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2020 International Webinar Series

The goal of the International Webinar Series was to highlight the work of various ASEM contacts around the world and to globally reach out to both members and non-members for reputation building. Nine countries were represented in our speakers, and attendees logged in from around the world as seen in the map.

Last in Series - Thursday, 22 October 2020

Dr. Yesim Sireli

Who Will Finance Innovation and

What is the Blue Economy?

Presented by Dr. Yesim Sireli

22 October 2020

9am-10am Eastern Time (US Time Zone)

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Dr. Sireli will wrap up the 2020 ASEM International Webinar Series in this session. She will also provide an overall perspective of innovation financing from the worldwide view to the United States, and to the U.S. states, including how innovation funding was affected by disruptive events in the past and initial projections for the short to mid-term future after the Covid-19 pandemic. She will focus on the state of North Carolina as an example. After that, she will follow with an emerging area that needs interdisciplinary and multi-sectoral support for innovation: the blue economy.

About the Presenter

Yesim Sireli, Ph.D., CPEM, ASEM Fellow, is an Associate Professor at UNC Charlotte and the ASEM International Director (2017-2020) and Secretary-elect (2020-2021). Dr. Sireli is interested in sustainable development and value added decision analysis and science policy development using interdisciplinary approaches to problem- solving. In support of interdisciplinary, multi-national and multi-sectoral sustainable development, she has been organizing events that bring together diverse stakeholders such as industry and academic decision-makers, researchers, state and non-profit representatives to facilitate necessary discussion, generation of ideas, collaboration towards action. With this purpose, in partnership with the Atlantic International Research (AIR) Center, she organized such an event in Charlotte, NC, in September 2019: the 2019 Southeast-International Innovation and Commerce Summit: Energy, Ocean Economy and Sustainable Development ( The 2020 ASEM International Webinar Series has been another effort to connect ASEM members and prospective members together to create similar synergy.

Past Webinars in this Series

“A Global Look at ASEM’s Activities and a Call for Collaboration”

Thursday, 9 July 2020; 9:00 - 10:15 am U.S. Eastern Time

Ahead of the featured speaker of the week, Dr. Sireli will open the webinar series with a welcome and provide a quick summary of the ASEM’s recent international activities and outlook. As one of the goals of this webinar series is to create multi-national collaborations, she will briefly talk about her own international experiences and call for collaboration starting with sustainable development.

Yesim Sireli

Oscar Rolando Rodríguez González

 "The Central America Energy Sector:

O&G and Electricity Markets and Investment Opportunities"

Thursday, July 9, 2020; 9:00 - 10:15 am U.S. Eastern Time

Presenter: Oscar Rolando Rodríguez González, PE, MBA

     CEO, Estrategias de Inversión / Energy and Infrastructure Analysis Center in Guatemala



In Central America the energy sector, mainly the electricity subsector, has grown strong and dynamic mainly due to the following factors: changes in regulatory frameworks and the existence of a regional electricity market or MER. On the other hand, even though the O&G subsector is interesting and offers important opportunities (mainly upstream), reserves are only found in Guatemala due to its closeness to important Mexican O&G reservoirs. This presentation explains, in a broad sense, Central America’s energy sector characteristics and its potential for profitable investments. 

 "Change Management: What Makes the Difference between Failure or Success"

Thursday, 16 July 2020; 9:00 - 10:00 am U.S. Eastern Time

Presenter: Geert Letens, PhD, CPEM, ASEM Fellow

LQ, Founding Partner in Belgium



Geert Letens

The COVID-19 crisis has made it very clear that we live in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) world, where continuous change has become the new normal. However, implementing change in organizations is a daunting task: for more than three decades researchers have reported failure rates of change initiatives of 70%. The batteries of change provide a powerful instrument for organizations to generate the required positive energy for change to align their change ambition with their change readiness. In this webinar Geert Letens, co-author of the six batteries of change, will clarify how organizations need to develop the change capabilities that are essential to their context to achieve a change success rate of 95%. Further building on the concepts and principles that underly the batteries of change model, he will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the batteries of change and vice versa. Whereas the crisis certainly imposes an immediate threat to most companies, it can also provide an opportunity to become a more agile organization.

    • What are they key messages behind the batteries of change energy profile of an organization?
    • Where do I start as a function of the battery profile of my organization?
    • Case study - how can you build a critical mass of committed change leaders?
    • How can we relate the batteries of change with the current COVID-19 crisis?

Abhi Santhanam, CPEM

"Systemic Root Cause Analysis"

Thursday, 23 July 2020; 9:00 - 10:00 am U.S. Eastern Time

Presenter: Abhi Santhanam, CPEM in Ireland


DMAIC framework includes identification of a Root Cause, Correction and Preventive Action. A methodological way to instigate, investigate with proper use of data and perform logical conclusions is presented, discussed and illustrated.

"Reimagining the Health System"

Thursday, 3 September 2020; 9:00 - 10:00 am U.S. Eastern Time

Presenter: Azam Ishaque Chaudhary in Pakistan 

M. Azam Ishaque Chaudhary, Ph.D.

This presentation will focus on current service delivery protocols, current systems, and Health system building blocks; Engineering Management related to Health system. Aimed at meeting the needs Engineering Management Professionals to address current problems. Future proposals and discussions will also be addressed.

Jennifer I. Braganza

"Leading Change: Designing a Transformative Future State"

Thursday, 10 September 2020

9:00 - 10:00 am U.S. Eastern Time

Presenter: Jennifer I. Braganza


The future belongs to leaders who can lead change. At the current rate of technology evolution, engineering and technology leaders must adapt to ambiguous situations that are constantly changing. In this workshop, we will discuss how process re-engineering must combine with design thinking and innovation to create target states that meet future clients needs and drive operational efficiency while improving risk. 

About the Presenter:

Jennifer I. Braganza received her Business Coaching Certification from North Carolina State University. In 2007, following her passion for leadership development and to help others define and find success, Jennifer founded Exponential Success. Through her business, she has spoken locally and nationally on topics ranging from interpersonal communication to intercultural competence. She has coached emerging engineering and technology professionals to senior engineering executives on how to achieve success in their personal and professional lives.

"Information Systems Risk Management"

Thursday, 17 September 2020; 9:00 - 10:00 am U.S. Eastern Time

Presenter: Erol Ozan, Ph.D., East Carolina University , United States of America

Erol Ozan, PhD

This presentation focuses on industry approaches, practices, and standards on how to handle the ever-increasing risks to organizations' business-critical information systems assets. Through a practical approach, Dr. Ozan will provide an account of the key capabilities that enable technologists to uncover and remediate potential infractions. The fundamental principles of risk assessment, mitigation, and management approaches and methodologies will also be explained. The session will continue by demonstrating the methods to establish and use security metrics for enterprise IT infrastructure. The key concepts and security standards in the area of enterprise IT risk management will be described. The session will also cover the analytical techniques for assessing the amount of risk and the benefit of risk remediation and the optimal ways to develop and implement best practices for risk management teams.

Juan Pablo Lema

"Mastering Time Thieves"

Thursday, 24 September 2020; 9:00 - 10:00 am U.S. Eastern Time

Presenter: Juan Pablo Lema, Manager Engineer in Colombia

Time thieves are the way we manage tools and situations that make us less productive in our day to day. They consume us a lot of time, but in such small quantities that we do not realize it. Learning how to identify them and applying appropriate techniques to control them are the best way to obtain more and better results and to have more spare time to do whatever we want.

"How Can Engineers Become More Enterprising?"

Thursday, 1 October 2020; 9:00 - 10:00 am U.S. Eastern Time

Presenter: Prof Simon Philbin, PhD, CPEM, London South Bank University

Engineers need to have a full grasp of the technical competencies across traditional engineering areas, including numerical skills as well as an ability to be effective in knowledge-driven organisations through working as part of engineering teams and projects. But will this be enough for the engineer of the future? The webinar will address this question through discussing how engineers can become more enterprising from practicing innovation and entrepreneurship as well as gaining broader professional skills. 

Professor Simon P. Philbin

The webinar will also include a summary of the work of the Nathu Puri Institute for Engineering and Enterprise at London South Bank University in the United Kingdom, which is focused on helping engineers to gain access to the latest knowledge and tools to help them become more enterprising – creatively developing an idea from concept through to a new product or service as well as being entrepreneurial to develop a new business venture.

"Intuition for Management: Hocus-Pocus or a Royal Road?

Thursday, October 8, 2020; 9:00 - 10:00 am U.S. Eastern Time

Presenter: Leonie Hallo, PhD

Associate Professor at the University of Adelaide and a Co-director of the Complex Systems Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab (CSIEL) in Australia

Intuition has a long and colorful history, spanning literature, philosophy, and psychology. Within psychology, intuition is considered together with analysis as the two main methods leaders use to make decisions. Various descriptions of these two major approaches have emerged in psychology with core themes of the effort involved, intentionality, automaticity, consciousness, controllability, and speed of processing. This talk will examine how intuition and analysis are used in decision-making, the relationship between them, and their applicability to engineering management.

About the Presenter: 

Dr Leonie Hallo is an Associate Professor at the University of Adelaide and a Co-director of the Complex Systems Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab (CSIEL). Leonie holds a PhD in psychology from the University of Adelaide (Gold Star Award). She has been a psychologist in private practice and a consultant to public and private organizations in leadership training and development, assessments of organizational climate and executive development.

She teaches in the areas of project management and organizational behaviour. Leonie has a strong record in doctoral research supervision. She is also a key-note speaker and reviewer for several international conferences and journals. Her current primary research interests are in leadership, management, and decision-making within complex adaptive systems. She has recent publications in the field of complexity, systems of systems, complex project management and leadership emotions and decision making.

Planning, controlling and change management for fast track industrial projects

Thursday, October 15, 2020; 9:00 - 10:00 am U.S. Eastern Time

Presenters: Amr Tarek and Mohamed Khalaf


                           Amr Tarek                                  Mohamed Khalaf

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