Researcher, Centre for Strategic & Policy Studies (CSPS); Senior Special Duties Officer, Prime Minister’s Office
Dr. Sophiana Chua Abdullah was a Researcher at Centre for Strategic & Policy Studies (CSPS) and a Senior Special Duties Officer at the Prime Minister’s Office up to 15 December 2018 before she retired after serving in the government for over 33 years. She holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Kent, an MSc in Computer Studies (AI) from the University of Essex and a BSc (Honours) in Computer Science from the University of Swansea, UK.
Her portfolio includes roles such as Principal Lecturer and Dean of Faculty of Business & Information Technology at Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB), Board member of the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry (AITI), a member of the ICT subcommittee of the National Accreditation Council at the Ministry of Education, and a judge and mentor for several national and regional level ICT competitions, such as BICTA (Brunei ICT Awards) and APICTA (Asia Pacific ICT Awards).
Sophiana has contributed to a wide range of national and regional level research projects including the areas of ICT, Health, Energy, Land Optimisation, Land Transportation, Youth Policy, APWINC (Asia Pacific Women’s Information Network Centre) studies such as Women in ICT, and ASEAN studies such as ASEAN Identity & ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Blue Print review. She has also published and presented at international conferences in the areas of Student Modelling, Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Computer Adaptive Testing, Creative Industries, Child Online Interaction and Women in ICT.
Dr Sophiana is trained in Change Management (Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Australia) and Strategic Foresight & Horizon Scanning (Action Foresight Australia), and is fully certified in Strategic Management (Haines Centre for Strategic Management Singapore). She is also an active Toastmasters member and mentor and has won several accolades at both local and regional level competitions.
Over the years, she facilitated several workshops in the areas of Strategic Foresight, Strategic Planning, Change Management, Geographic Information Systems, Report Writing and Presentation Skills for middle to senior level officers from the private and government sectors. In recent years, her primary training focus has been in helping government and private sector personnel in their strategic planning development. She was instrumental in the adoption of the Systems Thinking approach of Strategic Management with Foresight elements, either as a fully-fledged system or part of a hybrid of solutions, for several key organisations, including the Ministry of Development and departments within the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Finance, Authoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam and the Prime Minister’s Office.