ECSM Biographies

Below are the ECSM Biographies of the Conference and Programme Chairs, Keynote Speakers and Mini-Track Chairs.

Conference and Programme Chairs

Dr Aelita Skaržauskienė

Aelita Skaržauskiene is the scientific leader of a research programme for Social technologies at Mykolas Romeris University (MRU). Her research interests are in the application of new technologies in different fields of society, focusing on innovative co-creation approaches. Together with her scientific team Aelita has developed a unique methodology for monitoring collective intelligence (CI) in online communities called the CI Potential Index. From 2007-2008 she lead the Project for development of Self-managing teams in the European Parliament in Luxemburg and Brussels with the DEMOS Group Belgium.

Nomeda Gudelienė

Nomeda Gudelienė

Nomeda Gudeliene is the Head of the Research Quality and Analysis Centre (Deputy Vice-Rector for Research and International Relations) of Mykolas Romeris University. She was the organiser of the International Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union conference Horizons of Social Sciences and Humanities that was held at MRU in September 2013 and was coordinator of the project funded by the 7th Framework Programme ( Nomeda was instrumental in organising the conference Ethics and Values in Higher Education in the Era of Globalisation: What Role for the Disciplines organized by the International Universities Association and Mykolas Romeris University in 2010 ( She is the national representative in the COST Action No. TN1302 BESTPRAC The Voice of Research Administrators: Building a Network of Administrative Excellence. Email:

Key Note Speakers


Dr. Edgaras Leichteris

Dr. Edgaras Leichteris is a CEO of Lithuanian robotics association. He also works as an expert in Knowledge Economy Forum, Lithuanian Innovation Center, Lithuanian Science, technology and innovation agency. His research interest include technology assessment (impact of technologies on societies), collective intelligence and efficiency of national innovation systems. He is an expert on participatory methods and was engaged in many foresight activities which have taken place in Lithuania (Lithuania 2030, Learning Lithuania 2030) or Europe (Global citizen 2050, Cimulact)

Daiva Lialytė

Daiva Lialyte is working in communication field since 1998. She is founder and CEO of public relations company “Integrity PR” (, Member of Board and Member of Honour Court of PR agencies association, Member of Board of SOS Children Village and Chairwomen of NGO “Crisis Intervention Centre”. Daiva also is lecturing at Vilnius University, Communication faculty for master and bachelor degree students and giving presentations on different conferences. 

Mini-Track Chairs


Jari Jussila

Jari Jussila, B.Eng., M.Sc., D.Sc. is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Novi Research Center at Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland. He completed his doctoral thesis on social media use in business-to-business companies’ innovation. His research is currently focused on online communities, social media, crowdsourcing, as well as, big social data analytics.


Farid Shirazi,

Farid Shirazi, B.Eng., MSc. Computer Security, Ph.D. is a Senior Researcher at Institute for Innovation and Technology Management at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. He is currently an Associate Director and an Associate Professor of the Ted Rogers school of Information Technology Management. Farid’s research focuses mainly on the impact of ICTs on the social and economic development. His main research interests are IT-enabled sustainability and development, Cloud Computing, E-government strategies, Green IS management as well as the ethical and security perspectives associated with the introduction and use of ICTs.


Nicola Osborne

Nicola Osborne is Digital Education Manager and Service Manager at EDINA, University of Edinburg where she works on a diverse range of higher education technology projects, including digital humanities and citizen science initiatives. Her research focuses on social media and higher education and, with colleagues in the Managing Your Digital Footprints research team, she has been investigating student use of social media including issues of privacy, emerging personal practices, and eprofessionalism. In October 2015 Nicola was named as one of Jisc’s 50 Uk Higher Education social media influencers. She regularly provides expert advice, training and consultancy on social media.


Stefania Manca

Stefania Manca is a researcher at the Institute of Educational Technology of the National Research Council of Italy. She has been active in the field of educational technology, technology-based learning, distance education and e-learning since 1995. Her main research interests are social media and social network sites for formal and informal learning purposes and in teacher education and professional development. She has been investigating how social media are impacting higher education teaching and learning practices, as well as how these sites are transforming digital scholarship and scholarly communication. She has published numerous articles on these topics and given presentations in conferences.


Paul Alpar

Paul Alpar is a Professor of Business Administration and Information Systems at the School of Business and Economics at University of Marburg since 1993. From 1986 to 1992, he was on the business faculty at University of Illinois, Chicago, USA. He was a Visiting Scholar at the universities of New Mexico (Albuquerque, USA), Tel-Aviv (Israel), Frankfurt/M. (Germany), California (Berkeley, USA), Pennsylvania State (College Station, USA), Georgia State (Atlanta, USA), VGU (Saigon, Vietnam). He is the (co-)author of about 70 refereed papers and five books. His articles have been published in J. of MIS, Int. J. of Research in Marketing, Int. J. of Electronic Commerce, IEEE Trans. on Eng. Man., Decision Support Systems, in Proceedings of ICIS and ECIS, and other outlets. He is currently on the editorial boards of EJIS, ISM, and IJBIR.


Dr Luísa Carvalho

Dr Luísa Carvalho holds a PhD in Management from the University of Évora, Portugal.  She is Professor of Management in the Department of Management and Social Sciences  at the Open University, Lisbon , Portugal.  She is also Guest professor at a number of  international universities where she teaches courses on master and PhDs programs. She is a researcher at CEFAGE (Center for Advanced Studies in Management and Economics) University of Evora – Portugal and author of several publications in national and international journals, books and book chapters. 

Dr Irina Purcarea

Dr Irina Purcarea holds a PhD in Business Administration from the Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania, where she is Assistant Professor. She is also Visiting Professor at ESC Rennes Business School, France. She is member of the Research Centre for Business Administration at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies and author of several publications in national and international journals as well as book chapters.


Dr Dragana Calic

Dr Dragana Calic is a research scientist with the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group in Australia. Her research is concerned with the human aspects of cybersecurity. In 2013, she completed a PhD in Psychology at The University of Adelaide on the human performance in face matching. Dragana is a member of DST Group’s Human Research Ethics Review Panel and is a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Psychology at The University of Adelaide.


Kathryn Parsons

Kathryn Parsons is a research scientist with the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group in Australia, where her research involves examining the human aspects of cybersecurity. She completed a Master of Psychology (Organisational and Human Factors) at The University of Adelaide in 2005, and is currently undertaking a PhD on social influence in cyber space. She is an Organisational Psychologist and Adjunct Lecturer within the School of Psychology at The University of Adelaide. Kathryn is a member of DST Group’s Human Research Ethics Review Panel.