Prof. Kamilla Swart
Masters in Sport Management Program Director
College of Business Administration
American University in the Emirates
United Arab Emirates
Professor Kamilla Swart is a full Professor and Masters in Sport Management Program Director in the College of Business Administration, American University in the Emirates (AUE). Prior to joining AUE in January 2017, she headed up the Centre for Tourism Research in Africa, Faculty of Business and Management Sciences, Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT, from 2003). Her research interests include sport and event tourism, with a specific focus on mega-events and event policies, strategies and evaluations. She completed her doctoral degree in education and sport tourism and graduated from Illinois State University in 2001. Prior to joining academia, Kamilla worked as a sponsorship consultant for Octagon South Africa from 2000-2003. Two key tourism-related projects included developing and managing the event tourism strategy for the City of Durban and developing the national event strategy for the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism and South African Tourism. Professor Swart is the author of Sport Tourism and over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters related to sport and tourism. She has delivered sport and tourism classes and research and training presentations in over 10 countries. Kamilla was instrumental in driving the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ Research Agenda and was appointed by the City of Cape Town to coordinate the City’s 2010 Research Program. Kamilla also served as the principal investigator of the CPUT team for CARNIVAL, a 852 000 Euro funded project by the EU Commission (2013-2017), focused on the management and legacy of mega-events with partner institutions in Brazil, England, Germany, South Africa, and the USA. Professor Swart is Regional Editor (Africa) for the Journal of Destination Marketing and Management. She serves as an international partner of the Sport Business School Finland for the initiation of collaborative research field studies at major international sport events and serves on the Advisory Board of the African Sport Business Association. Kamilla also serves on the advisory board of Unimedia, which is driving “PinkStig” an initiative aimed at levelling the playing fields for women’s professional golf.
Professor Kamilla Swart research interests include sport and event tourism, with a specific focus on mega-events and event policies, strategies
Prof S Chandrasekhar
Senior Prof & Director Business Analytics
IFIM Business School
Prof S Chandrasekhar is Senior Prof & Director Business Analytic at IFIM Business School B “Lore since Nov 2013. He has about 40+ yrs of experience in Industry & academics out of which about 15+ years in Analytics.
Hewaschair Professor (July 1998-Feb 2013) &Director at FORE School of Management, New Delhi
Prior to this he worked at Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow for about ten years(1988-98) as Professor in the area of Computers & information Systems. Member Secretary of IIM L Governing Board for about three years.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Master’s degree in Computer Science from IIT, Kanpur and Doctorate in Quantitative & Information Systems from University of Georgia, USA. Worked in India, USA and Canada in reputed organizations like TIFR, ISRO, NRSA, FORD Aerospace Corporation, National Research Council before joining IIM, Lucknow. Awarded UNDP fellowship for study in Advanced Computer Systems design. Worked in the area of Neural Network, Forecasting using Statistical Techniques, Mathematical Modeling, and Data Warehousing/Data Mining.
Professor Chandrasekhar is a Fellow of the Institution of Electronics & Telecommunication Engineers, Fellow of Institution of Engineers, and Fellow of Association for Information Systems and Senior Member of Computer Society of India. Published papers in National and International Journals and also presented papers at various International Conferences, Chaired sessions at Intl/National level conferences, Guided students for their Masters and Doctoral Work.
Consultant to various industries in the area of Business Intelligence, Predictive/Descriptive Analytics, Risk management
Prof S Chandrasekhar research interests include Demand Forecasting, Customer Life Time Value Analysis, Risk Management and Supply chain optimization
Prof. Amina Ahec-Šonje, PhD
Vice Dean for Professional and Scientific Activities
EFFECTUS University College for Law and Finance
University of Zagreb,
Prof. Amina Ahec-Šonje recently become the Vice Dean for Professional and Scientific Activities at the EFFECTUS University College for Law and Finance in Zagreb, Croatia.
Amina Ahec-Šonje, graduated from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Zagreb. During her studies, she was awarded a Rector’s honor for the University’s best student in 1987/88. After graduation, she worked as a financial analysis intern at Rade Koncar Holding. During 1992, she returned to the Faculty of Economics as a research associate at the Mathematics Department. From 1992 until 2004, she pursued scholarly research at the Faculty of Economics, where she headed the Department for conjectural research. She graduated with an M.A in 1995 in “Prediction of business cycles” and developed the first prediction index of business cycles for Croatia, CROLEI, which is still published in statistical reports of the government administration. She was awarded a PhD in 2002 at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Zagreb with a thesis on “Currency and banking crisis and signal method for crisis’ prediction”.
She teaches at the Zagreb School of Economics and Management since 2004, where she is the head of the Economics Department. From December 2010, she serves as a vice-dean for education at the ZSEM undergraduate program. She heads and teaches several economic courses: Principles of Economics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Macroeconomics analysis and Microeconomics analysis. During her long scholarly research, she has written around 20 papers on the subject of macroeconomics analysis and prediction as well as a number of expert works and project studies. Most of her research was dedicated to problems of developing countries, causes of business cycles, theories of currency and banking crises with an emphasis on development of analytical methods of predicting currency and banking disorders.
Amina Ahec-Šonje research was dedicated to problems of developing countries, cause of business cycles, theories of currency and banking crises with an emphasis on development of analytical methods of predicting currency and banking disorders.
Prof. Taki Al Abduwani
Dean at Gulf College
Prof. Taqi has been appointed by Oman Academic Accreditation Authority (OAAA), as one of the external reviewer in the Sultanate of Oman. The OAAA recognises that effective quality assurance of higher education is conducted by leading national and international peers, from academia, industries and professions, who are trained and/or well experienced in external review methods. The Board of the OAAA applies a rigorous process for approving Reviewers. Also, it requires that all Reviewers either complete a formal training programme for reviewers or are already recognised as leading external reviewers before they may participate in an OAAA review.
Prof. Taqi was appointed as the Chairperson for the Executive Committee of Oman Quality Network in Higher Education for a period of two years with effect from April 2012, member of the Executive Committee for two years with effect from April 2014 and the Co-Opt member of the Executive Committee with effect from November 2016. He has also been the Vice Chair of the Academic Committee for the OQNHE 3rd and 4th Conference on Quality Management and Enhancement in Higher Education 2015 and a member in the Academic Committee for the 4th Conference on Quality Management and Enhancement in Higher Education 2017
Human Resources Management, Assessing the role of the soft component of human capital theory and explains the differences in soft skill endowment