ECIAIR Biographies

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

Conference and Programme Chairs


Dr Paul Griffiths BSc, MEng, DBA, A.Dip.C is Professor of Banking, Finance and Fintech and Academic Director of the MSc in Banking and Fintech at the Ecole de Management de Normandie and is based at the UK Campus in Oxford. Prior to becoming a full-time academic Paul spent many years in leadership positions at global management consulting firms, serving Boards of blue-chip companies, particularly in the financial services sector. He specialises in the management of intangible assets such as intellectual capital and artificial intelligence. He helps organisations and industry sectors set up knowledge networks on technological platforms such as cognitive computing, augmented reality and blockchain. Having lived in nine and worked in 15 countries he defines himself as multicultural.


Dr. Mitt Nowshade Kabir is a serial entrepreneur, AI evangelist, a business accelerator and investor. He is the present CEO of Trouvus, an AI company that develops state-of-the-art recommender systems based on latest machine learning technologies. He holds an M.Sc. in Computer Science, an MBA from Georgetown University, a Ph.D in Information Technology, and Doctorate in Business Administration from Newcastle University, UK. His present interests are strong AI, innovation, knowledge management, semantic technologies, Entrepreneurship, and Strategy.  Dr. Kabir is also a teacher, inventor, and writer. He has published many articles, peer-reviewed papers and book chapters in his areas of interest. As an academic, he developed and taught a course on Applied Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Entrepreneurship. His book “Knowledge-based Social Entrepreneurship” is due to be published in early 2019 by Palgrave Macmillan.

Keynote Speakers


Dr Mariano E. Giménez is Professor of Surgery and “Taquini” Chair of General and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University of Buenos Aires, and Director of the DAICIM Foundation in Argentina, which is dedicated to Teaching, Treatment and Research into Interventional Radiology and Minimally Invasive Surgery. He is also Scientific Director of Percutaneous Surgery at IHU-IRCAD at the University of Strasbourg, France and Chair of Excellence in Percutaneous Surgery at its Institute for Advanced Study (USIAS) at the University of Strasbourg, France and his main practice focuses on Percutaneous Image Guided Surgery and Minimally Invasive Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary (HPB) Surgery. Dr. Giménez completed his PhD in 1996 at the University of Buenos Aires. He is a prolific member of the academic community and has published more than 200 scientific papers, 10 books on Surgery and written over 85 book chapters. Dr. Giménez has, in recent years, carried out humanitarian surgical missions in Kurdistan, Guatemala, Honduras, Bolivia and Peru.

Mini Track Chairs


Francesca Dal Mas, BA, MBA, JD, Ph.D., works as an independent consultant in the field of strategic management and knowledge management. She is a member of Women in AI. She is affiliated to La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.


Dr Maurizio Massaro, Ph.D., is aggregate professor at Udine University since 2008, having worked as teacher at Udine University since 2001. He was visiting scholar at the FGCU, Florida, USA, in 2010 and Leicester, UK, 2013. His academic interests are primarily in the field of business performance measureme nt, intellectual capital, knowledge management and entrepreneurship.


Evgeny N. Pashentsev, DSc Is a leading Researcher in the Diplomatic Academy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, senior researcher at Saint Petersburg State University. He is also a Professor at the Lomonosov Moscow State University and a Director at the International Centre for Social and Political Studies and Consulting. He is a member of the international Advisory Board of Comunicar (Spain) and is on the editorial board of The Journal of Political Marketing (USA). Evgeny is author, co-author and editor of 36 books and more than 150 academic articles published in Russian, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Serbian and Bulgarian languages. He has presented papers at more than 180 international conferences and seminars for the last 20 years in 19 countries. His areas of research interest include strategic communication, international security, perspective technologies and social development.


Dr. Char Sample is a researcher for ICF Inc. and a visiting academic at the University of Warwick.  Her research focus areas are Threat Intelligence, Fake News, Data Resilience and cultural influences on cyber events and behaviors. Dr. Sample’s background includes time in private sector, public sector and academia.  She continues to try to merge the best features from each of these areas to guide her research.


Dr Caroline Stockman is an experienced Senior Lecturer with a demonstrated history of working in higher education and the commercial e-learning industry. She is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Winchester, UK, and a Research Fellow at the Institute of Cultural Studies at the University of Leuven, Belgium. As a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a JISC Digital Leader, she is a recognised expert on effective human-technology relationships. She has presented her work at MIT and BCS - the Chartered Institute of IT, and published her most recent monograph on technology acceptance with Routledge.

Milan Todorovic


Milan Todorovic is a research academic at RMIT University, Australia and a visiting lecturer of Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Organisational Changes. He holds an 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 to conduct consulting assignments and deliver strategic projects worldwide.