Academic Leadership Forum

MakeLearn & TIIM 2017 Academic Leadership Forum


The Academic Leadership Forum aims to bring distinguished academics around the world to share their views and ideas about the higher education challenges and solutions in a network society.

Time:             Thursday, 18 May 2017, 11.30-12.30

Location:       Lublin Conference Centre


Forum Chair:


 Dr. Zbigniew Pastuszak
Dean of the Faculty of Economics,

 Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Poland



Dr. Zbigniew Pastuszak, Associate Professor; Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Maria Sklodowska-Curie University, Poland. Has been serving in various consulting and teaching posts for more than 20 years. Professor Pastuszak has supervised 2 doctor’s, and more than 250 engineer’s and master’s theses; he has drafted and participated in grants from the Polish Science Committee, and the EACEA related to Polish competition in e-business, developed courseware for the Polish Virtual University, and served as the partner in the ISME project. He is the author of more than 90 international publications, serves as an editorial advisory board member for 2 ISI, JCR listed international journals, as well as an editorial reviewer for 10 others international journals. He has received the Best Paper Award at the MIC 2007 (Slovenia), Computer Educator of the Year Award from IACIS (2008, USA), and Emerald Literati Network 2012 Award for Excellence: Outstanding Paper (USA, 2012).


Forum Moderator:


  Dr. Dušan Lesjak

  Professor, International School for Social and Business Studies, Slovenia


Dr. Dušan Lesjak, a professor of Management information system (2000) and Management of Education (2010), began teaching at the University of Maribor, Slovenia in 1985, and has been an active researcher, scholar and manager for the past 30 years focusing on Management and Funding of Higher Education, e-Learning and e-Business. He was a Fulbright Scholar, conducting Ph.D. research at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, New York University and Boston University. In recent years he is engaged in many international research projects dealing with education, higher education and e-learning in EU, Western Balkans and Middle East. He was a State Secretary at the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology from 2006 until 2008 and a special advisor to the minister, responsible for education, science, sport and culture from 2012 till 2013. He was an acting president of EuroMediterranean University - EMUNI from 2013 till 2014. He is a editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Management in Education and member of editorial board of many other international scientific journals. He was awarded »Computer Educator of the year 2003« by the International Association for Information Systems and received a Golden plate from the University of Primorska in 2005.

Forum Members:


 Dr. Pekka Kess

 Professor, University of Oulu, Finland



Dr. Pekka Kess is a Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management at the University of Oulu, Finland. He holds doctoral degrees from the University of Oulu (Finland) and the Kastesart University (Thailand) Before the academic career Dr Kess has gained extensive industrial experience from chemical, steel, electronics and software  industries in expert and managerial positions. He has also worked on several research and development (R&D) and education-related projects sponsored by the European Commission. His research interests include supply chain management, HR, knowledge management and e-learning including the managerial aspects of the application ICT in higher education.

He has supervised more than 300 Master's theses and 25 doctoral students in various areas of Industrial management. He acts as an editor and reviewer in several scientific journals and has been a research project evaluator in various European countries. He has also acted as an expert evaluator for European framework programs.


 Dr. Frederick G. Kohun

 Professor, Robert Morris University, USA


Frederick G. Kohun, Ph.D., University Professor of Computer and Information Systems at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has more than 35 years of experience as a professor and academic administrator (department head, associate dean, dean, and associate provost), and was the founding director of the doctoral program in Information Systems and Communication. He holds a bachelor degree in economics from Georgetown University, graduate degrees in economics and information science, from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. in applied history in technology from Carnegie Mellon University.  At Robert Morris University he led the design and implementation of eight technology based academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate level (including a doctoral program) as well as the attainment of ABET-CAC accreditation   He is known both nationally and internationally from his numerous publications and presentations in economics, health informatics, decision support, technological impact, and culture-particularly with his research in the MUMPS programming language that began with his doctoral dissertation at Carnegie Mellon University. Currently, he is active internationally as an accreditation evaluator and team leader having participated in more than 22 accreditation visits. In 2007 he was named the International Computer Educator of the Year by the International Association of Computer Information Systems. In 2012 he received the honor of an endowed doctoral scholarship fund under his name.  


 Dr. Bordin Rassameethes

 Professor, Kasetsart University, Thailand



Bordin Rassameethes received his Ph.D. in Management of Technology from Vanderbilt University in the United States.  He holds a MS degree in Management from North Carolina State University, USA and BS in Computer Science from University of Miami, USA. Bordin Rassameethes was formerly Vice President and Dean of Faculty of Business Administration Kasetsart University in Thailand. He has been working in the field of technology management, which includes electronic commerce, information technology, rural informatics, and supply chains management, served as project managers for numerous research and consulting projects.  He has received more than US$10 million dollars research and consulting grants with in the past ten years. Bordin Rassameethes has published more than forty articles in refereed journals, five books, and over 100 articles in magazines, serves as a columnist in Thailand Bloomberg BusinessWeek, advisor editor of three international journals namely International Journal of Business and Development Research (IJBDR), International Journal of Accounting Practice and Research (IJAPR) and International Journal of Sustainable Strategy and Research (IJSSR), and editorial board for many international journals.


 Dr. Dugagjin Sokoli

 Rector, Universi College, Kosovo


Dr. Dugagjin Sokoli is a Rector of Universi College, and Member of Council for Vocational Education and Training for Adults in Ministry of Education of Kosovo. Dr. Sokoli began teaching at the Dental School of University of Prishtina, in 1997, and has since been involved in research, management and leadership in Higher Education Institutions. He is Prosthodontist, has an MBA in Human Resources form Everest University in Tampa, Florida, Masters in Dental Public Health and in Health Management from University of Prishtina, Kosovo. His doctoral study is focused in Quality of Education and qualifications of Lecturers in Higher Education Institutions. Before becoming a Rector at Universi College, he served as a Dean at Everest College in Chicago USA, and editor of the European Prosthodontic Association. He is also founding member of Balkan University Association, founding member and board member of Kosova University Sport Federation, and active member of other business and professional organizations.



Still have questions? Contact us at +386 3 425 82 40 or via e-mail!
© All rights reserved: MFDPŠ - design + development tovarna idej