ICIE Biographies

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

Conference and Programme Chair

Dr. Denise Bedford is currently an Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University’s Communication Culture and Technology program; adjunct faculty at the Schulich School of Business, York University; Visiting Scholar at the University of Coventry, and a Distinguished Practitioner/Virtual Fellow with the U.S. Department of State.  She teaches a graduate level courses in knowledge management, enterprise architecture, and data sciences.  Dr. Bedford retired from the World Bank in 2010 where she was Senior Information Officer.  In 2010, Dr. Bedford accepted the position of Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management at Kent State University.  She retired from this role in 2015.  Dr. Bedford has also worked for Intel Corporation, NASA, University of California Systemwide Administration, and Stanford University.  She currently serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Knowledge Management.


Dr. Elias G. Carayannis is Full Professor of Science, Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, as well as co-Founder and co-Director of the Global and Entrepreneurial Finance Research Institute (GEFRI) and Director of Research on Science, Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, European Union Research Center, (EURC) at the School of Business of the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dr. Carayannis' teaching and research activities focus on the areas of strategic Government-University-Industry R&D partnerships, technology road-mapping, technology transfer and commercialization, international science and technology policy, technological entrepreneurship and regional economic development.  Dr. Carayannis has several publications in both academic and practitioner journals, including IEEE Transactions in Engineering Management, Research Policy, Journal of R&D Management,Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, International Journal of Technology Management,Technovation, Journal of Technology Transfer, Engineering Management Journal, Journal of Growth and Change, Review of Regional Studies, International Journal of Global Energy Issues, International Journal of Environment and Pollution, Le Progres Technique, and Focus on Change Management. He has also published more than twenty books to date on science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship with Springer, CRC Press, Praeger/Greenwood, Palgrave/MacMillan and Edward Elgar, and has several more projects under contract.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Pawan Handa retired from The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in 2017 after holding several global R&D leadership positions in the fields of Tire Mechanics, Tire/Vehicle System Dynamics, Manufacturing Process Modeling, and Long-term Strategy Development and Integration. He has made presentations at several national and international conferences. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Kansas State University. He has lived and worked in New Delhi, Luxembourg and Ohio. His current interests include strategic planning, next-gen workforce, math education and climate change. He is an avid international traveler and enjoys learning about different cultures.

Seema D. Iyer PhD is associate director and research assistant professor for the Jacob France Institute in the University of Baltimore’s Merrick School of Business and has overseen the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance since 2011. Dr. Iyer holds a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, specializing in comprehensive and strategic planning for community development. She serves on several community-oriented boards including Baltimore City Head Start and the Baltimore Community Foundation Neighborhoods Committee and in 2010, she was recognized as one of Maryland’s Leading Women by the Daily Record. She is co-chair and teaches in the University of Baltimore’s Real Estate & Economic Development program.

Mini Track Chairs

Dr. Alexander Bandar is an engineer by training, and an entrepreneur by accident.  Having worked ten years in the field of manufacturing software, with clients from GE to Apple to the Defense Department, he now directs the Columbus Idea Foundry - one of the world’s largest community workshops, or "makerspaces", which he began as a passion and is now his full-time career. Having recently renovated a 60,000 sf factory in Columbus OH, the Columbus Idea Foundry houses tools from blacksmithing to 3D printing, teaches classes on design and fabrication, and then sells memberships to anyone who wishes to use the workshop as if it were their own.  With 500+ members and growing rapidly (of whom approximately one third are entrepreneurs), the Columbus Idea Foundry is one of the most active makerspaces on the planet, has won numerous international awards in the “maker movement” arena, and is quickly finding a place in the creative, educational, technological and business ecosystems of Central Ohio and beyond.  From Los Angeles to Barcelona, Dr. Bandar speaks and consults regularly about this exciting new culture of “democratized opportunity”.


Dr. Wayne R. Curtis is the Acting Director of the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship (CUE) at the School of Business and Public Administration (SBPA).  CUE is a primary resource hub for entrepreneurs throughout the District of Columbia, conducts a regional business plan competition annually for over 25 Universities, and established the first campus-wide “Entrepreneurship Club” at UDC.  Dr. Curtis has been an adjunct professor at UDC’s SBPA since 2008, and at the graduate and undergraduate levels, where he teaches introduction to business, entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship. Dr. Curtis earned his PhD from Antioch University, in Leadership and Change.

Dr. Richard M. Detsch is the Chief Knowledge Officer and Senior Analyst at the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL). He received his Ph.D. in Physical Acoustics from the University of Mississippi; Masters in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management from Kent State University; M.S. in Engineering Physics from Western Kentucky University; and B.S. in Biophysics from the Pennsylvania State University. He did a post doc in Radiological Physics jointly with the University of Michigan and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center; and he is certified in Knowledge Management form the Knowledge Management Institute. Dr. Detsch has published in many areas of study including photobiology, cancer and vitamins, medical ultrasound, physical acoustics, underwater acoustics, oceanography, image processing, and geophysics. He served as associate editor for the American Geophysical Union, and was a Branch Chief for the Geophysical Sciences Branch at CRREL. He currently works in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management and has headed efforts in social network analysis, decision support, data visualization, database management, knowledge management, and text analytics.

Mitt Nowshade Kabir is the present CEO of He holds a Ph.D. in Information Technology and a Doctorate in business management. His research interests include Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Strategy, and Advanced Technologies such as Machine Learning and Semantic Technologies.


Pat Kerrigan is Director of the Oak Hill Collaborative, a privately funded neighbourhood revitalization organization he started in Youngstown, Ohio in 2013 in a distressed area that is economically disadvantaged and socially disorganized. It focuses on neighbourhood beautification, a small business incubator, a free makerspace for residents, community organizing, assistance to ex-offenders, and, most recently, as the leader of a local Digital Inclusion Initiative, a coalition of partners working to address the well-documented digital divide. Pat is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (BA Government), Akron Law School (JD, Law) and Kent State University (MA, Justice Politics & Policy, ABD PhD Public Policy).


Dr. Mike Provance is Chief Operating Officer for 3x3 Insights LLC, managing director of Growth Kinetics, LLC (a new venture development firm), and adjunct professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Virginia Commonwealth University. Provance’s research interests include the process of and strategies for new venture formation within broader economic systems.  Research includes the roles of knowledge, national context, institutions, innovation systems, and markets in entrepreneurial action, and the impact of entrepreneurship systems on social and economic growth of regions. This corpus builds on an industry career creating and scaling profitable entrepreneurial ventures towards significant milestones.


Dean Testa is founder of the Knowledge Management Office (KMO) within The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.  His diverse background led to his selection as manager of KMO for their global technology organization.  He holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Akron.  Dean joined Goodyear in1990 and has since gained valuable experience in a variety of roles ranging from solutions provider to process manager.  His efforts then moved to managing the technology and knowledge exchange - as well as coordinating the leadership team - for Goodyear’s strategic alliance with a Japanese tire company. Dean resides in Akron, Ohio where he continues his lifelong passion of playing baseball and still practices auto mechanics on classic cars.

Milan Todorovic is a research academic at RMIT University, Australia and a visiting lecturer of Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Organisational Changes. He holds MBA from Melbourne Business School and has extensive international experience across diverse industries and government enterprises encompassing lecturing, management consulting, business development, directorships and successful management of global, mission critical business systems for leading international companies. During his career he has combined his significant professional experience and leadership skills with excellent knowledge of business strategy to conduct consulting assignments and deliver strategic projects worldwide. Currently, he is involved in several research projects including how public policies impact on innovation and entrepreneurship of intelligent autonomous systems.