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Professor, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, AT

Martina Huemann is Professor at the WU Vienna University of Economics and Business where she heads the Project Management Group in the Department Strategy and Innovation and is the Academic Director of the Professional MBA Program: Project Management. She has published widely and received the IPMA Research Award 2015. She is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Project Management and Founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Project Leadership and Society. Martina Huemann has 20 years of experience in research, teaching and consulting. She is co-founder and facilitator of enable2change, a network of independent experts to translate strategy into action. In research as well as in consulting and teaching she believes in a co-creation process with practitioners and other stakeholders.


Professor, Kent Business School, UK

Thanos Papadopoulos is a Professor of Management (Information Systems/Operations Management) and Department Lead for Research and Innovation at the Department of ‘Analytics, Operations, and Systems’ of Kent Business School, University of Kent, UK. His research is focusing on the problems that are at the nexus of operations management and information systems and more recently on Big Data within Supply Chains and Operations. He has published over 150 articles in peer reviewed journals and conferences including, inter alia, the British Journal of Management, Decision Sciences, European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, International Journal of Production Research, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, International Journal of Production Economics, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, and Production Planning and Control. He is Associate Editor for British Journal of Management and International Journal of Operations and Production Management. He also sits at the Editorial board of Production Planning and Control and Technological Forecasting and Social Change and is Distinguished Editorial Board member of International Journal of Information Management and International Journal of Information Management Data Insights.


Professor, Toulouse Business School, FR

Dr. Samuel Fosso Wamba, Ph.D., HDR, is the Associate Dean of Research at TBS Education, France. He earned his Ph.D. in industrial engineering at the Polytechnic School of Montreal, Canada. His current research focuses on the business value of information technology, blockchain, artificial intelligence for business, business analytics, and big data. He is among the 2% of the most influential scholars globally based on the Mendeley database that includes 100,000 top scientists for 2020 and 2021. He ranks in ClarivateTMs 1% most cited scholars worldwide for 2020 and 2021 and in CDO Magazine's Leading Academic Data Leaders 2021.


Professor, Kühne Logistics University, DE

Maria Besiou is Dean of Research and Professor of Humanitarian Logistics at Kühne Logistics University. She received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Operations Management from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) in Greece. She holds a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from AUTH. Before joining KLU she worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Social Innovation Centre at INSEAD, France. As a researcher, she is currently involved in the Research Institute on Leadership and Operations in Humanitarian Aid (RILOHA), which seeks to enhance the effectiveness of humanitarian aid via psychological insights, and she is the Academic Director of the Center for Humanitarian Logistics and Regional Development (CHORD). Her research appears in several case studies and peer-review international journals like Production and Operations Management (POM), Journal of Operations Management (JOM), Manufacturing and Service Operations Management (MSOM), Journal of Business Ethics (JBE), and European Journal of Operational Research (EJOR). Besiou currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management (JHLSCM), as a Senior Editor of the Disaster Management Department (DMD) of Production and Operations Management (POM), and on the editorial review boards of Journal of Operations Management (JOM) and Production and Operations Management (POM).