Keynote and invited Speakers



Prof. Alexander Balinsky
Cardiff University, UK


Prof Alexander Balinsky received his PhD degree in Mathematical Physics from the Landau Institute of Theoretical Physics in 1990 and was Research Fellow in the Department of Mathematics at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology from 1993 till 1997. He joined Cardiff University in 1997. He is a Professor in the Cardiff School of Mathematics and WIMCS (Wales Institute of Mathematical and Computational Sciences), Chair in Mathematical Physics. His current research interests lie in the areas of spectral theory, stability of matter, image processing and machine learning. He has participated in EU TMR network on Partial Differential Equations and Quantum Mechanics (1996-2001). He was PI on three years grant from United State-Israel Binational Science Foundation (1996-1999), on three years EPSRC Research Grant 2003-2006. He was founding member of Cardiff Communication Research Centre. He had several joint with Hewlett-Packard research projects. He also did consultancy work for Reuters, London on mathematical models for Internet Security.

His Impact Case Study "Meeting the Challenges of Data Security: Detecting Unusual Behaviour and Mining Unstructured Data" was featured in the leading article 'The impact of impact' in Times Higher. Out of almost 7,000 case studies that were submitted to REF2014 across all units of assessment from all universities, this case study was one of only 8 highlighted in the article! He was invited by Springer to prepare an article about this Impact Case Study to be publish in a special book "REF 2014 Impact Cases: UK Success Stories in Industrial Mathematics". The book was published in February 2015.

Currently he is PI on joint with Hewlett-Packard and Dyfed Powys Police on “Crime Analysis and Predictive Policing”.


Invited Speakers

Prof. Kazumasa Oida 
Fukuoka Institute of Technology, Japan

Kazumasa Oida received Bachelor of Information Science, Master of Engineering, and Doctor of Informatics degrees from the University of Tsukuba in 1983, Hokkaido University in 1985, and Kyoto University in 2002, respectively. He worked for the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation for twenty years as an engineer, where he participated in the development of private network systems. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Fukuoka Institute of Technology, Japan. His main interests include traffic control, QoS, cybersecurity, information diffusion in OSNs, etc.

Prof. Hesham Dinana
American University in Cairo, Egypt

Dr. Dinana has over 30 years of working experience in strategy, marketing, information technology, customer care and hi-tech manufacturing. In addition, he has more than 20 years of teaching experience both in undergraduate and graduate degree levels 

His industry experiences include Healthcare, ICT, Real Estate, Food & Agribusiness, Oil & Gas, Furniture, and FMCG. Through his various managerial positions at Philips Medical Systems-North America and his consultancy work in the USA, Europe and the Middle East, his experience and expertise evolved to cover a wide spectrum of business and technical areas with hands-on specialization in strategic management, marketing, healthcare planning, corporate governance, IT management and CRM. HE led a group of researchers to develop the first Arab World Digital Economy Strategy and Index.

Dr. Dinana is an Assistant Professor of Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) at the American University in Cairo and has taught MBA & DBA courses in Strategic & International Marketing at Arab Academy for Science & Technology.

Dr. Dinana has active research agenda in various marketing areas with a focus on Digital Marketing, Entrepreneurship & SMEs Marketing and the use of the Internet-of-Things in Marketing. He has supervised many MBA theses and DBA Dissertations in those areas.

Dr. Dinana has given numerous interactive talks/training courses to senior and middle managers and served as a speaker at numerous international conferences focusing on strategic & international management, healthcare marketing, and information technology management especially e-Marketing & e-Health. As the Vice President & Regional Managing Director of a leading International Consulting Group, His consulting projects' engagement level span from one-on-one Executive Coaching to National-Level Strategy Development initiatives.

He is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) by the UK Institute of Management Consultancy; a Certified Board Director by the Egyptian Institute of Directors; a Certified Balanced Scorecard Consultant; a Certified Management Simulation Trainer and is a member of the American Management Association, Academy of Management, Association for Service Managers, American College of Healthcare Executives, Egyptian Engineers Syndicate and the Egyptian Society for Quality in Healthcare. As an active member of his community, Dr. Dinana has served as a board member at the Egyptian Junior Businessmen Association, the Management Consultants Association, and has been advising the Board of Children Cancer Hospital Foundation 57357 and actively leading the development of their projects since 1998.

Prof. Yoshifumi Manabe,
Kogakuin University,Japan

Yoshifumi Manabe was born in 1960. He received his B.E., M.E., and Dr.E.degrees from Osaka University, Osaka, Japan, in 1983, 1985, and 1993,respectively. From 1985 to 2013, he worked for Nippon Telegraph andTelephone Corporation. From 2001 to 2013, he was a guest associate professor of Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University. Since2013, he has been a professor of the Faculty of Informatics, Kogakuin University, Tokyo, Japan. His research interests include distributed algorithms, cryptography, game theory, and graph theory. Dr. Manabe is a member of ACM, IEEE, IEICE, IPSJ, and JSIAM.

Prof. Atour Taghipour
University of LeHavre, France

Atour TAGHIPOUR is an Associate professor and the head of an international management master program at the University of Le Havre in France. He holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering from the Polytechnic School of Montreal in Canada. He received two masters’ degrees, one in Management, Logistics & Strategy and other in Industrial Engineering. He has more than ten years of experiences as a manager in automobile industries. He has published two books and many research papers in international journals. His areas of research are supply chain and operations management.