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Keynote Speakers

Tan Yigitcanlar (Australia)

  • A Professor, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • Executive Director at the World Capital Institute
  • An Associate Editor of the International Journal of Knowledge Based Development and International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology
  • Carries the Chairman role of the annual 'Knowledge Cities World Summits'
  • Presentation Theme: “Incentivising innovation: insights from Australian and Brazilian incentive schemes”

JinHyo Joseph Yun (Korea)

  • Tenured Senior Researcher and Professor, Division of IoT and Robotics Convergence Research, DGIST
  • Hosting Chair of SOItmC & KCWS 2015
  • President of Society of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity(SOItmC)
  • Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity(JOItmC)
  • Presentation Theme: “How do we conquer the growth limit of capitalism: Schumpeterian Dynamics of Open Innovation Economy System”

Philip Cooke (UK)

  • A Professor, Center for Innovation, University College, Bergen, Norway
  • University Research Professor in regional economic development (1991) and founding director (1993) of the Centre for Advanced Studies, University of Wales, Cardiff. (until July, 2014)
  • Adjunct Professor in Development Studies at Aalborg University, Denmark and LEREPS, University of Toulouse, France. (2005-2010)
  • Research Professor at the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (2013-2014)
  • Editor of “European Planning Studies” (SSCI)
  • Interested in the studies of Evolutionary Complexity Theory, Regional Innovation Systems, Eco-Art and Green Innovation
  • Presentation Theme: “The Future of Innovation: Challenges, Complexity & Crossovers”

Taeho Park (USA)

  • Director & Professor, School of Global Innovation and Leadership, San Jose State University
  • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Supply Chain and Operations Management
  • Presentation Theme: “Open Innovation in Supply Chain Management for Creative Economy”

Blanca Garcia (Mexico)

  • An Associate Professor, Northern Borderlands Research College, Mexico
  • Executive Director at the World Capital Institute (Awards Program)
  • Executive Board Member of the Knowledge Cities world Summit
  • Presentation Theme: “Knowledge Cities Benchmarking: The case of Daegu, Korea”

KongRae Lee (Korea)

  • Professor at DGIST (Ph.D at Science and Technology Policy (SPRU), Sussex University (1994))
  • Ex-senior research fellow at Science & Technology Policy Institute (STEPI)
  • Ex-senior researcher at the Korea Institute for Economics and Technology (KIET))
  • Ex-editor-in-chief of Asian Journal of Technology Innovation (2004 – 2013, SSCI)
  • Policy-division-chief of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST) (2004 – Current)
  • Ex-president of the Korean Society for Innovation Management and Economics (2005 – 2006)
  • Ex-advisor to the Science and Technology Minister (1995)
  • Founder & President of ASIALICS (Asia Association of Learning, Innovation and Coevolution Studies)
  • Presentation Theme: “Sectoral differences in convergence innovation: implications for open innovation”

Venni V. Krishna (India)

  • A Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • Editor-in-Chief, Science, Technology and Society (SSCI)
  • Presentation Theme: “Globalization of R&D and Innovation: View from Asia”

Katri-Liis Lepik (Estonia)

  • Associate professor, Institute of Political Science and Governance
  • Partner in Brainport Living Lab Llc
  • Consultant of strategic and public management
  • Organiser of the KCWS 2014
  • Presentation Theme: “Strategic management for public sector innovation in knowledge societies”

Tommi Inkinen (Finland)

  • A Professor, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • A Steering Group Member of the International Geographical Union's(IGU) Global Information Society Commission and Editor-In-Chief of peer-reviewed quarterly journal Terra, Finland Geographical Journal till 2014
  • Presentation Theme: “Reflections on the innovative city: examining three innovative locations in a knowledge bases framework”

Fumio Kodama (Japan)

  • A Professor Emeritus, the University of Tokyo and Shibaura Institute of Technology
  • Ex Editor of Research Policy (1993 - 2009)
  • Ex President of the Japan Society of MOT (2006 - 2009)
  • Ex President of the Japan Society for Science Policy and Research Management (2008)
  • Presentation Theme: “Corporate and Public Policies for Open Innovation: Demand Articulation in the Open-Innovation Paradigm”

Javier Carrillo (Mexico)

  • A Professor, Monterrey University of Technology, Mexico
  • Founder of the Center for Knowledge Systems (
  • Founder and President of the World Capital Institute (
  • Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Knowledge Based Development
  • Presentation Theme: “Knowledge-based Development as cultural disruption”

Keun Lee (Korea)

  • A Professor, Department of Economics, Seoul National University
  • Director, Center for Economic Catch-up
  • President, Asia-Pacific Innovation Network
  • President-elect, International Schumpeter Society
  • Editor-in-Chief, Seoul Journal of Economics
  • Associate Editor-in-Chief, Asian Journal of Technology Innovation
  • An Editor, Research Policy
  • Member, Committee for Development Policy, UN
  • Winner of 2014 Schumpeter Prize for his book on Schumpeterian Analysis of Economic Catch-up (CUP 2013)
  • Presentation Theme: “Schumpeterian Analysis of Catch-up and Catch-up cycles”