ICIE Biographies

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

Conference and Programme Chair

Dr. Denise Bedford is currently an Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University’s Communication Culture and Technology program; adjunct faculty at the Schulich School of Business, York University; Visiting Scholar at the University of Coventry, and a Distinguished Practitioner/Virtual Fellow with the U.S. Department of State.  She teaches a graduate level courses in knowledge management, enterprise architecture, and data sciences.  Dr. Bedford retired from the World Bank in 2010 where she was Senior Information Officer.  In 2010, Dr. Bedford accepted the position of Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management at Kent State University.  She retired from this role in 2015.  Dr. Bedford has also worked for Intel Corporation, NASA, University of California Systemwide Administration, and Stanford University.  She currently serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Knowledge Management.


Dr. Elias G. Carayannis is Full Professor of Science, Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, as well as co-Founder and co-Director of the Global and Entrepreneurial Finance Research Institute (GEFRI) and Director of Research on Science, Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, European Union Research Center, (EURC) at the School of Business of the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dr. Carayannis' teaching and research activities focus on the areas of strategic Government-University-Industry R&D partnerships, technology road-mapping, technology transfer and commercialization, international science and technology policy, technological entrepreneurship and regional economic development.  Dr. Carayannis has several publications in both academic and practitioner journals, including IEEE Transactions in Engineering Management, Research Policy, Journal of R&D Management,Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, International Journal of Technology Management,Technovation, Journal of Technology Transfer, Engineering Management Journal, Journal of Growth and Change, Review of Regional Studies, International Journal of Global Energy Issues, International Journal of Environment and Pollution, Le Progres Technique, and Focus on Change Management. He has also published more than twenty books to date on science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship with Springer, CRC Press, Praeger/Greenwood, Palgrave/MacMillan and Edward Elgar, and has several more projects under contract.

Keynote Speakers

Mini Track Chairs

Mitt Nowshade Kabir is the present CEO of He holds a Ph.D. in Information Technology and a Doctorate in business management. His research interests include Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Strategy, and Advanced Technologies such as Machine Learning and Semantic Technologies.

Dr. Mike Provance is Chief Operating Officer for 3x3 Insights LLC, managing director of Growth Kinetics, LLC (a new venture development firm), and adjunct professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Virginia Commonwealth University. Provance’s research interests include the process of and strategies for new venture formation within broader economic systems.  Research includes the roles of knowledge, national context, institutions, innovation systems, and markets in entrepreneurial action, and the impact of entrepreneurship systems on social and economic growth of regions. This corpus builds on an industry career creating and scaling profitable entrepreneurial ventures towards significant milestones.

Dean Testa is founder of the Knowledge Management Office (KMO) within The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.  His diverse background led to his selection as manager of KMO for their global technology organization.  He holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Akron.  Dean joined Goodyear in1990 and has since gained valuable experience in a variety of roles ranging from solutions provider to process manager.  His efforts then moved to managing the technology and knowledge exchange - as well as coordinating the leadership team - for Goodyear’s strategic alliance with a Japanese tire company. Dean resides in Akron, Ohio where he continues his lifelong passion of playing baseball and still practices auto mechanics on classic cars.

Milan Todorovic is a research academic at RMIT University, Australia and a visiting lecturer of Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Organisational Changes. He holds MBA from Melbourne Business School and has extensive international experience across diverse industries and government enterprises encompassing lecturing, management consulting, business development, directorships and successful management of global, mission critical business systems for leading international companies. During his career he has combined his significant professional experience and leadership skills with excellent knowledge of business strategy to conduct consulting assignments and deliver strategic projects worldwide. Currently, he is involved in several research projects including how public policies impact on innovation and entrepreneurship of intelligent autonomous systems.