ECRM Biographies

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

Conference and Programme Chairs

Professor Carlos Costa is a full professor and entrepreneur based at the University of Aveiro, Portugal. Carlos started out doing an undergraduate degree in regional and urban planning (University of Aveiro). This was followed by a specialization in tourism, at the master’s and doctoral level, at the University of Surrey, in the UK. Carlos is now Head of Department, at DEGEIT – the largest department of the University of Aveiro. With publications at the highest level, Carlos also enjoys writing down-to-earth articles for the media and for the general public. As the Director of the PhD in Marketing and Strategy, as well as of the PhD in Tourism, both at the University of Aveiro, Carlos is an inspiration to colleagues and students alike – to perform beyond their dreams and achieve new entrepreneurial heights, whatever the domain may be.

Dr. Manuel Au-Yong Oliveira is an Assistant Professor at the University of Aveiro (Department of Economics, Management, Industrial Engineering and Tourism – DEGEIT), in Portugal, where he lectures at the undergraduate, master's and doctoral levels on marketing, strategy, innovation, technology and on research methods. Manuel did an MBA at Cardiff Business School, in Wales (1992-1993) and has a Ph.D in Industrial Engineering and Management (FEUP), for which he was awarded a distinction for his thesis on innovation. Manuel has ten years of work experience with multinational corporations as well a varied experience working with smaller more entrepreneurial enterprises. At present, Manuel is the Director of the Master's Degree in Management at the University of Aveiro. Manuel is also a member of the Executive Committee of his department - DEGEIT - University of Aveiro. Manuel has a passion for teaching and education.

Key Note Speakers

Filipa Brandão holds a PhD in Tourism and a Master's degree in Tourism Management and Development from the University of Aveiro. She is Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics, Management, Industrial Engineering and Tourism of the University of Aveiro, where she teaches various courses at the undergraduate, master's and doctoral levels and is Vice Director of the Master in Tourism Management and Planning. She is a full researcher at GOVCOPP - Research Unit in Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policy - University of Aveiro and Associate Editor of the Journal of Tourism & Development (SCOPUS). Filipa is the author of books, book chapters and articles published in international journals. She has integrated several research and consultancy projects in Tourism and Leisure innovation and has organized national and international scientific events. Her research interests and scientific production focus on innovation in tourism, regional development, tourism networks, social network analysis, planning and management of tourist destinations, and urban tourism.

Zélia Breda Assistant Professor and Director of MA in Tourism Management and Planning,University of Aveiro. Member of Research Unit Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policies (GOVCOPP); founding member/vice-president of Observatory of China and Portuguese Institute of Sinology. Authored/co-authored national/international papers/communications on tourism development, networks, tourism in China and Goa (India), gender and tourism, and internationalisation of tourism economy.

José Martins is currently a Senior Researcher at AquaValor – Centro de Valorização e Transferência de Tecnologia da Água, Invited Assistant Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança and External Researcher at INESC TEC Research Center. He has published over 90 articles in indexed journals and event proceedings focusing on the Information Systems, Management Information Systems, Software Engineering and Human-Computer Interaction topics.  Currently he is the supervisor of several Master Degree dissertations and PhD theses. During his research career, he has participated in several research projects and is currently a member of various research projects aimed at merging information systems and technologies with other fields of study.  Throughout his professional career José has also worked as an information systems and technology senior consultant where he directly participated in several international projects. At the present time José Martins dedicates most of his time to his lectures and to his research activities where he tries to, not only develop innovative digital solutions focused on the use of natural mineral water as a health and wellness trigger, but also to understand the factors and (in)direct impacts of ICT adoption at the individual and firm levels, and how IS solutions can be idealized, specified and developed in order to fully address their audience's needs and requirements.

Mini Track Chairs

Asta Valackienė is a professor at the Mykolas Romeris University, Faculty of Public Governance and Business, Vilnius. She gained her PhD in Social Sciences (Sociology) in 2001. Her research interests include Methodology of Science and Research, Responsible Research and Innovation. Asta is a Member of Management Committee of COST ACTION 17127 Programme as National representative from Lithuania. A Member of UNESCO Unitwin Network Baltic and Black Seas Circle Consortium in Education Research (BBCC) Association. She has authored numerous Research Studies, Books, Handbooks and has published over 80 scientific papers.

Hamed Taherdoost. Ph.D. is a senior member of the IEEE, IASED & IEDRC, working group member of IFIP TC 11, professional member of IFERP, and member of ACT-IAC and CSIAC, and many other professional bodies. He has authored over 130 scientific articles in authentic journals and conferences, seven book chapters, and six books in the fields of technology and research methodology. He is the editorial, reviewer, and advisory board member of some authentic peer-reviewed journals publishing with Taylor & Francis, Elsevier, Inderscience, MDPI, EAI, & IGI Publishing, and has served as an editor of book & proceedings for prestigious publishers. He has been a Technical Program Committee, Scientific Committee, and Organizing Committee of many international conferences.

Workshop Facilitators