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The Art of Effective Communication and Negotiation

Date & Time:
May 10, 2023, 9 am – 10:30 am HKT/MYT
May 9, 2023, 6 pm – 7:30 pm PDT
May 10, 2023, 1 pm – 2:30 pm NZST

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Program Summary:

This seminar of the APWiL Mentoring Program will explore communication and negotiation skills with speakers from across the Pacific Rim.

Three leaders will share their experiences, perspectives, and suggestions around effective communication and negotiation within leadership. After hearing from the speakers, we will have a moderated Q&A with the panel, followed by a 30-minute informal networking session utilizing breakout rooms.


The seminar is led by:

  • Professor Stefanie Shamila Pillai (Moderator), Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, Universiti Malaya 
  • Associate Professor Jemaima Tiatia-Siau, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Pacific), The University of Auckland
  • Dr. Renetta Garrison Tull, Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, University of California, Davis
  • Professor Thomas Schneider, Chief Executive, Association of Pacific Rim Universities



APRU Disclaimer: The views, information, or opinions expressed during the workshop are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (“APRU”) and its employees. APRU is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy any of the information contained in the series.

Professor Stefanie Shamila Pillai (Moderator)
Professor Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, Universiti Malaya

Stefanie is a Professor at the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics (FLL), Universiti Malaya (UM). She was previously the Dean of the Faculty and Chair of the Social Advancement and Happiness Research Cluster at UM. She also previously headed the university’s Centre for Industry and Community Linkage.

At present, Stefanie is a mentor in the 3rd cohort of the APWIL programme. She is a pioneering member of the Malaysian Chapter of the International Deans Course (MyIDC) where she led sessions on effective communication and have thus far mentored ten participants from various disciplines over the two cohorts of MyIDC. Recently, she led an early career researchers’ development programme funded by the Association of Commonwealth Universities and UM where she also mentored six of the participants. In addition, together with her UK collaborator, they conducted training sessions on the documentation of endangered languages to build the capacity of researchers (funded by a Newton grant).

In terms of research, she works in the area of language use in multilingual contexts which includes issues related to language education, language policy and language endangerment. Her linguistic research also focuses on the Malaysian variety of English and Melaka Portuguese (an endangered language). She has led funded projects and published academic papers in these areas and has been invited to speak on these areas at international conferences and in the media.

Associate Professor Jemaima Tiatia-Siau
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Pacific), The University of Auckland

Jemaima is currently, Pro-Vice Chancellor Pacific, Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland. Previous to this role, Jemaima was Co-Head of School, Te Wānanga o Waipapa, School of Māori Studies and Pacific Studies, Faculty of Arts, Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland. She is of Sāmoan descent with a public/community health background. Jemaima’s expertise primarily lies in Pacific Studies, Pacific health, mental health and wellbeing, suicide prevention and postvention, health inequities, climate change, and youth development. She is a member of New Zealand’s inaugural Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission, was one of six panellists on the New Zealand Government’s 2018 Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry, a member on the Health Research Council of New Zealand’s Public Health Research Committee, a peer reviewer for the Australian Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Special Initiative in Mental Health grant opportunity, and a previous member on the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s Suicide Mortality Review Committee.

Dr. Renetta Garrison Tull
Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, University of California, Davis

Dr. Renetta Garrison Tull is Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at the University of California, Davis. She previously served as Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Before joining UC Davis in 2019, Dr. Tull was Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), and Professor of the Practice in UMBC’s College of Engineering and IT (COEIT). Dr. Tull is the Founding Director and Co-PI for the 12-institution National Science Foundation University System of Maryland’s (USM) PROMISE AGEP, and Co-Director/Co-PI for the NSF USM’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP).

An international speaker on global diversity in STEM, Dr. Tull has led discussions around the world on topics such as “Inclusive Engagement – Engineering for All,” “Cultivating Inclusive Excellence within Science, Engineering, and Technology,” work/life balance, family, and prevention of domestic and work-place abuse. Her recognitions include: 2015 O’Reilly Media “Women in Data” cover, 2015 Global Engineering Deans Council/Airbus Diversity Award Finalist, and the 2016 ABET Claire L. Felbinger Award for Diversity.

Dr. Tull has more than 50 publications, has given more than 200 presentations on various STEM topics, and is a Tau Beta Pi “Eminent Engineer.” She also engages the public on topics related to STEM and society, and was a speaker for “Diversity, STEAM, and Comics,” where “A” adds the “arts” to STEM, at Awesome Con in March 2018. She is a passionate advocate, global mentor, education policy strategist and champion for equity in STEM.

Professor Thomas Schneider
Chief Executive, Association of Pacific Rim Universities

Prof. Schneider studied at the University of Zurich, the University of Basel, and the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris. He earned his degrees (Lizentiat 1990; Dr. phil. 1996; Habilitation 1999), all in Egyptology, from the University of Basel. Throughout his career, he has held academic and administrative positions in four global regions – North America; Asia; Europe; the Middle East. He was a Lecturer in Egyptology at the University of Zurich (2000-3), a Junior Research Professor of the Swiss National Science Foundation at the University of Basel (2001-5), Professor and inaugural holder of the Chair in Egyptology at Swansea University, Wales (2005-7). He held Visiting Professorships at the University of Vienna (1999), the University of Heidelberg (2003-4), and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2018). He was a Visiting Scholar at New York University (2006), the University of California, Berkeley (2012), the Institute of Archaeology of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing (2016), and Shanghai University (2018, International Masters Program). Prof. Schneider served the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) in Shenzhen, as Associate Vice President (International), spearheading its internationalization efforts. Recently, Prof. Schneider has founded PALAC – a new consortium of liberal arts colleges focused on experimental learning in the liberal arts across multiple economies in Asia and North America.

Prof. Schneider has acquired significant leadership experience at the departmental level (Acting Department Chair; Director of Graduate Studies; Chair of Egyptology) and university level (Senator on the UBC Senate, 2014-8). He oversaw specific strategic projects and initiatives as Special Advisor to the Vice-Provost and Dean, Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies, at UBC (2015-7) and as Advisor to the President at Quest University Canada (2016-17).

He has been a consultant, adjudicator and reviewer for universities, funding agencies and publishers in North America, China, Europe, Israel, and Australia, as well as an executive editor of academic periodicals. His own scholarship (160 publications, among which 7 authored books and 7 edited books) focuses on cultural and linguistic interconnections in the Near East, the environmental history of Egypt, and the history of the humanities in Nazi Germany.



Chelsey Hawes
Program Manager, APWiL Mentoring Program