ECKM Biographies

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

Conference and Programme Chairs

Dr Alexeis Garcia-Perez is an Associate Professor in Cyber Security Management at the Centre for Business in Society at Coventry University (UK) and a Visiting Research Scholar at Georgetown University (USA). His original background in computer science was complemented by a PhD in knowledge management from Cranfield University. This socio-technical understanding of information systems has enabled Alexeis to focus on the wider challenges of data, information and knowledge management in organisations and society. Alexeis is a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.  He leads the Data, Organisations and Society Research Group at Coventry University’s Centre for Business in Society. Alexeis has been the course director for KM-based programmes including the MBA Cyber Security at Coventry University, and has collaborated extensively with key industry players on their KM strategies, as well as with UK and international academic and business associations as a KM expert.

Prof Lyndon Simkin is Executive Director of the Centre for Business in Society, before which he was Professor of Strategic Marketing and Head of School at Henley Business School (University of Reading), having been Research Lead at Oxford Brookes and previously Director of the Warwick MBA at Warwick Business School. He is an acknowledged expert in strategy creation, planning processes and implementation management, guiding practitioners with their execution and mentoring COEs and leadership teams. Lyndon is a member of the Academy of Marketing’s research Committee, Associate Editor of the Journal of Marketing Management and co-chair of the Academy’s special interest groups in CRM and Market Segmentation and Strategy. Lyndon is author of eleven books, including the market leading Marketing: Concepts and Strategies, Marketing Planning, Market Segmentation Success: Making it Happen! and research based The Dark Side of CRM.

Key Note Speakers

Constantin Bratianu is Professor Emeritus of the UNESCO Department of the Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania. He is a professor of Strategic Management and Knowledge Management and the President of the International Association for Knowledge Management (IAKM). He is known for his contributions to the theory of knowledge fields, knowledge dynamics in organizations, and knowledge strategies. He is Associate Editor of the Electronic Journal of Knowledge Management, and former Associate Editor of VINE Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems.

Dr. Klaus North is Professor of International Management at Wiesbaden Business School, Germany. His current research covers knowledge and innovation management, particularly in digital transformation contexts. He was founding president of the German Knowledge Management Association and scientific director of the German Knowledge Management Award. He has published 12 books and numerous papers. He frequently consults with major firms, governments and international organisations and teaches regularly in business programmes internationally. In the last 20 years he has contributed to more than 200 knowledge management initiatives around the world.

Mini Track Chairs

Dr. Manfred Bornemann is vice president of the Society for Knowledge Management, consultant in the topic of KM for large stock-noted companies as well as non-profit organizations. He teaches KM strategies and practices since 1998, published “Handbuch Wissensbilanz” (2nd edition) and +100 papers covering intellectual capital (IC) reporting, IC management and IC strategy development in +20 international universities as guest lecturer and supporting several KM Master programmes. Over two decades, he was involved in several international research projects and serves as reviewer for academic journals.  

Lorenzo Cobianchi MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Pavia where he also obtained his degrees and the Specialty in General Surgery. He is involved in clinical and research activity. His areas of interest are: new technologies in surgery; new integrated approach for the treatment of pancreatic cancer and regenerative medicine.

DrConor Horan is Senior Lecturer at the Technological University Dublin, Ireland. His research interests include knowledge-as-process and the generative nature of organisational routines within an academic-industry context. He has published articles in a number of Journals

Regina Lenart-Gansiniec is an Assistant Professor Jagiellonian University, Institute of Public Affairs, Faculty of Management and Social Communication (Krakow, Poland). Her research focuses crowdsourcing, open innovation, knowledge management, and organisational learning in public organisations. She is expert in open innovation, knowledge management, clusters and public management of the Ministry of Economic Development (Poland) and Ministry of Economy (Poland). Currently she is also involved in a large research project on crowdsourcing in local governance.

Francesca Dal Mas is a Lecturer in Strategy and Enterprise at the Lincoln International Business School, UK. She has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Udine University and she got her Ph.D. in Managerial and Actuarial Sciences from Udine University. Her research interests include strategy, knowledge management, and intellectual capital.

Dr Shane McLoughlin is an SFI and Intel funded Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher for LERO (The Irish Software Research Institute) at Maynooth University. Shane’s current research examines the development and adoption of disruptive digital innovations with societal benefit.


Nóra Obermayer is an Associate Professor, Vice-dean for Development, Head of Department of Management at the Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Pannonia, Hungary. She obtained her Ph.D. (Knowledge management) in Economics and Management in 2008. As a researcher she was the leader/co-leader of “Knowledge Management in Hungary 2005/2006”, “Organizational Knowledge Sharing in Hungary 2013/2014” and “Knowledge sharing and emotional intelligence 2014/2015” national research and recipient at „Global Knowledge Survey 2012/2013” international research. She has published numerous papers and presented at national and international conferences.  

Nkechi Omeife is a Phd student in Knowledge Management at the Technological University Dublin. Her PhD focuses on academic-industry engagements with a specific focus on the paradoxes, contradictions and tensions inherent in those relationships.


Daniele Piccolo, MD, BScEng, is CEO and founder at Nucleode Srl, an innovative start-up company in the field of technology and healthcare based in Gorizia, Italy. Besides being an entrepreneur, Daniele is currently a PGY1 Neurosurgery Resident at the University of Padua, Italy.

Paulo Gonçalves Pinheiro is a Professor of Beira Interior University (UBI), Business & Economics Department and a researcher at the Research Group on Enterprise Science (NECE). His teaching activities are mainly on knowledge management and comprehend undergraduate, master and doctoral students. He is a Ph.D. in Management and author of several publications.  

Raysa Geaquinto Rocha (MSc) is a Ph.D. student at the University of Beira Interior, a researcher at the Research Group on Enterprise Science (NECE) and a lawyer. She received her master’s degree in management from Fucape Business School in 2016. Her main research areas are Spirituality in Organizations, Organizational Wisdom and Knowledge Management.

Prof. Dr. Sağsan is the Director of the Graduate School of Social Sciences at the Near East University, Northern CYPRUS and also Editor-in-Chief of NEU Journal of Social Sciences since 2015. He is also a founding chairperson of Innovation and Knowledge Management Program at the same University. He received his Ph.D. from Başkent University, Ankara TURKEY in Management and Organization Science in 2008. His research focuses on innovation and knowledge management, organizational theories, strategic management, human resources management, e-government studies, and philosophy of social science. He published more than 100 scientific papers at the national and international level.

Maria José Sousa (Ph.D. in Management and Post Doc in Digital Learning) is a University Professor and a research fellow at ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa and CIEO Algarve University. She is a best seller author in ICT and People Management and has co-authored over 70 articles and books. She has participated in European projects of innovation transfer .

Dr. Clare Thornley is Senior Research Fellow at the Innovation Value Institute at Maynooth University, Ireland. Her background is in Philosophy and started her career in the UK voluntary sector before moving into academe.  Her current research interests include: KM; information ethics; the relationship between research and practice.


Workshop Facilitators


Professor Ananda Mitra is the author of Collecting Citizen Input. He is the inventor of the concept of narbs ( that provides the basis for open-ended data analysis. He has presented papers and sessions of data collection at nearly 60 conferences nationally and internationally. He and his students manage the Web site: that reports on unstructured Big Data analysis.

Knowledge Café Facilitator

David Gurteen is a writer, speaker, and conversational facilitator. The focus of his work is Conversational Leadership – a style of working where we appreciate the power of conversation and take a conversational approach to the way that we connect, relate, learn and work with each other.  He is the creator of the Knowledge Café – a conversational process to bring a group of people together to learn from each other, build relationships and make a better sense of a rapidly changing, complex, less predictable world. He has facilitated hundreds of Knowledge Cafés and workshops in over 30 countries around the world over the past 20 years.

He is also the founder of the Gurteen Knowledge Community – a global network of over 20,000 people in 160 countries. Currently, he is writing an online book on Conversational Leadership.