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 Anthony Stacey has worked with Wits Business School since 1993, first fulfilling a role as part-time lecturer and external examiner until he was appointed to a full-time position in 2002. His research interests include multivariate analytical methods, group decision-making, analysis of group dynamics, forecasting using quantitative and qualitative methods and business modelling. His PhD thesis developed a new theory that enriched understanding of the interaction and outcomes of small groups. Anthony spent much of his working career at Anglo American, starting out as a software development engineer at their electronics laboratory in Johannesburg and going on to hold various management positions including laboratory management, business development, and finance and administration. He also has extensive consulting experience in the fields of business data analysis and forecasting, marketing research, Monte Carlo simulation, business strategy and technology implementation.


Professor Louise Whittaker is an expert on strategy, governance and ethics, particularly in relation to organisations and information systems. Governance cannot be meaningful without ethics, and both are essential to successful strategies and projects. She also has extensive experience and interest in qualitative and phenomenological research.  She has supervised eight completed PhDs and over 100 MBA research reports, many of them in these areas, as well as conducting her own published research and strategic consultancy work. She is a senior editor for the Information Systems Journal, a major international journal. As the Executive Director of Academic Programmes at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), University of Pretoria, she manages a multi-disciplinary team in the delivery of an academic programme comprising multiple postgraduate degrees and diplomas, delivered to hundreds of students in an internationally-accredited academic institution. She has extensive experience with curriculum design and international accreditation processes for business schools. Her specialties are information systems strategy, governance, ethics and organisational effects; research supervision; qualitative research; phenomenology and applied ethics.

Keynote Speakers

Mini Track Chairs


Professor Noel Pearse is the Research Co-ordinator at the Rhodes Business School in South Africa. He lectures in Leadership, People Management, Strategy Implementation, Change Management and Research Design. His current research interest is in the application of qualitative research methods to analysing leadership and leadership development processes.


Dr Shawren Singh is a senior lecturer in the School of Computing at the University of South Africa, and has spent more than 16 years teaching and researching in the Information Systems space. His research has focused on digital scholarship and he has presented papers at several international conferences.  He is currently supervising several post graduate candidates.

Workshop Facilitators


Ben Kei Daniel PhD, is Associate Professor in Higher Education at the University of Otago, New Zealand and the convenor for Educational Technology for the university. He obtained his PhD Jointly in Educational Technology and Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED) from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada in 2007. Prof. Daniel teaches research methodology (Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods), and Educational Technology. He is investigating the theories and praxis of teaching research methodologies in Business and Academia and regularly publishes in the pedagogy of research methodology. Prof. Daniel has Professional memberships in the International Society for Artificial Intelligence in Education (IAIED), The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) (Learning Technologies) and the Association for the Advancement of Communities in Education (AACE).