Keynote Speakers


Prof. Umit Bititci

Heriot-Watt University, Scotland


 Umit Bititci is the Professor of Business Performance and the Deputy Executive Dean of the Edinburgh Business School, Edinburgh, UK. He has a blend of industrial and academic experience that spans across 35 years. He has dedicated his career to understanding what makes high-performing companies different. He has worked with an international portfolio of companies and public sector organisations. He has led several international research and development projects with a research portfolio c.£20m. He has published c.200 papers and he regularly appears at international conferences and workshops as guest/keynote speaker.

His work is grounded on understanding organisations as complex socio-technical systems that exist within wider ecosystems. He specializes in modelling and understanding the forces that shape the behavior of the system that deliver or constrains performance. More recently he has been applying this line of thinking in understanding circular economy where new collaborations and ecosystems need to be created and effectively managed for sustainable circular economies to prevail. 

  • Prof. Xu Chen

    University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China 

    Xu Chen is Professor of operations and supply chain management at School of Management and Economics, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, China. His current research interests include coopetition management, supply chain management, and operations management. His publications have appeared in Production and Operations Management, IISE Transactions, IIE Transactions, European Journal of Operational Research, OMEGA-International Journal of Management Science, Journal of Business Research, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, IEEE Transactions on Systems Man and Cybernetics: Systems, International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Production Research, Journal of the Operational Research Society, Annals of Operations Research, and other journals. His research has been supported by grants from the National Sciences Foundation of China (NSFC), Major Program of National Social Science Foundation of China (NSSFC), and National Key R&D Program of China.