MAPS College is pleased to announce with appreciation that UNDP will be collaborating with us to host MAPS International Conference, from 10 – 11 September 2017, in the Maldives.

The theme of the conference is “Facing the Future Challenges and Opportunities for Youth in the Region: Education, Entrepreneurship, Governance”. The conference aims to bring together local and international researchers and experts from various disciplines in academia and industry, to tackle the emerging challenges and opportunities associated with youth within the region.

The Keynote Speakers for this conference include:

Professor Jay Mitra

Jay Mitra is the Professor of Business Enterprise and Innovation and Director of the Venture Academy at Essex Business School, University of Essex.

He has acted as a Scientific Adviser to the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) as the Head of the Scientific Committee on Entrepreneurship for the OECD’s Centre for Entrepreneurship and the LEED (Local Economic and Employment) Programme at its Trento Centre and in Paris.

Jay Mitra also leads the International Entrepreneurship Forum (IEF) a unique network and forum for researchers, policy makers and business practitioners working on entrepreneurship, innovation and regional development issues. The IEF has organized fifteen international refereed conferences to date around the world bringing together academic researchers, reflective practitioners and dynamic policy makers. Together they explore creatively the many dimensions of ideas generation, opportunity development, resource mobilization, capability development, design-led practice, and sustainability which underpin entrepreneurial and innovative activity across silos and through networks.

He is also a Visiting Scholar at the University of Luneburg; Germany, a Visiting Professor at University Externado; Colombia and he has held similar positions at the Institute of Management Technology; India, the School of Management, Fudan University, and the School of Public Policy at Jilin University, both in China, at Bologna University; Italy and EDHEC Business School; France.

He is the editor of the new Journal of ‘Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Emerging Economies’ published by Sage. He is a member of various editorial boards of international refereed journals.

Professor Wilfredo Vidal Alangui

Wilfredo Vidal Alangui is a professor of mathematics at the College of Science, University of the Philippines Baguio (UP Baguio), Baguio City in northern Philippines. He has been with the university for 31 years.

He obtained his BSc (Mathematics) and MSc (Mathematics) from the University of the Philippines (UP), and his Ph.D. (Mathematics Education) from the University of Auckland.

His academic training in mathematics and mathematics education from the University of the Philippines and the University of Auckland has brought him to a whole field of human ideas and activities that impact math learning, encompassing disciplines like philosophy, anthropology, sociology, history and ecology. As an indigenous person, his research interest is mainly on the interplay of mathematics/mathematics education, and culture. He currently works on Inclusive Education and Indigenous Peoples’ education, and one of his recent works involved the development of an Indigenous Curriculum Framework in support of the Indigenous Peoples’ Education program of the Department of Education in the Philippines. In pure mathematics, he has done collaborative research on predator-prey models, circulant matrices, and p-adic numbers.

His publications are mostly about ethnomathematics and mathematics education, and several on Indigenous Knowledge (especially on natural resource management), with occasional venture into biodiversity research and historical research.  Some of his individual and collaborative works have come out in mathematics education journals (2003-2010), Springer (2016), and even in the Journal of History (2000) and Blumea (2013). He has authored/co-authored 3 books that were published by the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies and the Department of Education and Culture (1994-1997) and co-edited 2 books on sustainable resource management by indigenous peoples published by Tebtebba Foundation (2010-2011). He has 3 forthcoming book chapters to be published by Springer, Routledge, and UNESCO-Cambridge.

The positions he has held within the university, his various engagements with educational institutions, as well as his international involvements have allowed him to re-think his views about the increasing relevance of inter-, multi-, and trans-disciplinary and cultural education, and on what 21st century education means in the context of a rapidly transforming and interconnected world.

He was Technical Assessor for Mathematics of the Philippine Commission of Higher Education (CHED) from 2012-2013, and currently a member of CHED’s Regional Quality Assessment Team on Teacher Education.

Since 2007, he has been chair of the Board of Directors of the Cordillera Disaster Response and Development Services, an NGO involved in disaster response and community development in the Cordillera region and in northern Philippines. One of the missions of CDRDS is to enhance the capacity of communities in sustainable socio-economic and agricultural development in the Cordillera even in the absence of disaster.

More information about the conference can be obtained from our website: