Assoc. Prof. Dr. Stephen Burns

Keynote Speaker
Physical Education & Sports Science, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University

Dr. Stephen Burns is an Associate Professor within the Physical Education and Sports Science Academic Group, National Institute of Education at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). He holds a PhD in Exercise Physiology from Loughborough University in the U.K. and has previously held posts at the University of Texas at El Paso and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in the U.S. before coming to NTU. Dr. Burns’ research examines how exercise affects fat oxidation and metabolism. He is actively engaged in research collaborations with individuals in universities within Asia, Europe and the U.S. and works with industry partners.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Masato Kawabata

Keynote speaker

Physical Education & Sports Science, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University

Dr Masato Kawabata is Associate Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology at National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU). He completed his undergraduate and Master’s degree at The University of Tsukuba, Japan, and obtained his PhD at The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia. Since 2011, he has been an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, UQ. He is an expert in the areas of active engagement, motivation, optimal functioning, and measurement. He is interested in (i) how sport and exercise participations affect physical and psychological well-being and human development and (ii) how practitioners (e.g., educators and coaches) can assist and motivate others in developing a growth-oriented mindset.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mike Climstein

Conference co-chair

• Course Coordinator – Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology School of Health and Human Sciences – Southern Cross University (Gold Coast, Qld, Australia)
• Physical Activity, Lifestyle, Ageing and Wellbeing Faculty Research Group, University of Sydney

Dr. Mike Climstein is an academic specializing in clinical exercise physiology and exercise/sport science. He is an Associate Professor at Southern Cross University. Mike has published 128 peer-reviewed scientific publications, 12 book chapters, 6 peer-reviewed conference papers, 110 conference presentations/abstracts and attained over $7 million in research funding. His academic and clinical accomplishments have been peer recognized having has been awarded fellowship by the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM), Sports Medicine Australia (FASMF) and Exercise and Sports Science Australia (FAAESS). Additionally, he is an Academic Editor for the Journal PeerJ, Editorial Board Member for Sports MDPI  and reviewer for numerous sports science and medical journals.  His current research involves surfing, skin cancer in surfers/swimmers/stand up paddle boarders, world master games/veteran athletes,  physiological monitoring of athletes and patients with smart textiles and assessing punching and kicking power in black belt martial artists.  Mike was recently recognized for academic excellence in teaching and research by Southern Cross University.

Dr. Ian Tim Heazlewood

Conference co-chair

Consultant Sports Science and Exercise Science expert with Sport Science Institute

Dr. Ian Heazlewood is an academic specialising in human movement, exercise and sport science for more than 30 years. He has also worked in private industry in health-related research. Extensive coach and research consultant roles for elite/high performance athletes, including past world champions, national and state champions and minor medallists across many sports and current national and state champions and minor medallists across many sports, especially masters athletics. These sports have included international master’s sports, athletics, rugby union, rugby league, weight/power lifting, squash, Australian and NSW BMX, Australian cricket and NSW and Australian Touch. Currently an NT high performance athletics coach and consultant to NT Athletics.

Dr. Tan Jing Hee

General Chair

Deputy Chairman of the Management Council, Chairman of East Asia Institute of Management Academic Board.

Dr. Tan Jing Hee is the Deputy Chairman of the Management Council, Chairman of East Asia Institute of Management Academic Board. In 1973, he joined the Singapore Institute of Management, initially as Information, Publications and Research officer before moving into management development responsibilities. During his 25 years stay in the institute, he helped to build it into the premier HRD organisation in the region. While in SIM, Dr Tan was also involved in establishing enterprise-wide MBO systems in six medium and large organisations in Singapore. In 1987, he co-edited a book on Developing Managers In Asia, published by Addison-Wesley. Dr Tan was the Chief Operating Officer of SIM before leaving it to pursue other interests. In 1994, he wrote doctoral thesis on Developing A Factor Model of Management Work in Singapore, for which he was awarded his Ph.D from Henley Mangement College/Brunel University.

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