ECMLG Biographies

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

Conference and Programme Chairs


Professor Anabela Mesquita is a Professor at ISCAP. She has been the Vice Dean of ISCAP between 2007 and 2018. She is a member of the Agoritmi Center at the Universidade do Minho and the former Director of CICE (research centre) (ISCAP).She gained her PhD at Universidade do Minho in Management Information Systems in 2002. Her research interests include Knowledge and Innovation Management, Impact of Information Systems in Organizations, Life Long Learning at the Higher Education level, Social Media and e-Learning. She has been involved in several European and National research projects both as a researcher and as a coordinator. She has published numerous papers in various international journals and Conference Proceedings. She has been a member of the Programme Committee and Scientific Committee of several National and International Conferences. She serves as Member of the Editorial Board and referee for IGI Global. She also serves as AE of the IRMJ and is the Editor in Chief of the IJTHI. She serves as referee for the JCIT. She has also been evaluator and reviewer for European Commission projects.


Paulino Silva has been a Professor at the Polytechnic of Porto – Porto Accounting and Business School since February 2003 in the area of Accounting and Management. He is coordinator, researcher and coach of several international projects supported by the European Union. Paulino is an author of a number of scientific papers, namely published in the Qualitative Research in Accounting and Management journal as well as scientific communications in several international conferences in the areas of Management, Accounting and Education. He is an invited Professor in several higher education international institutions and a certified Coach with specialization in Business, Management and Teamwork. Paulino also works as a Management Consultant and Certified Business Trainer. At Polytechnic of Porto, Paulino is a specialist in Management Sciences an overseas both the Master’s degree in Management and the MBA at the University of Porto. He is the president of MAERA Association (, an association that promotes the connection between the academic and the business world.

Keynote Speakers


Manuel Pérez Cota, Professor, Researcher at the state-owned University of Vigo, Spain. Graduated with honourable mention in Electronics and Communications Engineering (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México – UNAM, 1980), a Cum Laude PhD in Industrial Engineering (University of Santiago de Compostela, 1990). Director of the international research group SI1-GEAC ( ). First director of the Informatics School and Department (University of Vigo). Collaborates with Master and PhD programs in different countries; supervisor in several PhDs. Part in different European and International projects. Published many books, book chapters, SCI journal articles, as well as publications in refereed conference proceedings. Associations: ACM, IEEE, AISTI, AIPO, ANALCT.


Luis Borges Gouveia


Isabel Ramos is Associate Professor (PhD, Habilitation) at the Department of Information Systems of the University of Minho in Portugal. She has a PhD in Information Technologies and Systems, specialization in Information Systems Engineering and Management, since 2001. Isabel Ramos is Director of the Doctoral Programme in Information Systems and Technologies and President of the Portuguese Association for Information Systems. She is the Chair of the Technical Committee 8 (Information Systems) of IFIP – International Federation for Information Systems, as well as the Portuguese representative.  She was awarded the IFIP Outstanding Service Award and IFIP Silver Core Award.

Mini-Track Chairs


Serene Dalati is former Head of Management and Marketing Department at the faculty of Business administration at the Arab International University, Syria. Dr. Dalati obtained a PhD in Behavioural Management in 2008, preceded by British Chevening scholarship in 2002.  She teaches organizational Behaviour, Leadership and Culture. Her field of expertise also includea Sustainability in Higher Education, Gender Equality, Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship.


Shaun Pather is a Professor of Information Systems at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. He is actively involved from both research and policy perspectives with government, industry and international agencies in the areas of ICT policy and ICT4D.  Shaun is also the editor in Chief of the Electronic Journal of Information Systems Evaluation.


Magdalena Iordache-Platis is Professor of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Marketing at the University of Bucharest, Romania and former dean of the Faculty of Business and Administration. At present she is vice-rector on quality assurance and business relationships. Sh is a member of the Society for Business Excellence and author of several articles and books, including chapters published in IGI Global and Springer. Her areas of interest include leadership and university management, university-industry links, student and graduate employability, strategic management, customer relationship marketing.


Benny M.E. de Waal is assistant professor of the Research Centre for Innovation and Business at the University of Applied Science Utrecht. Benny obtained his bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering and bachelor and master in Psychology. In 2013 he received his PhD on the topic ‘User participation in BPM implementation’ at Utrecht University. Benny’s main research areas are the practice of user participation, the implementation of business process management systems, performance- and process management, digital leadership, and business information management. His research has been published in several academic journals and he is reviewer for several international journals and conferences. He is also member of the program committee of the European Conference on Management, Leadership and Governance (ECMLG).

Workshop Facilitators


Manuel Araújo, Experienced organisational consultant specialised in Executive Coaching, Teamwork, Process Improvement and Organizational Change. He is also an experienced trainer in the fields of Social Psychology, Organizational Behaviour, Leadership and Quality of Life at Work. Holds a PhD in Psychology, Msc in Leadership and Organizational Coaching (Business School of Barcelona), and is a Researcher at UNIAG (AENOR), PETRO (Autonomous University of Barcelona), and CEOS.PP (Porto Polytechnic). He lectures in under and post graduate degrees at ISCAP-P-Porto, and Porto Executive Academy.



Ana Isabel Couto, holds a PhD in Sociology from ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon. She is a lecturer in the Human Resources degree at ISCAP - Polytechnic of Porto, and in other public higher education institutions, namely at School of Economics and Management of the University of Porto (UP). With extensive experience in research, she is researcher at the Institute of Sociology (UP) and at Centre of Social and Organisational Studies of Porto Polytechnic, researching in labour market, SMEs, entrepreneurship and gender issues fields. She has participated in several national and international conferences and is author of several scientific publications in these fields.



Ana Luisa Martinho is a certified trainer in the area of Gender Equality since 2006. Senior consultant in diagnostic projects and implementation plans for equality, and the advice to the elaboration and implementation of action plans regarding gender equality in the corporate sector. These projects are designed to support organisations promoting equality and non-discrimination between women and men, the reconciliation of work, family and personal protection of parenthood (maternity and paternity). She has a Specialist Title in Human Resources, Msc in Sociology, and is a researcher at CEOS.PP, and lectures in under and post graduate degrees at ISCAP-P-Porto and Porto Catholic University.


Ana Cláudia Rodrigues, As Director of Human Resources in several companies she was responsible for recruitment and selection activities. As Senior Consultant in Human Resources Management, highlights, the participation in diagnostic projects and implementation of plans for equality. Is a researcher at Centre of Social and Organisational Studies of Porto Polytechnic (CEOS.PP), and has collaborated in several national and international studies integrating teams of researchers from several universities and professionals in the field of Management and Human Resource Management. Holds a PhD in Human Resources Management and Development, and lectures in under and post graduate degrees at ISCAP-P-Porto and Porto Business School.