Research seminars and workshops

We are privileged to have our world-class researchers from the University of Newcastle, Australia visit UON Singapore to share their most current and exciting research projects through a series of seminars and workshops. These sessions are conducted throughout the year, with invitations extended to all UON Singapore academic and sessional staff.

The sessions are an opportunity for researchers based in Singapore to discuss new developments in their fields and share thoughts and opinions with their counterparts from Australia.

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Year 2017 Seminar

UON Singapore is proud to organise a seminar titled Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Sustainability.

The key objective of this seminar is to share innovative ideas, approaches, and the drivers pertaining to corporate social responsibility (CSR) with regards to environmental sustainability. This seminar, a project supported by the ASEAN CSR Network (ACN), will also provide an unique opportunity for participants to network and exchange ideas to promote CSR.

There will be reputable and distinguished speakers at the event, and participants will have a chance to attend a workshop on CSR. Join us for a day of insightful sharing on the importance of CSR and sustainability at the individual, enterprise, industry and national levels.

This information sharing session is free of charge.

Date: 9 November 2017, Thursday
Time: 9:30am to 2:30pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre 1, PSB Academy, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square #03-200, Singapore 039594

Hear from reputable and distinguished speakers at the event.



Professor Amir Mahmood

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Singapore) & Chief Executive Officer

UON Singapore

Professor Amir Mahmood is the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Newcastle in Singapore. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Manitoba, Canada. Since joining the University of Newcastle, Australia in 1992, he has made a significant contribution to research, teaching, internationalisation and academic leadership.

During this period, Professor Mahmood has also held a number of senior leadership positions with the University.

A recipient of the Australian Government's Endeavour Malaysia Research Fellowship, Professor Mahmood has a strong research track record in the field of economics, business and management.

Mr Thomas Thomas

Chief Executive Officer


Thomas Thomas is the CEO of the ASEAN CSR Network, a network of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) networks in ASEAN. He is also an Honorary Professor of CSR with the Nottingham University Business School, UK; member of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific’s Business Advisory Council; and the lead of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights study team on CSR and Human Rights in ASEAN.

Thomas was the founding Executive Director of the Singapore Compact for CSR, the national CSR society in Singapore, and co-chaired the National Tripartite Initiative for CSR that formed the Singapore Compact. He was the Singapore focal point for UN Global Compact. He was also involved as an Expert and the Chair’s Advisory Group (CAG) in developing the ISO26000 international guidance standard on social responsibility.

Thomas has been active with trade unions, co-operatives, the consumer movement, and social enterprises.  He was also a Nominated Member of Parliament in Singapore. He was a Chevening Scholar and holds a Master of Arts degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Warwick.

Dr Huong Ha

School of Business

Singapore University of Social Sciences

Dr. Huong Ha holds a PhD from Monash University, Australia, a certificate issued by University of Oxford, Department of Continuing Education, The Oxford Teachers’ Academy, and Oxford University Press and a Master in Public Policy from National University of Singapore. She is one of the moderators of the IMF elibrary forum on energy policy. Her previous positions, prior to joining UON Singapore, include Dean, Director of Research and Development, Deputy Course Director, Chief Editor, Executive Director, Business Development manager, etc.

She has many years’ experience in manufacturing, marketing research, higher education and research in management related areas, such as change management, consumer protection, corporate social responsibility and governance. She has authored a number of books, and among them is a book entitled “Change Management for Sustainability” published by Business Expert Press (USA).

Dr Huong Ha has been an invited member of (i) the international editorial boards of many international journals; (ii) the scientific/technical committees of several international conferences; and (iii) international advisory board of many professional associations.

Mr Roy Kimura

Director and Group Executive Officer

Rakuten AIP

Roy Kimura is the Director and Group Executive Director of Rakuten AIP, the No.1 online research service company in Asia. As the pioneer and expert of online research in Asia, Rakuten AIP delivered more than 6,000 online research projects in 2016, with its high quality online proprietary panels in the industry, covering 12 major countries in Asia.

Rakuten AIP was founded in 1997, and Roy is one of its founding members. He understands the value of both global and local business culture because he expanded Rakuten AIP’s offices from Japan to all over the world - Korea, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Malaysia, India, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Romania, and created a globalized IT company.

Roy has a B.A. in Policy Management from Keio University in Japan. Keio University was where he first started the Rakuten AIP business with his friends. Most of this group of students belonged to a seminar group under Professor Jun Murai, who is also known as “the father of Internet in Japan”.

Dr Soyeon Kim

Assistant Professor
Graduate School of Business Administration

Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan

Dr. Soyeon Kim is currently Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Business Administration in Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan. She received a PhD from Korea University Business School in the field of International Business.

Dr. Soyeon Kim worked at Samsung Economic Research Institute as a research analyst and participated in various research projects regarding the competitive and sustainable strategies of multinational companies. Her research interests reside in the areas of International Human Resource Management, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Cross-cultural Management with a particular focus on the effective leadership and communication styles of multinational enterprises in the Asian context.

Her research has appeared in international scholarly journals, namely The International Journal of Human Resource Management, Cross Cultural & Strategic Management, and Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources.

Dr Sam Choon Yin

Dean and Head of School of Business and Management

PSB Academy, Singapore

Dr Sam Choon Yin is the Dean at PSB Academy. He is also the Head of School of Business and Management.

Sam graduated with a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) from the National University of Singapore (NUS); Masters of Business in Finance from the University of Technology, Sydney; Masters of Social Sciences from NUS; and PhD in International Business and Management from the University of South Australia (UNISA).

Sam has taught subjects in Economics, Finance, and Statistics. His current research interests are in the field of international political economy and higher education policy. He has authored two books and published numerous articles in referred journals.

Aside from his responsibilities in teaching and research, Sam contributes as a member of the Examination Board and Academic Board at PSB Academy.

Mr Sun Xi

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

ESGuru, Singapore

SUN Xi is the founder & CEO of Singapore-based ESGuru (, a pioneering and integrated services provider on corporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) related research, consultancy, and investment issues in Asia.

Sun is also an independent commentary writer; his English and Chinese articles and views have appeared in most leading publications across the Asia-Pacific region.

From 2010 to 2016, Sun worked for Sustainalytics, a global leader in sustainability research and analysis, providing investors and financial institutions with responsible investment solutions. In Sustainalytics, he participated in the design of an ESG rating system and focused on ESG research in Greater China and Asia. He authored several reports covering diverse ESG topics such as air pollution, food safety, family business, and China’s Xi-Li Administration. In 2012, 2013, and 2014, Sun was named one of the top (highest rank was 3rd) sustainable and responsible research as well as corporate governance analysts globally in the Thomson Reuters Extel's Independent Research in Responsible Investment (IRRI) Survey.

Sun’s past work experience includes three years in investment information research and public relations for China’s Investment Promotion Agency within the Ministry of Commerce. Sun also participated in an internship program at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).

Sun’s research interests cover ESG issues related to socially responsible investment (SRI) and corporate social responsibility (CSR), as well as foreign direct investment, international trade and finance, and regional integration and development in Asia and the Pacific.

Sun holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy specializing in Economic Policy and Analysis from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He also has two Bachelor’s degrees in Management Information Systems and International Economic Law from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China.

Program for the day



9:00 am


9:30 am

Welcome Speech

9:40 am

Opening Remarks

9.50 am

Address by Keynote Speaker

10:20 am

Tea break & Networking

10.40 am

Presentation by Guest Speaker

11:10 am

Panel Discussion

12.00 pm

Presentation of Token of Appreciation

12:10 pm


13:10 pm

Workshop by Guest Speaker

14:10 pm

Closing Remarks

14:20 pm

Networking and End of the Seminar