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Denise Bedford is currently the Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management at the College of Communication and Information, Kent State University. Her responsibilities include: teaching foundational and elective courses in knowledge management, communities of practice, economics of information, semantic analysis, enterprise architecture, business intelligence, intellectual capital management and information environments. She is currently engaged in expanding the M.A. program and the future Ph.D. program in Knowledge Management, as well as outreach and support to the national and international knowledge management communities. Her current research interests include knowledge architectures and knowledge engineering, business architecture and business rules representation, document engineering and content architectures, multilingual architecture, search system design/architecture, semantic analysis methods, communities of practice, knowledge transfer, and economics of knowledge.
Dr. Bedford retired from the World Bank in 2010 where her responsibilities included development of the Bank’s core metadata and content type strategies, ontologies, taxonomies and the World Bank’s multilingual topic thesaurus, development and operationalization of the Bank’s semantic analysis technologies, enterprise search and content management architectures. She began her career at the Bank with the launch of the knowledge management initiative. Dr. Bedford's career also includes: NASA, Intel Corporation, Stanford University, the American Mathematical Association, the University of California, University of Michigan and University of Southern California. She is currently adjunct faculty at Georgetown University, and University of Tennessee where she teaches a variety of courses in information architecture, knowledge management, systems management, and semantic applications. She provides consulting support to the World Bank, USAID, UNICEF, and other organizations. Her educational background includes a B.A. triple major in History, in Russian Language/Literature, and in German Language/Literature from the University of Michigan; an Russian History also from University of Michigan; an M.S. in Librarianship from Western Michigan University, and a Ph.D. in Information Science from University of California, Berkeley.

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Wendi Bukowitz is the founder and managing director of RGsquared, a consultancy specializing in group facilitation and innovation program design and implementation. Bukowitz is particularly interested in how crowd-sourcing methodologies and tools can improve performance, engage employees, and implement new initiatives such as innovation and corporate social responsibility. As a corporate pioneer in the field of innovation, she founded the Innovation Team at Watson Wyatt (now Towers Watson) and established the New Product Development team at Buck Consultants (now Xerox Services). She is the co-author of The Knowledge Fieldbook, an authoritative guide to developing a knowledge management strategy. Bukowitz is a leader in the field of knowledge management and founding member of the editorial board of the Journal of Intellectual Capital. Bukowitz earned an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Duke University.

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Marcia Daszko is a Catalyst for Strategic Change, Transformation and Innovation. For 20 years, she has passionately been guiding executive teams to rapidly accelerate their strategic innovation and cultural transformation in Fortune 500 companies to school districts, the military, government agencies and non-profits. In whatever sector she works in, Marcia facilitates new thinking and learning that ignites new beliefs, improvements, and actions on the part of leadership—everywhere in the organization.

She helps leaders challenge their current thinking, align their actions with their passions, and generate a culture of learning that will culminate in new structures, processes, and relationships for getting the work done and the results achieved—like never before. Guiding transformative, adaptive change is Marcia’s passion.
Marcia is a keynote speaker and facilitates provocative learning and action. A protégé of Dr. W. Edwards Deming, she has recently been nominated to receive the Deming Medal, an international quality award. She founded two Deming User Groups and assisted at 20 of the late Dr. W. Edwards Deming’s renowned 4-day seminars. She is a founding Board member of the non-profit In2In Thinking. She has taught Graduate management classes at UC-Berkeley, Fordham University, Santa Clara University, and San Jose State University. She is a contributing author for the Sustainable Leadership chapter in the book: Organizational Project Management: Linking Strategy to Projects. Her books (and most recent speech topics), Survival Is Optional and Fear Erodes Profits will be published in 2014.

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Barbara is the Knowledge Management Project Manager within the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center. She has been working as a contractor at Goddard since 2008, first working in the Office of the Chief Knowledge Officer (OCKO) and now directly supporting the Flight Projects Directorate since 2011. In that capacity, she provides direct support to projects through the development of Project Learning Plans, the implementation of Pause and Learn sessions to facilitate project learning, as well as the design and implementation of knowledge sharing workshops. In addition, Barbara aggregates project lessons and insights in a web of Knowledge Maps (K-MAPS) within the Flight Project Directorate’s Knowledge Exchange.
Prior to joining Goddard, Barbara worked as a research consultant and evaluation specialist, supporting organizational learning and training functions, primarily in the field of international development. Barbara earned a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters degree from Columbia University.

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Giora Hadar is a knowledge manager at the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). He has been working in knowledge management (KM) since 1994 and in his current capacity since 1999. In 2009, Mr. Hadar authored a Web 2.0 (collaboration and social media) strategy for the FAA, and in 2011 he analyzed various alternatives for cloud computing. He is an in-house KM subject matter expert, providing strategic direction to FAA management and consults to other federal agencies.

From 1999 to 2003, Mr. Hadar represented the FAA at the IBM Institute for Knowledge Management. He served as the co-chair of the Federal KM Working Group from 2002 to 2004 and again 2007 to 2008 and has been a member of the advisory board of the annual e-Gov KM Conference since 2003. Mr. Hadar is an invited speaker at many KM conferences and workshops in the U.S. and abroad. Having been in federal service since 1980, he joined the FAA in 1988. Mr. Hadar holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture and is a licensed architect in the State of Maryland. He is enrolled in the Graduate School, Economics and Business at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands as a PhD candidate in the KM program, researching intergenerational knowledge transfer.

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David Kamien is the CEO and founder of Mind-Alliance Systems, the pioneer of software for information flow mapping and collaboration design. David leads the Mind-Alliance team providing knowledge management support to customers such as the Rockefeller Foundation, NATO, the World Bank, New York State, and Raytheon.

Prior to founding Mind-Alliance, David worked as sales professional for Marsh USA. From 2000-2004, he drove over $100m in sales as a strategy and business development consultant to Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Siemens, Honeywell, Motorola and other clients offering homeland security solutions. From 1995–2000, David’s career focused on telecom and media regulatory policy, as well as Internet applications. David advised the Israeli Ministry of Communications and Antitrust Authority and worked with telecom operators and Internet startups in Israel and Europe.

David served in the Israeli Defense Forces as an infantry officer in the Golani Brigade and as a liaison officer to United Nations forces. David has a law degree from the Academic College of Law in Ramat Gan and a bachelor's degree from Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the editor of The McGraw-Hill Homeland Security Handbook (2006, 2012 editions), and the author of a forthcoming book on knowledge management. He serves on a NTAO research team focused on “Building Effective Collaboration in a Comprehensive Approach.” Born in New York, David resides in New Jersey with his wife and two children.

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Seth Kahan is the author of Getting Change Right: How Leaders Transform their Organizations from the Inside Out,a Washington Post bestseller and ranked Top 20 of 2010 by American Express. His companion book, Getting Innovation Right: How Leaders Leverage Inflection Points to Drive Success, is the distillation of Kahan's work with more than 100 leaders and their organizations both large and small since 1998. Kahan is also the author of Fast Company's expert blog Leading Change. He has been designated Visionary by the Center for Association Leadership, named a Thought-leader and Exemplar in Change Leadership by the Society fro Advancement of Consulting. Kahan is also a member of the board of directors of American Geophy.

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Brian Moon

Brian Moon is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Perigean Technologies, LLC. Brian helps organizations improve through smarter use of their own knowledge and improve the way knowledge moves through organizations. He uses applied concept mapping and methods of naturalistic inquiry across a spectrum of knowledge management problems from the elicitation, assessment and representation of knowledge to the development of models, content, software and innovative training that enable its transfer. Brian has conducted R&D activities in the fields of naturalistic decision making and macrocognition, knowledge modeling, visualization techniques, technology evaluations, workplace design and expert performance. He has also designed interactive visualization frameworks, workplace configuration for analytic fusion centers, developed metrics to evaluate cognitive impact of information technologies on intelligence analysis, qualitative methodologies and the design and facilitation of electronic decision games. He has been an active leader in promoting human-centric computing in the intelligence community, co-chairing the Friends of the Intelligence Community (IC) – a community of practice for cognitive systems engineers supporting the IC.

In addition to his ground-breaking work at Perigean Technologies, Brian is also a part-time faculty member in the Information Architecture and Knowledge Management program at Kent State University. He teaches two courses: Knowledge Elicitation and Expertise Management and Business Narrative and Storytelling.

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Karla actively studies business model innovation, specializing in social innovation. This research has led to expertise in the anatomy of for-profit, ‘bridging organizations’ and their uses of external communities as a key enabler to success in their disruptive business model. She has integrated her background of knowledge management, and product development processes to develop a model by which entrepreneurs can establish enterprises that work coherently with communities of like-minded people.

A recent, specific application of her research is to develop new business model innovations in the field of talent recruiting and human resource management. Karla will also be presenting at the European Conference of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in September 2013.

Previously Karla spent 20 years within automotive engineering and manufacturing at General Motors. She held the role of Global Knowledge Manager within GM Engineering until 2008. In this capacity, she facilitated 140 expert teams, and coached a broad cross-functional spectrum of engineering disciplines globally, with the primary focus being on the contextual reuse of the enterprises’ explicit knowledge, and enabling effective global collaboration. She completed more than 3500 coaching sessions, as well as sponsored and facilitated several workshops aimed at developing a common domain view for the KM international, interdisciplinary professional community.

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Gordon Vala-Webb helps leaders of organizations improve their business results by transforming how their people collaborate, innovate and share what they know. He is an award-winning social business and knowledge practitioner and thought-leader with 12 years of experience working with large and complex public- and private-sector organizations. Most recently, Webb was National Director of KM for PwC Canada and led the Business Value / Design team as part of the selection and roll out of a global social networking platform across PwC’s network of firms (155,000 people in more than 150 countries). That platform won Jive’s best-in-show “New ways in business” in 2012. For more, see


Adrian Walker, Ph.D.

Adrian Walker is the CTO of Reengineering LLC. He works on Internet Business Logic, a system for social knowledge acquisition and use in executable English. In the past, Adrian has been a Member of the Technical Staff at Bell Labs, the Manager of Principles and Applications of Logic Programming at IBM Yorktown Heights Research Laboratory, and an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University. His educational background includes a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Sheffield University, a master's degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Surrey, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the State University of New York.