Plenary Speaker

Plenary Speaker

Prof. Dato’ Sri Dr. Syed Arabi Bin Syed Abdullah Idid

Professor Syed Arabi Idid , a professor whose  specialization includes  political communication,  media, journalism and  public relations, serves in the Department of Communication, Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). He graduated with a B.A. from University Malaya and a M.A. and Ph.D in Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Prof. Syed Arabi worked as a reporter for the national news agency Bernama from 1968 to 1971. He then joined University Kebangsaan Malaysia as a lecturer, later becoming Head of the Department of Communication and the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. In 1999, he joined IIUM as the Professor in the Department of Communication. He became Dean of the Research Management Centre in 2001 and was later appointed as Rector of IIUM in 2006. Now Prof. Syed Arabi is head of the special committee on Media and Electoral Studies, Malaysian Council of Professors, Fellow of the Institute of Public Relations Malaysia, and  a Distinguished Fellow, Ministry of Defence Malaysia. He publishes articles and books as well as conduct public opinion polls


Prof. Dr. Parichart Sthapitanonda

Prof. Dr. Parichart Sthapitanonda got her Ph.D. from Ohio University, and currently, she is Dean of faculty of Communication Arts at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.  Previously, she worked as the deputy director of social research Institute of Chulalongkorn University from 2002 to 2004, the president of Ph.D. program and the deputy dean for the graduate programs at Chulalongkorn University from 2004 to 2006.  She also acted as the advisor for the minister of Transportation, and deputy minister of Transportation from 2005 to 2006, and consultant for the Health Promotion Fund from 2003 to the 2006. Her current research area focuses on communication and campaigns in various topics, ranging from commercial to noncommercial and political issues

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