Keynote Speaker


    

Prof Dato' Dr Anwar Ridhwan  

Dilahirkan pada 5 Ogos 1949 di Sungai Besar, Selangor, Malaysia.

Beliau telah  memperoleh ijazah Sarjana Muda, Sarjana dan Doktor Falsafah dari Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. Pernah mengikuti kursus pengurusan dan penerbitan buku di New York University (1982), dan International Writing Program (1986) di University of Iowa, Amerika  Syarikat. Beliau  berkhidmat di Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) Malaysia untuk tempoh lebih 30 tahun. Selama tiga tahun dari bulan April 1997 hingga Mac 2000 bertugas sebagai Profesor Pelawat, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Jepun. 

Beliau menulis cerpen, drama, esei, novel, dan puisi. Karya-karyanya telah diterbitkan di Indonesia, dan diterjemahkan ke dalam lebih 16 bahasa dunia.  Beliau juga menghasilkan beberapa buah buku kajian/ilmiah. Pada tahun 2002 beliau menerima hadiah SEA Write Award di Bangkok, dan Hadiah Sastera Majlis Sastera Asia Tenggara. Pada 20 Oktober 2009 beliau menerima Anugerah Sastera Negara daripada Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong, sebagai Sasterawan Negara yang ke-10. Beliau kini bertugas sebagai Pensyarah Kanan, Fakulti Penulisan Kreatif, di Akademi Seni Budaya dan Warisan Kebangsaan (ASWARA) di Kuala Lumpur. 

   

Prof Dr Md Sidin bin Ahmad Ishak 

He is currently Director of University of Selangor Press and Professor at the Faculty of Communication, Visual Arts and Computing at the same university. He was previously Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), University of Malaya and Professor at the Department of Media Studies. He had also been head of the Department of Media Studies, Deputy Dean of FASS and Director of University of Malaya Press.

He is actively involved in professional and community activities including Chairman of MBBY Literacy Center, an IBBY-sponsored project; Deputy President of Malaysian Board on Books for Young People (MBBY) which is affiliated with IBBY Switzerland; and Secretary-General of the Future Islamic Global Network Foundation (FIGN), an affiliation of the Union of NGOs of The Islamic World (UNIW) based in Istanbul, Turkey. He has served on several book award committees as chairman of panel member such as Malaysian National Book Awards, Malaysian Literature Awards, Kota Buku & DBP Book Awards, UM Book Awards, and PNM-RTM Book Awards.