Dr. Mike Stankosky obtained his doctorate from George Washington University researching organizational effectiveness, where he went on to serve as Research Professor & Professorial Lecturer of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, creating the theoretical constructs for a graduate certificate, master’s and doctorate in knowledge management – a first in academia. His subsequent research focuses on how to engineer and manage a global enterprise in a knowledge-based economy. An author/editor of several books, he is Editor Emeritus of VINE: The Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems – part of Emerald Group Ltd. He is an Executive-in-Residence at the Kania School of Management, University of Scranton, and a charter member of the New Club of Paris, dedicated to establishing international valuation and accounting standards for intellectual capital/knowledge assets. His latest book: “21 for 21: Leading the 21st Century Global Enterprise,” shares his wisdom and insights from over 50 years of military, diplomatic, academic, and industry leadership.
Dr. Bill Halal has served as an aerospace engineer on NASA’s Apollo Program, an Air Force officer, a Silicon Valley manager, and is Professor Emeritus of technology & innovation at the George Washington University. He is founder of TechCast Global LLC, a continuous Delphi-based forecasting organization cited by the National Academies, featured in the Washington Post, Newsweek, and the Futurist. and recognized as possibly the best forecasting system available. His many books include: The New Capitalism, The New Management: Bringing Democracy & Markets Inside Organizations, Twenty-First Century Economics: Perspectives of Socioeconomics for a Changing World, Technology’s Promise: Expert Knowledge on the Transformation of Business and Society, and Beyond Knowledge (forthcoming). Bill has always been fascinated with the revolutionary power of technological change driving us into a high-tech global order. He recently launched “Strategic Forum,” a bi-monthly virtual conference that brings together prominent thought leaders to collectively provide strategic solutions to the transformative changes of our time.
Dr. Art Murray is co-founder of Applied Knowledge Sciences, Inc. where he has served as CEO for over 27 years. Since 2005, he’s been IIKI’s Director of the Enterprise of the Future Program, the results of which are published in the book: “Building the Enterprise of the Future: Co-creating and delivering extraordinary value in an eight-billion-mind world.” He’s also the author of: “Deep Learning Manual: the knowledge explorer’s guide to self-discovery in education, work, and life.” For the past 15 years, he has written KMWorld magazine’s popular column: “The Future of the Future.”
He has led Knowledge Management projects for government ministries around the world in Defense, Law Enforcement, Higher Education, Public Health, and whole of government, and for private sector companies in energy, aerospace, finance, agriculture, and many other areas
His current focus is on human and machine knowledge governance, and developing systems in which humans teach machines and machines teach humans, including a system for detecting and responding to weak signals on large, complex projects.
Dr. Vincent Ribiere is an enthusiastic and creative International consultant and professor with a passion for helping organizations solve their organizational knowledge and innovation management challenges. He is the Founder and Managing Director of the Institute for Knowledge and Innovation Southeast Asia (IKI-SEA), a center of Excellence at Bangkok University, where he is also Program Director of the Ph.D. in KM and Innovation Management and the founder and co-program Director of the Master in Business Innovation (MBI). He has also co-founded various International events in the fields of Business Creativity and Innovation (Creative Bangkok, ASCIM, CreativeMornings Bangkok, G-LINK) and he co-founded various communities of KM and Innovation academics and practitioners nationally (iKlub, Thai KM Network) and Internationally (KM Global Network).
Vincent has a strong entrepreneurial spirit and he enjoys sharing his knowledge and experiences. He delivers keynote speeches and workshops at various International professional and academic conferences and he is the author of more than 80 publications.
Dr. Alex Bennet is co-founder with Dr. David Bennet of the Mountain Quest Institute (MQI), a research and retreat center nestled in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia dedicated to helping individuals and organizations achieve sustained growth and high performance in a rapidly-changing, uncertain and increasingly complex world.
Alex was the Chief Knowledge Officer and Deputy CIO for Enterprise Integration for the U.S. Department of the Navy, and an initial co-chair of the Federal KM Working Group. She has degrees in Human and Organizational Systems, Human Development, Management for Organizational Effectiveness, English and Marketing. She is a Professor in Bangkok University’s Ph.D. program in Knowledge and Innovation Management, and serves on the International Advisory Board of the World Capital Institute.
For the past 7 years Alex and David have explored the mystery of the “Myst,” a phenomenon in which our internal and external worlds collide. With a focus on balance and integration, they find themselves in an ever-expanding Universe of knowledge and experience, which provides the passion for their many books, including the five-part series: “The Profundity and Bifurcation of Change: The Intelligent Social Change Journey.”
Program Director, Innovation and Global Entrepreneurship
Hassan Syed is CEO of Bir Ventures USA, and founder of IdeaGist, the world’s largest virtual business incubator with 250,000+ members spanning all 195 UN recognized countries. He is founding director of the Institute for Innovators and Entrepreneurs at Hamline University MN, and was recently recognized by Pollen and AARP MN as one of the 50 most inspiring and accomplished leaders across Minnesota. He is advisor to the Minister of Science & Technology Pakistan on the Knowledge Economy, where he is the Focal Person on Emerging Technologies and Innovation, and serves on the national committee on Emerging Technologies under the Digital Pakistan initiative, focusing on emerging technologies development and application through entrepreneurial ventures. Hassan has pledged a large technology investment into the Prime Minister’s Startup Pakistan and emerging technology accelerators programs, with the goal of helping one million students in starting up their own businesses by establishing: 600 incubators in educational institutions; the Science Park of the future, a network of 14 parks focusing on emerging technologies; a network of 1,000 rural incubation centers to develop micro enterprises in rural and underprivileged areas.
Paul Wormeli is a book author, consultant and lecturer in the field of information technology applied to public safety and criminal justice. He is Executive Director Emeritus of the Integrated Justice Information Systems Institute (IJIS). He was the first national director of Project SEARCH which later became The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. It was during his tenure there that he developed the Attribute Based Crime Reporting system, which became the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), a dramatic improvement over the legacy FBI UCR system. He has advised the White House on security and privacy and has drafted Federal law on such matters. He was Chairman of the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) Outreach and Communications Committee, and served on the technical advisory committee for the Harvard School of Government Innovator’s Network program for law enforcement and justice.
Mr. Wormeli is on the Board of Directors for Stewards of Change, and is an adjunct professor at George Washington University in the Cyber Security and Strategy program. He was recently chosen to lead a new, national initiative to “…advance information-sharing at the state, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions to protect, support, and respond to community needs.”
Senior Research Associate
Dr. Annie Green’s goal is to help individuals and organizations think and learn. She does this by helping leadership and management learn what they need to know to improve the overall health and performance of their organization. As a Strategist/Architect, she helps them see the “big picture” in order to provide a more holistic solution to building a cognitive enterprise.
Her many years of expertise have resulted in a harmonious blend of theory, practice and continuous learning focused on optimizing business/IT alignment, knowledge management, digital transformation strategies, change management, and governance, in commercial, public, and government sectors.
In addition to being a consultant, she is a professor, lecturer, speaker, journal reviewer and book editor, including “In Search of Knowledge Management,” and “Making it Real: Sustaining Knowledge Management.” She is currently the lead faculty member for the KM Global Network’s new online course “KM in AI,” one of the first courses in the world to combine KM and AI in a synergistic way. She considers herself an active learner and eternal student, which fuels her love of learning and helps her students and clients stay abreast of current and evolving trends critical to their enduring success.
Senior Research Associate
Cynthia M. Gayton, JD, is a member of the State Bar of Virginia and the District of Columbia Bar. She is the owner of Gayton Law in Arlington, Virginia which concentrates on small business formation, intellectual property, information technology, and business transactions/contracts. She is a Professorial Lecturer at The George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science, and has worked as an attorney for the federal government, in the private sector, and for non-profit organizations.
She is the author of “Legal Aspects of Engineering, Design & Innovation,” and “Guide to Copyrights & Trademarks for CryptoCreatives.” She writes and advises on matters regarding smart contracts, IP and blockchain, especially as relates to artists, focusing on crypto assets and NFTs, social media cryptocurrencies such as AttributionCoin, branding, digital assets and taxes. A frequent participant in crypto-art-related panel discussions, presentations and workshops, she co-hosted a podcast Art on the Blockchain (2017-2019), and in May 2021, Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts cooperated with her for a two-part course “Introduction to NFTs for Artists and Artist Advocates.” In March 2021, the WERA 96.7 radio show, ArtBox, interviewed her about NFTs – its history and its future.
Senior Research Associate
Dr. Vittal Anantatmula, PMP CCP is Professor of Project Management in the College of Business, Western Carolina University, where he has won numerous awards including University Scholar, Excellence in Research, and the Graduate Faculty Teaching Award. He holds visiting professorships at Keio University, Yokohama, Japan, and the Skema Business School, Lille, France. From 2016-2021, he has served as Director and Member of the Board, Global Accreditation Center of the Project Management Institute. He has authored/ co-authored nine books, has been an invited speaker at over three dozen conferences, and his many journal articles have been cited over 3,500 times. The book Contemporary Project Management which he co-authored has been adopted by more than 180 university degree programs in the US, Australia, and New Zealand. His many consulting clients include The World Bank, Arthur Anderson, LLP, and the International Development Institute. His current research is focused on project management teams, integrating knowledge management and project management, knowledge management effectiveness, project management performance, project success, and leadership.
Senior Research Associate
Dr. John Lewis is a consultant, keynote speaker, and coach on the topics of Knowledge Management, Organizational Learning, and Leadership. He is founder and president of Explanation Age LLC, a management consulting company focusing on thought leadership, organizational change, and KM. He is a part-time professor in KM at Kent State, and co-founder at The CoHero Institute for Collaborative Change Leadership. A pioneer of new business and learning models, he has authored the books, “The Explanation Age“ and “Story Thinking: Transforming Organizations for the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” which provide tools for the coming age of knowledge and decision transparency, with implications for business, education, and government, including new methods for strategic management, learning strategies, collaborative decision making, and conflict resolution. He has worked for leading global organizations, and has been recognized by Gartner with an industry Best Practice paper for an innovative global knowledge management implementation in a major US Bank. He is currently CKO at Searchblox Software, Inc., advisory board member with the Lifeboat Foundation, and a founding member at the Evidence-Based Learning Institute.
Knowledge Management Consultant
Bill Kaplan is the Founder of Working KnowledgeCSP, an internationally recognized KM consulting company helping organizations develop and implement sustainable KM strategies. He is an author, keynote speaker, and coach on the topics of KM, Organizational Learning, and Knowledge Leadership and a prior Adjunct Professor of KM at the University of Maryland Global Campus. Among his many articles and papers is a 2010 book on knowledge loss and workforce attrition, “Losing Your Minds: Capturing, Retaining and Leveraging Organizational Knowledge.”
Prior to founding Working KnowledgeCSP in 2009, Bill was the CKO of a mid-cap Washington DC consulting company serving the US federal government, where he was also the practice lead for KM, focusing on the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community.
Prior to beginning his second career in KM, Bill served his country in the United States Air Force for 25 years retiring as a Colonel. His awards and decorations include The Legion of Merit and the Defense Superior Service Medal.
Ever since 1998 when Bill began his career as a KM practitioner, he’s maintained the belief that Knowledge Management is fundamentally about helping organizations to continuously improve their performance through an ability to “create value from their knowledge.”