Plenary Sessions

Keynote Speakers

Opening Ceremony
Thursday, July 2nd , Deree Gym, 09:00-10:30


Alexander Nehamas

Alexander Nehamas was born in Athens, graduated from Athens College, and attended Swarthmore College and Princeton University, where he is currently Professor in the Humanities, Philosophy, and Comparative Literature.His books include Nietzsche: Life as Literature, The Art of Living: Socratic Reflections from Plato to Foucault, Virtues of Authenticity: Essays on Plato and Socrates, and Only a Promise of Happiness: The Place of Beauty in a World of Art. He has also translated Plato’s Symposium and Phaedrus into English. At Princeton, he has chaired the Council of the Humanities, the Program in Hellenic Studies, and he was the Founding Director of the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts. 

Influenced by the place of philosophy in the life of Ancient Greece and Rome as well as by Nietzsche, he questions the transformation of philosophy from a way of living into a purely academic discipline. Similarly, he holds the view that the arts constitute an indispensable part of human life and not a separate domain, of interest only to a few.




Awards Ceremony
Friday, July 3rd, Pierce Theater, 16:00 – 18:00

Robert Chia

Robert Chia is Research Professor of Management at the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow. He received his PhD in Organizational Analysis from Lancaster University in 1992.

He has authored/edited five books and published substantially in the top international management and organization studies journals on a wide range of organization/management related issues.His research interests include: the application of process philosophical thinking to organization studies, human actions, decisions and change; examining the emergent logic of practice in strategy making; exploring contrasting east-west philosophies and outlooks and their implications for the conduct of business and management; and analysing the university/industry nexus and how that shapes the perceived priorities and role of management education. Robert is an ex-business practitioner. Prior to entering academia he worked for seventeen years in senior management positions where he played a key role in workforce productivity improvements, in business strategizing and in enhancing organizational competitiveness and performance in highly volatile and competitive global business environments.