, delivers academic papers and publishes on poverty, rural development and indigenous communities and women. Through her research, she had contributed to policy making on poverty and socio-economic development of rural communities in Malaysia. Madeline works extensively with Government agencies and NGOs, particularly on national development. Madeline was appointed by the Government to serve as a member of 7 national-level consultative committees: (a) National Unity and Consultative Committee; (b) Women's Advisory and Consultative Council; (c) Consultative Committee on Political Funding; (d) Committee to Promote Inter-Religious Harmony and Understanding, (e) Public Complaints Bureau, (f) National Heritage Council; and (g) Committee on National Education Policy Review. In recognition of her contribution, she was conferred Panglima Setia Bintang Kenyalang (Dato), 2020; Ahli Bintang Kenyalang (ABK) Sarawak 2014; Anugerah Kebesaran Wanita dalam Pendidikan di Sarawak; Tokoh Wanita Sempena Hari Pekerja CUEPACS, 2018. 

Datin Ar.

Junn Ng

Director of Architecture and Conservation

Junn obtained her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon, Eugene, U.S.A, and started her architecture training in San Francisco before returning to Malaysia. A decade after working with local renowned architect firms in Kuala Lumpur, she co-founded CGB Consultants Sdn Bhd in 2005, a multi-disciplinary consultancy firm in Petaling Jaya offering professional services in architecture, engineering and heritage conservation.

She has undertaken conservation work for numerous prominent heritage sites in the nation, such as the award-winning conservation project of Loke Hall, the former resident of Chow Kit, second oldest lighthouse in Straits of Malacca, The Undan Lighthouse, Parliament House Malaysia, Jamek Mosque Grandstair and many others. She has also carried out Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) studies for over 1200 km of linear transportation projects, and also others including the Niah Cave Complex, a 2023 nomination World Heritage site. She was a desk reviewer to evaluate a potential site for inscription as world heritage site in Asia recently. Currently, she is involved in urban conservation of Kuala Lumpur downtown and developing conservation management plan (CMP) for a 120-year-old royal palace. Internationally, her latest international HIA project is in The Historic City of Ayutthaya, which she serves as an advisory foreign expert HIA consultant.

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Selected papers will be published in the Journal of Sustainability Science and Management and Planning Malaysia Journal (PMJ), Scopus Index journal.