Keynote Speakers


Robert Mellor

 Kingston University, London

Knowledge-sharing in the development of Science and Technology Parks


Tech Entrepreneurship is of immense value in regional development and the national economy. Tech Entrepreneurship is partly dependent on economically sheltered environments known as Science and Technology Parks (STPs), who actively seek innovators and also encourage innovation amongst the constituent firms, including by networking and knowledge spill-over between the inhabitants, Universities and sources of capital. The low success rate (~20%) of STPs led us to use the ideas of Stiglitz to investigate how STP architecture can best cope with a changing and challenging innovation environment, through start-up to early maturity and full maturity. Results from using econometric methods (SEM, Monte-Carlo etc) show that it is very beneficial to have a central Cluster Initiative (CI) controlling the decision-making process (“star, hierarchy”) in the early stages of STP development, where potential gains and losses are relatively modest. However in the early maturity stage with commitment to a high-growth trajectory, a high quality of decision–making is required amongst managers and decisions are best taken by the CI with the input of more knowledgeable on-cluster firms. The situation where CI is supported by good-quality knowledge-sharing decisions from on-cluster firms – an ambidextrous situation – is superior when good innovations abound and the STP has acquired some maturity. However, in environments with a surfeit of poor-fit innovations, this becomes a high-risk strategy with high potential losses and indeed in this situation, retaining a hierarchical (CI only) decision process is most helpful, even when the quality of decision–making amongst CI managers is as poor as coin-flipping.

To summarise, STP development from small is not linear but Y-shaped: A successful strategy involves the start-up STP attracting enough small innovative firms which – in turn – attract larger firms, whose detailed sector-relevant insight improves CI decision-making. The most valuable ratio includes the CI and only any two of the larger firms; including more decision-makers does not improve the quality of decisions much but does drive the transaction costs up exponentially. If the STP cannot attract larger firms with experienced management, then the STP is best served with the CI continuing alone but, especially under conditions of growth and expansion, the cost of poor decisions will increase until eventually market failure ensues.


Nadir Kolachi

 University of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Different theories, emerging concepts and diversified applications in modern education (A case of evaluations & recommendations)

_Contents & Contexts
_Theories & Concepts
_Practical Corporate methods
_Technology integration in learning
_Interdisciplinary Industry linkages & curriculum collaboration
_Professional development with ethical sense of care & ownership

The speech will cover different theories being taught at Business schools, emerging concepts that are interlinked with other disciplines and diversified applications in modern educational system around the world.  The speech will also cover the digital integration in modern education. The speech will focus on the following parameters that are required by educators, policy makers and scholars around the world.


More details will be added in the speech by way of mini cases, charts and discussions.


Vinod Chopra

Goodwill Cryogenics Enterprises, India

A Scientist’s Views on how to improve Economy of Developing Countries

Detailed outline to be added soon.


John Edwards

Aston University, UK

Knowledge: the ultimate intangible?

Detailed outline to be added soon.


Two more Keynote Speakers to be announced.

Provisional Programme

JULY 7th

8h Registration opens
9h Opening Session
9h30m Keynote Speech
10h30m Parallel Sessions
13h  Lunch
14h30m Keynote Speech
15h30m Parallel Sessions
17h30m End of parallel sessions
18h Reception and Keynote Speech

JULY 8th

9h Registration opens
9h30m Keynote Speech
10h30m Parallel Sessions
13h Lunch
14h30m Keynote Speech
15h30m Parallel Sessions
16h30m Coffee Break
17h30m End of parallel sessions
18h30m End of Parallel Sessions
19h30m Gala Dinner

JULY 9th

10h Parallel Sessions
11h30 Coffee Break
11h45 Poster Sessions
12h45 Lunch
14h Keynote Speech
15h Farewell Address