Keynote Speakers

Prof. Joanne Roberts
Winchester School of Art at the University of Southampton, UK


Professor Joanne Roberts is Professor in Arts and Cultural Management and Director of the Winchester Luxury Research Group at Winchester School of Art at the University of Southampton, UK.
Joanne gained her PhD at the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies, Newcastle University, UK, and she has held academic posts at the Universities of Durham, Newcastle, and Northumbria, UK. In previous posts Joanne has managed subject groups of more than 30 academics. From July 2016 until July 2018 she was Director of Research at Winchester School of Art.
Joanne’s areas of expertise include creativity and innovation, knowledge management, luxury and international business. She is an active member of several national and international scholarly networks, including the British Academy of Management.
Joanne has written extensively in the fields of business and management. She has published widely in leading international academic journals including Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, Management Learning, and Research Policy. Joanne is author of Multinational Business Services Firms (Ashgate, 1998) and A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Knowledge Management (Sage Publications, 2015). In addition, she is co-editor of Knowledge and Innovation in the New Service Economy, with A. Andersen, J. Howells, R. Hull and I. Miles (Edward Elgar, 2000, Living with Cyberspace, with J. Armitage (Continuum, 2002), Community, Economic Creativity and Organization, with A. Amin (Oxford University Press, 2008), and Critical Luxury Studies: Art, Design, Media, with J. Armitage (Edinburgh University Press, 2016). Joanne is also co-editor,. with John Armitage, of The Spirit of Luxury, a special issue of the journal Cultural Politics (Duke University Press, 2016), and The Third Realm of Luxury: Connecting Real Places and Imaginary Spaces, (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020).
Presently Joanne is co-editing The Oxford Handbook of Luxury Business with Pierre-Yves Donzé and Véronique Pouillard (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2021).

Prof. Ezendu Ariwa,
University of Bedfordshire, UK


Professor Ezendu Ariwa holds the position of Professor in Computer Science at University of Bedfordshire, United Kingdom, Department of Computer Science & Technology, with speciality in Practice in Computing. He is also a Visiting Professor at Gulf University, Bahrain, Visiting Professor in Engineering Sustainability and ICT, Anadolu University, Turkey, Visiting Professor, University of Lagos, Nigeria, Visiting Professor and Co-Director of the Centre of Excellence in Cloud Computing, IAMTECH University, Sierra Leone and Visiting Professor, Kano State Polytechnics, Nigeria as well as Visiting Affiliate of the Green IT Observatory, RIMT University, Australia and Visiting Affiliate of ICT University, USA. He also holds the position of Director - Technical and Non-Executive Director and Research Professor for Enterprise Projects at Sun Bio IT Solutions Pvt. Ltd, India. He is also the Chair for the IEEE Consumer Electronics Chapter, United Kingdom & Ireland (UK&I), Chair for the IEEE Broadcast Technology Chapter, UK&I and Chair for the IEEE Technology Management Council Chapter, UK&I. He is a Senior Member of Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (SMIEE); Chartered FELLOW of the British Computer Society (CITP, FBCS), Fellow of the Institute of Information Technology Training (FIITT), Fellow of Institute of Leadership and Management (FInstLM), Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). He is also a member of the Elite Group of The British Computer Society (BCS), member of British Institute of Facilities Management and Fellow of Global Strategic Management, Inc., Michigan, USA and Member of the UK Council for Health Informatics. He has experience of doctoral research supervision as well as doctoral external examiner for various Universities both in the UK and internationally. He has a good research profile and the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Green Computing (IJGC), Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Computing and Digital Systems (IJCDS), Journal of E-Technology, and the Associate Editor of the International Journal of E-Politics and the Associate Editor of International Journal of Distributed Systems and Technologies (IJDST). He is a member of Policy Co-ordination Committee of the International Research Foundation for Development (A Corporation of NGO in special Consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations). Professor Ezendu Ariwa is author of a number of books and more than 100 papers published in international journals and conference proceedings. He has also delivered keynote speeches at various international conferences. He recently published THREE books: Green Technology Applications for Enterprise and Academic Innovation (ISBN13: 9781466651661, IGI publisher, USA); Africa Business, Sustainability and Technology Innovation Practices, (ISBN 978-605-86159-9-1), MacroWorld Publishers); Green Technology in E-Learning and Human Capital: Global Perspectives. MacroWorld Publisher, 2016 (ISBN : 978-605-86159-8-4)

Prof. Alex Gammerman,
Royal Holloway, UK


Alex Gammerman is Professor of Computer Science and Director of Computer Learning Research Centre at Royal Holloway, University of London. His current research interest lies in the fields of machine learning, inductive/transductive inference and intelligent data analysis. Areas in which these techniques have been applied include medical diagnosis, forensic science, object recognition and fault diagnosis. Professor Gammerman is Fellow of Royal Statistical Society and British Computer Society. He has published over a hundred research papers and several books on computational learning and probabilistic reasoning.