Prof. Dr. Stefanie

Prof. Dr. Stefanie Shamila Pillai

Dr. Stefanie Shamila Pillai is a Professor at the Department of English Language, Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, University of Malaya (UM). Her main areas of research interest are the segmental and prosodic features of spoken Malaysian English, and the revitalisation of Malacca Portuguese Creole or Cristang. Her initial work on the Creole was funded by, and has been archived in the Endangered Languages Archive (
Prof. Dr. Stefanie currently the Dean of the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics. She was the Deputy Dean for Postgraduate Studies of the Faculty from August 2014, and previously headed the University's Centre for Industrial Training and Relations, which later expanded to become the Centre for Community and Industry Relations. See her publication [at] ResearcherID Link
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Dr. Yanuar Nugroho

Dr. Yanuar Nugroho is a senior academic with the University of Manchester, UK (2004-now, honorary status from 2015) and Deputy Chief of Staff for Analysis and Oversight of Strategic Issues on Social, Cultural and Ecological Affairs at the Executive Office of the President, Republic Indonesia (2015-now). Previously Director and Expert Adviser (Echelon 1 level) to the Head of the President’s Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight (UKP-PPP/UKP4) (2012-2014).
An experienced researcher (Grade 7, UK HEI by 2012); former holder of the ‘Hallsworth Fellowship Award in Political-Economy’ 2010-2012; awarded ‘Outstanding Academic of the Year 2009’ by Manchester Business School; working on innovation and social change, sustainability, civil society and third sector, knowledge dynamics, and informatics innovations for development. Using foresight, developed approaches (among others, evolutionary scenarios) to help identify trends and key factors for development planning. Actively teaching and supervising undergraduate, masters and PhD students; have been working in more than 25 externally-funded research projects between 2004-2014 in the UK, EU, and Indonesia; building publication record in highly ranked interdisciplinary journals cutting across the themes of business, management, development, and social sciences. Also regularly engaged with HEIs, business, public sector organisations, and third sector/civil society organisations in the UK, EU and Southeast Asia. From 1 October 2014, upon successful completion of his secondment at UKP-PPP/UKP4, decided to fully relocate back to Indonesia, leaving his fulltime academic career and transferring it into Honorary Research Fellow with the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research at Manchester Business School.
As a senior official with the President’s Office under President Yudhoyono, responsible for preparing Indonesia’s development planning policy and the Post-2015 Global Development Agenda. In this post, initiated a countrywide foresight exercise to provide the country with an alternative development planning and co-facilitated scenarios for the energy sector in Indonesia 2030. The international role included co-drafting the report of the United Nations’ High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (HLPEP) co-chaired by the Indonesian and Liberian Presidents and UK Prime Minister, and was among Indonesian lead negotiators for the United Nations’ Open Working Group on the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (OWG on SDGs), now known as Agenda 2030. In President Joko Widodo’s administration, responsible in translating the political vision of the president into actionable development plans at the ministerial and local government levels; analysing and overseeing national priority programmes, and carrying out analysis for strategic issues on social, cultural, and ecological affairs. Also tasked to ensure the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, Open Government Partnership and Open Government Indonesia, as well as the country’s implementation of National Determined Contribution in tackling climate change.