Keynote Speakers
Juan Aparicio
Director of the Center of Operations Research (CIO in Spanish)
University Miguel Hernandez of Elche (Spain)

Juan Aparicio is an Associate Professor at the Center of Operations Research of the University Miguel Hernandez, Elche (Alicante), Spain. He is the director of the Center of Operations Research. He earned his Ph.D. in Statistics in 2007 at the UMH. He is Co-Chair (with Knox Lovell) of the Santander Chair on Efficiency and Productivity. His research interests mainly include Efficiency and Productivity Analysis. He has published more than seventy peer reviewed articles in journals on operations research, statistics, management science and economics. Such journals include European Journal of Operational Research, OMEGA, Annals of Operations Research, International Journal of Production Economics, Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, Journal of Productivity Analysis, Operational Research: an International Journal, Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, and Computers and Industrial Engineering. He is an Associate Editor of OMEGA: The International Journal of Management Science and Journal of Productivity Analysis. He is also editor of ‘Advances in Efficiency and Productivity’, ‘Advances in Efficiency and Productivity II’ and ‘Data Science and Productivity Analytics’ with Springer.

Wade D. Cook
Gordon Charlton Shaw Professor of Management Science
York University, Canada

Professor Cook's research is aimed at developing decision support tools for modeling performance and identifying best practice in organizations. This area of research is particularly applicable in analyzing organizations in service-sector settings such as health care, education and financial services, where both quantitative and qualitative data may be present. The central construct used is a mathematical programming structure referred to as data envelopment analysis. The tools are designed to aid in the identification of those organizations or units that make up the efficient frontiers of best performance, and to set improvement targets for inefficient or non-frontier units.

Hirofumi Fukuyama
Department of Business Management
Fukuoka University, Japan

Hirofumi Fukuyama is a full Professor in the Faculty of Commerce at Fukuoka University, Fukuoka City, Japan. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, USA. His Ph.D. dissertation was supervised by Prof. Rolf Färe and Prof. Daniel Primont, from whom he learned Shephard’s production theory. His research interests focus on the theory and applications of DEA (DEA) as well as production economics. In addition to several publications in domestic journals and book chapters, he has published more than seventy peer reviewed articles in English-language journals on operations research, management science, finance and economics. Such journals include European Journal of Operational Research, OMEGA, Annals of Operations Research, International Journal of Information Technology and Decision Making, Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, Applied Soft Computing, Journal of Intelligent & Fuzzy Systems, Journal of Informetrics, Journal of Productivity Analysis, Journal of the Operational Research Society (UK), Operational Research: an International Journal, Pacific-basin Finance Journal, Empirical Economics, Managerial and Decision Economics, Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, and Computers and Industrial Engineering.
He is an Associate Editor of OMEGA: The International Journal of Management Science (Elsevier) and The DEA Journal (Now Publishers). He has given invited talks at various international seminars, pre-conferences and regular conferences.

Joe Paradi
Professor Emeritus
Industrial Engineering Chair in the Management of Technological Change
University of Toronto, Canada

While Professor Paradi earned his degrees as an engineer at the University of Toronto he has always worked in the computer services sector. After 20 years of building a sizeable Computer Services Company in Canada, he sold the firm and left in 1989. As he was operating in the Financial Services Industry while in business, he naturally focussed his research interests on this vibrant industry sector. As time progressed he became well known in academia for applying DEA to the various challenges the industry faced. His research was very successful because of his ability to apply engineering principles in a sophisticated financial world. Innovation was the hallmark of his and his students' work as they were engineers too. He co-authored a book recently: Paradi, J. C., Sherman H. D., Tam F. K.: DEA in the Financial Services Industry. A Guide for Practitioners and Analysts Working in Operations Research Using DEA, International Series in Operations Research & Management Science. Springer, (2018)

Victor Podinovski
Professor of Operational Research
School of Business and Economics
Loughborough University, UK

Victor Podinovski has a background in applied mathematics and operational research. In 1978-83 he studied for a then traditional five-year degree (now considered to be equivalent to joint BSc and MSc degrees) at Moscow State University, Faculty of Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics (in other words, school of applied mathematics and computer science). After graduating with distinction, he started his PhD at the same department. In March 1986, he defended his thesis on a topic of multicriteria decision analysis. He then worked at Moscow State University as Assistant and later Associate Professor, until 1995.
In 1996 Victor moved to Warwick Business School, starting as Lecturer and becoming Professor in 2011. His research interests have now focused on nonparametric methods of efficiency analysis and related areas of optimisation.
From 2011 to 2014 Victor was a principal co-investigator of a large EU-funded research grant, involving a consortium of universities. This joint project aimed at the development of a range of quantitative tools to help EU decision makers to simulate policy scenarios in the field of common agricultural policy.
Victor joined Loughborough University in the spring 2015. He holds the position of Professor of Operational Research at the School of Business and Economics. He is also a Co-Director of the Centre for Productivity and Performance at the SBE.

H. David Sherman
Professor of Accounting
D'Amore-McKim School of Business
Northeastern University, USA

Professor Sherman’s research has long focused on financial reporting, performance measurement/management, and financial literacy issues facing corporate management and Boards of Directors in global businesses. He also actively studies methods to improve productivity in health care, financial services, and other service organizations and is an acknowledged expert in DEA (DEA), a method for measuring and managing organization productivity. His current research focuses on audit committee responsibilities beyond compliance and governance issues related to Chinese entrepreneurial businesses that have equities traded on US markets, identifying the paths that increase their likelihood of achieving founder and investor goals.

He is an expert on developing and using financial and non-financial measures to evaluate and manage performance, on fair value accounting and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
Professor Sherman teaches executive and MBA courses in accounting, control, and global financial statement analysis with a focus international shareholder reporting using IFRS and U.S. GAAP. His industry research and teaching focuses on financial management of high technology, medical technology, financial services, health care, manufacturing and nonprofit organizations.

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