ECKM Biographies

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

Conference and Programme Chairs

Piera Centobelli teaches Business Economics and Organization at the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Naples Federico II. From 2013 until 2016 she joined the Fraunhofer Joint Laboratory of Excellence on Advanced Production Technology (J-LEAPT) in partnership with Fh-IWU of Chemnitz. She published more than fifty papers in top journals and conference proceedings. She acts as editorial board member, guest editor and reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals. Her research interests focus on blockchain and Industry 4.0, knowledge and technology management, Industry 4.0, digital transformation, operations management, logistics and supply chain management, corporate social responsibility, circular economy, environmental, economic, financial and social sustainability.


Roberto Cerchione is Chair of IEEE  Blockchain Italy, Delegate of Engineering Management Committee and Director of SGu at the University of Naples Parthenope and Professor of Technology, Innovation and Management Faculty at the University of Bergamo and the University of Naples Federico II. He is Professor of ‘Advanced Logistics Systems and Sustainable Supply Chain Management’ at the Aerotech Academy. He serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief the Journal of Entrepreneurship Education and the Academy of Strategic Management Journal, and acts as managing guest editor, section editor, and editorial board member for many international journals. He has co-authored more than 100 publications including articles published in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, conference proceedings, research reports.


Key Note Speakers

Knowledge Cafe Facilitator

Mini Track Chairs

Prof Ali Hessami is the Chair and Technical Editor of IEEE’s first global standard “Model Process for addressing Ethical Concerns in System Design”, referred to as P7000.  This generic process standard that’s been published in September 2021 is aimed at identification, evaluation and protection of ethical human values in products, services and systems. Ali is also VC of IEEE Ethics Certification Programme (ECPAIS)

Joana Martinho Costa (Ph.D) is a researcher at ISTAR and invited assistant professor at ISCTE. She is certified by the Scientific and Pedagogical Council for Continuous Training, Portugal, and has been publishing her works in several journals indexed in Scopus and ISI Web of Knowledge in Educational Technology, Technology-enhanced learning, and Learning Environments. Currently, she participates in ATHENA, an Erasmus+ funded project created to improve university teachers' digital skills.

Regina Lenart-Gansiniec is Associate Professor of the Faculty of Management and Communication, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Her research revolves around crowdsourcing and organizational learning. She is a principal investigator and participant in national and international research projects, and the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Contemporary Management.

Florinda Matos is a Professor at ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon. She is the founder and president of the Intellectual Capital Association (ICAA), whose mission is to help transform intellectual capital into added value by contributing to Sustainable Development. She is also a member of the New Club of Paris, an international organisation whose main objective is to create awareness about the Knowledge Economy. As a Knowledge Management and Intellectual Capital expert, she works with several international organisations to promote the management of the intangibles as accelerators of Innovation, Competitiveness and Sustainability in the Digital

Paulo Gonçalves Pinheiro is a Professor of Beira Interior University (UBI), Business & Economics Department, and a researcher at the NECE, Research Center in Business Sciences (UBI). 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. His main research areas are information management, organizational spirituality, organizational practical wisdom, and knowledge management. https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2397-6463

Raysa Geaquinto Rocha, Ph.D. student and a research fellow at the University of Beira Interior (UBI), a researcher at the NECE, Research Center in Business Sciences. She is an associate member of the International Association for Knowledge Management (IAKM). She received two awards with her thesis project, the MSR Promising Dissertation Award granted by The Management, Spirituality and Religion Interest Group of the Academy of Management and the Lezírias Company award for the best thesis project presented at the XXI Luso-Spanish Seminar on Business Economics. Her main research areas are organizational spirituality, organizational practical wisdom, and knowledge management. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6542-1397

Marta Pérez-Pérez, PhD, is a full-time assistant professor of Operations Management at University of Cantabria (UC). Her research interest lies in knowledge management, strategic management of manufacturing and supply chain flexibilities, innovation management, entrepreneurship and family firms. Her work has been published in leading international journals such as those appeared in International Journal of Production Research, Journal of Small Business Management, Journal of Manufacturing Systems, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, Journal of Further and Higher Education, Revista Española de Documentación Científica or Global Journal of Flexible Systems Management.

Prof Dr Mustafa Sağsan is currently working at the Business Administration Department in Cyprus International University and is teaching some of the courses related to Knowledge Management and Organization Sciences. He is member of organizing committee of ECKM and ICICKM since 2009

Maria José Sousa (Ph.D.) is a professor at ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, a research fellow at Business Research Unit. She is an expert in digital learning and digital skills, as she has assumed a Post-Doc position from 2016-2018 at Universidade de Coimbra. She has developed major research in the digital education field with articles published in high-level journals and is a guest-editor of more than 5 Special Issues from Springer and Elsevier. Currently she is the Coordinator of ATHENA, an Erasmus+ funded project created to improve university teachers' digital skills.

José Vale is a professor at the Porto Accounting and Business School, Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal, where he teaches several courses related to management accounting. He is PhD in management – specialized in accounting and management control, and MSc in administration and management. Also, he holds an MBA in commercial operations’ management. He has several articles published in indexed international journals, having also participated in different international and national conferences. He has been a member of different scientific committees in conferences.

Walter Vesperi is Adjuct professor in Organization Theory and HRM at University of Messina and “Magna-Graecia” University of Catanzaro. His research topics are on knowledge transfer, university entrepreneurship and agri-food sector. His publications appeared in academic journals and presented his research at several international conferences.  Also he is member of editorial board of International Journal of Management Practice

Dr. Changiz Valmohammadi is Associate Professor at, Islamic Azad University, South Tehran Branch and visiting professor of Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP). His areas of interest are knowledge management, quality management, strategic management, operations management and application of IT in business operations. For more than 24 years he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses and offered consulting services to the Iranian public and private organizations. He has published research papers in journals such as Information & Management, International Journal of Production Economics, Resources Policy, Total Quality Management & Business Excellence and Journal of Enterprise Information Management, to name a few. He is on editorial board of Journals such as the International Journal for Quality Research, Industrial and Commercial Training.

Yong Wang is Professor in Family Business & Entrepreneurship at Wolverhampton Business School and Fellow of the International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA). Prof. Wang’s research focus on family business and entrepreneurship. His publications have appeared in the Journal of Small Business Management, Journal of Strategic Information System, Journal of Family Business Strategy, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, as well as others.

Justyna Żywiołek is a doctor of engineering at the Faculty of Management of the Częstochowa University of Technology. It deals with the management of information and knowledge, and their security. He is also a personal data protection inspector and an auditor of the ISO 27000 standard. He is also interested in the use of Big Data, Internet of Things for security management systems. He is guest editor of many international magazines. He is the co-author of over 150 publications, including articles published in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, conference materials, and research reports.