Meet our Keynote Speakers

December 2-4, 2020

Kenneth Cobonpue

  Kenneth Cobonpue is a multi-awarded furniture designer and manufacturer from Cebu, Philippines. His passage to design began in 1987, studying Industrial Design at the Pratt Institute in New York. While completing his studies, he apprenticed for a leather and wood workshop near Florence, Italy. He went on to study Furniture Marketing and Production at the Export-Akademie Baden-Württemberg in Reutlingen, Germany, under a private and state scholarship program, and subsequently worked in Bielefeld and Munich. 

Kenneth returned home to Cebu in 1996 to manage Interior Crafts of the Islands, Inc., a furniture design and manufacturing company founded by his mother Betty Cobonpue in 1972. Discovering that modern design could have a new face using natural fibers and materials, Kenneth created pieces of functional art, offering an alternative to the Western definition of modern design. Today, the KENNETHCOBONPUE® brand has become known globally for its unique designs and extensive roster of clientele, including Hollywood celebrities and members of royalty. 


Stuart Marshall

      Associate Professor Stuart Marshall is a Specialist Anaesthetist, Lead of Clinical Human Factors at the Australian Centre for Health Innovation (CHI) at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne and Clinical Associate Professor of Medical Education at The University of Melbourne. He has developed (and teaches on) a number of undergraduate and postgraduate patient safety, airway and anaesthetic emergency courses. He is also the convenor of the International Clinical Skills Conference held every two years in Prato, Italy and is a founding director of the charity that administers the conference.

      Stuart has both a Masters degree and PhD in Human Factors from the University of Queensland and currently holds an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) ECR Fellowship at Monash University, examining the use of cognitive aids (checklists and flowcharts) on team functioning. His work has helped develop and research several internationally used cognitive aids for routine and emergency use. These include those used in airway management, perioperative anaphylaxis and the ISBAR clinical communication tool.



Birsen Donmez

Birsen Donmez is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering and is the Canada Research Chair in Human Factors and Transportation. She received her MS (2004) and PhD (2007) in industrial engineering, and her MS in statistics (2007) from the University of Iowa. She also spent two years as a postdoctoral associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Aeronautics and Astronautics Department.

Donmez’s research interests are centered on understanding and improving human behavior and performance in multi-task and complex situations, using a wide range of analytical techniques. In particular, her research focuses on operator attention in multitask activities, decision support under uncertainty, and human automation interaction, with applications primarily in transportation and healthcare. 


Prof. José Orlando Gomes, Ph.D., CPE

Full Professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in the Department of Industrial Engineering and the Graduate Program in Informatics, Prof. at the International PhD Program in Global Health, Occupational Health and International Cooperation on Mobile Populations and recently a Visiting Professor at the Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He has degree in Production Engineering from the University of São Paulo, Master of Production Engineering/ Work Organization Area, at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and PhD in Industrial Engineering, in Ergonomics domain, in the UFRJ (1999) in partnership with the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in Paris. He was visiting researcher from 2002 to 2004 in the Cognitive Systems Engineering Lab (CSEL), coordinated by Prof. David Woods of the Institute for Ergonomics at The Ohio State University. Researcher of GRECO (Group of Research on Knowledge Engineering) and Certified Ergonomist Abergo (Brazilian Association of Ergonomics). Vice-President & Treasurer of International Ergonomics Association (IEA) (2015-2018  and 2018-2021), Chair of thee Professional Standards and Education Committee at IEA (2012-2015), Board Member of Resilience Engineering Association (2013-2015). President of Abergo (2009-2011) and (2012-2014), President of the Latin American Union Ergonomics (2010-2013). 

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Dr. Jacob Chen


Dr. Jacob Chen is the Vice Chairman of Hon Hai/Foxconn Technology Group and the Founding President of the Foxconn University (Foxconn IE Academy, Corporate University of Foxconn). After receiving his Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, he accepted a faculty position at the Department of Industrial Engineering, the University of Houston and served as department chairman for few years before taking the Deanship of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Texas – Pan American in 1998. He joined with Hon Hai/Foxconn in 2001 as the Special Assistant to Chairman. With the rapid growth of Hon Hai/Foxconn, Dr. Chen was assigned to responsible for several key customer accounts and in charge of several key supporting functions, such as, Corporate Human Resources, Corporate Safety/Security, Corporate IE. He is the former board member of Hon Hai and the former Chairman of Smart Technologies and Flnet e-commerce Co.


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