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Prof. Javier Carrillo, 
Monterrey University of Technology, Mexico

Prof. Javier Carrillo is passionate about knowledge as leverage to the human condition. He studied Logic and Scientific Method at the London School of Economics (MSc., 1983) and obtained his Ph.D. on Psychology of Science and Technology at King´s College, London (1986). He became a Professor of Knowledge Management and Knowledge-Based Development at Tecnológico de Monterrey (http://www.itesm.edu/) in 1990, being recognized as an international leader in Knowledge Cities. There, he founded in 1992 the Center for Knowledge Systems (www.knowledgesystems.org), where he has lead over 150 contracted projects up to this date. He has developed the Capital Systems Framework as a model of knowledge-based organizations and societies. He is founder and President of the World Capital Institute (worldcapitalinstitute.org), as well as co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Knowledge Based Development. His research interests are around knowledge cities, capital systems and knowledge markets. 



Assoc. Prof. Melih Bulu,

Istanbul Sehir University, Turkey

Assoc. Prof. Melih Bulu, Chair of Management Department, teaches strategy related courses at Istanbul Sehir University. His main interest areas are city competitiveness strategies, urban technologies and regional development. He has various publications in academic and popular media.
Dr. Bulu has worked at various sections of the private sector, both as a professional and an entrepreneur. For the last decade has he also consulted the city competitiveness projects.
Since 2004, Dr. Bulu has been the General Secretary of International Competitiveness Research Institute (URAK), an NGO working on economic competitiveness of cities and regions. 



Assoc. Prof. Blanca Garcia,

WCI Executive Director, Awards Program; Northern Borderlands Research College, Mexico

Dr. Blanca Garcia ( MSc, Dev  & PhD, Dev, University of Manchester, UK) is an interdisciplinary Human Resources Developer dedicated to the facilitation, creation and Development Policy research of knowledge-generative networks that engage people at the city-region level.
Dr. Garcia works as a Researcher in the Public Policy Department of the Northern Borderlands Research College (COLEF) in the research unit based in Monterrey, Mexico.  She joined the World Capital Institute (WCI) in 2007, as a member of the Executive Board of Directors, in the capacity of Awards Program Executive Director. In such capacity, she manages the KBD international consultation exercise known as MAKCi Awards (Most Admired Knowledge City Awards) held on an annual basis. Dr. Garcia is also a member of the Executive Board of the Knowledge Cities World Summit (KCWS) that convenes the Summit in host cities around the globe.
Dr. Garcia works under the flag of Knowledge City schemes, focusing in city-region initiatives triggered by social learning in networks as one of the key processes that spear up knowledge-based development (KBD) in urban contexts. She has contributed with Knowledge-Cities case studies for a number of publications, as well as with knowledge facilitation case studies relevant to Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) for institutional development. 



Prof. Tommi Inkinen,

University of Helsinki, Finland

Tommi Inkinen is Professor of Economic Geography at the Department of Geosciences and Geography at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He also holds Docentships of Regional Studies and Economic Geography. His latest projects include “Geography and Innovative Competitiveness? Finnish Knowledge Regions in European and Global Economy” , funded by the Academy of Finland. His research interests primarily cover the issues of economic and human geography, including the regional and social structuring of innovation systems, technology, regional development, as well as logistics and transport. He has published extensively on these topics in international journals and collections such as European Planning Studies; Expert Systems with Applications: Journal of Urban Technology; Regional Studies; WMU journal of Maritime Affairs; Industrial Management and Data Systems; Integrated Series in Information Systems; Transforming Government. He is a steering group member of the International Geographical Union’s (IGU) Global Information Society Commission and Editor-In-Chief of peer-reviewed quarterly journal Terra, Finnish Geographical Journal till 2014.
Areas of expertise: economic geography, innovation systems, urban technologies, industrial management and logistics, platforms for knowledge cities.



Prof. Antti Lönnqvist,

School of Management at the University of Tampere, Finland

Dr. Antti Lönnqvist is the Dean of School of Management, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland. He also holds the position of Adjunct Professor at Tampere University of Technology, where he previously worked as Professor of Information and Knowledge Management. His research interests focus on understanding how performance measurement and management practices are applied and create value in knowledge-intensive and service-oriented environments.

Dr. Lönnqvist has published more than one hundred works including over fifty journal papers and several books. He is known for pragmatic, action-oriented research work in which new academic insights are created through hands-on development work of organisational management practices and tools.



Prof. Giovanni Schiuma,

University of Basilica, Italy

Giovanni Schiuma is Professor of Arts Based Management and Director of the Innovation Insights Hub at University of the Arts London. As a high international academic, he is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in the arts in business and strategic knowledge management. Inspiring communicator and facilitator, with extensive research management expertise and excellent ability to coordinate complex projects and lead research teams. Creative and innovative, with international mind-set and openness to address and solve key strategic research and organisational challenges. Giovanni is widely renowned for his work on the use of the arts for business, as well as his work on assessing and managing knowledge assets. His recent book “The Value of Arts for Business” by Cambridge University Press is regarded as a seminal text on how the arts, in the form of Arts-based Initiatives (ABIs), can transform business models.

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Prof. Mark Wilson, 
Michigan State University, USA

Dr. Mark Wilson is a Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at Michigan State University and Director of SPDCglobal, the international arm of the School of Planning, Design and Construction.  He also serves as Chair of the International Geographical Union Commission on the Geography of Global Information Society.  Wilson has undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Melbourne, and an AM and PhD in Regional Science from the University of Pennsylvania. 
Research and teaching interests address urban planning, information technology, mega events, and public policy.  Specific research interests focus on three themes:  1) The economic, social, and political dimensions of telecommunications and cyberspace, with the publication last year with Aharon Kellerman and Kenneth Corey of Global Information Society: Technology, Knowledge and Mobility (Rowman & Littlefield);  2) The planning, land use and economic issues associated with mega events, such as the Olympics and worlds fairs, and the research group www.megaeventplanning.org ; and 3) The intersection of technology and education through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), most recently presented on the Sochi Olympics (Februaty 2014) and the FIFA World Cup (June/July 2014).  



Assoc. Prof. Tan Yigitcanlar,
Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Dr. Tan Yigitcanlar is an Associate Professor at the School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment, Queensland University of Technology, and an Executive Director at the World Capital Institute, Brisbane, Australia. He has been responsible for research, teaching, training and capacity building programs on the fields of urban and regional planning, development and management in esteemed Australian, Finnish, Japanese and Turkish universities. The main foci of his research are advocating and promoting knowledge-based urban development and sustainable urban, infrastructure and transport development in city-regions. He is an Associate Editor of the ‘International Journal of Knowledge Based Development’ and ‘International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology’, and carries the Chairman role of the annual ‘Knowledge Cities World Summits’. He has extensively published in the field and his publications include two authored books—‘Knowledge and the City’, ‘Sustainable Urban Water Environment’—and six edited books—‘Knowledge-Based Urban Development’, ‘Creative Urban Regions’, ‘Knowledge-Based Development for Cities and Societies’, ‘Sustainable Urban and Regional Infrastructure Development’, ‘Rethinking Sustainable Development’, ‘Building Prosperous Knowledge Cites’.