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ECMLG 2011
6-7 October, Nice, France
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Dr Charles Despres
Dr Despres is Professor of Organisation Theory in the Knowledge, Technology and Organization department and a member of the corresponding SKEMA research centre (KTO). Charles holds a Business Administration with a concentration in Organization Theory /Cognitive Systems from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA (1995). He focused his doctorate on the organizing implications of large-scale information systems and subsequent research has centered on the triad of information, organization and culture, Since 1997 his academic and professional career has concentrated on the emerging field of Knowledge Management. He joined IMD (Lausanne, Switzerland) in 1991 as an ABD Research Fellow. In 1996 he assumed research / professorial roles at the Institute d’Administration des Entreprises (Aix-en-Provence) and the Theseus Institute (Sophia Antipolis). Dr. Despres was Professor of Organization and Director of International Development at the Euromed School of Business (Marseille) from 1997 - 2002. In 2003 he joined the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (Paris) as Director of Programs at its International Institute of Management. In parallel he was associated with the College de Polytechnique during 2005 as a Director focusing on Knowledge Management, International Affairs and Certificate / Degree programs. In 2006 he became Director of Development for the Conservatoire in the Languedoc Roussillon region of France.

Charles Despres

Dr Florence Tressols
Florence is Lead Architect at IBM, responsible for building end to end business solutions including hardware, software and services to help top clients to differentiate themselves from the competition, change the business game and create sustainable intimacy. She also teaches on new technologies applied to the tourism industry at Nice Sophia-Antipolis University. Nurturing herself and peers with diversity and give back, since early 2009, Florence has been honoured to be named France Women in Technology Leader. Florence has more than fifteen years of experience in gathering technical and sales resources to deliver superior execution for clients in both the public and private sectors. Today, Florence is instrumental in the innovation and transformation area and is very active in the 3D Internet domain, leading a great Xtreme Blue project, web 2.0, social computing, self service solution and has been strongly involved in the 2008 Innovation Jam, she was SME for the “Customers as Partners” discussions and contributed to deliver the first client InnovationJam™ in France in 2009 and the first public MiniJam in France in 2010.

Florence Tressols

Lieutenant-Colonel Christopher Blodgett
A Royal Military College graduate and Air Force Officer in the Canadian Forces, Chris began his career as a Maritime Helicopter Tactical Navigator with the Navy – 30 years ago. He holds the Canadian professional designation as a Certified HR Professional (CHRP), possesses an MA in Management & Policy and has certifications in Strategy / Change Management, Knowledge / Information Management and a few others. Chris has also spent the past 10 years working in various strategic and operational headquarters and is presently employed at the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany where he is the Deputy Director of Strategy, Plans & Policy and also serves as the School Knowledge Management Officer (KMO).

Christopher Blodgett

Danie du Toit BA, D Com

Danie is an Industrial Psychologist who worked for 20 years in various organizations, holding positions in Human Resources Management and Development. He is currently splitting his time between consultation, private practice, and academic work. He is a senior lecturer at the North-West University, South Africa, and is co-author of articles in peer-reviewed magazines.

Danie du Toit

Mirjami Ikonen
Mirjami is a PhD student and University Lecturer of Management and Leadership in the Department of Business at the University of Eastern Finland. She graduated in Economics from the University of Joensuu. Her current research focus is interpersonal trust development in leader-follower relationships, especially within not-for-profit organizations and new methodologies applied in trust research.

Mirjami Ikonen

Theo Veldsman
Theo holds a Doctorate in Industrial Psychology with 20 years’ experience. He chairs the Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management, University of Johannesburg. He has published widely. He has chaired the Society of Industrial and Organisational Psychology of SA, and was twice President of the SA professional psychological associations.

Theo Veldsman

Dr M. Gordon Hunter
Gordon Hunter is a Professor Information Systems in the Faculty of Management, University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. He has held visiting positions at universities in Australia, England, Germany, Monaco, New Zealand, Poland, Turkey, and USA. He applies qualitative interview techniques (Personal Construct Theory and Narrative Inquiry) in interdisciplinary research such as small business, agricultural management, governance of intellectual assets, and cross-cultural investigations. His current research interests in the information systems (IS) area include the effective management of IS personnel; the role of Chief Information Officers; and the use of IS by small business.

Gordon Hunter

Philip Merry
Philip is founder and CEO of Singapore’s Global Leadership Academy and a cross-cultural leadership consultant for 31 years in 52 countries. Specialising in the practical application of happiness and well-being concepts to the multi-cultural workplace he helps organisations devise happiness strategies that positively impact productivity. Philip balances his commercial work with development work in women’s leadership and is a long term facilitator with the UN. In recent years he has consulted regularly in Bhutan. English by birth and resident in Asia for 24 years Philip is a research associate at Henley Business School where he is researching the leader’s influence on workplace happiness across cultures.

Philip Merry

Dr. John Politis PhD
John is an Associate Professor of Management at Neapolis University, Pafos in Cyprus. He regularly publishes peer reviewed academic papers in quality journals and his research output is presented at refereed conferences. He is currently a member of a number of editorial boards, including The Leadership and Organisational Development Journal and the Knowledge Management Research and Practice Journal. Before taking up his current position, John was an Executive MBA faculty member for the Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training, and a Pioneering Faculty of Business and Engineering Management programs at the Higher Colleges of Technology in the United Arab Emirates. He was also a lecturer and consultant in a number of Australian universities. John has also spent more than 18 years in Australia and Europe in a wide range of managerial roles and has been elected a Fellow of a number of professional associations.

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John Politis

Dr Florian Sala
Florian Sala is a Doctor of Experimental psychology as well as a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist. At the SKEMA Business School Sophia Antipolis he is Professor of Management and Human Resources Management and former Dean (2001-2003). He has been the Programme Director of MSc in HRM since 2009. In 1992 he co-founded the Institute of Psychoanalysis and Management (IPM) of which he was the national chairman until to 2000. His major interests are Psychopathology at the workplace, Psychoanalysis and Group Dynamics.

Florian Sala

Chaudhary Imran Sarwar
Chaudhary Imran Sarwar  is serving as CEO-Creative Researcher and Deputy Project Director-CESTL, Cell for Structural Transformational Leadership, Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. After pursuing BSc-Mechanical Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology; MBA from IBA; and PhD under Split PhD Fellowship Programme of Higher Education Commission, Pakistan he has focused on exploring Mixed Reality Leadership. His research work has been extensively accepted globally even by International Leadership Association ILA during its Annual Conferences in 2009 and 2010. He also contributed as Reviewer for “Academy of Management 2010 Annual Meeting” and “Personality and Individual Differences PAID” along with several other conferences and journals. He is developing projects for UNESCO and World Health Organization WHO.


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