Keynote speakers

Dr Daniel Fung is married to Joyce and the father of 5 grown up children and recently became a grandfather.  He studied at Anglo Chinese School from 1973 until 1982.  Dr Fung is currently the Chief Executive Officer (Designate) of Singapore’s Institute of Mental Health and was its Chairman Medical Board from 2011 to 2020.  Dr Fung is an Adjunct Associate Professor at all 3 medical schools in Singapore.

Dr Fung is currently the President of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions and President Elect of the College of Psychiatrists, Academy of Medicine Singapore.  He received the National Day (Public Service Administration (Bronze)) Award in 2017 and the National Medical Excellence Award (Team) in 2018 for his work on community and school based mental health.

Dr Fung is interested in the treatment of emotional and behavioural disorders in children and he has advocated for the development of child mental health services and strategies through his research. His current interest is in developing age appropriate, culturally relevant, locally sensitive resources to improve mental health literacy and reduce stress and suicidality in youths and families.

Dr Fung’s research is supported by the National Medical Research Council and other agencies. He has co-authored over 200 peer reviewed research papers (151), books (32) and book chapters (19).

Associate Professor Ng Pak Tee [National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU)] is a Singaporean educator who is deeply involved in the development of school leaders. He began his career as a Mathematics teacher after reading Mathematics in Cambridge University under a scholarship he gratefully received from his country.  He served a stint as a Ministry of Education (MOE) officer before joining the NIE as an academic.  At the NIE, he has previously served as Associate Dean Leadership Learning and Head of the Policy and Leadership Studies Academic Group. His main work is in educational change, policy and leadership.

Pak Tee has authored/co-authored numerous publications. International media often seek his views on education change. Having retired from journal editorship, he now serves as honorary mentor to a few younger editors. He is an editorial board member of several other international refereed journals. He is the co-editor of the Routledge Leading Change book series and the author of the book “Learning from Singapore: The Power of Paradoxes”. Pak Tee has delivered numerous keynote speeches around the world, such as the Google Global Education Symposium in Silicon Valley and the International Baccalaureate Global Conference in New Orleans. He is currently a member of Scotland’s International Council of Education Advisers and a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University. He is also a Fellow of NTU Teaching Excellence Academy.

Pak Tee considers it a privilege to be able to educate students who are educational leaders themselves and who build others through their leadership, work and lives. He encourages educators to walk a path not easily travelled, with love, courage and resilience. Although he has been conferred a few awards in his career, his greater reward is a fraternity of students who pay it forward through their contribution and commitment to education.