The future of knowledge management- - speakers and abstracts

Currently the following speakers have confirmed their intention to present: 



Ron Young

Ron is the founder of Knowledge Associates International group of companies, who are management consultants with a Corporate University at St Johns Innovation Centre, Cambridge U.K. He is acknowledged as a leading international expert and thought leader in strategic knowledge asset management. He specialises in knowledge driven results. He advised and assisted the UK DTI Innovation Unit in 1999 in the production of the UK Government White Paper ‘UK Competitiveness in the Knowledge Driven Economy’. He is currently advising the Government of India as part of the national ‘Digital India’ project.

He regularly provides keynote presentations and workshops at leading international conferences around the world. He chairs the BSI Knowledge Management Standards Committee, and is a member of the ISO Standards workgroups for Knowledge Management, Asset Management and Quality. He lecturers on the Global Knowledge Economy, and he presents accredited Knowledge Asset Management at King’s College Cambridge University, UK. He has consulted to the World Bank, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, and the inter-governmental Asian Productivity Organization, Tokyo.

He specialises in developing knowledge strategies, policies, governance models, standards, knowledge systems and knowledge driven platforms. He works with major multi-national corporations, international UN agencies, Governments, military, and professional institutions globally. He was a lead consultant for the European Commission 2 Million euro ‘Know-Net’ project.

He is joint author of the books ‘Knowledge Asset Management’ (Springer 2003), ‘Upside Down Management’ (McGraw Hill Europe 1996), Knowledge Management: Facilitators Guide (Asian Productivity Organization, Tokyo, 2009), Knowledge Management: Case Studies for SME’s (APO, Tokyo, 2009), Knowledge Management Tools and Techniques (APO, Tokyo, 2010), Knowledge Management for the Public Sector (APO, Tokyo 2014) and Enhancing Knowledge Productivity (APO, Tokyo 2017). He is currently researching the Fourth Industrial Revolution (I4.0) and the 2017 UK Industrial Strategy development.

Session topic: Five Dimensions of Knowledge and Innovation.


Ron Donaldson, knowledge ecologist consultant

Ron worked for English Nature for 21 years up until August 2008.  He introduced a number of storytelling methods during his final ten years, designed to build community, review and share lessons learned and communicate change/new ideas.

In 2008 he left to work for three different Associates:

Oxford Creativity – where he teaches and facilitates inventive problem solving (TRIZ) in organisations like Rolls Royce, Highways England and BAE Systems.
Argenta Europ – where he runs open innovation ecosystem workshops for a variety of aerospace organisations and teaches facilitation techniques.
Knowledge Associates – where he facilitates and advises on knowledge sharing and the importance of valuing and protecting knowledge assets.

Independently from these three, he also works as a knowledge ecologist, and has developed a range of powerful workshops within an Ecosystem framework, that bring together Complex Adaptive System thinking, Participatory Narrative Inquiry, Asset Based Community Development and his wide range of problem solving/communication methods.

In doing so he has in the last five years worked with:

  • Friends of the Earth to review the Bee Campaign
  • Surrey Wildlife Trust/Surrey Connect to develop a thriveable county-wide approach to Natural Capital
  • West Midlands NHS to develop local self supporting communities that reduce the burden on A&E. One successful  project (RIPPLE) has been commended by NESTA (the innovation foundation charity) and is currently being rolled out in seven other surrounding areas.
  • Pfizer – to improve their communication strategy across Europe, by running narrative workshops in 12 European cities.

Session: Presentation and workshop.

Judy Payne

Judy works as a management consultant and reluctant academic specialising in knowledge management, collaborative working and learning. Her work is positioned firmly on the boundaries between academia and practice. Not the most comfortable place to be, but there’s such a huge gap between the two that there’s a lot of bridging to be done.
Judy works with public, private and third sector organisations to improve their management of knowledge, with universities to develop and deliver online degree programmes and with master’s students to help them learn how to do management research. At APM, she co-founded the Knowledge SIG. She has contributed new knowledge management sections to the next edition of the PMBOK® Guide and to P3O® Best Management Practice, and represents the UK as an expert on an ISO Working Group developing a knowledge management standard. 
Judy is also known for introducing collaborative working and social software to the Henley Knowledge Management Forum and for being a member of the #teatowelclub on Twitter.

Session topic: Past, present and future of KM.

Rob Leslie-Carter, ARUP

Rob Leslie-Carter is a Director with Arup in London. Rob has worked around the world with Arup for 25 years - he specialises in the leadership and management of complex projects both on client side and leading multidisciplinary teams. His project track record includes the Beijing Olympics Water Cube, the Laban Dance School in London, and New Acton Nishi in Canberra.

In April 2017 Rob created and wrote ‘Future of Project Management’, a partnership and collaboration between Arup, The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management at UCL, and the Association for Project Management, with crowdsourced inputs from the global project management community. It is a compilation of best practice, emerging trends, and forward thinking, and an interactive platform for future research and debate about change in the project management profession. Download your copy at

Rob is a regular public speaker on leadership, project management, organisational culture and the future of work, and is a guest lecturer at the Bartlett and previous at University of New South Wales. In 2009 the Association for Project Management named Rob in their annual 'Top 10 Impact List’, highlighting individuals who have the biggest influence on the Project Management profession. .

Session title: Knowledge management in a technology based internet society.


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