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Keynote Speakers for ICFME 2018


Prof. Alessio Ishizaka
University of Portsmouth, UK

Alessio Ishizaka is Full Professor in Decision Analysis, research lead and Deputy Director of the Centre of Operations Research and Logistics (CORL) at the Portsmouth Business School of the University of Portsmouth. He received his PhD from the University of Basel (Switzerland). He worked successively for the University of Exeter (UK), University of York (UK) and Audencia Grande Ecole de Management Nantes (France). He has been visiting professor at the Università del Sannio, Politecnico di Torino, Università degli Studi di Trento, INSA Strasbourg, Université de Lorraine, Universität Mannheim, Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg, Université d’Aix-Marseille, Università degli Studi di Torino, Università degli Studi della Tuscia and Università degli Studi di Padova. His research is in the area of decision analysis, where he has published more than 50 papers. He is regularly involved in large European funded projects. He has been the chair, co-organiser and guest speaker of several conferences on this topic. Alongside his academic activities, he acts as a consultant for companies in helping them to take better decisions. He has written the key textbook Multicriteria Decision Analysis: methods and software.


Prof. Harri Ketamo
Tampere University of Technology, Finland

Adjunct Professor Harri Ketamo, Ph.D., is an independent researcher and start-up entrepreneur. Currently he is founder of HeadAI ltd (AI/robotics) and adjunct professor at Tampere University of Technology. Ketamo has published 86 international peer-reviewed research articles and had more than 200 presentations in international forums. Previously he has been e.g. Academy of Finland -granted post-doc researcher, founder of gameMiner (game AI/data mining), director of education at Satakunta University of Applied Sciences and founder of SkillPixels ltd (games based learning). Ketamo's research interests are related to artificial intelligence, learning sciences and semantic computing. He has received several international awards and nominations related to his R&D work, including e.g. European Innovative Games Award 2009 (with gameMiner), BETT Awards 2014 (with SkillPixels) and the Eisenhower Fellowship 2017.


Prof. Xavier Cartañá Alvaro

United International Business School, Spain

Prof. Xavier Cartañá Alvaro is a Chemical Graduate and Master in Commercial and Marketing Management. Since more than 30 years, he is involved in the Chemical Industry and at this moment he works for a very well-known Chemical Multinational Company as Global Key Account Manager. His career has led him to specialize increasingly in the commercial management of multicultural behaviors and their staffs at international levels.He also works as a teacher and consultant since more than 20 years, in many different Business Schools and also pays specific seminars and workshops worldwide in marketing and commercial and personal skills fields. At this moment, he is active as Industrial Marketing Specialist Teacher at EUNCET BUSINESS SCHOOL in Barcelona, and also belongs to the Faculty of UIBS (United International Business School).

Speech Title: Emotional Intelligence in Business
Emotions are an intrinsic part of our biological makeup, and use to influence strongly our behavior. The increasing work pressures, globalization and technological advancement have made business life an issue.

Emotional Intelligence is a set of qualities and competencies that captures a broad collection of individual skills and dispositions, that are outside the traditional areas of specific knowledge, general intelligence, and technical or professional skills.

Most people in organizations undervalue work emotions, like as trust, uncertainty, creativity, distance between colleagues, loyalty and commitment. These emotions need to be well known and managed. Emotional Intelligence is the conscious management of our own emotions. Its knowledge and practice can provide personal and interpersonal benefits.

Emotional Intelligence determines the potential for learning the practical skills that are based in emotional self-awareness, emotional expression, creativity, increase tolerance, increase trust and integrity, improve relations within and across the organization and thereby increase the performance of each employee and the organization as a whole. Emotional intelligence improves individual and organizational performance. It plays a significant role in the kind of work an employee produces, and the relationship he or she enjoys in the organization. 

This presentation targets the impact of emotional intelligence on performance of employees and the next objective is to know how to become an EI organization.

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