The 7th Conference on Human Development in Asia – Held Online from Tokyo on Monday and Tuesday, December 6-7, 2021»

Welcome to COHDA 2021

We welcome you to join us online on Monday and Tuesday, December 6-7, 2021 for the 7th Conference on Human Development in Asia (COHDA 2021), which will be held as a virtual event online from Tokyo, Japan.

Due to ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as travel restrictions, curfews and business shutdowns in major metropolitan areas, this conference is being held online.

All oral and poster presenters are invited to join us either live via Zoom or to submit pre-recorded oral presentations or virtual posters.

Please click on the link below to download our guidelines and instructions for giving live presentations or pre-recorded presentations or virtual posters via Zoom:


COHDA 2021 is being held alongside the 7th Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Asia (COSTA 2021). Both conferences are convened by INTESDA in affiliation with the the Parasitic Disease Research Center, Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand and the Family Medical Co., Ltd., Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

About COHDA 2021

Over the past two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every community large and small throughout the world and has challenged to retool and rethink how we teach and how students learn in all subject fields. The change in thinking has been astounding considering that most teachers and students alike had little, if any, expertise with technology apart from social media. Ironically, the pandemic has been a boon for communication technology companies such as Zoom, 247Meeting, Bluejeans engaged in creating cloud-based platforms for teleconferencing, telecommuting, distance education. Only a few years ago, the notion of earning a degree or online or doing a virtual presentation in an international conference served as an alternative option for people with busy schedules, travel difficulties or limited financial resources. Today, of course, the integration of technology and education has transformed the way in which we teach, learn, share ideas and research and even network. The rollout of mass vaccinations and the decline in infection rates has given some teachers a sense of cautiously-optimistic security. As teachers reimagine schools for the post-COVID period, let’s consider some important questions: What have you learned from remote-learning that you would like to introduce into the classroom? How has teaching remotely changed your view of students, teaching, and yourself as a teacher?

Call for Proposals

With the theme of ‘Education Transformation,’  we are holding the 7th Conference on Human Development in Asia as a virtual event.  Since the pandemic is still ongoing and travel has not resumed, the virtual format is an ideal setting and a safe presentation format to network, make friends, discuss research, share ideas and hear from others about the impact, challenges and changes to education as we move forward to a post-COVID-19 world.

The Final Deadline for Proposals of 250 words in English is Friday, November 12, 2021. Click on the Link Below to Submit your Proposal Today!

COHDA 2021 Streams

  • Administration, Policy and Leadership
  • Arts & Humanities Education
  • Business Education
  • Crisis Management and Education
  • Culture, Equity and Social Justice
  • Curriculum, Research and Collaboration
  • Education for Sustainable Development
  • Education Technology and Remote Learning
  • Educational Testing, Measurement and Evaluation
  • General Education
  • Higher Education and Further Education
  • Human Rights Education
  • Language Education, Linguistics and ESL/EFL
  • Liberal Education
  • Life Science and STEM Education
  • Public Health Education
  • Other Fields of Education (please specify)

COHDA 2021 Submission Form

Plan Your Attendance

See the COHDA 2021 Schedule

Program Committee

Takayuki Yamada Takayuki Yamada
Chairperson, INTESDA, Japan

Mr. Yamada is a Charter and Founding Member of RID 2760 Rotary Club of Chubu Nagoya Mirai, where he also served as a special adviser of the Polio Plus Committee of Japan. Since 2011, he has organized and led multiple humanitarian and medical aid missions to India, Bhutan and elsewhere to assist with immunization efforts to eradicate polio and improve access to clean water and sanitation in rural areas. Mr. Yamada is also active in supervising activities and projects with friendship associations in central Japan aimed at strengthening ties with its diverse international community.

Michael K. Sasaoka-AlvordMichael Sasaoka-Alvord
Executive Director, INTESDA, Japan

Michael oversees special programs, events and business development for INTESDA, which mobilizes ideas and raises awareness for sustainable development. Michael spent much of his formative and adolescent years growing up in Japan before returning to the USA where he excelled at San Diego State University and earned degrees in business and Japanese. Owing to his bi-cultural and bilingual heritage, Michael has spent the past twenty-five years working in education and training in Japan, which he now calls home. As a skilled Japanese-English interpreter, he recently worked for NBC during the Tokyo Olympics.

Gary Smith Gary Ryan Smith
Media & Technology, INTESDA, Japan

Gary is an environmental and landscape photographer, mountain climber and filmmaker. His work has taken him all over the work and has deepened his passion and concern for climate change and its effect on the environment. In particular, his work has revealed the long term effects of air and water pollution around the Great Lakes and also within Japan. Gary holds degrees in mass communication, media arts and Japanese from Southern Illinois University, USA. He previously worked for an ABC News affiliate. He is also an alumnus of the JET Programme in Japan and served as coordinator for international exchange for the Ministry of Education in Tokyo. His academic interests include environmental studies, ICT and photography. Gary divides his time between his homes in Illinois, USA and Shizuoka, Japan.


  • Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Tech, English Department, Matsuyama University, Japan
  • James Harry Morris, Ph.D., School of Humanities, Tsukuba University, Japan
  • Kanato Kashima, Ph.D., Japan University of Economics, Fukuoka Campus, Japan
  • Nathkapach Rattanapitoon, Ph.D., Suranaree University, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
  • Schawanya Rattanapitoon M.D., FCFP, Suranaree University, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
  • Zulfiya Imyarova, Ph.D., International Educational Program, Narxoz University, Kazakhstan
  • Beverly A. Sarza, Ph.D., De La Salle University Manila, Manila, Philippines
  • Jin Su Jeong, Ph.D., School of Engineering and Industrial Design, Technical University of Madrid, Spain
  • Thirayu Meererksom, M.B.A., Faculty of Management Science, Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
  • Ana Salomé García Muñiz, Ph.D., Department of Applied Economics, University of Oviedo, Spain