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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’.
 

Katri-Liis Lepik has Ph.D.  in management science from Estonian Business School (EBS). She is associate professor of public management in Tallinn University. Her current research and business interests include strategic management, knowledge management and innovation in the  public sector.
She has experience from public sector since 1997 and since 2003 in management. She has been working for the Association of Estonian Cities, Tallinn City Office and Helsinki-Tallinn Euregio.
She continuously provides expertise for Horizon 2020, COST and other EU funded projects as well as for the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation of the Committee of Regions of the EU.
Since 2002 she has been delivering lectures on international project management, strategic and public management, entrepreneurship and  EU-related topics in Estonian universities.
Her current research and business interests include strategic management, knowledge management and innovation in the public sector.


Merle Krigul has a Ph.D. in  management science from Estonian Business School.  She has received her MA degree from Tartu University (Estonia) and MBA (international business administration) degree from Estonian Business School.
She has experience from national and international strategic development and management, consulting, project management and compiling of training programs. She has delivered lectures on marketing and PR in public, private and third sector and on knowledge management in international organizations in several Estonian universities for 20 years.
She has more than twenty years of experience in the public sector, being a previous Member of the Estonian Parliament, an advisor to the Minister without Portfolio, academician Endel Lippmaa, an advisor to the Estonian government (Prime minister Tiit Vähi) and an advisor to the Prime Minister Juhan Parts. During the Pre-Independence period she worked for the Tallinn Pedagogical University (now Tallinn University) as a lecturer, project manager and Councillor to the Rector.
She is a founding member of several non-profit organizations.
Her current research and business interests include cross-border and trans-sectorial cooperation, networking, regional development, innovation and marketing, knowledge management in the public sector.

Keynote speakers

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. 

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Contact:
fjcarrillo....at....itesm.mx

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. 

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Contact:
melihbulu....at....sehir.edu.tr
http://mgt.sehir.edu.tr

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. 

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Contact:
bgarcia....at....colef.mx
blanca....at....worldcapitalinstitute.org

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.

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Contact:
tommi.inkinen....at....helsinki.fi

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.

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Contact:
antti.lonnqvist....at....staff.uta.fi

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.

For further information please visit
http://www.arts.ac.uk/research/ual-research-centres/innovation-insights-hub/

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Contact:
www.gschiuma.com

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).  

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Contact:
www.mark-wilson.org

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’.

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Contact:
tan.yigitcanlar....at....qut.edu.au



Workshops
 

Workshop 1

24.09.2014  10.00-12.00 Workshop “How cities and universities can support knowledge-based entrepreneurship?”, moderated by Assoc.prof. Tiit Elenurm, Head of the Entrepreneurship Department, Estonian Business School

Fee: 40 eur

Associate professor Tiit Elenurm is Acting Head of the Department, Head of the International Business Administration (MBA) Curriculum Committee. He has received

Ph.D. in 1980 for dissertation on implementing new organizational structures. 1974 graduated from Tallinn University of Technology, industry management and planning. Research internship at Helsinki School of Economics and London School of Economics.

Work experience: Head of the international management department at Estonian Management Institute, introducing foreign trainers to Estonia during the years of regaining independence. Entrepreneurship: 1992-2000 founder and manager of EM-International Ltd. Expert at EU technology transfer and entrepreneurship development projects. Member of the Small Entrepreneurship Advisory Board of Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and Estonian Association of Management Consultants. International lecturing experience in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, France, United Kingdom, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Russia and Mongolia.

Professional specialization: Innovative entrepreneurship and internationalization of enterprises, knowledge management and change management.

The workshop is focused on the role of different types of entrepreneurship in knowledge cities. New ideas for aligning entrepreneurial knowledge sharing and services in knowledge  cities are generated. Barriers inhibiting knowledge-based entrepreneurial initiatives are discussed. We specify roles that municipalities, universities and communities of entrepreneurs could play in overcoming barriers. Business models, where the knowledge cities have specially crucial supporting role, are identified.

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Workshop 2

24.09.2014  12.30-14.00 Workshop on “Advancing MAKCi City-Benchmarking”, moderated  by Assoc.prof. Blanca C. Garcia, WCI Executive Director, Awards Program; Public Policy Department of the Northern Borderlands Research College (COLEF), Monterrey, Mexico

Fee: 40 eur

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. 

Areas of expertise: public sector,  Human Resource Development focusing on networked collaboration for organizational/institutional development.

Areas of expertise: public sector,  Human Resource Development focusing on networked collaboration for organizational/institutional development.

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Workshop 3

24.09.2014   14.30-16.30 Workshop on “Engaging in the Knowledge Based Development Community: 
 Perspectives and Benefits”, moderated by Prof. Javier Carrillo, World Capital Institute

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.

Amongst the elements that make possible to differentiate a scientific discipline are structured meetings, dedicated journals, scientific societies & networks and active communities. While Knowledge Based Development has rapidly covered all of these, there is a lot to be done in building a robust community of interest and practice. Due to the fact that KBD professionals come from very diverse fields, such as knowledge management, urban studies, geography, sociology, psychology, economics, computer science, technology and innovation policy, etc., there is ample opportunity for furthering the reach of the KBD by developing wider and deeper cross-disciplinary links. The objective of this workshop will be: to generate engagement amongst the different disciplines, networks and organizations related to KBD.

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Workshop 4

24.09.2014  16.15.-18.00 Workshop on “How and Why to Put Knowledge on the Managerial Agenda”, moderated by Prof. Antti Lönnqvist, Dean of School of Management, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland

Fee: 40 eur

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.

“How - and why - to put knowledge on the managerial agenda in cities and regions?” It is generally agreed that knowledge is an important driver of success for cities and regions. However, just acknowledging its importance does not change much. Instead, we need models and practices for integrating the knowledge perspective in the managerial practices of cities and regions. He will tell about concrete case examples in the Finnish context of carrying this out in practice. The ‘why’ in the title refers to highlighting both the rationale for managing knowledge in city context and the expected benefits of such exercises. From an academic perspective, he tries to criticize a bit the managerial relevance of some of the knowledge-related research and suggest avenues for further research. 

 

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Workshop 5

25.09.2014   13.00-15.00 Workshop on “Mega Events: Urban Development, Management and Legacy”, moderated by Prof. Mark Wilson, 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

Fee: 40 eur

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). 

Mega events offer opportunities for the remaking of large tracts of host cities and regions, from infrastructure to specialized facilities (such as stadia, museums etc) to changing perceptions about a city.  These complex events—Olympics, World Cup, World’s Fairs—combine decisions about a short-term event with long-term land use planning, city branding, and economic development strategies.  While often interpreted as ephemeral, the event itself becomes a vehicle for remaking the physical and social spaces of host cities with long term implications. Usually, hundreds of hectares are redeveloped for the site of the events, accompanied by large scale infrastructure projects to serve the needs of participants and visitors.  The popularity and promotion of the event often ignores the decision making processes, management, and opportunity costs associated with hosting a major global event.

This workshop will focus on the planning issues associated with hosting a major event, with emphasis on bidding, infrastructure development, and event legacy.  Mega events can be used to further develop a city, but can also distort the planning process.  Given the resources and implications of these events, it is important to see them as vehicles for long term urban redevelopment and not a short term event.

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The workshop fee includes:

*  high-level professional lecture
* world class knowledge and trends
*  guidance on resolving local problems
* refreshments



PhD Consortium

24.09.2014   16.00-18.00 PhD Consortium, moderated by Prof. Tommi Inkinen, Professor of Economic Geography at the Department of Geosciences and Geography at the University of Helsinki, Finland

Fee: 40 eur

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.

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The PhD Consortium fee includes:

* world class academicians’ consultations
* guidance to increase the excellence of your PhD thesis