ICAIR Biographies

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

Conference and Programme Chairs

JosĂ© Carlos Dias Rouco is an Associate Professor of Human Resource Management in the School of Economic Sciences and Organizations at LusofĂłna University. He obtained her PhD from LusĂ­ada University in 2012. He holds a Master's degree in Sports Training Management from Faculty of Human Motricity at Technical University of Lisbon. He has a graduation (5 years) in Military Sciences from the Portuguese Military Academy. Currently, he is the director of the Department of Air Transport and Airports Management, Director of the Bachelor's degree in Aeronautical Management. He teaches courses on crisis management, strategic and leadership, leadership and ethics, strategic marketing, international negotiations, human resource management, development and vocational training and organizational behavior. He has taught and coordinated several intensive leadership courses (internal regime for 5 days) for young university students, entrepreneurs, bankers, and firefighters. Currently, he is a researcher of a research project on Stressense funded by FCT, which was awarded the scientific prize. He is a regular reviewer for many International journals.

Carlos Gonçalves is an Associate Professor at Lusophone University  - School of Economic Sciences and Organizations - Department of Management on Civil Aviation and Airports. Researcher on Complexity Sciences, Chaos Theory, Risk Science, Quantum Technologies, Artificial Intelligence, Strategic Studies, Studies in Intelligence and Security, FinTech and Financial Risk. Software developer in the fields of Complexity Sciences, Chaos Theory, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and Quantum Technologies. Digital artist working on fractal art, music and applications of generative AI to both visual art and music.

Keynote Speakers

JosĂ© Borges is a mechanical engineer specialising in systems, automation, control and robotics. He has a PhD from Instituto Superior TĂ©cnico in nonlinear system modelling. JosĂ© worked as a professor and researcher at Instituto Superior TĂ©cnico and at the Delft Centre for Systems and Control in the Netherlands. He has specialised education in Cyber Security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Management from the Lisbon School of Economics – ISEG, and Management and Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Technologies by COTEC Portugal, FLAD and the University Institute of Lisbon – ISCTE. JosĂ© holds a teaching and research position with the Portuguese Military Academy, where he has been the Executive Director of the Military Academy Research Centre – CINAMIL, the Scientific Coordinator of the Military Mechanical Engineering courses and Director of the Mechanical Engineering Laboratory. He is also Deputy President of the AFCEA Portuguese chapter. His current R&D projects, funded by Horizon Europe and European Defence Fund programmes, include cyber defence, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and command and control systems applications

Carlos Maio has more than 17 years of experience in Human Resources Consulting and Business Management, during this time he has focused his skills on the Aerospace and Defence sectors and more recently, on Maritime and Energy industries. Since 2014, Carlos has been the Executive Manager and founder of QSR, a strategy consulting company developing high-end solutions within human capital, specialising in industries with high technological intensity. QSR was granted the leading role of the EACP (European Aerospace Cluster Partnership) Skills Working Group whose main objective is to integrate the best practices of Human Capital sciences in the aerospace SME’s, enhancing the capacity of the sector to integrate disruptive and high productivity technologies, products and processes. Carlos has also lead the Skills WG of the Portuguese Aerospace Cluster and Portuguese Renewable Energy Cluster. He has been a member of Pact for Skills for Aerospace and Energy involved in various European R&D projects for Skills in Aerospace and Maritime. Recently, Carlos has  launched  a QSR Spin Off, which will aim to use ML and AI to boost effectiveness and efficiency in Skills Management. This platform will be useful for Public Entities, clusters, training entities, companies and individuals, giving them information and knowledge about the tendencies of demand and offer of competencies in the market.

Daniel Mineiro is a professor in Philosophy at Universidade Lusofona, Lisbon Portugal.  Daniel has written and published numerous articles specialising in the human body, symbolic representations as well as ethics and decision-making. He is currently completing his second PhD with a thesis focusing on Artificial Intelligence.

José A. Bragança de Miranda is a professor and the Rector of Lusófona University, as well as a researcher at Cicant, and a collaborator at ICnova (UNL). He is a member of SOPCOM, the Portuguese Association of Communication Sciences, of which he was a co-founder and board member. He curated the LigaçÔes_Links_Liaisons project for Porto 2001, the European Capital of Culture, in collaboration with Maria Teresa Cruz, which resulted in the book Crítica das LigaçÔes na Era da Técnica (Tropismos, 2002). He has lectured in many areas of cultural theory and contemporary arts, media theory, and digital aesthetics. He has written numerous essays and interventions in the most diverse areas of contemporary culture and his latest book, ConstelaçÔes: Essays on Technique and Culture in Contemporaneity, was published by Documento in September 2023.

Mini Track Chairs

Lori D. Coombs, MBA, MSE is an Assoc Prof at the Univ of Arizona Global Campus. Her career began with former US Vice Pres Candidate & Senator Joe Lieberman. She was appointed Delegate by Joe & former US Vice Pres Al Gore in 2000. She is CEO of WWCM, & Director of WWCM Academy, a nonprofit. She supports teams at NASA & C6ISR DoD programs. She is pursuing a D.Sc. in Cybersecurity at Marymount Univ. Her work on, “AI Risks in Higher Ed,” is published in the EJEL. Research: Cyberpsychology, Geology, Astronomy, Heliophysics, Space Policy, Intl Space Law, Title 51USC

Dean Cristol, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Teaching & Learning, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH focuses on educational technology professional development within marginalized educational settings, aiming to equip both students and teachers with culturally responsive skills for technology-driven learning environments. Engages in research initiatives funded by international, national, state, and private foundation grants. Contributes extensively to academic discourse through publications in numerous journals, authoring books and chapters, and presenting findings at international, national, and state conferences. He serves as an Associate Editor for the Theory Into Practice journal and is Vice President for the International Association for Mobile Learning..

Nick Giester, MBA, more than 20 years of experience in public and private sector industries of IT, specializing in delivering technological solutions to business partners focused on the automation and improvement of vital business operations, as well as adeptly navigating organizational culture. He is highly skilled in evaluating the compatibility of existing infrastructure and software with fundamental business services, offering strategic guidance on investing in technologies like artificial intelligence or deciding on divestitures to meet business objectives. He excels at building and sustaining critical relationships, enabling him to manage crises efficiently, troubleshoot issues, and broker solutions effectively.

Belinda G. Gimbert, Ph.D., associate professor, Educational Administration, Department of Educational Studies, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. Her research addresses a broad array of human capital policies that impact talent management in low performing K-12 school systems and influence the composition, distribution, and quality of educators in the workforce. Gimbert teaches courses related to human resource administration, introduction to educational administration, and K-12 instructional supervision focusing on using AI and mobile learning technologies. She also directs two national projects sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition.

Prof Ali Hessami is currently the Director of R&D and Innovation at Vega Systems with extensive track record in systems assurance and safety, security, sustainability and knowledge management methodologies. Ali chaired the landmark IEEE 7000-2021 standard focused on “Addressing Ethical Concerns in System Design”. He was appointed in 2018 as the Vice Chair and Architect of the IEEE ‘s global Ethics Certification Programme for Autonomous & Intelligent Systems. This is now a global programme under IEEE CertifAIEd brand. Ali is a Visiting Professor at London City University and at Beijing Jiaotong University. He is a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), Fellow

Dr. Mitt Nowshade Kabir is an adjunct professor of Digital Transformation at Ecole de Management LĂ©onard De Vinci. He is a serial entrepreneur, knowledge evangelist, business accelerator, and an investor. Dr. Kabir has a master’s degree in computer science, an MBA, a Ph.D. in Information Technology, and a DBA in Management. His current interests include AI, innovation, entrepreneurship, and strategic management.

Dustin Miller, Ph.D., clinical assistant professor, Educational Administration, Department of Educational Studies, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. His research interests focus on principal professional learning, leading in times of crises, and creating supportive LGBTQ+ environments for school leaders and teachers. He teaches courses on leadership, professional learning, and human resource management. Miller spent 20 years in k-12 as a high school principal, middle school principal, and director of secondary education. He currently serves as the plenum representative for the University Council for Educational Administration. He also served as president of the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators


Raeal Moore, Ph.D., Executive Director of Evaluation Data Solutions, LLC. She specializes in providing comprehensive, high-quality research, evaluation, and assessment services to deliver reliable and accurate information about the implementation and outcomes of programs and projects. She uses mixed methods approaches to answer programmatic questions. She understands that a credible and comprehensive evaluation is critically important to provide program decision-makers with timely, evaluation results. With 20 years’ experience, Raeal spends time strengthening the evaluation capacity and practice of organizations. Moore earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Quantitative Research, Evaluation, and Measurement at Ohio State University.

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