Keynote Speakers

Prof Pär J. Ågerfalk , Department of Informatiics and Media at Uppsala University, Sweden

Editor-in-Chief of European Journal of Information Systems

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Pär J. Ågerfalk is a Professor in the Department of Informatics and Media at Uppsala University where he holds the Chair in Information Systems. He received his PhD in Information Systems Development from Linköping University and has held fulltime positions at Örebro University, University of Limerick, Lero – The Irish Software Engineering Research Center and Jönköping International Business School. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Information Systems, a member of the Journal of Information Technology editorial board, and a member of the Distinguished Editorial Advisory Board of the International Journal of Information Management. His current research focuses on the orchestration of digital practices, including open source software, digital innovation, information systems development, and artificial intelligence. Dr. Ågerfalk’s work has appeared in journals such as MISQ, ISR, JIT, JAIS, CAIS and CACM. He is a member of the Association for Information Systems and the OR Society. More inforamtion about Professor Ågerfalk can be found here:

Professor Patrick Chau, Nottingham University Business School, China

Editor-in-Chief of Information & Management

Professor Chau is known for his research in IT adoption/implementation and electronic commerce. He has close to 100 journal publications which are well cited by scholars in the academic community. Many of his papers published in various top-tier and highly reputed journals, including MIS QuarterlyJournal of Management Information SystemsEuropean Journal of Information SystemsJournal of Association for Information SystemsCommunications of the ACMDecision SciencesDecision Support SystemsInformation & Management, and many others.  As of February 2019, the total number of citations of his papers in Google Scholar has reached over 17,500 with an H-index of 51.  He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Information & Management (ABS Level 3) and a Senior Editor of Journal of the Association for Information Systems (ABS Level 4).

Professor Chau’s academic achievements and contributions have been recognized by a number of appointments and award, including Chang Jiang Scholar Chair Professorship by the Ministry of Education, People’s Republic of China in March 2010, Padma and Hari Harilela Professorship in Strategic Information Management at The University of Hong Kong in February 2014, Qiushi Chair Professorship at Zhejiang University, China in September 2014, and Li Dak Sum Chair Professorship at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China in September 2017. He also received the AIS Fellow Award in December 2013, an award by the Association for Information Systems (AIS) to no more than six scholars in the discipline of Information Systems each year globally. He was also invited and is now serving on the International Advisory Board of the Consumer and Organisational Data Analytics (CODA) Research Centre of King’s College London (KCL) in the U.K., the FinTech and Digital Governance Research Centre of the National Chung Cheng University in Taiwan, and the Faculty of Management and Economics of the Dalian University of Technology, China. More information about professor Chau can be found here:

Prof Feng Li, Cass Business School, UK

Over the last 30 years, Professor Feng Li (PhD, FBAM, FAcSS) has been investigating how Digital Technologies (ICTs) can be used to facilitate strategic innovation and organisational transformation across different sectors and domains, from IT, Telecom, Banking, Insurance, Manufacturing, Retailing, the Creative Industries, to Health and Social Care Services. He is particularly interested in emerging strategies, business models and organisational designs in the digital economy. He advises senior business leaders and policy makers on how to manage the transition to new strategies, new business models and new organisational forms enabled by digital technologies. His research has been published in the Academy of Management Discoveries, Harvard Business Review, British Journal of Management, Technovation, International Journal of Management Review, R&D Management, and Technological Forecasting and Social Change. Some of his findings have been widely reported by business oriented magazines and newspapers in different languages, including Management Today, CEO Today, Wired, Forbes, Computer Weekly, Financial Times, City A.M.,Telegraph and many others.
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Laura Partridge, Digital Programme Lead, North East Local Enterprise Partnership


Laura joined the North East Local Enterprise Partnership in December 2018 as Digital Programme Lead. With partners she recently launched Digital for Growth – a digital strategy for the North East.

Laura relocated to the North East two years ago to join the team that delivered the Great Exhibition of the North as Innovation Champion. She led the team that produced the Northern Powerhouse Business Summit and oversaw the ERDF-funded GX Project, focusing on supporting innovation-led growth and regional SMEs. Previously she was based in Manchester and has a background in university engagement and regional economic development – most recently as Innovation & Engagement Manager for the N8 Research Partnership.