Fives keynote speeches will be invited for the Conference.
Keynote Speakers are recognized as outstanding experts on the conference theme:
Robert Agranoff is professor emeritus in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, Bloomington, and professor in the Government and Public Administration Program at the Instituto Universitario Ortegy y Gasset, Madrid. His latest book is “Collaborating to Manage: A Primer for the Public Sector” (Georgetown University Press, 2012). His research focuses on federalism/intergovernmental relations, network management, and public organizations. He continues to teach part time at both Indiana University and Ortega y Gasset. Agranoff is currently working on a book on the historical development of intergovernmental management in the United States.
Prof. Dr. Geert Bouckaert, is currently the President of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS) (2013-2016). He was the President of the European Group for Public Administration (EGPA) (2004-2010) and the Chair of the IIAS Programme and Research Advisory Committee (PRAC) (2010-2013). He is Professor at the Public Management Institute (Faculty of Social Sciences) of the KU Leuven, Belgium. From 1997 to 2012, he was the Director of the Public Management Institute (Instituut voor de Overheid- KU Leuven). His fields of research and teaching are Public Management, Public Sector reforms, Performance Management and Finance Management. He is also visiting Professor at the University of Potsdam (Germany). He is involved in several international networks such as: President of the Scientific Committee of SPAN (Swiss Public Administration Network), President of the Flemish Governmental Commission for the Efficiency and Effectiveness of the Public Sector, Vice Chair of COST Action LocRef (Local Government Reform), Member of the Corvinus Budapest International Advisory Board, Member of the Conseil scientifique de la Revue française d’administration publique (ENA), Member of the Board of the Belgian Institute of Public Administration. Member of the VVBB- Flemish Association of Administrative Sciences, Member of the international advisory board of the MPM at the Bocconi University. He is also the Coordinator for Governmental organizations in Flanders (Belgium). Geert Bouckaert received several Honorary Doctorates and other international awards in recognition to his scientific contributions in the field of Public Administration. Professor Bouckaert published many books and articles on Public Management and Public Administration Reforms.
Erik-Hans Klijn is currently the President of the International Research Association of Public management (IRSPM). He is professor of Public Administration at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and visiting professor at INLOGOV at the University of Birmingham (School of Government and Society) since 2005. His research focuses on complex decision-making in networks and network management and has expanded to themes of trust in complex decision-making and the tensions between horizontal decision-making in governance networks and representational democracy. Recently he has started research projects on the influence of media in complex decision-making (NWO funded research for the period 2010-2013), and research on branding in the public sector. He is an international distinguished Public Administration scholar especially on the field of complex decision-making, (policy) networks and network management. He is member of steering board (dagelijks bestuur) of The Netherlands School of Government (NIG), the national research school of Public Administration and Political science. Professor Klijn is and has been member of the board of several International research associations like the Public Management Research association (PMRA, a prominent US association) (2005-2009), IRSPM (2006-2011) and Journals like PMR and JPART.
Kenneth J. Meier is the Charles H. Gregory Chair in Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University. He also directs the Project for Equity, Representation and Governance, the Texas Educational Excellence Project, and the Carlos Cantu Hispanic Education and Opportunity Endowment and holds a joint appointment as a professor of public management at the Cardiff University School of Business (Wales). He is a recipient of the Dwight Waldo Award from the American Society for Public Administration, the John Gaus Award from the American Political Science Association and the H. George Frederickson Award from the Public Management Research Association. He is currently the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.
H. Brinton Milward is the Director of the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona. He holds the Providence Service Corporation Chair in Public Management. He was Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, which is co-chaired by President George Herbert Walker Bush and President Bill Clinton. He has been president of two national associations: the Public Management Research Association and the National Association of Schools of Public Administration and Affairs. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and in 2010 won the Distinguished Research Award given by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration and the American Society for Public Administration for a “coherent body of work over a career.” Dr. Milward’s research interests revolve around networks and collaboration. The focus of his work has been on understanding how to efficiently and effectively manage networks of organizations that jointly produce public services like health and human services. He has conducted studies of what happens when governments privatize public services, which he terms “governing the hollow state.” In addition, since 9/11 he has studied illegal and covert networks that pursue grievances or greed. His articles on “Dark Networks,” have been widely cited for their application of network analysis and management theory to terrorist networks, human trafficking, drug smuggling, and other illegal activities. His particular foci have been the governance of dark networks, their trajectories, and accounting for their relative degrees of effectiveness and resilience. Milward received his B.A. from University of Kentucky and his MA and Ph.D. from Ohio State University.