Below are the ICAIR Biographies of the Conference and Programme Chairs, Key Note Speakers and Mini-Track Chairs.
Conference and Programme Chairs
José Carlos Dias Rouco is an Associate Professor of Human Resource Management in the School of Economic Sciences and Organizations at Lusofóna University. He obtained her PhD from Lusíada 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.
Dr. Mitt Nowshade Kabir is an adjunct professor of Digital Transformation at Ecole de Management Léonard 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.
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
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.