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Leala Abbott
Associate Director, Content Strategy, Huge Inc.


Leala Abbott is an Associate Director of Content Strategy at Huge, helping to shape, define and interpret metadata and taxonomical needs into content structures everyday. She holds a Masters Degree in Information Science from Rutgers University.

Jabe Bloom
Chief Flow Officer, Praxis Flow

Jabe Bloom has led teams and companies and developed software and products for almost 20 years. He has served as a Chief Architect, Principal Technical Director and Chief Technical Officer. In each of these roles his focus has been on connecting creative, ideation processes with software engineering and operational excellence.

Jabe’s deep practical experience, constant experimentation, and extensive theoretical investigations and readings inform his public speaking and provide a foundation for his active mentorship to colleagues, clients and entrepreneurs. As a consultant, public speaker and writer, he works with a diverse clientele. He advises and trains clients on innovation and flow thinking through a series of lectures, workshops, classes and consulting. 

Jabe has been a guest lecturer on Abductive Thinking and Creativity at NYU’s Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. He is an internationally recognized keynote speaker, addressing topics such as Lean Systems, LeanUX, Complexity Theory, Psychology and Sociology, Management as Design and Design Thinking.

He is currently the Chief Flow Officer at PraxisFlow, a consultancy that helps organizations take a systems level view of their work. Mr. Bloom holds a bachelor’s degree in Photography & Philosophy from Bard College (NY) and is currently pursuing a PhD in Design Studies at Carnegie Mellon University.

Jabe can be found with his wife and his children in Pittsburgh, when he is not, in a classroom, on a plane or reading in a hotel room.

Andreas Blumauer
CEO and Managing Partner, PoolParty / Semantic Web Company
Andreas Blumauer holds a master's degree in Computer Sciences and Business Administration from the University of Vienna/Austria. Since 2004, he is managing partner of the Semantic Web Company. Andreas is experienced with large-scale semantic technology projects in various industry sectors. He is also responsible for the strategic development and product management of PoolParty Semantic Suite. He has been a pioneer in the area of linked data and the semantic web since 2002; he is co-founder of SEMANTiCS conference series, and editor of one of the first comprehensive books in the area of the semantic web for the German speaking community.

Joseph A. Busch
Founder and Principal, Taxonomy Strategies
Mr. Busch is the Founder and Principal Consultant at Taxonomy Strategies. For the past 14 years Taxonomy Strategies has been guiding organizations such as Deloitte, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in developing frameworks that help improve information capture, preservation, search, retrieval, and governance. Before founding Taxonomy Strategies Joseph Busch was:

Vice President for Infoware at Metacode Technologies which was an early developer of commercial semantic technology applications based on latent semantic indexing (LSI) and other methods. Metacode was acquired by Interwoven in 2000.

The Getty's Program Manager for Standards and Research Databases, including the Getty Vocabulary Program from 1993-98. The Getty began publishing the vocabulary resources as linked open data in 2014. 

Mr. Busch is a past President of the Association for Information Science and Technology, and past member of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Executive Committee.

Gary Carlson
Principal Taxonomist, Factor
Gary Carlson brings over 20 years of experience as a taxonomist, consultant, product manager, and information strategist working for small to Fortune 100 companies. The past twelve years have been spent leading information and knowledge management projects and products spanning Taxonomy Tools, Search, SharePoint, Auto-categorization, Expert systems, Content Management, and Governance. Gary is currently focussed on helping companies develop their information infrastructure to meet enterprise goals. He is currently involved in customer facing e-commerce, social media and semantic web technologies.

Suzanne Carroll
Product Manager - Data and Taxonomy, XO Group (The Knot)
Suzanne Carroll leads product design for The Knot's data science and taxonomy teams. As the company's first taxonomist, Suzanne introduced taxonomy driven content publishing to theknot.com and led all user-facing products through designing and implmenting a centralized taxonomy. In addition, she leads product management for our manual data cleansing tool to improve data quality and consistency.

Suzanne holds MSIS from the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. Earlier in her career, Suzanne designed and implemented taxonomy and metadata schemas as a consultant with government, private sector, and non-profit clients; managed the knowledge management system of a large international development firm; and taught computer literacy in West Africa with the Peace Corps.

Dave Clarke
CEO, Synaptica
Dave Clarke is co-founder and CEO of the Synaptica® group of companies, providers of enterprise software solutions for taxonomy and ontology management (www.synaptica.com).  He served on the NISO committee responsible for authoring the 2005 version of the US national standard for controlled vocabularies, ANSI/NISO Z39.19 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  Dave leads R&D at Synaptica and is currently developing a range of Linked Data software solutions for ontology management, image management and the semantic annotation of content.  Dave is actively involved in educational outreach programs including LD4PE, the Linked Data for Professional Education initiative of DCMI.

Helen Clegg
Knowledge Director, Procurement & Analytic Solutions, A.T. Kearney
Helen Clegg is Knowledge Director for the Procurement & Analytic Solutions Practice of international management consultancy A.T. Kearney. Helen develops knowledge-sharing solutions for procurement and analytic content and uses her expertise in taxonomy development to add value to the capabilities of the Practice’s data science team. Helen is an active contributor to the global Info Pro community. She has spoken at many conferences including Online Information, Internet Librarian International, KM World and Taxonomy Boot Camp. She is a regular guest speaker at the London School of Business & Finance and the Grenoble Graduate School of Management. Contact Helen at helen.clegg@atkearney.com or via Twitter @HClegg. The session describes the approach taken by the A.T. Kearney Data Science Team to uncover new knowledge from a big dataset. The approach outlines the importance of leveraging the human element while combining it with the efficiency and scale of machines for maximum effect. 

Greg Council
VP, Marketing & Product Management, Parascript
Michael Crandall
Principal Research Scientist, Information School, University of Washington Information School
Michael Crandall is a Principal Research Scientist at the Information School of the University of Washington. He has served in the past, as a Senior Lecturer on the faculty of the school, as the Chair of the Master of Science in Information Management Program and Director of the iAffiilates Program.  He has also served on the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Board of Trustees since its inception in 2001, managed the Knowledge Architecture Group in Microsoft Information Services, and worked on information management and information architecture at the Boeing Company.

Dr. Giancarlo Crocetti
Associate Director, Information Access, Boehringer-Ingelheim; Professor, St. Johns University
Giancarlo Crocetti is an Associate Director for the Information Access team at Boehringer Ingelheim and is actively involved in several research areas, including knowledge search, semantic representation and inference, big data, data, text mining, and network analysis. He is also an Adjunct Full Professor at St. John University where he teaches classes on Data Mining and is actively involved in research topics on Exploratory Search and Knowledge Discovery. In his free time, he volunteers with his wife for a not-for-profit organization. He carefully listens to wise experts in any area and tries to put their insight into practice in his daily activities.

Kelley Darling
Senior Taxonomist, Earley Information Science
Duane Degler
Principal, Design for Context
Duane Degler is a partner in Design for Context, a Washington DC/Baltimore-based usable design consultancy. He specializes in the design of sophisticated interactive applications and search experiences, with an eye to making rich data resources usable and relevant. He has led web and software projects for commercial and government clients in the US and Europe. Duane presents on web/mobile interaction design, information architecture, content/metadata strategy, and usability. He authored the "Dynamic IA" chapter in the book Reframing Information Architecture (2014). Since 2003, he has focused on the unique challenges and opportunities that arise when designing specifically for linked data and semantically-enabled applications. 

Bob DuCharme
Technical Writer, Commonwealth Computer Research, Inc.
Bob DuCharme is a technical writer at Commonwealth Computer Research, Inc., a research and analytics firm specializing in machine learning and geospatial analytics. He is the author of O'Reilly's "Learning SPARQL" and several books before that from Manning, Prentice Hall, and McGraw-Hill. Earlier in his career Bob did RDF and SPARQL solution architecture at TopQuadrant and data and systems architecture at Moody's Investors Service and LexisNexis. Bob received his BA in Religion from Columbia University and his Masters in Computer Science from New York University.

Jayne Dutra
Consultant, Information Management for the Arts, California State University, Fullerton
Jayne Dutra is passionate about information architecture, metadata and knowledge management. Jayne worked for 13 years at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and NASA developing solutions for knowledge navigation and information retrieval.  She held the position of KM Process Owner at JPL and also served as the Lab's Lead Enterprise Information Architect working on issues surrounding Master Data Management. She has extensive experience with data architecture, taxonomy development and enterprise search. After JPL, Jayne worked at LexisNexis as the Data Governance Manager for Content Architecture.

In 2012, Jayne decided to change her career field and entered the graduate program at Cal State Fullerton where she recently earned her MFA in Theatre Production and Design. Jayne would like to see more performing arts organizations modernize their approach to information management and she developed the Core Arts and Theatre Taxonomy (CATT) in response to their needs and requirements.

Jessica DuVerneay
Information Architect, The Understanding Group
As an information architect at The Understanding Group (TUG) with 8+ years of experience, DuVerneay has worked with organizations such as the NFL, Macy's, Herman Miller, National Safety Council, ASAPS, Thomson Reuters / Techstreet, and Metro Hospital. Her professional focus areas have been site reorganization and restructuring, content migration, eCommerce optimization, CMS customization and usability analysis, taxonomy creation, intranet strategy & structure, product ideation, user research, and user testing. DuVerneay is a co-chair of the 2015 IA Summit and was the first ever Global Director of World IA Day in 2012. She lives in Grand Rapids, MI and Chicago, IL.

Mr William Evans
Director, Experience Design, Semantic Foundry, LLC
Will Evans is Director, Experience Design for Semantic Foundry with 14 years industry experience in interaction design, information architecture, and user experience strategy. His experiences includes directing UX for social network analytics and terrorism modeling at AIR Worldwide, UX Architect for social media site Gather.com, and UX Architect responsible for the design of Kayak.com. He worked at Lotus/IBM where he was the senior information architect, and for Curl - a DARPA-funded MIT project when he was at the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science. Prior to Curl, Will was an interaction designer for Dataware working on various search and Knowledge Management related product suites including KM Suite II and QueryServer.

Will earned an MBA as well as Masters Degrees in human-computer interaction and cognitive psychology. His passions include design and critical theory, information architecture, information visualization information seeking behavior. He lives in Philadelphia, PA, drinks far to much coffee, wears only black, and is Design Co-Chair for the IxDA's Interaction10 conference in Savannah, Georgia. He was recently elected to the board of directors of the Information Architecture Institute.

A distinguished speaker, Will provides lectures and seminars on such topics as user experience, strategic design, social interaction design, and findability. Will's work has been featured in numerous publications including Business Week, The Economist, Fortune, MSNBC and the Wall Street Journal.

Laura Fu
Brand Content Specialist, Brandobility
Laura Fu is the Brand Content Specialist at Brandobilitity, a division of NAPC. She earned her BA in video production from Hofstra University in 2002 and her Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 2013. She has worked in media libraries since 2002, initially focusing on television news and video collections. In 2011 she joined the DAM team at Sears Holdings Corporation, helping to maintain digital content using corporate taxonomies and automated data enrichment workflows. As a member of the newest division of NAPC, Laura manages DAM design, implementation and customer success.

Ms Monica Y Fulvio
Senior Taxonomist, Digital, National Geographic Partners
Monica Fulvio is the Senior Taxonomist for National Geographic Partners in Washington, DC. She previously worked at Hanley Wood and the World Bank, and has been working with taxonomies and automatic classification for nearly ten years. She has a MS in LIS from the Catholic University of America.

Heather Hedden
Senior Vocabulary Editor, Cengage Learning
Heather Hedden is a senior vocabulary editor at Gale/Cengage Learning, a position that she held from 1996 to 2004, when the company was a division of Thomson Learning, and to which she returned in 2014. In the intervening decade, she worked as a taxonomist at various employers and as an independent taxonomy consultant (Hedden Information Management). At Cengage, Heather manages controlled vocabularies for the indexing and retrieval of Gale research database content and taxonomies for educational products. She has taught online workshops in taxonomy creation through the continuing education program of Simmons College School of Library and Information Science and the American Society for Indexing and is the author of The Accidental Taxonomist (Information Today Inc.).

Marjorie M.K. Hlava
President & Chairman, Access Innovations, Inc., Data Harmony My blog is TaxoDiary.com
Marjorie Hlava's research areas include productivity of content creation, information access governance layer through automated indexing, thesaurus development, taxonomy creation, natural language processing, machine translations, knowledge organization systems (KOS) and implementation in production, search and web instances. Hlava is Founding Chair of the SLA Taxonomy Division, and President of Access Innovations, Inc. She has created over 100 thesauri and taxonomies and worked with more than 600 in the process of over 2000 engagments. She is active in standards development, including Z39.19/2005 Controlled Vocabulary, Z39.84 Dublin Core and the NISO Content Board for NISO. Her blog, www.taxodiary.com, covers news trends opinions in the taxonomy and metadata space.

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John Horodyski
Partner, Optimity Advisors
John Horodyski

Partner, Information Management

Optimity Advisors


John Horodyski is a Partner with Optimity Advisors with over 15 years of management strategy experience in Information Management including Digital Asset Management (DAM), Metadata and Taxonomy design, Information Governance, Rights Management, and Social Media marketing and Brand strategy.  John has provided strategic direction and consulting for a variety of Fortune 500 clients from Consumer Packaging Goods, to Media & Entertainment, and the Pharmaceutical industry. John is also an Adjunct Faculty at San Jose State University where he teaches a graduate course in Digital Asset Management. In addition to regular training and public speaking on digital media and metadata, John is a Board Member and Metadata Editor of the Journal Of Digital Media Management.

Mr Robert Kasenchak Jr
Director of Business Development, Access Innovations
Bob Kasenchak directs business development activities at Access Innovations in Albuquerque, NM, including solutions architecture and taxonomy project design. Current research interests include the intersection of Linked Data and taxonomies, Smart Data, and the Semantic Web. In previous lives, Bob studied classics and music theory at St. John's College, the New England Conservatory of Music, and the University of Texas.

Patrick Lambe
Founder, Straits Knowledge, Singapore & Bangkok University
Patrick Lambe is the author of the widely-praised book "Organising Knowledge: Taxonomies, Knowledge and Organisational Effectiveness" (Chandos: 2007) and co-author with Nick Milton of "The Knowledge Managers Handbook: a step by step guide to implementing KM in your organization" (Kogan Page: 2016). Based in Singapore, he is the founder of knowledge management research and consulting firm Straits Knowledge, founding President of the International Society for Knowledge Organization Singapore Chapter, Visiting Professor at Bangkok University, and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Knowledge Management. His paper on "The Unacknowledged Parentage of Knowledge Management" won an Emerald Literati award in 2012. Patrick was educated at Oxford, did his Master's in Librarianship and Information Studies at the University of London, and has worked for the past 35 years in librarianship, learning and development, elearning and knowledge management. He is a widely respected keynote speaker and writer on knowledge and information management issues, and his blog is at www.greenchameleon.com

David Landry
Sr. Manager, Amgen
Anne Lapkin
SVP, Global Strategy, Smartlogic
Jeff Lawrence
Delivery Director, Celerity
Ms. Stephanie Lemieux
President & Principal Consultant, Dovecot Studio

Stephanie is the president of Dovecot Studio -- a boutique firm specializing in information architecture -- where she helps a wide variety of clients such as Nickelodeon and the United Nations find happiness and good user experience through taxonomy. Stephanie has been working in the information management industry for nearly a decade, helping create strategies and content structures to support faceted search, digital asset management and website navigation, to name a few. Prior to focusing her energies on Dovecot, she was a senior consultant and taxonomy practice lead with Earley & Associates. Most recently, Stephanie was Director of Search & Content at the Yellow Pages.

Stephanie has a Masters degree in Library and Information Studies (MLIS) from McGill University with a specialization in knowledge management.

Ben Licciardi
Manager, PwC
Mr. Licciardi is a Manager at PwC with over 10 years of experience in information management, information architecture, taxonomy and metadata design, and search strategy. He has worked extensively with Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations, and government agencies to develop user-friendly and effective information retrieval systems ranging from document and records management systems to e-commerce websites. Mr. Licciardi also has experience developing and refining information governance strategies.

Jacqueline Luffman
Manager, Dissemination Division, Statistics Canada
Jacqueline Luffman is a sociologist by training and has worked at Statistics Canada for more than 15 years. She has written and presented dozens of academic and research papers on major Canadian social issues. In the last 5 years, she has been in charge of the registration of new content for the Statistic's Canada website and liaised with subject matter across the agency.

Seth Maislin
Principal Consultant, Digital Transformation, Earley Information Science
Seth Maislin is a principal consultant in taxonomy and information management at Earley Information Science. For more than 20 years he has demonstrated strengths in classification and taxonomy, content modeling, information architecture, search, and usability. He has dedicated the last 10+ years to providing sustaining information management solutions to clients facing real and complex findability challenges. He has helped companies such as Motorola, Walmart, Consumer Reports, The Hartford Insurance Group, Hasbro, Corning, Staples, and The Legal Defense Fund develop content and governance frameworks for keeping internal and external web content environments both competitive and in the forefront of their business strategies

Mr Daniel Mayer
CEO, Expert System Enterprise

Daniel Mayer is VP of Product & Marketing at TEMIS, the leading provider of semantic content enrichment solutions for the Enterprise. In this capacity he is responsible for shaping and promoting TEMIS's flagship Luxid® product range and its roadmap with a particular focus on Information Management applications. Prior to joining TEMIS, Daniel served for the past 15 years in a variety of marketing and product strategy functions throughout the IT value chain.

Daniel holds Masters degrees in Business and Computer Science from HEC, and ENST, France.

James Morris
Senior Information Scientist, SmartLogic
For the first phase of his career, Jim developed, supported, and managed systems that facilitated the delivery of library services. Later, his experience broadened into enterprise information management, bringing librarian perspectives to intranet portals, content management systems, enterprise taxonomies, and websites. Before joining SmartLogic in 2014 as an Information Scientist, Jim was the vocabulary capability lead for a Pharmaceutical R&D organization, and at Smartlogic continues to support customers in the areas of life sciences and healthcare. He has a special interest in using Linked Data / Semantic Web principles and technology for vocabulary and metadata management.

Peter Morville
President, Semantic Studios, & Author, Search Patterns, Ambient Findability, Information Architecture, & Intertwingled
Peter Morville is a pioneer of the fields of information architecture and user experience. His best-selling books include Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, Ambient Findability, Search Patterns, and Intertwingled. He advises such clients as AT&T, Cisco, Harvard, IBM, Macy's, the Library of Congress, and the National Cancer Institute. His work has been covered by Business Week, The Economist, NPR, and The Wall Street Journal. Peter lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his wife, two daughters, and a dog named Knowsy.

Naomi Oorbeck
Information Architect, The Understanding Group
New to the conference circuit, before joining TUG in September 2014, Naomi spent seven years as an IA and User Experience Designer for Hewlett-Packard. Previously, she worked as a product manager of taxonomy services for a technology startup focusing on search solutions, and before that as head of reference services for the West Coast branches of a Fortune 100 company. Naomi earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan’s School of Information, where she tailored her degree in Information Architecture.

Theresa Putkey
Information Architect & Taxonomist, Key Pointe Usability Consulting, Inc.
My focus is on user needs in content management systems (websites, intranets, and other CMS projects), digital asset management systems, and digital libraries. Part of making a CMS “work” is an appropriate information structure and taxonomy.

Leveraging over 10 years of experience in information architecture and over 15 years in the technology industry, I bring strong expertise to each customer. My tenure and experience in the field, coupled with my Masters degree in Information Science, provide a powerful approach to helping organizations achieve success.

Lawrence Rafsky
Chief Scientist, NewsEdge / Acquire Media
Dr. Rafsky, who earned his Ph.D. in statistics from Yale in 1974 and his A.B. summa cum laude from Princeton in 1970, is a well-known innovator and entrepreneur in the on-line information industry. He has led four successful new ventures, taking overall responsibility for securing funding, setting strategic direction, and building infrastructures. 

At Automatic Data Processing, from 1978 through 1982, he conceived, planned, negotiated and then served as Managing Director of ECONALYST, the joint venture between ADP and Alan Greenspan’s economic consulting firm, Townsend-Greenspan.  In 1982, Dr. Rafsky founded GemNet, the software company that wrote FAME, a leading time series data banking and econometric analysis package. In 1984, Citibank acquired GemNet. Dr. Rafsky served as President of the now re-named FAME Software Corporation.  In 1985, Dr. Rafsky co-founded Gari Software Associates, an organization specializing in financial data base and real-time news integration for Wall Street. Dow Jones acquired Gari; Dr. Rafsky served as president of Gari from 1985 to 1998.  In 1998, Dr. Rafsky led an MBO of Gari Software from Dow Jones, and sold the resulting entity to WavePhore. Merging this software base with the Internet news delivery systems of Mainstream Data, also acquired by WavePhore, he created MediaXpress, the company’s flagship product, and pioneered the formation of xmlnews.org. Named CTO of Wavo (WavePhore’s new name), Dr. Rafsky lead news software development until early 2001 when he formed Acquire Media Corporation and acquired the MediaXpress assets, and in 2007 the assets of NewsEdge, formerly a division of Thomson Corporation.

In addition to his entrepreneurial activities, Dr. Rafsky maintains research interests in a number of technical fields, including multivariate data analysis, NLP/text categorization/taxonomic tagging, graphics/visualization, computational statistics, finance, and portfolio theory. Papers in finance and portfolio theory have appeared in Econometrica and Management Science. Papers in multivariate analysis and graphics have appeared in the Annals of Statistics and JASA (Journal of the American Statistical Association). Dr. Rafsky was co-recipient of the 1980 Theory and Methods Award from the American Statistical Association, has been an adjunct faculty member in the Computer Science Department at Stevens Institute, and an invited speaker at major universities (Carnegie Mellon, Yale, and others) and meetings (ASA, ComStat, and COMDEX).

Tom Reamy
Chief Knowledge Architect, KAPS Group
Tom Reamy is currently the Chief Knowledge Architect and founder of KAPS Group, a group of knowledge architecture, taxonomy, and text analytics consultants. Tom has 20 years' of experience in information architecture, intranet management and consulting, and text analytics.

Tom’s academic background includes a Masters in the History of Ideas, research in artificial intelligence and cognitive science, and a strong background in philosophy, particularly epistemology.  He has published articles in various journals and is a frequent speaker at knowledge management conferences. He is the author of a new book on text analytics: Deep Text: Using Text Analytics to Conquer Information Overload, Get Real Value from Social Media, and Add Big(ger) Text to Big Data

When not writing or developing KM projects, he can usually be found at the bottom of the ocean in Carmel taking photos of strange creatures.

Lindy Roux
VP, Digital Experience, Celerity
As the leader of our content marketing practice, Lindy leads a team of professionals helping our clients define and execute digital marketing strategies. A frequent speaker, author and industry contributor, her expertise spans customer insights strategies, content marketing, social integration, SEO, user experience and omni-channel marketing. Lindy comes to ThoughtMatrix with over 15 years of experience defining, creating and managing engaging digital experiences that resonate with required audiences and drive conversion, helping to meet business and user goals. Lindy has worked on a broad range of projects, from enterprise-level websites to intranets, e-commerce sites, experiential microsites, online communities, mobile sites and applications, and email and social media campaigns, in a number of verticals, including retail, telecommunications, consulting, healthcare, banking, insurance, pharma and food.

Adrienne Smith
Taxonomy Consultant
Adrienne Smith is an information management consultant with experience building and maintaining taxonomies, most recently with Canada's Yellow Pages. Her expertise includes user research, information architecture, and business analysis for improving knowledge transfer and management.

Dave Snowden
Director, Cynefin Centre, Bangor University, Wales, Cognitive Edge
David Snowden is Director of the Cynefin Centre at bangor University in Wales and founder and chief scientific officer of Cognitive Edge.  His work is in the area of naturalising sense-making, seeking to base social science research and practice in the natural science.  He is generally considered to be a pioneer in the application of complex adaptive systems theory to a range of social issues, and in the development of narrative as a method for research, knowledge discovery and distribution.  His work extends across government and industry in a variety of fields including knowledge management, strategic planning, conflict resolution, weak signal detection, decision support and organisational development.

Snowden holds a variety of academic positions.  In addiiton to the Bangor position is a visiting professor at the University of Stellenbosh and Hull University.  He has previously held positions at the Universities of Canberra, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Pretoria and is a visiting fellow at Warwick University, Nanyang University, the Universita' Cattolica in Italy and the Singapore Management College.  He was Director of the EPSRC (UK) research programme on emergence in 2006 and was appointed to the NSF (US) review panel on complexity science research in 2007.  He is also on the editorial boards of several Knowledge Management journals and is an Editor in Chief for Emergence, Complexity and Organisation.

He previously worked for IBM where he was a Director of the Institution for Knowledge Management and founded the Cynefin Centre for Organisational Complexity.  He was selected by IBM as one of six “on-demand” thinkers for a world wide advertising campaign.  Prior to that he worked in a range of strategic and management roles in the service sector.  He has extensive international experience and has been engaged in a range of DARAP and other government funded research programmes in the field of counter terrorism.  He lives in the UK where he pursues the co-evolutionary passions of Welsh Rugby and Wagnerian Opera.

Jim Sweeney
Product Manager, Synaptica, LLC
Jim Sweeney is the Product Manager for Synaptica LLC, overseeing product development, project management, and customer sales and support services for the Synaptica suite of Knowledge Organization Systems software. Jim has been with the Synaptica team since 2005.  

Elizabeth Sweeney
Sales & Product Manager, Thomson Reuters
Zachary R Wahl
President, Enterprise Knowledge
Zach Wahl is the founder and President of Enterprise Knowledge, LLC.  Enterprise Knowledge is focused on the delivery of innovative knowledge management solutions with a focus on taxonomy, governance, and strategic road mapping. He is an expert and frequent speaker on the topics of Taxonomy Design, Knowledge Management, and Information Governance. He focuses on the design and deployment of information managment technologies and systems including portals, collaboration tools, wikis, and other social computing products. In addition, Mr. Wahl has designed his own series of workshops on the topics of Information Management System Best Practices, Taxonomy Design, and eGovernance. Mr. Wahl has managed the deployment of over 70 information management systems in both the public and private sectors. 

Andrew Young
Search Enrichment and Taxonomy Lead, SEEK
Andrew has spent the last 28 years in the information retrieval and website business, starting his career at the online division of Reuters news agency in London. Holding a U.S. patent in taxonomy design from his time at Dow Jones Factiva, he has since advised clients across the world on metadata schemas, information architectures, search and content management. Joining Microsoft through the 2008 acquisition of FAST Search, he managed partner relationships across Asia for its SharePoint business. After a spell consulting and setting up his own practive he is back in the online media space, heading up taxonomy and structured data at leading Australian jobs site SEEK