Keynote Speakers


 Chiang Kao

National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

Chiang Kao is a University Chair Professor of Industrial and Information Management at National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. He received his MS in Operations Research and PhD in Forest Management from Oregon State University, USA, and also did post-doctoral research in Economics at Oregon State University. After joining National Cheng Kung University and working for a couple of years, he was hired by the Computer Science Department of Southwest Texas State University as a professor, and returned to National Cheng Kung University in 1990. Since he started his teaching career in1980, he has been a visiting scholar at Purdue University (USA) for one year, a guest professor at Aachen University of Technology (Germany) for six months, a visiting professor at INSEAD (France) for three months, a visiting scholar at Paul Sabatier University (France) for three months, and a visiting scholar at University of Bologna (Italy) for five months. Currently he is also an honorable professor at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences.


Professor Kao has published more than 150 papers in international journals, of which approximately 50 are related to DEA. He also attends international conferences to give invited talks and present papers, with a number reaching one hundred. He is now finishing a book titled “Network Data Envelopment Analysis: Foundations and Extensions” for Springer. In addition to this book, he is also the author of three Chinese books, Performance Evaluation: Data Envelopment Analysis, The Art of Decision-making, and Research Strategy for Journal Publication. The accomplishments in teaching and research won him the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Ministry of Education and the Distinguished Research Award from the Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan.


Professor Kao has also held administrative posts at National Cheng Kung University, including Chairman of the Department of Industrial and Information Management, Director of the University Library, Dean of the College of Management, and President of the University. He has also served as the President of the Chinese Institute of Industrial Engineers and a director of the Chinese Management Association for many years. He served one term as the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of the Chinese Institute of Industrial Engineers. He continues to serve as an Associate Editor for Omega, a post he first took up in 2009, and is on the Editorial Board of European Journal of Operational Research since 2015.

Joseph C. Paradi

Executive Director and Professor Emeritus Centre for Management of Technology and Entrepreneurship Chair Holder in Information Engineering Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering University of Toronto

Since his childhood in Budapest, Hungary, and immigrating to Canada as a youngster, Dr. Paradi has spent over 5 decades "building" something - first, an education.  He completed high school in Toronto, then attended the University of Toronto where he obtained a degree in Chemical Engineering, followed by M.A.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees.  He is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineers.

After graduation he entered into the business world and founded Dataline Inc. in 1968.  The Company was very successful, engaged in the time-sharing of computer services business and grew to a $25 million (~$45 M today), large Canadian company that he sold in late 1987 and left in January 1989 after 20 years at the helm.

He started teaching on a part time basis during the early 1980’s when the first lectures in "Innovation and Entrepreneurship" were delivered. Today, he is the Executive Director of the Centre for Management of Technology and Entrepreneurship, and a Professor Emeritus.  He is the Chair holder in Information Engineering in the Faculty. He teaches/organizes 8 courses in Entrepreneurship and Business, and Small Business management.  His research activities focus on the Financial Services Industry and currently include the supervision of a group of 3 graduate students working on their Masters and Doctorate.  He advised 16 Ph.D. candidates, supervised about 70 M.A.Sc and over 180 undergraduate theses involving 250 students.  He is the co-author of 58 peer reviewed papers, 3 books and 5 Chapters in books. He has participated in conference sessions and acted as Chairman, Moderator and Key-note speaker in 50 events.



Jesus T. Pastor

Universidad Miguel Hernandez of Elche, Spain

Jesus T. Pastor is Professor of Statistics and Operations Research at the Universidad Miguel Hernandez of Elche, Spain. He earned his MBA and Ph.D. in mathematical sciences from the University of Valencia, Spain. He started his teaching career in 1972 as lecturer at the same University. In 1984 he became Associate Professor at the University of Alicante, where he was promoted to Professor in 1990. In 1997, he moved to his current position at the Universidad Miguel Hernandez de Elche. He has been a visiting researcher at the universities of Georgia (USA), Toronto (Canada), Queensland (Australia) and Warwick (UK).

Prof. Pastor’s past research fields included semi-infinite programming and location science; nowadays, his two research areas are banking and efficiency analysis. He has served on the editorial review or advisory board of more than 20 international journals. He has been guest editor of one issue of EJOR and two issues of JPA. He has authored or co-authored 9 books in various fields of mathematics and has published over 130 research papers, half of them related to DEA. He is ranked as one of the top 20 DEA authors with respect to citation impact measures. His research has appeared in a wide variety of top refereed journals of the SCI. At the present time, he is co-editing a Springer research book devoted to efficiency and productivity analysis.

Professionally, Prof. Pastor served as Vice-president and President of the Spanish Statistical and Operations Research Society (SEIO). He was also Director of the Center of Operations Research as well as Vice-rector of Research at the Universidad Miguel Hernandez. He was elected as President of his current University for the 2011-2019 period. Prof. Pastor was a member of the regional government of the Autonomous Region of Valencia, Spain, for three years, 2004 to 2007, serving as General Director for Research and Technological Transfer. Recently, the Spanish Scientists Association has recognized Prof. Pastor as one of the top three Spanish scientists in year 2013. At the beginning of 2015, he became a member of the Spanish Statistical Council. 


Northeastern University, USA

Professor Sherman is professor of business administration at Northeastern University and a CPA. Professor Sherman was an assistant professor of the faculty at the MIT Sloan School of Management prior to joining Northeastern. He has been a visiting professor at INSEAD (France), the Naval Postgraduate School (Monterey, CA), Technion (Israel), Univ. of Auckland, and adjunct professor at the Tufts University School of Medicine. He serves on public company boards chairing the audit committee as a financial expert and assists new ventures through the IPO process and up-listing to US stock exchanges. He teaches executive and MBA courses in accounting, control, and global financial statement analysis with a focus on international shareholder reporting using IFRS and U.S. GAAP. His industry research and teaching focuses on audit committees, financial management of technology, consumer product and financial service businesses, service management focused on health care, financial businesses and nonprofit organizations. He has authored countless articles and books, including Profits You Can Trust: Spotting & Surviving Accounting Landmines.Sherman earned his MBA and DBA from Harvard Business School, and has been the academic fellow at the SEC Division of Corporate Finance and served on a FASB advisory board.


Professor Sherman 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). His 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 Data Envelopment Analysis (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. 


Professor Sherman was an assistant professor of the faculty at the MIT Sloan School of Management prior to joining Northeastern. He has been a visiting professor at INSEAD (France), the Naval Postgraduate School (Monterey, CA),Technion (Israel), Univ. of Auckland, and adjunct professor at the Tufts University School of Medicine. He spent 2004 and 2005 as the Academic Fellow in the Division of Corporate Finance at the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), working on current shareholder reporting issues for US and international businesses. Professor Sherman has served as director, manager, and consultant to financial, healthcare, and high technology businesses, including KLA;A.T.Kearney; Bank of America: U.S. Bancorp; Fidelity Brokerage Services (FMR Corp.); U.S. Department of Defense; Department Of Supply and Services (Government of Canada).


Professor Sherman has also served as a board member and manager of several new ventures from start-up to IPO and sale to acquiring private and public companies. He is a Certified Public Accountant and practiced with Coopers & Lybrand. He served on an advisory task force of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and served as the controller of the Museum of Fine Arts of Boston. Sherman has served on five public company boards and currently serves on the board and as chair of the audit committee of Kingold Jewelry (NASDAQ: KGJI). He also serves as treasurer and member on two not for profit boards: American Academy of Dramatic Arts (NY and LA), and D-Tree International (Cambridge and Tanzania). He currently is advising companies preparing for IPOs in the US market and has, as board member, assisted developing businesses in going public and in listing on NASDAQ.