Keynote speakers

We are pleased to announce the Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr. Tilokie Depoo – Chief Academic Officer & Dean, School for Business, Metropolitan College of New York (USA)

Tilokie DepooDr. Tilokie Depoo is a strategic visionary, knowledgeable and experienced leader in building and managing effective multi-site education programs. His entrepreneurial insights offer fiscal practicality to harness and produce balanced curricula serving several pedagogical needs and delivery modalities. Dr. Depoo has over twenty years of corporate experience, including a diversified professional background in international and domestic business. While working in the corporate world he maintained close contact with academia and has over 18 years’ experience in higher education in both teaching and administration. Currently, he is Chief Academic Officer (CAO) at Metropolitan College of New York. He holds a title of Professor within the School for Business. He has specific responsibility for the development and implementation of the College’s strategic plans, student learning outcomes as well as innovation in programs and modality. Born in Guyana, Dr. Depoo attended junior high school in Manhattan and F.K. Lane High School in Brooklyn, completed his undergraduate work in economics at Long Island University, Brooklyn, and earned a master’s degree in economics from New York University. He received his Ph.D. in Strategic Management from Lynn University in Florida. Prior to his full-time move to academia from corporate, Dr. Depoo worked in strategic planning, venture development, financial analysis, market research, business development and product development for international and domestic companies including Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, Lever Brothers, the New York Daily News, HKCL, NexxtHealth and Fidelis Care New York. In his most recent corporate position he served as Director of Strategic Planning at Fidelis Care, the New York State Catholic Health Plan, which provides affordable health coverage to children and adults throughout New York State. In addition, he has served as a Management Advisor in a United Nations Development Program (UNDP) funded position. Dr. Depoo serves on several for-profit and non-profit boards including the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), where he also chairs the Risk Management committee. Complementing his management and administrative accomplishments, Dr. Depoo maintains research interests in the area of international labor migration and the brain drain in third world countries. He has co-authored two books: A practical Guide to Microeconomics (2007) and the East Indian Diaspora (1993). Additionally, he has published several articles on the brain drain including Guyana’s Brain Drain and Implications for Economics Development (2007).

  • Prof. Winfried Pohlmeier – University of Konstanz (Germany)

 Winfried PohlmeierWinfried Pohlmeier studied Economics and Political Science at the University of Konstanz and Princeton University. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Mannheim, followed by post-doctoral work as a John F. Kennedy Fellow at Havard University. In 1994 he received the venia legendi for Economics and Econometrics from the Department of Economics of the University of Mannheim. In the same year he became professor of Economics and Econometrics at the University of Konstanz. Pohlmeier served as an editor and associate editor of several international journals. He is a research associate at the Center of Finance and Econometrics (CoFE), senior research fellow at the Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis (RCEA) and the Center of Advance Studies of Collective Behaviour (CASCB). His main areas of research are financial econometrics, microeconometrics and machine learning.

  • Prof. Jean-Michel Eymeri-Douzans – Sciences Po Toulouse (France)

Jean-Michel Eymeri-DouzansProfessor Jean-Michel EYMERI-DOUZANS is a French high-level academic and international expert in Public Administration and EU Governance. A graduate from Sciences Po Paris (1990), he took his PhD from the Sorbonne (1999). Since his secondment as French Representative at the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA), Maastricht, NL in 1999-2001, he has worked extensively for the European Commission as an expert, trainer, conference rapporteur, evaluator, both in Brussels and in Candidate and Neighbor Countries as short term expert in many Twinning Projects (the latest being currently in Albania). In France, he has been Chairman of the scientific council of DGAFP, the DG for the Civil Service, in the Ministry for Civil Service, Paris, and works regularly for the ENA (National School of Administration). He now chairs European Group for Public Administration’s PSG n° XVII « Sociology of the State: Reforms & Resilience », and has recently joined the Steering Committee of EGPA. A specialist of the process of government at the top and the national coordination of EU policy-making as well as of HRM in the Civil Service, he has authored many books.