Keynote Speakers


Prof. Józef Modelski
IEEE Division IV Director-Elect


Józef Modelski was born on 25 March 1949 in Kawnice, Poland.In 1967 he graduated from the secondary school in Konin, having been the winner of nationwide chemistry and physics contests. He received his M.Sc. degree in electronics (specialization: radio engineering) in 1973 at the Faculty of Electronics of Warsaw University of Technology (WUT). The Faculty Council has also granted him the degrees: Ph.D. (1978), based on the dissertation: Method of Designing a Microwave Analogue Phase Shifter in a Set Frequency Band (with distinction), and the D.Sc. (1987) for the monograph: Microwave Analogue Modulators and Phase Shifters. In 1994 he received the state title of Professor. Since 1973 Józef Modelski has been employed at the Institute of Radioelectronics of Warsaw University of Technology, holding in sequence all academic positions from teaching/research assistant to tenured professor (1991). In 1976-77 he spent 14 months in the US as a Fulbright grantee working with the microwave laboratories at the Texas University in Austin, Cornell University (Ithaca) and Communication Satellite Corporation COMSAT (Clarksburg). In 1985 he spent 6 months in Germany as a DAAD grantee. He has been on numerous research internships to European telecommunications firms and universities in inter alia: UK, Italy, Belgium, Portugal and Germany. In 1986 he joined for 2 years the Braunschweig Technical University (Germany) as a senior scientist and visiting professor.



Prof. Dr. Minna Mattila
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide, the U.S. (Finland)


Professor Minna Mattila is an invited member of the European Academy of Sciences elected for an outstanding contribution to science and technology, especially for contributions to economy and fundamental developments in the field of interactive banking and e-banking, Economics as her scientific discipline. She serves the European Commission as an Expert Evaluator and Reviewer. In 2008-2014 Professor Mattila served as an External Assessor for Professorships in Marketing & Information Systems for the University of Malaya. Ever since taking the Judicial Oath in May 2006, she has worked part-time at Market Court as a Council of State assigned Expert Member specializing in cases concerning restrictions of competition since 2006. She is also a certified Relationship Awareness Facilitator (Strength Deployment Inventory). Prior to her current position as Head of Research and Information Services at the Border and Coast Guard Academy of the Finnish Border Guard, she worked as Director of Strategic Development at the Office of the President of LAUREA University of Applied Sciences. Professor Mattila has also led an innovation and research unit in a university of technology and held professorships in Commercialization of Innovations as acting, and Marketing in the Electronic Channels as full professor. Her docentship preceding the tenured professorship was at a department of Computer Science. Professor Mattila has held numerous international adjunct faculty positions, of which an ongoing one in the U.S. as Adjunct Professor at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She is a well-rounded scholar with close to 80 publications. Professor Mattila is acknowledged in "Who is Who in Finland" since 2005.



Dr. Gillian Ragsdell
Loughborough University, UK


Gill is a Senior Lecturer in Loughborough University's School of Business and Economics and Coordinator of the University's Knowledge Management Research Group. Her research in knowledge management has taken her into a wide range of organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors where she has assisted in programmes of change and development. Gill has published around 90 research outputs including papers in prestigious knowledge management journals such as Knowledge Management Research and Practice and Journal of Knowledge Management, and was co-author of the ‘best paper’ at the 2013 International Conference on Events. She has received research funding from sources such as Nuffield, AHRC, British Academy, Royal Society for Edinburgh, and Santander Bank Ltd., as well as from commercial organisations. 

Gill is committed to facilitating high quality learning. She is a Loughborough University Teaching Assessor and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.




Prof. Dr. Dawood Abdulmalek Al-Hidabi

University of Science and Technology, Sanaa,Yemen


Prof. Dr. Dawood Al-Hidabi is a Science Education Faculty member at Sana'a University, and the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of University of science and Technology, Yemen. He is also the founding president of the University of Science and Technology in Yemen.
Prof Al-Hidabi is a UK-PhD holder and has extensive experience in university management, teaching, research, training, and worked as a consultant for the private sector as well as local, regional and international organizations. His services are in areas of Teaching and learning, Quality in Higher Education, Governance, Open learning and educational management. Recently, he worked as a consultant for the World Bank for developing 12 new and existing university programs including a blended mode of learning program in Yemen. He audited several open learning courses several times for the Arab open university in Kuwait. He is the Chief editors of the Arab Journal for Quality in Higher Education and the Arab Journal for Talent development. He is also an active professional in the Arab and Muslim World in higher education.




Prof. Moh'd Abdous

Old Dominion University, Norfolk, USA


As the AVP for Teaching and Learning with Technology, Dr. Abdous provides leadership and assistance to Old Dominion University, working closely with the Provost’s Office, the Distance Learning office, College Deans, Department Chairs, and Faculty Members (1) to conceive, implement, and evaluate processes for the effective integration of technology into teaching and learning practices, and (2) to manage the production of quality online programs and courses. He has over 15 years of experience in managing, designing, and producing technology-driven teaching and learning projects, ranging from complete online degree programs to faculty development programs. His research interests include the design of online learning environments, quality assurance, process reengineering, faculty development, and curriculum design. He also works with UNICEF as a consultant on program evaluation and on textbook curriculum design. Dr. Abdous received his Ph.D. in School Administration and Management from Laval University (Quebec, Canada).



Prof. Dr. Craig Standing
Edith Cowan University, Australia


Professor Craig Standing is a Foundation Professor of Strategic Information Management in the School of Business in the Faculty of Business and Law at Edith Cowan University, Australia. He is Co-Leader of the Centre for Innovative Practice. Craig studied at Lancaster University, University of Manchester, and the University of Western Australia. He has published in the top ten Information Systems journals and has presented at many international conferences. He has obtained significant research funds including the prestigious Australian Research Council Awards. Craig has authored several books on information systems that have been adopted by university courses in information systems. He has supervised numerous doctoral students, having won awards from the postgraduate association at his university for the quality of his supervision. As Editor of the Journal of Systems and Information Technology, Craig is at the forefront of knowledge on information systems research and research methods.