ECKM Biographies

Below are the ECKM Biographies of the Conference and Programme Chairs, Key Note Speakers and Mini-Track Chairs.

Conference and Programme Chairs

Prof. Dr. Ettore Bolisani

Ass. Prof. Dr. Ettore Bolisani (Laurea in Electronic Engineering, PhD in Innovation Studies) was an EU ‘Marie Curie’ Research Fellow at Manchester University and a researcher at the Universities of Trieste and Padova. He is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Padova, school of Engineering. His research centers on knowledge management and innovation management. He was visiting lecturer at Coventry University, Kaunas Technological University and Universidad Politecnica de Cartagena. He was Chair of the European Conference on Knowledge Management (2009), and member of United Nations Expert Groups on knowledge networks and on KM in education. He is co-Founder and first President of the International Association for Knowledge Management (, and Series co-Editor (with Meliha Handzic) of the IAKM Book Series on Knowledge Management and Organizational Learning, published by Springer. He was co-Editor (with Meliha Handzic) of the book “Advances in Knowledge Management – Celebrating Twenty Years of Research and Practice” (Springer, 2015)


Dr. Eleonora Di Maria

Ass. Prof. Dr. Eleonora Di Maria is Associate Professor in Business management, University of Padova, Department of Economics and Management ‘Marco Fanno’, Padova (Italy). She graduated at University of Udine where she also received her Ph.D. Her research focuses on internationalization, innovation and sustainability strategies of firms and local economic systems, as well as on evolutionary trends of knowledge- intensive business services. Her research has been published in journals such as Research Policy, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Business Strategy & the Environment, Journal of Knowledge Management, International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, European Planning Studies, Industry & Innovation, Competition & Change. She co-authored 22 documents included in Scopus, where she received more than 220 citations, and she edited several books. She has co-edited the book ‘Exploring Knowledge-intensive Business Services: Knowledge Management Strategies’ (Palgrave, 2012) and ‘Local Clusters in Global Value Chains’ (Routledge, forthcoming).


Prof. Dr. Enrico Scarso is Professor of Engineering Management at the Department of Management and Engineering, University of Padua (Italy), where he serves as Chair of the Engineering and Management Degree Courses Council. He received a Ph.D. degree in Industrial Innovation from the University of Padua. His current research interests are in the area of technology and knowledge management. He has published in several journals and has presented papers at various international conferences. He is co-founder member of the “International Association for Knowledge Management” – IAKM.Programme chair

Keynote Speakers

Mini-Track Chairs

Workshop Facilitators