AI and Analytics Conference

This engaging virtual conference will expand your network and deliver emerging best practices that light the way to the future of business education. 
December 5​ – 7​, 2022

Keynote Speakers

Keynote I: Strategic Agility in the World of AI 

Julian_BirkinshawJulian Birkinshaw, Institute of Entrepreneurship and Private Capital

Professor Julian Birkinshaw was ranked 46th in the 2017 Thinkers50 list of the top global management thinkers. His main area of expertise is in the strategy and organisation of large corporations, and specifically such issues as innovation, corporate entrepreneurship, strategic agility and headquarters-subsidiary relationships. He is a Fellow of: the British Academy, the Academy of Social Sciences and the Academy of International Business. He has been awarded Honorary Doctorate degrees by the Stockholm School of Economics (2009) and Copenhagen Business School (2018). Professor Birkinshaw is the author of 15 books, including Fast/Forward, Becoming a Better Boss, Reinventing Management and Giant Steps in Management, and more than 90 articles in journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal, Harvard Business Review and Sloan Management Review. Professor Birkinshaw speaks at business conferences in the UK, Europe, North America and Australia. He is regularly quoted in international media outlets, including CNN, the BBC, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Businessweek and The Times.

Keynote II: Transforming Impact Metrics, Ratings, and Rankings with AI and Analytics

Rachel_MartinRachel Martin, Global Director of Sustainability, Elsevier

Rachel Martin is the Global Director of Sustainability at Elsevier, where she is driving transformational change in the priority areas of sustainability and SDGs, with a focus on climate action. In 2020, this resulted in the launch of the Elsevier report “The Power of Data to Advance the SDGs”  and the launch of Elsevier’s Climate Action program which she oversees. Rachel is also part of the team that launched the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Publishers Compact and the SDG Book club. Rachel represents Elsevier on several industry sustainability committees and is currently chair of the UK Book Industry Communications (BIC) Green Supply Chain committee. In 2022, Rachel is also the co-founder of the Publishing 2030 Accelerator.


Julia Neufeind, Project Manager, Cabells

Julia is part of the journal team for Cabells International. As an established researcher in both the private and public sectors, her work focuses on developing meaningful and innovative journal metrics that capture the quality and performance of scholarly journals. In addition to her work with Cabells International, she is also lecturer for the Open University, where she teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate students in psychology.

Duncan_RossDuncan Ross, Chief Data Officer, Times Higher Education

Duncan Ross has been a data scientist since the mid-1990s. As chief data officer at THE, he oversees a team that generates university rankings and related data products. In 2019 he launched the THE Impact Rankings, the first global university rankings that focus on delivery of the UN SDGs. He has been working with the UN HESI on the area of assessment of sustainability in higher education. He was a founder and chair of trustees of DataKind UK a not-for profit providing pro-bono data science to the third sector. In 2022 he was announced as one of DataIQ’s 100 Most Influential People in Data.

David_SteingardDavid Steingard, Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University, SDG Publishers Compact UN HESI Action Group

David Steingard, Ph.D., is Director of the SDG Dashboard initiative and Associate Professor of Leadership, Ethics, & Organizational Sustainability at the Haub School of Business, Saint Joseph’s University, USA. The SDG Dashboard is a collaborative, online platform that empowers higher education institutions to report and share their best United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) impact practices. David also leads a partnership with Cabells to produce the SDG Impact Intensity academic journal rating system powered by artificial intelligence and data analytics. David is also involved in United Nations affiliated initiatives including Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), SDG Publishers Compact, and Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI).