ICMLG Biographies

Below are the ICMLG 2018 Biographies of the Conference and Programme Chairs, Key Note Speakers and Mini-Track Chairs.

Conference Co-Chairs

Dr Thabang Mokoteli

Dr Vincent Ribiere, is an enthusiastic and creative International consultant and professor with a passion for helping organizations solving their organizational knowledge and innovation management issues.  Founder of the Institute for Knowledge and Innovation Southeast Asia (IKI-SEA), of the Asian Symposium of Creativity and Innovation Management (ISPIM), of the KM Global Network and of the Creative Mornings chapter of Bangkok, as well as various innovative academic programs,  he has a strong entrepreneurial spirit and enjoys sharing his knowledge and experiences. He delivers keynote speeches and workshops at various International Professional and Academic conferences and has authored more than 80 publications.

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Keynote Speakers

Dr Larry Persons PhD

Dr Larry Persons PhD is on the Faculty at Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University, Thailand and he is owner and CE of, CQ Leadership Consulting, a company offering cross-cultural and leadership consulting, coaching and short courses at academic institutions, together with seminars for organizations and businesses. Larry is a multi-cultural, bilingual expert helping organizational leaders in Thailand successfully navigate between cultures to maximize performance, productivity and financial results. Born and raised in Thailand Larry is received by Thais as a highly acceptable outsider due to strong command of the Thai language and his worldview. He is author of a groundbreaking book on face as social capital for leadership in Thai society: The Way Thais Lead: Face as Social Capital, (Silkworm Books). His particular areas of interest include teaching leaders to increase their cultural intelligence in a globalized world; Developing human resources through coaching and the Design and implementation of new organizational training programs.


Dr Arthur Shelley

Dr Arthur Shelley is an independent educator and capability development consultant with over 30 years professional experience. He has held a variety of professional roles including managing international projects in Australia, Europe, Asia and USA.  He has facilitated commercial workshops in many countries across Asia, Europe, Americas and the Middle East and supervises PhD students in 5 countries. He leads Masters programs on Leadership, Executive Consulting, Knowledge Management, Applied Research Practice, Entrepreneurship, Career Development in face to face and blended modes and through Open Universities Australia. Arthur is the author three books: KNOWledge SUCCESSion, Being a Successful Knowledge Leader and The Organizational Zoo. He has also written chapters for edited books, articles for academic and professional journals and has a regular blog providing insights from his research about metaphor and behaviour. In 2014 he was awarded with an Australian Office of Learning and Teaching citation for “Outstanding contributions to student learning outcomes.”

Arthur is regularly invited to international conferences to speak or facilitate workshops on his books and articles or to share experiences as the former Global Knowledge Director for Cadbury Schweppes. He is founder of The Organizational Zoo Ambassadors Network (a professional peer mentoring group), leader of the RMIT MBA mentoring program, co-facilitator of the Melbourne KM Leadership Forum.

Mini-Track Chairs


Konan A. Seny Kan formally Head of the Accounting Department at Toulouse Business School (France), Dr. Konan A. SENY KAN is now Senior Lecturer at Otago Business School - New Zealand.  He is interested in configural analysis of management practices.  He has published in journals such as African Management Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business Research, Society and Business Review and Harvard Business Review (professional).  He serves as Editorial Review Board member of the Journal of Business Research and co-guest editor for special issues in European Management Journal and Management International.  He is Vice-chair of COMPASS.  In 2011, he received the best reviewer of award from AoM's International Management Division.


Dr. Caroline Akhras is an Associate Professor at Notre Dame University in the Lebanon.  A business management practitioner-researcher, she has presented her research work in South Africa (2017), China (2016), Russia (2016), New Zealand (2015) and Germany (2015). Engaged in AACE conferences as researcher/ reviewer, SIG member and Chair across the USA and Canada, she also was a key speaker in Cyprus, Dubai, Bahrain, Malaysia, and Lebanon. Dr. Akhras sits on the editorial board of business journals and online educational platforms and plays an instrumental role as AACSB Standards Committee member, university standing committee member, educator, thesis advisor, academic advisor, mentor, and major contributor/reviewer of Pearson’s global management textbooks.


Dr. Serene Dalati is a senior lecturer of management in the Faculty of Business administration at the Arab International University, Syria. Serene obtained a PhD in managerial Leadership, Organizational Culture and Job satisfaction in 2008 which was preceded by a British Chevening scholarship to study for an MBA at Bangor University in 2002. Serene teaches organizational behaviour, leadership, culture and job satisfaction. Her fields of expertise also include Strategic Management, International Management, Marketing, and Entrepreneurial Small Business. Serene has developed experience in Capacity building projects for Erasmus + programs.


Dr. Amol Gore holds a Doctorate in Industrial Engineering and Management and Post-Doctorate (European Commission Scholarship). He is currently working as Professor of Operations Management at the University of Mumbai a/f Institute of Management Studies and Research, India. He has been a faculty member for many programmes in India and other countries including France, Finland, Denmark, Mexico, Italy. He is a member of editorial board of journals and his book in the area of operations management has been published by Cengage Learning.


Wafa Khlif is Professor of Management Accounting at Toulouse Business School, Barcelona, since 2010. Formerly she was Academic Dean of the Higher Institute of Accounting and Business Administration at Manouba University, a member of the University Council, and president of the Tunisian Accounting Association. Her research interests are in board director efficiency, corporate board roles, duties and composition as well as issues in the accounting profession. See has published in several academic journals including International Small Business Journal, Management International, Society and Business Review, and Journal of African Business.


James Lockhart is a Senior Lecturer at the Massey Business School, Massey University, Palmerston North.  He has extensive business consulting and executive development experience in Australia, New Zealand and across the Pacific.  James has published on doctoral education, strategy, governance, and productivity improvement (kaizen/lean).  A stream of empirical and conceptual research exploring the ‘black box’ of governance has been produced for both academic and practitioner audiences.  James is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand, and holds board appointments with two substantive companies.  He farms with his family north of Feilding.


Prof. Ana Martins is an Associate Professor of Leadership at the Graduate School of Business & Leadership, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Westville Campus, Durban, South Africa.  Ana’s research has been published in selected international peer-reviewed Academic Journals and she’s a reviewer for various international journals and conferences.  Ana’s current research interests are centred on the need for the humanisation of contemporary organisations and responsible leadership;  shared, distributed leadership and self-efficacy;  the nexus between human, emotional and spiritual capitals on organisational sustainability;  tacit knowledge, innovation and creativity in teams and communities of practice.