Prof. Irwin Brown
Irwin Brown (PhD) is a Professor and Head of the Department of Information Systems (IS) at University of Cape Town. His research interests relate to theorising around IS phenomena in developing countries.
He has published more than 30 journal articles in outlets such as the European Journal of IS, IT for Development,Communications of the AIS, Telematics and Informatics, and the International Journal of Information Management. He has also published more than 60 peer-reviewed conference papers in outlets such as ICIS, ECIS, AMCIS, ACIS, IFIP WG9.4, and IFIP WG8.2. Irwin has supervised to graduation more than 11 PhD candidates from across the continent.
He is the former South African representative on IFIP TC8, and former President of the South African Institute of Computer Scientists and Information Technologists (SAICSIT). He currently serves on the Editorial Boards of the African Journal of IS, Information & Management and Journal of the AIS.
James van der Westhuizen
James van der Westhuizen is the founder and managing partner of KnowHouse, founded 20 years ago out of a passion to work differently with the challenge of learning and change in organisations. As the name indicates, KnowHouse is all about spaces for learning, conversation and reflection and is committed to interactive and compelling learning.
James is a global consultant and facilitator working across the African continent, the Middle East, Europe and Asia. He serves as faculty on multiple business school programs and coach to leaders and executives of many blue-chip companies. He is also one of very few global master facilitators and accreditation partners of ExperiencePoint and IDEO for the ExperienceInnovation range of learning tools and methodologies. KnowHouse is currently in the process of becoming a global coach and partner to Engage/Innovate of Norway for the development of innovation clusters and ecosystems and start-up innovation programmes.
James holds a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Africa and a Licence en Psychologie from the Universite de Geneve.
Prof. Shirish C. Srivastava
Professor and GS1 France Chair
Dr. Shirish C. Srivastava is a tenured full Professor and holds the GS1 Chair on ‘Digital Content for Omni Channel’ at HEC Paris. Prior to joining HEC, Professor Srivastava has lectured at the School of Business, National University of Singapore and holds a Ph.D. from the same university. He is an alumnus of the International Teachers Program, (ITP) from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and is a certified senior Cultural Intelligence (CQ) facilitator from The Cultural Intelligence Centre, Michigan, USA. He has also completed his habilitation à diriger des recherches (HDR) from Université de Lorraine, France. At HEC, he teaches in the Grand Ecole, Masters, Doctoral, Executive MBA and Custom Executive Education Programs. His rich experience includes coaching senior executives on issues related to managing technology emerging technologies (such as big data, blockchains and artificial intelligence), technology enabled innovation, entrepreneurship and managing cross-border business relationships.
His research has been published in several international refereed journals such as MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Journal of Management Information Systems, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, European Journal of Information Systems, Information Systems Journal, Journal of Information Technology, and MIS Quarterly Executive, among others. He has also authored several book chapters. He currently works on the editorial board of several academic journals such as Journal of the Association for Information Systems, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, European Journal of Information Systems, Journal of Electronic Commerce Research, The Journal of Information Technology Case and Application Research and The Journal of Indian Business Research. Professor Srivastava is widely traveled and has spoken at various forums in several countries across the globe including – Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Spain, Singapore, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, U.A.E., U.K., U.S.A. and Vietnam.
He has been thrice nominated for the prestigious Carolyn Dexter Award at the Academy of Management (AOM) Meetings 2005, 2007 and 2008 and was a finalist for the award at AOM 2007. He was nominated for the academy wide William H. Newman award at the AOM 2009, Chicago and is the winner of the Gerardine DeSanctis Dissertation Award for the best doctoral dissertation paper in organizational communication and information systems in the same year. He was again nominated for the William H. Newman award at AOM 2012, Boston by the international management division. He has also been a winner at the Society for Information Management (SIM) Paper Awards Competition, 2007. He has thrice been awarded Prix Académique de la Recherche en Management, 2013, 2015 and 2016 at Paris, France. His research interests include managing emerging technologies, offshore sourcing, e-government, open source software development and IT enabled entrepreneurship & innovation.