BIO- Kawalek, John

Biography: John Paul Kawalek, Ph.D.

John´s professional background is in IT and Management Consulting. He started his career in the manufacturing sector as a Programmer/ Analyst, Systems Analyst, and then as a Senior Systems Analyst. He then worked as an Business Consultant, working with a huge array of organizations, e.g. large private sector organisations such as IBM, Lotus, Rover Group, Jaeger Group, British Oxygen; also in the public sector working for DFID, & with French government departments, in the US, in large multi-million dollar companies, as well as with smaller and medium sized organisations. John has held Director level positions in a number of organisations.

He has authored over 50 academic papers, and has written two books. The first of these is entitled "The Art of Organisational Problem Solving" has provided the basis of a new set of change management principles and products, known as INSPIRE. He has developed the International Business Growth Catalyst, which is now being developed in Europe. He has also developed a new e-learning process and platform (termed 'memeLEARNING'), which provides a radically new approach to e-learning. His profile includes high tech consulting for high growth SME's, and has acted as Angel Investor for a number of start-ups.

John holds three degrees in different disciplinary areas. His undergraduate degree is in History & Economics, his master´s degree is in Computer Science and his PhD is in Innovation Systems and Management. He is a member of the British Computer Society, and is Chartered as an Information Technology Professional.