Awards & Recognition

Professor Dr. Maya Khemlani David (Faculty of Languages and Lingusitics, University of Malaya) received the Linguapax Award in 2007 and   is an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, United Kingdom and an Honarary Member of the Foundation of Endangered Languages. As a sociolinguist, Dr. David has a special interest in discourse analysis, languages in Malaysian minority communities, and the role of language in establishing and maintaining national unity within and across cultures.

She is a Visiting Scholar, College for Women and also consultant (ELT) for Kinnaird College, both in Lahore, Pakistan. She also is Hon. Academic Consultant, London College of Clinical Hypnosis. She holds an Executive Diploma in Coaching and also in Counselling.


(Name of Award), (Awarding Institution), (Year Awarded), (Level).

Visiting Professor, Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow, India 2017-2020.

Certificate of Recognition (Enhancement Program for Research), Faculty of Dentistry , 2013, (UNIVERSITY)

Letter of Commendation, SPELT Conference, 2013, (INTERNATIONAL)

Appointment as Chief Managing Editor, IARS International Research Journal , 2013, (INTERNATIONAL)


Certificate of Recognition, University of Malaya, 2011, (UNIVERSITY)

Honorary Editor, International Journal of Cross-Cultural Studies (IJCCS), 2011, (INTERNATIONAL)

UniCC, Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia, 2011, (INTERNATIONAL)

Award for Excellent Service , University of Malaya, 2008, (NATIONAL)

Entry in Who’s in Science and Engineering, Marquis Who’s Who, America, 2007, (INTERNATIONAL)

Anugerah Khas Penerbitan Jurnal Terujuk (Special Award for Best Journal), Universiti Malaya, 2007, (UNIVERSITY)

Perdana Research Foundation Research Scholar Grant 2007, Perdana Foundation, 2007, (NATIONAL)

Linguapax Award 2007, UNESCO BARCELONA, 2007, (INTERNATIONAL)

Honarary Membership Foundation of Endangered Languages , Foundation of Endangered Language, 2007, (INTERNATIONAL)

Toastmasters Badge, Toastmasters, 2007, (INTERNATIONAL)

Bronze Award, Expo Penyelidikan, Rekacipta dan Inovasi (Research and innovation Expo), University of Malaya, 2006, (UNIVERSITY)


Maya Khemlani David, Ways of Collecting Data in a VUCA World, invited by Professor Shameem Malaysian Association of Applied Linguistics, 10th September, 2021

Maya Khemlani David, Using Novels as Pedagogical Tools for Teaching Cross-Cultural Competence to English Language Students: Focus on Speech Acts, invited by Tania Rahman, Department of English and Modern Languages, North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 27th November, 2021.

Maya Khemlani David, Every Challenge is an Opportunity: Language Teaching in Face to Face Classrooms, invited by FP Dumanig, Univerity of Hawaii at Hilo, 5th December, 2021.

Maya Khemlani David, Language Shift and Maintenance: Methodologies Used, FBL, University of Malaya
June, 2021.

Maya Khemlani David, Focus on Reading: Learning Academic Writing from Reading Academic Texts, AEI, University Of Malaya, March, 2021.

Maya Khemlani David, Challenges Facing Mother Tongue Based Multilingual Education in Malaysia, Keynote Presentation, International Conference on Mother Tongue Based Multilingual Education 2021, November, 23,2021.

Maya Khemlani David, Performing Speech Acts: Focusing on Local Cultural Norms in the Englishes We Use, invited by Seyed Yasin Yazdi , TUMS Applied Linguistics Webinar Series, September 18, 2021.

Maya Khemlani David, Sindhi Hindu Global Community: Reasons for Language Shift and Strategies for Revitalisation, FBL, University of Malaya, November 12, 2021.

Speaking invitations


International Conference on Mother-tongue based Multilingual Education, Kuala Lumpur. Organised by National Education Reform Initiative-a platform of 16 NGOs -29-30 March.

Challenges Facing Mother Tongue Based Multilingual Education in Malaysia, December 2021, Conference: International Conference on Mother Tongue Based Multilingual Education 2021, At: Malaysia.

Sociolinguistic Data as Input in the Language Classroom, December 2021, Conference: Hawaiʻi International Conference on English Language and Literature Studies (HICELLS 2020), At: University of Hawai’i, Hilo.

Using Novels as Pedagogical Tools for Teaching Cross-Cultural Competence to English Language Students: Focus on Speech Acts, December 2021, DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.35291.90403, Conference: Speech Acts: Learning Cross Cultural Differences from Literary Works

25th Annual Conference—FEL XXV (2021, Investigating Reasons for Language Shift and Language Maintenance: Focus on the Sindhi Hindu Community, 16th December, 2021

2nd International Conference: Innovation Advancements (Issues, Challenges, and Way forward). Challenges to Data Collection: Digital Divide Causing Double Marginalization of the Bagri Community in Sindh, Pakistan, 10th July, 2021

The 11th APRU Population Aging Virtual Conference, Covid 19 and lockdowns – Use of the Language of Religion for Survival Focus on Elderly Sindhis in Sindh, Pakistan. 7-8 April, 2021

Sociolinguistic input for the Language Classroom. Hawai International Conference on Language and Literature 12-13 March 2020.

Keynote :A bottom up approach to language revitalisation: focus on the Sindhi community presented at Perspectives on indigenous minority linguistic groups: Issues, Challenges and Prospects. University of Kashmir. 26-27 August.

Invited Paper: -4 June 2020. Literature, Wisdom and Covid

Co-authored Presentation: Linguistic Trends among young Sindhi Muslims in Karachi, Pakistan. July 21, 2020 ICLLCE Perceptions_of_Sindhi_Muslims_towards_Exogamous_Marriages_An_Exploratory_Study.

Esteemed Conference Key Speaker : Second Asia Pacific Conference on Managing Business Sustainability during 15th December, 2017 to 17th December, 2017 in Lucknow, India by Jaipura Institute of Management

April 2017: Invited Keynote Speaker 1st International Conference on Revitalization of Indigenous and Minoritized Languages Barcelona, Vic, Spain, 19-Apr-2017 – 21-Apr-2017

August 2016: Invited Speaker to International Conference at National Institute of Education Management, Ha Noi, Vietnam

June 2016: Keynote Speaker: 5th Annual International Conference on Language, Literature & Linguistics (L3 2016)

June 2016: ICELL 2016  Conference on English Language and Literature: invited speaker

February 2016: Sponsored Speaker – Mandalay Conference on Language Policy

Affiliation with International / National NGOs

Executive Committee of Foundation 0f Endangered Languages Based in London

Exco member of Linguapax, an NGO based in Barcelona that promotes language diversity worldwide

Exco member of Gerontological Association of Malaysia (GEM)

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