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

Dr. Denise Bedford is currently Faculty, Georgetown University’s Communication Culture and Technology, a Visiting Scholar at the University of Coventry, and a Distinguished Practitioner/Virtual Fellow with the U.S. Department of State.  Dr. Bedford is a retirement failure.  In 2010, Dr. Bedford retired as Senior Information Officer, World Bank and in 2015, she retired from her role as Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management.  Dr. Bedford has also worked for Intel Corporation, NASA, University of California Systemwide Administration, and Stanford University. Over her career she has also taught for Catholic University, University of Tennessee, and York University.  She currently serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Knowledge Management, has conducted research funded by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and is the author of nine published books.  She is the series editor for Emerald’s new series, Working Methods for Knowledge Management, which is now in its second year of production, and working on the third year titles. 

Dagmar Monett is Professor of Computer Science at the Berlin School of Economics and Law; Co-founder of the AGI Sentinel Initiative,; and AI expert at Ms.AI, “Artificial Intelligence for and with Women.” With over 30 years of research and teaching experience in different countries, her current research fields include AI, digital ethics, software engineering, and computer science education, among others. Her most recent work focuses on intelligence research, particularly on defining and understanding both machine and human intelligence. She is also interested in machine learning, robotics in education, metaheuristics, knowledge-based systems, and software design and development including Agile.

Prof. Dr. Peter Pawlowsky, currently Senior Research Professor „Team- and Knowledge Management“ at Chemnitz University of Technology. Between 1994 and 2020 Full Professor in Personnel Management and Leadership Studies at Chemnitz University of Technology. He was co-founder and president of the German Society for Knowledge Management, and was appointed as vice president for the Commission on Learning in Further Training Institutions of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMFT). He has played an active role in the New Club of Paris developing concepts for intellectual capital management (ICM) and has conducted large studies on the development of KM Knowledge Management ( KM) and ICM in the German economy. Prof. Pawlowsky initiated the first European Master Program in Knowledge Management and was course director of the CUT "Executive Master of Knowledge Management" program. As Director of the Research Institute for Organizational Competence and Strategy (FOKUS), TU-Chemnitz he has been successful in fund raising and has been playing a leading role in several national and international research projects in knowledge management and high performance research. Lately his focus has been on high performance management and excellence in culture, sports, business and emergency operation as well as on the development of transfer trainings that promote learning from high performance teams. Recently, his research team has focused on learning in emergency and disaster management systems and ambulatory healthcare. 

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Knowledge Cafe 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.

Mini Track Chairs

Dr. Gianluigi Baldesi is a senior manager at the European Space Agency with 15+ years of technology leadership experience in assessing and executing complex projects for future aerospace missions in a cross-cultural environment. Currently, he is in charge of leading the Corporate Knowledge Management activities and coordinating corporate strategic planning for the Agency. He holds a PhD in Systems Engineering and Executive MBA from Columbia Business School and London Business School.

Lorenzo Cobianchi MD, PhD is an Associate Professor in General Surgery at the Department of Clinical-Surgical, Diagnostic and Pediatric Sciences at the University of Pavia, Italy. Besides his clinical research topics about mini-invasive surgery, oncology, new integrated approaches for the treatment of pancreatic cancer and regenerative medicine, he is interested in the impact of new technologies on surgery and healthcare, knowledge translation, teams dynamics and co-production in medicine and surgery.

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

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.

Raysa Geaquinto Rocha (MSc) is a Ph.D. student at the University of Beira Interior, a researcher at the NECE, Research Center in Business Sciences (UBI), and a lawyer. She received her master’s degree in management from Fucape Business School in 2016. Her main research areas are organizational spirituality, organizational practical wisdom, and knowledge management.

Prof Dr Sağsan is the Director of the Graduate School of Social Sciences at the Near East University, North 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 150 scientific papers so far.

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. She has organized and peer-reviewed international conferences and is the guest-editor of several Special Issues from Elsevier and Springer. She has participated in European projects of innovation transfer and is also External Expert of COST Association - European Cooperation in Science and Technology and President of the ISO/TC 260 – Human Resources Management, representing Portugal in the International Organization for Standardization.

Dr. Changiz Valmohammadi is Associate Professor at Islamic Azad University, South Tehran Branch and affiliate professor of CENTRUM Católica Graduate Business School (CCGBS), Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP). For more than 23 years he has taught undergraduate, graduate and industry courses and carried out research in various aspects of operations management.He has published research papers in journals such as Information & Management, International Journal of Production Economics, The TQM Journal, International Journal of I EEE TRANSACTIONS ON ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT, Performance, Innovation: Management, Policy & Practice, Total Quality Management & Business Excellence, Journal of Enterprise Information Management, among others. He is a senior member of American Society for Quality (ASQ) and on editorial board of Journals such as International Journal for Quality Research, Industrial, and Commercial Training.

Juan Manuel Verde MD, MSs is an Associate Researcher in Surgical Innovation and Image-Guided liver procedures at the Institute of Image-Guided Surgery Institut Hospitalo-Universitaire (IHU) of Strasbourg, France. His research interests include the impact of disruptive technologies in the field of minimally-invasive and image-guided hepatobiliary surgery. He is also interested in the use of blockchain and artificial intelligence technologies in healthcare.

Workshop Facilitators

Dr Mahdi Bashiri is Assistant Professor of Business Analytics in School of Strategy and Leadership, Faculty of Business & Law, Coventry University and also a Course Director of International Business Management. Mahdi is a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and has more than 17 years of Management, Leadership, Research, and Teaching experience in the HE sector. Mahdi’s research and teaching interests are in the quantitative methods and Operations Research. He has significant experience as an industry consultant. 

Dr Rebecca Beech is Lecturer in Business Management at the School of Strategy and Leadership at Coventry University. Prior to joining the School, Rebecca was awarded her PhD in July 2020 at the Centre for Business in Society at Coventry University and was a consultant at a branding agency in London, delivering insights into millennials use of technology. Alongside lecturing and research roles since 2014. Her doctoral studies explored knowledge sharing and consumer empowerment in online communities within the context of green clothing. Rebecca’s research interests are, knowledge sharing, online communities, consumer empowerment, social media, sustainability and sustainable fashion.

Dr 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 Anitha Chinnaswamy is an Assistant Professor at the Business School in Coventry University and a Research Associate with the Centre for Business in Society (CBiS). Anitha has a broad multidisciplinary area of research. Her interests include researching the links between digital transformations and security risk management and how organisations can be assisted with a proper knowledge management system to deal with these risks.

Dr Rasha Kassem is an internationally-oriented academic with expertise in Forensic Accounting; Fraud Prevention; Fraud Investigation and Financial Reporting. Rasha is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Business and Law at Coventry University. She is also a Certified Fraud Examiner, an academic advisor at Cifas, a member of the Cross Sector Advisory Group at the Cabinet Office, and a member of the ACFE Fraud Advisory Council. Rasha has authored numerous publications in Fraud and over the last couple of years, Rasha has also been working closely with the City of London Police to develop online fraud courses for fraud investigators and law enforcement in fraud prevention and detection.

Dr Sandra Moffett is a Reader in Business Analytics and Acting Head of the Department of Global Business and Enterprise, Ulster University, Magee Campus.  Sandra is a core member of the Business and Management Research Institute, researching in the areas of Business Analytics, Knowledge Management and Digital Transformations. Her expertise on Knowledge Management contributes to her being one of the UK leading authors in this field, with over 100 high quality, international research publications. She has received a number of research awards and citations for her work. 

Dr Esin Yoruk is Senior Lecturer at the School of Strategy and Leadership and Research Associate at the Centre for Business in Society at Coventry University. Her main research interests are in the field of innovation studies and entrepreneurship and their effects on sustainable economic growth. She has extensive in interest in novel research methodologies.

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