Keynote speakers Keynote Speaker 1 – Tim Mescon, AACSB International Modeling Best of Class Standards: Inclusiveness and Diversity in Business Doctoral Programs Timothy S. Mescon is executive vice president and chief officer for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa for AACSB International. He is president emeritus of Columbus State University (Georgia), where he served from 2008 to 2014. Previously, he served as dean and Dinos Eminent Scholar Chair for 18 years at the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Mescon gained extensive experience as an AACSB peer review team member, chair, and committee member for 25 years before joining AACSB. He is the author of more than 200 articles and case studies, and he has coauthored four books, his latest Entrepreneurship: Venture Initiation, Management and Development, 2nd edition (Routledge/M.E. Sharpe). Mescon received his PhD from the Terry College at The University of Georgia, his MBA from the Cox School at Southern Methodist University, and his BA from Tulane University. Keynote Speaker 2 – Alison Mitchell, Vitae Actions for all: contributions to inclusive research environments Alison Mitchell, is Director of Development for Vitae, promoting world class researcher development to realise the potential of researchers in UK and internationally. Alison leads major Vitae programmes including Membership, Annual Programme, Vitae Researcher Development Framework, Every Researchers Counts equality and diversity, Continuing professional development for researcher developers, international institutional strengthening consultancy, and themed projects such as open researcher, employability, entrepreneurship and leadership. As Head of the Postgraduate Research Office, University of Strathclyde, Alison established the university-wide framework for researcher development, accomplished large scale postgraduate collaborative training and knowledge transfer with industry, managed doctoral scholarships, and conducted research into researchers in SMEs and academic intrapreneurship. At the University of Glasgow, Alison engaged in UK and international postgraduate recruitment, student support as Adviser of studies, and public engagement initiatives including Women into Computing Science and science clubs for girls. Alison is Fellow of the Association of University Administrators, member of the Chartered Management Institute, Associate Fellow of the University of Warwick and member of Institute of Knowledge Transfer. Keynote Speaker 3 – Dr Maria Hudson, University of Essex Reflections on the potential of employer action learning in mobilising and sustaining organisational progress on equality and inclusion Maria joined Essex Business School in 2016 following several years working independently as an employment and social policy researcher and analyst. Prior to this she has spent nearly ten years working as a social researcher at the Policy Studies Institute, University of Westminster. She has undertaken a wide-range of research projects for numerous sponsors; for example, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Department for Work and Pensions, Acas, the Commission for Racial Equality and the Low Pay Commission. She has also taught at several universities in the UK, most recently in the School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London and in the Faculty of Human, Social and Political Science, University of Cambridge. Since joining Essex Business School her research activities have included undertaking an Acas funded research project on the management of mental health at work, drawing on the findings to co-organise a workshop for Essex based employers on the promotion of positive mental health. She is currently facilitating an action learning set for a small group of employers in Essex and Ipswich, with a focus on critical reflection, the sharing of better practice and the promotion of positive mental health.