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KOH Lenny

Sheffield University, UK

Professor Lenny Koh is the Founder and Director of the Centre for Energy, Environment & Sustainability (CEES), Advanced Resource Efficiency Centre (AREC), and Logistics & Supply Chain Management (LSCM) Research Centre at The University of Sheffield. She is an internationally renowned authority on supply chain management related to low carbon and sustainability. Her research is recognised for its scientific novelty and has generated major impacts for society, industry and government. Using interdisciplinary approaches, crossing supply chain management, information systems, energy, engineering, social sciences and science disciplines, her work contributes to the understanding and resolution of complex supply chain problems, which are caused by climate change and uncertainty. She has a high H-index (World number 2) and high research income generation, and has successfully pioneered and led many large scale, complex projects, funded by EPSRC, ESRC, EU, Innovate UK, Leverhulme Trust and other key funding bodies in the UK, Europe and internationally.


Professor of Project Management, BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo, Norway

Dr Ralf Müller is Professor of Project Management at BI Norwegian Business School, as well as adjunct and visiting professor at many other institutions worldwide. He lectures and researches in leadership, governance, organizational project management, and research methods. He has (co-) authored approximately 200 academic publications, including his latest book titled Governance and Governmentality for Projects, published by Routledge. Among the awards he received are the 2016 PMI Fellow of the Institute Award, the 2015 PMI Research Achievement Award (a life-time achievement award), the 2012 IPMA Research Award, and a number of best paper and reviewers awards. Before joining academia, he spent 30 years in the industry consulting with large enterprises and governments in more than 50 different countries for their project management, governance, and PMOs. He also held related line management positions, such as the Worldwide Director of Project Management at NCR Corporation.


Director Healthcare, Australia

Topic : Safer, more efficient care starts with a single scan – the value of global identification standards in healthcare. Tania Snioch is Director Healthcare at GS1 Global Office. Prior to starting at GS1, Tania worked for the Australian GS1 organisation, GS1 Australia, for nearly 15 years, holding various roles in that time. At GS1 Australia, Tania and her team assisted the Healthcare industry to implement the GS1 System to improve patient safety and increase supply chain efficiency. Tania worked with Australian state and territory governments and federal regulators. In her role at GS1 Global Office, Tania supports the GS1 community by pro-actively responding to specific business requirements from industry sectors with the aim to enhance the level of GS1 System adoption.


He is Professor Amir Sharif (PhD, BEng (Hons), FRSA, FInstLM, FCILT, MCMI) and he is a Professor of Operations Management at Brunel Business School. He has previously held posts such as the Interim Head of School and Director of MBA Programmes (including leading and co-ordinating major business school accreditation efforts). He has 10 years of experience working for and consulting to corporations such as JPMorgan, UBS, KPMG, Sony and the BBC in a variety of programme and project management roles. Through this industrial experience as well as academic research background, He is also active as a research grant reviewer for numerous national and international funding bodies such as: the Danish National Research Foundation (DNRF), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in the UK, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in the UK, the Natural and National Science Foundation of China (NNSFC) and the Qatar National Research Foundation (QNRF). Additionally, He was elected to the Peer Review Electoral College of the EPSRC in 2005, and continue to be a serving member. He has also served as a member of the University Senate.


Dean of the Faculty of Management and Law, University of Bradford

Zahir Irani is a Professor of Sustainable Business Operations in the Brunel Business School and the Founding Dean of the College for Business, Arts and Social Sciences (CBASS) at Brunel University London. Prior to setting up CBASS, he was seconded to work in Whitehall, where he was a Senior Policy Advisor at the Cabinet Office.He has held numerous senior roles at Brunel, including the Head of the Brunel Business School which he joined in 2006 and where in 2013 it was awarded Business School of Year under his leadership. He has also been the Head of the Department of Information Systems and Computing (now, Department of Computer Science) at Brunel University London. He completed a BEng (Hons) at Salford University before then accepting a research position in industry where he completed a Masters. He has a PhD in the area of investment evaluation and undertook his leadership development at the Harvard Business School. Zahir’s research interests are multidisciplinary in nature and grounded in scientific principles, and developed from early work on the area of evaluating investments in manufacturing information systems onto make normative contributions in the area of Transformational Government before more recent work in Food Security. He has received significant levels of funding from across the world as Principal Investigator, including from the UK Research Councils (EPSRC, ESRC), European Commission, Qatar Foundation, Australian Research Council, HEA and QinetiQ. He also publishes in leading scholarly journals and has a H-index of 60 that places Zahir Irani amongst the most cited scholars. He also manages to find time to write press and thought leadership pieces on higher education and graduate employability that have appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times (FT), Thomson Reuters, University Business, Research Foresight and Times Higher Education (THE).