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Keynote speakers



Jonghwi Park

Programme Specialist in ICT in Education, UNESCO

Dr Jonghwi Park is Programme Specialist in ICT in Education, UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education (UNESCO Bangkok). Her main duty is to support 46 Member States of the Asia-Pacific region in integrating ICT in their education system. Led by Dr Park, ICT in Education Team at UNESCO Bangkok provides ICT policy review, technical supports for ICT policy development and regional comparative research on ICT in education. Her team is also specialised in designing and implementing various capacity building modules for teachers and teacher educators to facilitate the effective ICT-pedagogy integration. She oversees high-level policy fora to promote policy dialogues on ICT in Education at regional and sub-regional levels, including the Asia Pacific Ministerial Forum on ICT in Education, the Central Asia Symposium on ICT in Education, and the Regional Seminar on Innovative ICT Practices, to name a few.

Prior to joining the UNESCO Bangkok, Dr Park managed various e-learning projects in both private and public sectors in Korea and worked as ICT-pedagogy consultant for secondary teachers and university professors in Canada. She holds MA in Educational Technology from Hanyang University, Republic of Korea and PhD in Educational Psychology (specialised in Learning Sciences) from McGill University, Canada.


Jeff Gomez

CEO, Starlight Runner Entertainment

Jeff Gomez, CEO of Starlight Runner Entertainment, is a leading expert in the field of transmedia storytelling, specialising in the expansion of entertainment properties, premium brands and socio-political themes into highly successful multi-platform franchises and international campaigns.

As a transmedia producer, Jeff also develops the story worlds of films, television shows, toys, books, comics, apps, videogame titles, and theme park attractions across an array of media touchpoints, which deepens audience engagement, and generates massive fan communities and multiple revenue streams. Jeff’s pop culture work has impacted such blockbuster entertainment properties as Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean, James Cameron’s Avatar, Hasbro’s Transformers, Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man and Men in Black, Microsoft’s Halo, and Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Jeff is currently the transmedia producer of Mark Burnett’s Lucha Underground TV series. Other current clients include Sesame Workshop and Disney Parks & Resorts.

Jeff’s proprietary transmedia development and implementation methods have also been applied to educational and geo-political causes, accelerating positive social movements and increasing resistance to organised crime, violent extremism, and corruption. Through applications of transmedia population activation, he has helped to address crises in Mexico, Colombia, and the Middle East North Africa region. He has recently started work at Curtin University to use transmedia techniques and new narrative models to increase retention among first-year students, particularly those from Low Socio-Economic Status, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and Regional and Remote backgrounds.

Paul Resta

Paul Resta

Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, University of Texas at Austin

Dr Paul E. Resta holds the Ruth Knight Millikan Centennial Professorship in Learning Technology. He teaches advanced graduate courses in learning technology, instructional systems design, online learning, technology planning, and computer-supported collaborative learning at the University of Texas. His current work focuses on Web-based learning environments, computer-supported collaborative learning, and national planning and policy issues in the use of information and communication technologies in teacher education.

Dr Resta is the Founding President of the International Society for Technology in Education (, the world’s largest educational technology organization, and also served as President of the International Council for Computers in Education. Dr Resta currently serves as the President of the International Jury for the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Education and was recently honored by the UNESCO Director-General for his leadership at the award ceremony in Paris.

Invited speakers


Marion Kickett

Director, Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Curtin University

Associate Professor Marion Kickett is a Noongar from the Balardong language group. Marion was born in the wheatbelt town of York and spent her early years living on the York Reserve. She has a nursing background and has spent all her working life in the area of health. She lectured in Aboriginal Health and Culture for twenty years and completed her PhD at the University of WA on Resilience from an Aboriginal perspective.

Marion is the newly appointed Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin University and believes the key to a better future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is education for all Australians.

Dirk Ifenthaler

Dirk Ifenthaler

Adjunct Associate Professor at Curtin University, Australia and Affiliate Research Scholar at the University of Oklahoma, USA

Dirk Ifenthaler is Adjunct Associate Professor at Curtin University, Australia and Affiliate Research Scholar at the University of Oklahoma, USA. His previous roles include Professor and Director, Centre for Research in Digital Learning at Deakin University, Australia; Manager of Applied Research and Learning Analytics at Open Universities, Australia; and Professor for Applied Teaching and Learning Research at the University of Potsdam, Germany. He was a 2012 Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, at the University of Oklahoma, USA.

His research focuses on the intersection of cognitive psychology, educational technology, learning science, data analytics, and computer science. His research outcomes include numerous co-authored books, book series, book chapters, journal articles, and international conference papers, as well as successful grant funding in Australia, Germany, and USA. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Springer journal Technology, Knowledge and Learning.