ECMLG Biographies

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

Conference and Programme Chairs

Dr Paul Griffiths BSc, MEng, DBA, A.Dip.C is Professor of Banking, Finance and Fintech and Academic Director of the MSc in Banking and Fintech at the Ecole de Management de Normandie and is based at the UK Campus in Oxford. Prior to becoming a full-time academic Paul spent many years in leadership positions at global management consulting firms, serving Boards of blue-chip companies, particularly in the financial services sector. He specialises in the management of intangible assets such as intellectual capital and artificial intelligence. He helps organisations and industry sectors set up knowledge networks on technological platforms such as cognitive computing, augmented reality and blockchain. Having lived in nine and worked in 15 countries he defines himself as multicultural.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Jayshina Punwasi MBChB (UCT), MBA (WBS) is a Clinical Manager at the Helen Joseph Hospital in Gauteng. Having been in clinical practice for some years she realised that there was a significant gap in the South African healthcare system in terms of qualified managers and thus she pursued an MBA at Wits Business School. Subsequent to this she worked for a Tier 1 international management consulting firm in their healthcare, finance and Africa business divisions before taking up her current position with the Gauteng Department Health in South Africa. In addition to her highly challenging role, she is currently studying towards a Masters Degree in Public Health.

Prof. Aldwyn Cooper started his professional career as a demonstrator in experimental Psychology at Bristol University.  He was then awarded a Harkness fellowship at Stanford and Berkeley Universities in California.  While in America he focussed on the development of microcomputers and artificial intelligence.  He had the phenomenal opportunity to meet and meet with leaders in these developing fields and their application to business, education and entertainment .  He returned to the UK and led  the team developing computer based education at the Open University.  He moved to the Management College at Henley, the Management College, initiated the first distance Learning MBA in the UK. He then ran a successful media production company for ten years.  Before moving to the University of Glamorgan where he led a substantial eLearning scheme.  In 2007 he moved to Regent’s College in London where he led the acquisition of Degree Awarding Powers and University title and became Regent’s first Vice Chancellor.He has sat on numerous UK and European committees in Higher Education, has been a Governor of a large Further Education College and a large comprehensive school and was a commissioner of the Crown Estates Paving Commission. He retired from his full time employment in July 2019.

Mini-Track Chairs

Dr. Tatiana Gladkikh SFHEA MCIL is currently a Senior Lecturer in Business Management at AFG College with the University of Aberdeen, Doha. She joined academia in 2007 after 11 years of management, academic and consultancy roles in Russia and the UK. Prior to her move to Qatar she worked at the University of Birmingham and the University of Winchester in the UK teaching and researching leadership, globalisation and cross-cultural issues in the global business environment. Dr Gladkikh is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, (SFHEA) and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (MCIL), UK.


Frank van Outvorst is associated to the research group Information Manangement and Process Innovation of the HU Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, The Lifecycle Company and the ASLBiSL Foundation. Frank works as a consultant in the field of (corporate) governance of IT and business information management. From curiosity derived from his professional practice Frank is also commited to doing research in the field of digital leadership, business information management, (corporate) governance of IT and maturity of business information management

Dr. Tatiana Gladkikh SFHEA MCIL is currently a Senior Lecturer in Business Management at AFG College with the University of Aberdeen, Doha. She joined academia in 2007 after 11 years of management, academic and consultancy roles in Russia and the UK. Prior to her move to Qatar she worked at the University of Birmingham and the University of Winchester in the UK teaching and researching leadership, globalisation and cross-cultural issues in the global business environment. Dr Gladkikh is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, (SFHEA) and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (MCIL), UK.

Workshop Facilitators