Invited Speakers

Prof. David BENNETT
Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.

Guest Professor in the Department of Technology Management and Economics at Chalmers University of Technology & Emeritus Professor, Aston University, UK, focusing on international operations and technology management / technology transfer.

He has authored/co-authored several books and numerous articles, and was involved in various consulting and academic assignments for a number of international and national organizations such as the European Commission (DG RDT and DG Trade), UNIDO, the National Institute of Public Administration, Malaysia the China-Europe Management Institute and the China-Europe International Business School. He is a Chartered Engineer, a lifetime member of Beta Gamma Sigma and a member of several professional bodies including the IAMOT, EurOMA, POMS, CMI & IET, the IAMOT Board of Directors and MOTAB.  He received the IAMOT Award for Distinguished Achievement in Management of Technology and the Association’s Award for Service to the Management of Technology Community. He is also the Founding Editor of “Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management”.


Linnaeus University- Faculty of health and life Sciences, Växjö -Sweden

Prof. Zineldin holds a Ph.D. in BA, Masters in Psychology, Master in Peace & Development; Health, Psychiatry & Medical Studies. He is the author of several books and numerous articles in many different international journals. He has been a visiting professor at several universities such as George Town University in the USA, Beijing Normal and Shanghai Universities in China and several universities in France, Italy, Netherlands. He is the Editor in Chief of the Int. J. of Work Organization and Emotion, Editor of Journa! l of Psychology, associate editor and member of editorial boards of BMC Health Services Research, editor in Chief of the Int. J. Strategic B. Alliances. His expertise and publications are multidisciplinary include total relationship management (TRM), political science, Economics and Management, Technologicalship relationships (relationships based on Technology), the common reasons of failure in Marriage and Business (MB) relationships. Generic 5 qualities model (5Qs), quality in health care, quality in higher education, psychology, psychiatry, medical errors, romantic relationship life cycle, e-Health, Emotions, Depression, Anxiety, Alzheimer’s, Cognition, Brain reserve.

Dr. Mehdi TOLOO

Full Professor ,Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Dr. Toloo holds a B.Sc. degree  in Pure Mathematics, a M.Sc. degree in Applied Mathematics, and Ph.D. degree in Operations Research. He serves as a Full Professor in the Department of Systems Engineering and Informatics at the Technical University of Ostrava. His areas of interest include OR, Optimization, LP, DEA, and MOP. He acts as an AREA EDITOR for Computers & Industrial Engineering. He has written fourteen books and his research has been published in top-tier journals including OMEGA, Energy, and EJOR.


Associate Professor, Babson College, USA

Sinan Erzurumlu is an Associate Professor of Innovation and Operations Management at Babson College. Professor Erzurumlu’s research and teaching interests are at the confluence of innovation and operations management, entrepreneurship and sustainability. Sinan was named among “The Best 40 B-School Profs Under the Age of 40” in the 2015 Poets & Quants ranking of Business School professors. He also received “2016 Kaplan Award for Sustainability in Academics and Research” at Babson College. His research has been published in several leading journals including Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Production and Operations Management, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Omega, and Resources Policy. He holds a B.S. in electrical and electronics engineering with distinction from Bogazici University in Turkey

Global Services Director, JDA Software, Kuwait
Roya has over 19 years of Supply Chain Management experience. Her experience at JDA includes leading large transformation projects and day to day interaction with executive stakeholders from customers and JDA as well as designing and guiding customers in the development of change leadership programs.
Prior to JDA, she worked in academia for 13 years holding a tenured full professor position at California Polytechnic State University with concurrent adjunct and visiting professorships at University of San Diego, Pepperdine University, Nottingham University and Istanbul Technical University. She also served in advisory roles for industry partners such as PepsiCo. In addition, her supply chain management experience includes 3 years of consulting with i2 Technologies (now a JDA acquisition) mostly leading change management activities in various implementations. She is a recognized author of a Wiley published Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management text book. Roya received her PhD in Industrial Engineering from Louisiana State University in 2001. She holds two Masters degrees in Engineering Science and Industrial Engineering both from LSU and an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology.