Keynote Speakers

Conference Chair - Dr. Ananda

Dr. Ananda Wickramasinghe

Dr. Ananda Wickramasinghe is originally from Sri Lanka, he first came to Australia for reading his Ph.D. at University to Queensland. He gained his Ph.D. in Strategic Management and worked for Institute of Technology in New Zealand and Central Queensland University before he joins to UOW. Currently he is a Head of Students (Postgraduate coursework courses) for Faculty of Business, and teaching Global Strategy and International Business. He has over 20 years of work experience in high education sector over 5 universities in 4 countries. His passion for learning and teaching is inspired by active and transformative learning. Dr. Ananda Wickramasinghe is primarily a qualitative and interdisciplinary critical researcher especially in the areas of identity, power, politics, entrepreneurship, international business, strategy and inequality in society and organisations. He also has experience in the industry as trainer and consultant in strategic planning and entrepreneurship and new venture development.

Dr. Ananda’s passion for learning and teaching is inspired by active and transformative learning. He encourages and empowers students to think critically, by challenging opinions, unstated assumptions, theories and practices to understand idiosyncrasies and multiple realities of context. Over 20 years of his practice, Dr. Ananda has been a great mentor to students and lecturers, as he has the ability to give effective advice on critical student issues and problems. His teaching not only broadens the knowledge base of students but also builds their imagination and confidence, and encourages them to think ‘outside the box’ and to strive to succeed.

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Prof. Serigus Koku

Prof. Serigus Koku is a tenured full professor at the Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, USA. He holds the JD from the University of Miami School of Law, PhD (Finance and Marketing) MBA (Finance) and MA (Applied Economics), all from Rutgers University, MBA (Marketing) from Oregon State University, and BA Finance (Summa Cum Laude) from University of the Virgin Islands. Prof. Koku is a well known interdisciplinary researcher.

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Prof. Greg Sand

“Top Global MBA Programs in Marketing Include an Asian Campus – China and India Solidify their Prominence and Prestige”

Dr. Greg Sand is the Founder and Executive Director of GLOBALTEAM International Marketing Consultants, Inc. www.globalteam-inc.com. For over forty years he and his energetic and entrepreneurial team have worked with transnational corporations in Europe, Africa, Asia, Middle East, Russia/CIS, Australia/Pacific, and the Americas designing and implementing marketing programs. His clients include Unilever, Coca-Cola, Red Bull, Tabasco, SCJohnson, Saudi Dairy & Foodstuff (SADAFCO), Irish Distillers, King’s Tobacco International, Vinprom Peshtera, and the world’s major breweries/brands including Carlsberg, Heineken, Amstel, Budweiser, Guinness, and Tiger. Currently Greg is an Associate Professor of International Business and Marketing at Long Island University in New York