P10617 2nd Annual International Schools APAC
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2nd Annual International Schools APAC

23-25 March 2020, Holiday Inn Bangkok Sukhumvit, Thailand

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Early Bird Rate: Register and pay before 31 Jan 2020


The number of international schools in Asia is multiplying at a rapid pace. With rising incomes, greater mobility and a steady growth in demand for quality education choices, we’re looking at the burgeoning potential the region holds for international education. Thailand alone exceeded 200 operating international schools in South East Asia and more in the pipeline for expansion to accommodate surging local demand. In the last four years, Eastern Asia has experienced an average annual student enrollment growth rate of 7.4%, increasing from 452,400 students to 600,900. South-Eastern Asia has seen a 5.7% average growth rate, from 394,100 students in 2015 to 492,300 this year, ISC Research.

The very successful 2nd Annual International Schools APAC Conference returns to Bangkok, Thailand on 23 – 25 March 2020. This is Asia’s ONLY conference at the center stage of commercial opportunities in international education – addressing key trends and imminent issues facing the sector; and what it takes to stay on top of growing competition, managing increasing costs and a demanding business environment in international education.

Conference Highlights:

  • Investment trends and market projections for regional schools
  • Integrating international schools in mixed-use developments
  • Financial sustainability and stability of business models amidst growing competition
  • Fund raising, investment, and capital and operational partnership
  • Market entry and growth strategies in the Asia-Pacific region
  • Regulatory updates and keeping up with the rapid expansion of schools
  • EduTech and other digital transformation trends
  • Innovative learning pathways and value-added delivery
  • Emerging business models and revenue streams for schools
  • Effective marketing and communications strategies to expand students’ enrollment
  • Pricing structures and accessibility of international education
  • Coping with the talent crunch and retention of teachers
  • Recruitment and retention strategies, and exploring better aligned perks for the teachers
  • Meet and network with top schools and decision-makers across the region


8:00 am

Main Conference Registration and Morning Coffee

9:00 am

Opening Remarks

Nathalie Delgado, Vice Principal of Learning & Teaching, Concordian International School, Thailand

Ariel Yu Wang, PYP Vice Principal of Learning and Teaching, Head of Chinese Department, Concordian International School, Thailand


  • Asia Pacific in Focus: Story of a sustained growth
  • Regional hotspots, growth markets and investment trends
  • How is legislation favoring the development of International Schools?


9:30 am

  • Market outlook for the Vietnamese international schools’ market
  • Key factors to consider for growth strategies
  • Impact of Decree 86 and domestic participation – what do we see for 2020 and beyond?

10:00 am

  • Snapshot of international schools’ market demand, and expected trends
  • Investments into new facilities and technologies
  • Becoming a benchmark for international education in Thailand and the region

10:30 am

Morning Networking and Refreshment Break

11:00 am

  • Where are the new markets in the region?
  • How do we make sure financial sustainability and stability of business models amidst growing competition in the region?
  • What commercial strategies work and don’t especially in setting up schools, marketing, recruitment and capital investment?
  • What do we see as emerging business models and revenue streams for schools?
  • Pricing structures and accessibility of international education

(This session will not reference to commercial strategies of speakers’ schools. Discussions and comments are solely for regional commercial knowledge exchange only)

11:40 am

  • Success with the first Finland International School accredited by the Finnish Government in APAC 
  • Public-Private Partnership with the Housing Development Corporation in Maldives  
  • Market growth and regulation outlook with specific reference to Sri Lanka and Maldives 


12:00 pm

  • Importance of student formative assessments 
    • Better educational outcomes 
    • Effective school self-evaluation 
    • Evidence for accreditations and inspections 
  • How to implement an effective assessment programme 

12:30 pm

Networking Lunch

1:30 pm

  • Why – the benefits of a global network of schools to place your school in an appealing market position
  • What – what are parents and students looking for?
  • How – models of cooperation and investment to achieve a global network
  • Opening an International Campus and Australian business models in context

2:00 pm

  • Snapshot of the investment potential of Asia’s private/international education market: Key markets and emerging trends
  • Evaluating the different investment structures for schools: Acquisition and leaseback vs. greenfield
  • Is it still necessary for foreign investors to form JVs and partnerships with local players to enter Asian markets for international schools?
  • How can schools ensure both business and students’ outcomes are met?

3:10 pm

  • Insurance as key to a risk management strategy for international schools
  • Types of school insurance solutions available for international schools
  • How to get started to customize and build an insurance plan suitable for your school’s needs?


3:30 pm

Afternoon Networking & Refreshment Break

4:00 pm

  • Financial and human resources – Achieving the balance
  • Business models that are fostering teachers’ well-being to attract and retain staff

4:30 pm

  • The new Danang School project in Vietnam
  • Opportunities and challenges for a new player entering the market
  • The market for truly accredited programs in international schools in Vietnam
  • Case Study: The school’s process of gaining accreditation through Texas Tech
  • Besides IB and A Levels, how can an alternative accredited program enable you to gain a competitive edge in the market?
  • How should your commercial strategy be different in Vietnam?

5:00 pm

  • Overview of traditional and digital marketing channels, and their evolution in the International Schools market
  • Targeted partnership channels focusing on admissions
  • Key campaigns for attracting potential students and parents

5:30 pm

  • Growth of school networks relative to standalone schools
  • Competitive advantages of school networks
  • Case studies of how school networks compete effectively by leveraging on their scale and scope
  • Potential pitfalls of over-marketing and leveraging on network scale

6:00 pm

Chairperson’s Closing Remarks & End of Main Conference Day 1

9:10 am

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Charles Robinson, Group Development Director, International Schools Partnership, United Kingdom


  • Why schools and education systems globally for the most part are not keeping on track with the biggest and most important changes
  • Need for education leaders and policymakers to adopt a more systematic approach to implementing digitalization
  • Current frameworks, success factors and case studies of best practices in the digital transformation of schools and education systems

9:40 am

  • Meeting the demand for schools – How property developers view from space perspectives?
  • Live-Work-Play in one place: Can it happen?
  • Trends in mixed-use investment for schools
  • Integrating international schools in mixed-use developments

10:40 am

Morning Networking & Refreshment Break


11:10 am

  • Competitive landscape of recruiting commercial leadership, teachers and talents
  • Ethos & Values of retention
  • Pleasures and pitfalls of recruiting internationally
  • Does retention equal results?

1:00 pm

Networking Lunch


2:00 pm

  • The changing future
  • Creating a premium student brand – Kindness, good manners and wisdom
  • Relooking the winning strategy – Why we should focus less on technology and more on core skills
  • Tech or No Tech, Innovate or Perish?

3:30 pm

Afternoon Networking & Refreshment Break


4:00 pm

  • Student demographics and enrolment updates
  • Investments going into expansion and facilities upgrading
  • Opportunities created within AIS to raise its teaching and learning methodology

4:30 pm

Chairperson’s Closing Remarks & End of Main Conference Day 2

9:00 am

Workshop Synopsis:
In this workshop, leaders of new, existing or future school can learn the value of seeking International Accreditation to build, sustain and improve their school and stand out in a crowded market.

Workshop Takeaways:

The Value of International Accreditation: Why should school’s seek accreditation to have better competitive advantage?

  • Parent and company perspective
  • Impact on recruiting
  • University recognition
  • Accreditation as a winning marketing strategy

Foundational Elements: What are key elements all effective schools must have to be successful and to become accredited?

  • Learning and organization Structure
  • Health, Safety and Security
  • Facilities, Finances and Resources
  • Ethical Practice
  • Boarding/Residential

High-Quality Learning: How can schools ensure that they are transforming to meet the modern needs of our time and not just replicating traditional systems of education? Do you want your students to:-

  • Meet the demands of the 21st century
  • Achieve at the highest levels using any curriculum or program model
  • Be deeply engaged in their own learning process

NEASC’s 10 Learning Principles provide a guide for schools to think deeply about their Learning Community so they can build sustainable structures that will help them stand out as schools of modern learning.

Workshop Speaker Profile

Trillium serves 300 NEASC-CIE schools in 73 countries with a special focus on the Asian and Middle Eastern markets. In her role at Associate Director she ensures that schools and accreditation visitors have the tools, training, and support to utilize the ACE Learning protocol to transform. She is heavily involved in developing the protocols and processes for NEASC’s accreditation work and conducts training, workshops and school consulting around the world. She is currently based in Shanghai, China, where she serves as a regional resource for NEASC-CIE schools in Asia. She has also lived and worked overseas in Norway, Thailand, Paraguay, Haiti, the United States, and Italy. In 2009, she founded an educational non-governmental organization and K-9 school (The Power of Education Foundation) that provides access to education, nutrition, medical care, and community development to vulnerable children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  Trillium holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from James Madison College at Michigan State University and a master’s degree in K-8 education from The College of New Jersey. She has worked in international school education in Asia and South America at the elementary, middle and high school levels.


12:30 pm

End of workshop


Packages Price
2 Day ConferenceUS $1395US $1195Early BirdEarly Bird
Extras Price
Pre Conference Workshop US $350

Early Bird Rate: Register and pay before 31 Jan 2020

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What Attendees Said in 2019!

“I have truly enjoyed the conference. It was a great opportunity to network, but more importantly hear from industry experts and get inspired again about what we do”

Ja Wuttithamrong, Director of Community Advancement, Daystar Academy

“Well organized, good speakers who were clearly well-informed about developments across the region”

Andy Homden, CEO, Consilium Education

“An excellent event, with high quality speakers and relevant content. – Highly Recommended”

Hannah Helliar, Partnerships Manager, St Mary’s Cambridge

“I was very pleased with this conference. I have been to several other education conferences and this was by far the most well-run and interesting one I have attended. They were able to secure very experienced heads of schools as speakers which was great”

Michael John Novielli, Co-Founder, Due West Education

“Very interesting! The most eclectic group!”

John McGrath, Head of School, TCIS

“Excellent networking with regional contacts from a range of backgrounds”

Alan Stevens, Master, Marlborough College Malaysia

“Interesting market insights and very good networking among high level school owners and educators”

Pattarin Wirojchoochut, Education Manager, Australian Embassy Bangkok


Nathalie Delgado

Vice Principal of Learning & Teaching, Concordian International School, Thailand

Ariel Yu Wang

PYP Vice Principal of Learning and Teaching, Head of Chinese Department, Concordian International School, Thailand

Sam Fraser

Head of Asia Research, ISC Research, Singapore

Steve Winkelman

Head of School, Concordia International School Hanoi, Vietnam

Ashley Deacon

Director of Admissions, Rugby School Thailand, Thailand

Steve Bousfield

Principal, Maple Leaf School – University of South Australia, Australia

Dwayne Lehman

School Director, Footprints International School, Cambodia

Dr. Murray Tod

Headmaster, EPSOM College in Malaysia, Malaysia

John Murphy

Principal, Sampoerna Academy, Indonesia

Henry Nguyen

Chief Executive Officer, St. Nicholas International School, Vietnam

Ahmed Adhly Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer, Islanders Education, Maldives

James Lyng

Vice President, Denla British School, Thailand

Jaspal Sidhu

Founder and Chairman, SIS & Inspirasi Group of Schools, Singapore 

Rosalind Yeoh

Chief Financial Officer, Taylor’s Education Pte Ltd., Singapore

Raj Shastri

Partner, Kaizenvest, Singapore

Pete Corcoran

Head of School, Canadian International School, Singapore

Huali Xiong

K-12 Principal for Chinese Language and Culture, Canadian International School, Singapore

Senior Representative from Pacific Prime Insurance

Mark McVeigh

Principal, Denla British School, Thailand

Nhu Y Nguyen Nguyen

Head of Marketing, Communications and Admissions, Australian International School Saigon, Vietnam

Dr. Ahmed Mitwalli

Chief Strategy Officer, Esol Education, Dubai

Charles Robinson

Group Development Director, International Schools Partnership, United Kingdom

Aidan McCarthy

Principal – K12 Digital Transformation and Strategy, Microsoft Education, Singapore

Bassam Abushakran

Regional Director, Esol Education, Dubai

Onchanok Nawapruek

Analyst, Thailand Research & Consulting, CBRE, Thailand

Elias Kareem

Regional Director of Projects – Middle East, International Schools Partnership, Dubai

Christopher Seal

Principal, Shrewsbury International School, Thailand

Anthony Roberti

Head of School, U.S. Vietnam Talent International School, Vietnam

Megan Ames

Human Resources and Communications Manager, Concordian International School, Thailand

Michael Walton

Head Master, Brighton College Bangkok, Thailand

Thomas Banyard

Founding Head, King’s College International School Bangkok, Thailand

Trillium Hibbeln

Associate Director, Commission on International Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, China

Jose Ruthchan Portillo

Principal and Vice-Director, The Australian International School Laos, Laos

Kevin Skeoch

Head of School, Dwight School Seoul, South Korea

when & where

23 - 25 Mar 2020

1 Sukhumvit 22, Klongton, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

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