ECKM Biographies

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

Conference and Programme Chairs


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).


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)


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


Antonella Padova – Global Advisory Community Lead at EY. She has 31 years of experience in consulting, initially as a client serving person in system planning, software engineering and system integration projects.  Then moved to Chief Knowledge Officer Roles in various organizations. Currently part of the global EY Knowledge team, leading a global program, which is part of the overall Knowledge Transformation Strategy. The program objective is to build and sustain global online communities for the Advisory practice (around 50.000 people in the world) and serves as strategic change agent to support and execute the globalization strategy of the Advisory practice.


Simone Strambach is professor and head of the Department of Geography, at the Philipps-University Marburg, Germany. As an economic geographer, her main areas of research are the spatial shaping and institutional foundation of innovation and the knowledge economy. Her most recent research focuses on knowledge dynamics and the role of transnational networks in the development of ‘new forms’ of innovation such as social and sustainability innovation in the socio-ecological transformation. Simone has published in a number of established international and national journals and her research has been based on multiple national and international projects. Her advisory activities include among others the European Commission, DFG-German Federal Science Association, VW-Research Foundation, Ministry of Education and Research Norway, BMBF German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, DAAD German Academic Exchange Service, Ministry of Economics and the State Ministry of the federal state Baden-Württemberg.

Mini-Track Chairs


Marco Bettiol is Associate Professor of Business Management at the University of Padova, Dept. of Economics and Management “Marco Fanno” (Italy). His research focuses on the relationship between design, innovation and firm competitiveness; design and knowledge management; information technology and marketing strategy. His research has been published in international books and journals such as Design Issues, Journal of Knowledge Management, International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, European Planning Studies.


Constantin Bratianu is Professor Emeritus of Strategic Management and Knowledge Management, UNESCO Department for Business Administration, and Founding Director of the Research Center for Intellectual Capital, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania. He has been Visiting Professor at universities in USA, Japan, Austria, Hungary and Egypt. He published over 25 books and 200 papers in international journals and volumes of international conferences. He is Associate Editor of Electronic Journal of Knowledge Management, and co-editor of the international journal of Management Dynamics in the Knowledge Economy. He is a member of the American Academy of Management, Romanian Academy of Scientists, and International Association of Knowledge Management. His academic interests are: knowledge dynamics, knowledge management, intellectual capital, and strategic management.


Dr. Maria Crema holds a PhD in management engineering and works at “Azienda ULSS 2 Marca trevigiana”, which is a hospital in North-east of Italy. She received her PhD from the Department of Management and Engineering at the University of Padova (Italy). Her main research interests include project management, health care operations management and risk management in the health care context.


Dr. John Dumay is Associate Professor of Accounting at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Originally a consultant, he joined academia after completing his Ph.D. in 2008. His thesis won the European Fund for Management Development and Emerald Journals Outstanding Doctoral Research Award for Knowledge Management. John researches intellectual capital, knowledge management, corporate reporting and disclosures, research methodologies and academic writing. John has written over 70 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and edited books, and is highly cited in Scopus and Google Scholar. He is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Intellectual Capital and Meditari Accountancy Research, Editor of the eJournal of Knowledge Management, on the Editorial Board of Advice of the highly regarded Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, Journal of Knowledge Management and several other leading accounting and management journals.


Prof. Isabel Maria Macedo holds a PhD from Warwick University and is currently  Assistant  Professor  of  Quality Management  in the  Public  Sector  at  the  School  of  Economics  and  Management,  University  of Minho,  Braga,  Portugal.  Her research interests include Quality Management, Information and Communication Technology and Innovation in the Public and Non-profit Sector.


Prof. Chiara Verbano is Associate Professor of Engineering Management in the Department of Management and Engineering at Padova University. In 2014 she was licensed to become Full Professor in Management Engineering. Her major research interests include Quality and Safety management in healthcare, Risk Management and Innovation management.

Workshop Facilitators

Ettore Bolisani

Ettore Bolisani is Associate Professor at the University of Padova and President of the International Association for Knowledge Management


Professor Bruce Cronin specialises in the role of business networks in strategy and innovation within and across organisational and national boundaries. He is Director of Research for the Business School and Director of the University of Greenwich's Centre for Business Network Analysis since its establishment. His corporate clients have included Unilever, The Pensions Regulator, Defra, Nesta, NHS, The Work Foundation, The Institute of Management Consultants, Universities UK and the London Knowledge Network.


Tatiana Gavrilova is Professor at the Graduate School of Management, Saint Petersburg State University. She does research in Artificial Intelligence, Human-computer Interaction and Information Systems (Business Informatics).

Peter Heisig

Peter Heisig is Professor for Information and Knowledge Management and Deputy Dean of the Department of Information Sciences at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam (Germany), and a Senior Research Fellow at the Leeds University Business School (UK).


José M. Viedma is a Doctor of Industrial Engineering, a graduate in Economics and Emeritus Professor at UPC Polytechnic University of Catalonia and UPC School of Professional & Executive Development in Barcelona, Spain. He has held top executive positions in computer services and management consultancy firms.  Jose researches on knowledge management and intellectual capital management at the micro level and knowledge economy and knowledge-based development at the macro level His current field of interest is focused on the strategic management of intangibles for wealth creation and poverty reduction.


Juan Gabriel Cegarra Navarro

Juan Cegarra is Professor at the Business Administration Department of the Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena (Spain). He has been visiting professor at the University of Manchester and at the University of Hull in the UK.


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.