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Plenary Speakers

Prof. Dr. Wim Vanhaverbeke

Prof. Dr. Wim Vanhaverbeke

Professor at Surrey Business School (UK)

Wim Vanhaverbeke is Professor Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Surrey Business School (UK) and is visiting professor at ESADE Business School and till recently also at the National University of Singapore. He published in different international journals such as Organization Science, Research Policy, Journal of Product Innovation Management, California Management Review, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Small Business Economics, Journal of Business Venturing, Technovation, etc. He was co-editor with Henry Chesbrough and Joel West of “Open Innovation: Researching a New Paradigm” (OUP, 2006) and “New frontiers in open innovation” (OUP, 2014). He published a management book “Managing open innovation in SMEs”  (CUP – 2017) and an academic volume “Researching open innovation in SMEs” (World Scientific Press – 2018).

He is editor-in-chief of Technovation and a dedicated innovation ecosystem researcher collaborating with different partners around the globe. His current research focuses​​ on ​the implications of ​​digital strategies​ and sustainability requirements for the management of innovation ecosystems. He established the European Innovation Forum with Henry Chesbrough in 2012 and is co-organizer of the World Open Innovation Conference 2016. He is a frequently asked speaker at leading international conferences and an adviser for several globally operating companies. He consults and organizes workshops for multinationals and technology companies.

He was recognized by the International Association of Management of Technology (IAMOT) as one of the top 50 authors of technology and innovation management during the period 2008-2012. He was appointed as member of the Advisory Committee of the Research Center for Technological Innovation of the Tsinghua University from April 2018 till March 2021.

Prof. Dr. Ozcan Saritas

Prof. Dr. Ozcan Saritas

National Research University, Higher School of Economics (HSE), Moscow

Dr. Ozcan Saritas is a Professor of Innovation and Foresight at the National Research University, Higher School of Economics (HSE), Moscow; Honorary Professor at Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, The University of Manchester; and Editor-in-chief of “Foresight” – the journal of futures studies, strategic thinking and policy. His research focuses upon innovation, policy and governance with particular emphasis on socio-economic and technological Foresight. With a PhD from the “Foresight and Prospective Studies Program,” Prof. Saritas has extensive work experience with the international organizations including the United Nations (UNIDO, UNCTAD, UNDP), OECD, and the European Commission. He has been involved in large scale national, multinational and corporate research and consultancy projects on sectors including Energy, Climate Change and Renewables, Agriculture and Food, Water Resources and Sustainability, Transportation and Automotive, Information and Communication Technologies among the others. He has published a number of articles in leading journals in the field; and has delivered keynote speeches in a number of countries across the world. Besides his research and publication activities, he designs and delivers academic and executive education courses on Foresight, Innovation Management and Strategic Planning. He has recently co-authored a book, entitled “Foresight for Science, Technology and Innovation” published by Springer, which has become one of the key readings in the field.

Prof. Dato Dr. Rajah Rasiah

Prof. Dato Dr. Rajah Rasiah

Professor of Economics, University of Malaya, Malaysia

Rajah Rasiah holds the position of Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of Malaya. His previous positions were Professor of Industrial Organization at National University of Malaysia, and senior research fellow at UNU-INTECH, Maastricht. He also holds adjunct positions in several universities, including Cambridge, Oxford, and Zhejiang. He obtained his doctorate in economics from the University of Cambridge in 1992. He was awarded the Celso Furtado Prize by the World Academy of Sciences in 2014 for advancing the frontiers of social science thought (economics). He is a rare academic that has spent his whole career advancing the frontiers of policy research to benefit the developing economies. Either through United Nations organizations or through governments, he has prepared several industrial and technology policy reports to advance the material conditions of millions of humans with a focus on technology, sustainability, public health, and the interests of the masses.

Dr. Muhammad Imran Qureshi

Dr. Muhammad Imran Qureshi

Director Connecting ASIA/ Conference Chair, Malaysia

Muhammad Imran Qureshi is a Doctor of Management from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. His doctorate research focused on the work practices for sustainable manufacturing under Socio-technical systems context. He is currently working as a senior lecturer in Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM). He is also founding Director of Connecting ASIA research network. He has ten years of teaching experience in the field of Operations Management, Strategic Management, Project Management, Total Quality Management, Statistical Process Control, Environmental Management, Logistic and Supply Chain Management, Production Management and Operations Research, Statistics and Data Analysis. He is a professional trainer for data analysis. He has conducted several workshops on Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) using AMOS and SMART PLS, qualitative data analysis using NVIVO. On the research side, his research profile consists of more than 100 research publications in renowned journals. He has written several impact factor publications with world-renowned publishers like ELSEVIER and SPRINGER in the area of Operations Management, Environmental Management, Sustainability and Organizational Behavior. His work has been cited extensively with 26 i10 index and h index 16. He is also the author of three books.

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