Keynote Speakers and Panelists

Conference Keynote Speakers

Prof Eivor Oborn ( Warwick Business School, UK)

Eivor Oborn is current Professor of Healthcare Management in the area of Innovation and Organisational Change at Warwick Business School, UK. She earned her PhD at Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge in 2006, and is currently an honorary Fellow at Cambridge Judge Business School and Fellow at the Cambridge Digital Innovation Centre (CDI). Eivor is also a Visiting Professor at Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) in Sweden. Eivor is Senior Editor at MISQ and has published work in leading journals, including Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Information Systems Research and MISQ. Her research interests span the fields of healthcare, online communities, digital innovation & ICTs, as well as entrepreneurship in ecosystem contexts. She is particularly interested in research that seeks to address social and organisational problems, linked with the use of digital technologies. She has employed a wide variety of theoretical perspectives which include practice theory, adoption and diffusion of IT innovation, theories of time and theories of knowledge in her work. She teaches in the area of Change Management, Strategic Health Leadership and Corporate Entrepreneurship.

Prof Paul Watson ( Newcastle University & National Innovation Centre for Data, UK)

Paul Watson FREng is Director of the UK's National Innovation Centre for Data, and Professor of Computer Science at Newcastle University. He is also a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute. After working in industry designing designing parallel database servers he moved to Newcastle University where his research and teaching has focussed on scalable data engineering. Professor Watson is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the British Computer Society, and a Chartered Engineer. He received the 2014 Microsoft Jim Gray eScience Award.

Journal Editors

Additional information about editors taking part in the "Meet the Editor" session will be made available in due course.

Prof Jyoti Choudrie (Information, Technology & People)

Prof. Jyoti Choudrie is a Professor of Information Systems in Hertfordshire Business School, Management, Leadership and Organisation (MLO) department where she previously led the Systems Management Research Unit (SyMRU) and currently is a convenor for the Global Work, Economy and Digital Inclusion group. She is also Editor-in-Chief for Information, Technology & People journal (An Association of Business School 3 grade journal). In terms of research, Professor Choudrie is known as the Broadband and Digital Inclusion expert in University of Hertfordshire, which was also the case in Brunel University. In both institutions Professor Choudrie maintained an active media profile where she made media comments on the digital divide, social inclusion, entrepreneurship, innovation and broadband development. She has also attained expertise in the non-adopters and adopters research area that has led her to understand the digital divide where her research influence lies. For this, she has used classic Information Systems area theories such as the Technology Acceptance Model and Unified Theory for the Use and Acceptance of Technology and Diffusion of Innovations theory as well as Theory of Planned Behaviour that has led to doctoral completions in Broadband, Online Social Networks and Electronic Government. This interest is maintained and updated by leading a mini-track on ICT adoption, use and diffusion in the Hawaii International Conference of Systems Sciences (HICSS) and European Conference of Information Systems (ECIS). To ensure her research is widely disseminated, Professor Choudrie co-edited a Routledge research monograph with Prof. C. Middleton: The Management of Broadband Technology Innovation and completed a research monograph published by Routledge Publishing and focused on social inclusion along with Dr. Sherah Kurnia and Dr. Panayiota Tsatsou titled: Social Inclusion and Usability of ICT-Enabled Services. In terms of projects, Professor Choudrie is presently researching older adults and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) where her interest is on the adoption, use and diffusion of Information and Communication Technologies in older adults, with an emphasis on entrepreneurship and the acceptance and use of innovative ICTs for older adults. This has led to her attending several older adults related global and national workshops and seminars. She is also very focused on examining and understanding the digital inclusion, digital divide aspects by considering internet access for older adults, which has led to her working with AGE (UK) Hertfordshire and a local, Indian radio station, Desi radio. She also works with Age (UK) Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire County Council and Southend YMCA where she is undertaking a Knowledge Transfer Partnership project investing the role of Online Social Networks (OSN). Finally, she is focused on Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications in organizations and society alike, which accounts for her interests in OSN, machine and deep learning. She has been a keynote speaker for the International Congress of Information and Communication Technologies, Digital Britain conferences and supervises doctoral students drawn from around the globe.

Prof Kieran Conboy (European Journal of Information Systems)

Kieran Conboy is a Professor in Business Information Systems in the School of Business & Economics and is a co-Principal Investigator in the Lero Irish Software research centre. He previously worked for Accenture Consulting and the University of New South Wales in Australia. He is also on the board of the Irish Research Council. Kieran has published over 150 articles in leading international journals and conferences including Information Systems Research, the European Journal of Information Systems, Information Systems Journal, the Journal of the AIS, IEEE Software, the International Conference in Information Systems and the European Conference in Information Systems. He is an editor of the European Journal of Information Systems and has chaired international conferences in his field. Kieran teaches information systems innovation, agile and lean project management, portfolio management, and contemporary models such as crowdsourcing and crowdfunding. He has advised and published widely in the areas of management and workplace innovation, and particularly in the area of agile and lean processes in software organisations. He has worked with organisations such as Microsoft, Atlassian, Cisco Systems, Suncorp, and Fidelity Investments, as well as many SMEs. Kieran has also advised international public sector organisations in the health and education sectors. He is the Principal Investigator of a Science Foundation Ireland project in the area, involving 11 research fellows and Ph.D researchers, and has received over €8m in research grants from industry, the European Commission, Enterprise Ireland and the Irish Research Council. Kieran also advises on funding agency policy and practice and has advised the E.U. Commission as well as national funding bodies in Ireland, the U.S. and Australia. He is now leading an Irish Research Council funded project to adapt, implement and validate the use of crowdfunding and crowdsourcing techniques in the grant award policies and mechanisms of Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland as well as the IRC. Kieran was also a Fulbright award recipient in 2009 where he spent time at Carnegie Mellon University working with the Software Engineering Institute on the business value of IT systems.

Prof Thanos Papadopoulos (British Journal of Management)

Thanos Papadopoulos is Professor of Management (Operations Management/Information Systems) and Director of the Technology, Innovation Management, and Enterprise (TIME) Research Centre at Kent Business School. Before, he was the MBA Director (until April 2020). He is also Associate Editor for 'International Journal of Operations and Production Management' and 'Benchmarking: an international journal'. He has published over 140 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. Recently Thanos was included among the top 2% researchers in Business Management area in global list of researchers prepared by Stanford University. He currently serves as an Editorial Board Member for Technological Forecasting and Social Change, and Industrial Management and Data Systems.

Practice Insights

Paul Wealls (IoTNorth)

IoT North, an IoT community, Paul Wealls will share his story of building a successful community of IoT developers, makers, hackers, business owners and people just interested in the what, why and how of the Internet of Things. The community evolved from a product validation process Paul was carrying out for a TaTa communications invested start up, discovering a great amount of enthusiasm and intelligence in IoT but with no home. With 35 members at the first event IoT North is now home to over 5600+ members across the globe, but mostly UK based.

Doctoral & Early Career Consortium

Barry Hodgson (National Innovation Centre for Data)

Barry leads on strategy and operations for the National Innovation Centre for Data. He has deep experience of entrepreneurship and innovation in the software industry and portfolio management of large-scale research projects in academia. Having started with a university tech spin-out, he was involved in multi-million-dollar acquisitions where he was the Director responsible for due diligence, finance and investor relations. Returning to academia he has focussed on data and played a major role in attracting over £100m in funding to the region including his work to establish the National Innovation Centre for Data at Newcastle University.

Dr Matthew Forshaw (Alan Turing Institute/Newcastle University)

Dr Matthew Forshaw is Senior Advisor for Skills to The Alan Turing Institute, and a Senior Lecturer in Data Science at Newcastle University. His work in data and AI skills includes working with the Government on the skills pillar of the National Data Strategy, leadership of skills policy initiatives through the Data Skills Taskforce, and as Expert Advisor to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). His work on professionalisation of the data science occupation with the Alliance of Data Science Professionals is having a major impact on public and professional policy and practice, setting professional values and ethical standards for the use of data science and AI for the UK’s accreditation and certification processes across several major professional bodies. He is passionate about democratising access to, and widening participation into, data and AI skills training at all levels.

Prof Rachel Franklin (Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies, Newcastle University)

Rachel Franklin is a Professor of Geographical Analysis in the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) and the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University, theme lead for Spatial Analytics at Newcastle Data, Co-I for the EPSRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Geospatial Systems, and the University Lead for Newcastle for the Alan Turing Institute, where she is also a Fellow. Her primary research focus is in spatial demography and the interplay between spatial analytics and demographic change, in particular quantifying patterns, sources and impacts of spatial inequality. She also maintain an ongoing interest in pedagogy, especially the teaching of methods. She has taught spatial analysis, GIS, and quantitative methods for well over a decade, with a pedagogic orientation towards policy applications and the social sciences and humanities, and is the co-author of a recent textbook aimed at teaching GIS for the social sciences. She is the current editor of the journal, Geographical Analysis, and sit on the Board of the Regional Studies Association, as Chair for Diversity and Inclusion.