Keynote Speakers

    Professor Dr. Lorna Uden
Staffordshire University, United Kingdom
“Digital Ecosystem: Past, Present and Future”

Dr Lorna Uden is a professor of IT systems in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Technology at Staffordshire University in the UK. She has published over 150 papers in conferences, journals, chapters of books and workshops. Her research interests include Learning Technology, Web Engineering and Technology, Human Computer Interaction, Groupware, Activity Theory, E-business, Knowledge management, E-government, Semantic web, Web services social software, , service science and Problem-Based Learning (PBL). She co-authored the book, ‘Technology and Problem - Based Learning’, published by IGI publishers.

She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and British Computer Society as well as senior member of ACM. She supervises undergraduates and post graduates as well as acting as external examiners for them. Professor Uden is program committee member for many international conferences and workshops. She is on the editorial board of several international journals. She is founder and editor of the International Journal of Web Engineering and Technology (IJWET) and the International Journal of Learning Technology (IJLT), published by Inderscience, UK.

Professor Uden is visiting professor to Australia, China, Finland, Italy, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Malaysia and Taiwan. She has been keynote speaker at several international conferences. On the international front, she collaborates widely with colleagues from Australia, China, Finland, Italy, India, Slovenia, Spain, Taiwan and USA. She was conference chair for the KMO2009 conference in Taiwan.


    PROF DR ROSE ALINDA ALIAS,
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia
“IS Research and Innovation in Digital Ecosystem”

With over 20 years of experience in the academic field of Information Systems, Prof Dr Rose Alinda Alias is a strong proponent of a multiple perspectives approach in Information Systems research and teaching in Malaysia. At the age of 40, she was the youngest as well as the first women professor to be appointed at the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Systems, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

She is a fellow of the Higher Education Her multiple perspectives philosophy fostered from her educational background that spanned across three different regions of the world: Malaysia, USA, and the United Kingdom (UK). In 1982, after graduating from Kolej Tunku Kurshiah, the top girls’ high school residential college in Malaysia, she was awarded a Malaysian Public Services Department scholarship to study at University of Miami, Coral Gables, USA. Four and a half years later, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) (May 1985), MBA (July 1986) and Master of Science ((Computer Information Systems) (December 1986).

Her foray into the academic world began immediately after her return to Malaysia in January 1987. Amidst the economic downturn, she ventured to become a lecturer cum Head of Department at RIMA College KL, and the six months stint exposed her to the grueling demands and struggles of a private learning institute. She consciously chose an academic career when she declined a Systems Analyst post at Malaysia’s Telecommunication Department (Jabatan Telekom Malaysia) and became a lecturer at MARA Institute of Technology Shah Alam instead. She transferred to Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in August 1989.

In 1993, she enrolled at the Salford University UK Information Systems Doctoral School programme led by Professor Trevor Wood-Harper. Her 3 ½ years experience in the programme and under his supervision enlightened her to other paradigms of Information Systems, such as post-positivist, interpretive, and critical perspectives. This complemented her USA education experience which placed more emphasis on technical aspects within a positivist paradigm. Her defense of the thesis entitled “A Multiple Perspectives Exploration of Information Systems Quality in a Malaysian Context” earned her a Doctor of Philosophy (Information Systems) in January 1998.

The multiple perspectives approach guides her research, teaching and supervision, that focus on the topics of IS Quality, IS Strategy, and Knowledge Management. She is currently finalizing a contract project on “Adoption, Appropriation and Impact of Mobile Phones in Malaysian Society”, funded by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (SKMM), in collaboration with researchers from Islamic International University Malaysia (IIUM), Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Australia. Her previous research projects funded by Malaysia’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) earned a Silver Award at National Science & Technology Expo 2003 for “SQSP: A Toolkit for IS Strategic Planning and Service Quality Assessment” and a Special Award from PIKOM for “A Methodology and Toolkit for IS Planning” during IPTA R&D Exposition 2003.


Professor Dr. Ahmad Zaki Abu Bakar
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia
“Overview of Enterprise Digital Ecosystems”

Prof. Dr. Ahmad Zaki bin Abu Bakar, a senior professor at the Department of Information Systems at the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Systems (FSKSM), Universiti TeknologiMalaysia (UTM), specializes in Multilingual Knowledge Management Systems and Technopreneurship. He is currently leading the Information and Service System Innovation (ISSI) Research Group under the Knowledege Economy Research Alliance at UTM.

He held various related positions such as Director of the Malaysian Division of the Joint Research in Multilingual Computer Translation Project between Japan, Malaysia, China, Thailand and Indonesia (1989 -1996), founding Managing Director of the Malaysian National Institute of Translation (1993 - 1996) and the Malaysian Official Representative to the Global Information Infrastructure for Equal Language Opportunity Forum (1992 - 2000).

He is one of the founding members of the Language Observatory Project based at Nagaoka University of Technology, Japan and Chairman of the E-Commerce National Standards Committee in Malaysia. The last administrative post he held was as the Director of UTM scholarly publishing house (2007 – 2008), Dean of International Affairs (2004 – 2007) and before that as the Dean of FSKSM (2001 – 2004). Professor Zaki has many interests. Beside being involved in ecotourism he is also a Malaysian Cyber Novelist, with two novels published in 1997 and 2000, which won him the National Literature Award in 2000; and Holder of the Malaysian Book of Records for First Malaysian Cyber Novel in 2001. To acknowledge his outstanding services to the nation, Professor Zaki was awarded the Darjah Setia Diraja Kedah by His Royal Highness the Sultan of the State of Kedah, Malaysia in 2006.


Industry Speakers

Mr. Hasan Ganny Hanif Francis

Hasan Ganny bin Hanif Francis has been working in the IT industry since 1990. He spent his entire career in the software development activities mainly in the area of IT architecture where he has architected large and complex systems with one of Malaysian largest conglomerate group of companies. He is the Head of Marketing Division in Time Engineering Berhad. He also IASA Chapter President - International Association of Software Architects.

Mr. Hasannudin Saidin

Hasannudin Saidin has had more than 20 years experience in IBM Malaysia and has held various technical, sales, marketing, consulting and management positions in the company. He now Chief Executive Officer, IXC Malaysia Berhad.