Keynote Speakers

We are delighted to announce the following three keynote speakers for the upcoming 15th IFIP Conference on e-Business, e-Services and e-Society.


Professor Viswanath Venkatesh (University of Arkansas)

Professor Viswanath Venkatesh completed his PhD at the University of Minnesota in 1997 and is now a Distinguished Professor and George and Boyce Billingsley Chair in Information Systems at the Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas. His research focuses on understanding the diffusion of technologies in organizations and society. For over two decades, he has worked with several companies and government agencies, and has rigorously studied real world phenomena. The sponsorship of his research has been about US$10M.

Professor Venkatesh's work has appeared in leading journals in human-computer interaction, information systems, organizational behavior, psychology, marketing, medical informatics, and operations management journals. He is one of three scholars to have published more than 15 papers in MIS Quarterly (MISQ). From 2005-’14, he is the most productive in terms of publications in the premier journals in information systems, i.e., Information Systems Research and MISQ. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential scholars in business and economics, with about 50,000 citations and 12,000 citations per Google Scholar and Web of Science, respectively. In 2014, he was recognized by Thompson Reuters as one of only 95 high-impact scholars in business and economics (, based on publications from 2000 to 2012. In 2008, his MISQ (2003) paper was identified as a current classic by Science Watch (a Thompson Reuters’ service) and since 2009, it is the most influential article in one of the four Research Front Maps in business and economics. Since 2012, he is serving as a Senior Editor (SE) at MISQ. From 2008 to 2011, he served as an SE at ISR. MISQ named him “Reviewer of the Year” in 1999.


Professor H. Raghav Rao (University of Buffalo)

Professor H. Raghav Rao is a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor in the School of Management at University of Buffalo. His interests are in the areas of management information systems, decision support systems, e-business, emergency response management systems and information assurance. He has chaired sessions at international conferences and presented numerous papers. He has authored or co-authored more than 175 technical papers, of which more than 100 are published in archival journals.

Rao's work has received best paper and best paper runner up awards at AMCIS and ICIS. He was ranked No. 3 in publication productivity internationally in a 2011 Communications of the Association for Information Systems study.  In 2014, Rao's h-index was 40 and his i-10 index was 101.

Rao is chair of IFIP WG 8.11/11.13, the working group for Information Systems Security Research. He is also a senior editor of MIS Quarterly, Advisory Editor of Decision Support Systems, Associate Editor of ACM Transactions on MIS, and co-editor-in-chief of Information Systems Frontiers.

Rao teaches Information assurance, networks and e-commerce. He is the recipient of the 2007 State University of New York Chancellor's award for excellence in scholarship and creative activities and is the only School of Management Professor to be honoured as a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, which represents a promotion in rank above full professor. He is also graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy.


Professor Ben Light (University of Salford, UK)

Ben’s research concerns people’s everyday experiences of digital media with a focus on (non)consumption, digital methods, gender and sexuality. His book, Disconnecting with Social Networking Sites (Palgrave MacMillan) was published in 2014. In 2011, (with Garry Crawford and Victoria Gosling) Online Gaming in Context: The Social and Cultural Significance of Online Games, was published by Routledge. He has published work in journals such as First Monday, New Media and Society, Information Communication and Society, Cultural Sociology, Information Technology and People and Continuum: the Journal of Media and Cultural Studies. He is currently working on the co-authored text: Not Safe For work (MIT Press – with Kylie Jarrett and Susanna Paasonen). He is a Senior Editor of the Journal of Information Technology and an Associate Editor for New Media and Society,  and Social Media and Society. He sits on the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Peer Review College and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council College.