2021 UNILISA Conference


Professor Tom Kwanya is an associate professor in the Department of Information and Knowledge Management at the Technical University of Kenya. He is currently also serving as the Director of the School of Information and Communication Studies. Prior to joining academics fulltime in 2013, he worked as a consultant on public information and knowledge management. Some of the key consultancy positions he held include serving as a World Bank public information consultant seconded to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of Southern Sudan, Juba; knowledge management consultant for the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women); public information specialist and team leader of the Public Sector Information Project for the Republic of South Sudan, Juba; communications consultant for the County Government of Bungoma; technical advisor on communication, documentation and knowledge management for Management Sciences for Health, Kenya; and a facilitator of a 5-day professional course on the fundamentals of organisational knowledge management on behalf of the African Advanced Level Telecommunications Institute (AFRALTI) in Kenya, Mozambique, the Gambia, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Prof. Kwanya is a published author of several peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, two university-level books, several conference papers and four edited books. He has also supervised and examined several postgraduate dissertations and theses. He has served as an external examiner of information science in six universities in Kenya. He sits in the Information Science Services Technical Committee of the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS).

Professor Kendra Albright, is the Goodyear Endowed Professor in Knowledge Management in the School of Information at Kent State University. Dr. Albright’s research interests focus on the ways in which users understand and use information to facilitate positive change and solve organizational problems within the knowledge economy. Her current work focuses on investigating and comparing worldwide KM educational competencies and programs, developing a theoretical framework for KM practice through a systematic review process, and assessment of curricular areas for KM education.Dr. Albright is widely published and currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for Libri, the international journal of libraries and information studies.

Dr Laura Millar is an independent consultant and scholar in records, archives and information management who has worked with governments, universities, colleges, professional associations, and other agencies around the world for over three decades. She is the author of dozens of publications and presentations and has taught records and archives management in universities in Canada and internationally. She is also a Fellow of the Association of Canadian Archivists and an Honorary Senior Research Associate at University College London. For her textbook Archives: Principles and Practices, Laura was awarded the Society of American Archivists' 2011 Waldo Gifford Leland Award. Her latest book, A Matter of Facts: The Value of Evidence in an Information Age, has been praised as offering “a compelling case for the fundamental importance of evidence.” Laura regularly speaks to the public on the value of records, archives and other sources of evidence for society. For more information, visit https://www.lauramillar.ca/.

Professor Kelvin Joseph Bwalya is a full professor of information systems and Knowledge Management at the School of Consumer Intelligence and Information Systems, University of Johannesburg. He is also a Vice Dean in charge of Research, Innovation and Internationalisation at the College of Business and Economics. Kelvin has a PhD in Information Management (University of Johannesburg), Masters in Computer Science (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) and Bachelors in Electrical Electronics Engineering (Moscow PE Technical University). He has worked as a Senior Researcher at Samsung Electronics (Taejŏn, South Korea) specializing in Digital Image Processing and MPEG 7/21 Digital Media Adaption. He has also worked at the University of Botswana as a senior scholar.  He has given over 10 keynote speeches on topics surrounding e-Government, blockchain and smart cities in five different countries. Current research interests include BPaaS, e-Government, Fog Computing, Ambient Intelligence, Business Process Automation, etc. He currently focusses on supervising Master and PhD students working on areas bordering the Fourth Industrial Revolution and dynamic information management.

Dr Peter Johan Lor, now retired, is currently a research associate in the Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria. His current research focuses is on international and comparative librarianship, with an emphasis on research method and on the ethical and political economic aspects of international information relations.

He held positions in special and academic libraries a professor of library science at the University of South Africa before becoming the Director of the State Library in 1992. He was South Africa’s first National Librarian (2000-2003), and served as Secretary General of IFLA during 2005-2008 . He  was a visiting professor in the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2009-2011).. His current research focuses is on international and comparative librarianship, with an emphasis on research method and on the ethical and political economic aspects of international information relations. He is an honorary member of LISA and of the Italian Library Association and the recipient of the IFLA Medal (2014) and of the International Relations Committee’s John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award (2020).

Prof Dennis N. Ocholla is a Senior Professor in the Department of Information Studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Zululand, South Africa where is was also Head  of  the Department of Information Studies for 18 years, Dean for two years and Deputy Dean /vice Dean for 10 years. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of Inkanyiso-JHSS. His r esearch and teaching areas/interests are in information seeking, knowledge management, ICT4 development, applied bibliometrics, information ethics, scholarly communication, LIS education, and research methods. He has published extensively in LIS, supervised and examined several masters and  PhD students in the domain. He is NRF(SA) rated as established researcher(C2). Some of his publications are accessible: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Dennis_Ocholla  OR https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=OJHFQG0AAAAJ&hl=en

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