Keynote Speakers

Russell Belk

Belk, Russell is York University Distinguished Research Professor and Kraft Foods Canada Chair in Marketing, Schulich School of Business, York University. He is past president of the International Association of Marketing and Development, and is a fellow, past president, and Film Festival co-founder in the Association for Consumer Research. He also co-initiated the Consumer Behavior Odyssey and the Consumer Culture Theory Conference. He has received the Paul D. Converse Award, two Fulbright Fellowships, and the Sheth Foundation/Journal of Consumer Research Award for Long Term Contribution to Consumer Research and has approximately 600 publications. He recently published Consumer Culture Theory: Research in Consumer Behavior (Emerald 2015), Qualitative Consumer and Marketing Research (Sage 2013), The Routledge Companion to Identity and Consumption (Routledge 2013), and The Routledge Companion to the Digital Consumer (Routledge 2013). In 2014 a 10-Volume set of his work was published by Sage entitled Russell Belk, Sage Legends in Consumer Behavior. His research tends to be qualitative, visual, and cultural. It involves the extended self, meanings of possessions, collecting, gift-giving, sharing, digital consumption, and materialism.

Guliz Ger

Ger, Güliz Güliz Ger is Professor of Marketing and Director of the Center for Research in Transitional Societies at Bilkent University, Turkey. She also served as Associate Provost at Bilkent University during 1998-2011. She received her Ph. D. (1985) in Marketing from Northwestern University (USA), her MBA (1977) from Middle East Technical University (Turkey), and her BS (1974) in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She has been teaching at Bilkent since 1986 and also taught (as a visiting professor) in numerous universities around the world, including UFRJ and UNISINOS (Brazil), INSEAD (France), Northwestern University (USA), CEIBS (China), University of Sydney (Australia), and Southern Denmark University. She has also been teaching doctoral seminars in the EDEN program of the European Institute of Advanced Studies in Management, in Brussels. The courses she teaches include Marketing Management, Consumer Behavior, Qualitative Research Methods, Markets and Cultures, Anthropological Marketing, and Philosophy of Scientific Inquiry and Epistemology. She has been coordinating the international doctoral seminar on Consumption, Markets and Culture Theorization at Bilkent, as part of the CCT doctoral school. She has formerly been a president of the International Society for Marketing and Development and is a member of its Board.

She serves as the Associate Editor of the Journal of Consumer Research and is on the editorial boards of several journals. Her research interests involve the sociocultural and global dimensions of consumption and markets, particularly in transitional societies/groups. Her current projects include the historical origins of consumer culture in different geographies, acculturation and the home furnishings of rural-to-urban migrants, sustainable consumption, and production and consumption of cultural products. Ger has co-edited Consumption in Marketizing Economies, and published chapters and articles in numerous books and journals such as the Journal of Consumer Research, California Management Review, Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, Journal of Economic Psychology, Journal of Material Culture, Consumption, Markets and Culture, and Marketing Theory. In addition, she has done consulting and executive education in Turkey and abroad.

Amna Kirmani

Kirmani, Amna is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Consumer Psychology and Professor of Marketing at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. She received a PhD from Stanford University and an MBA from Cornell University. Her research interests include persuasion knowledge, behavioral signaling, morality, and branding. Her work has been published in several journals, including the Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Marketing, and Journal of Consumer Psychology. Her papers have won the Paul Green Award in the Journal of Marketing Research, the Maynard Award in the Journal of Marketing, the Best Paper Award in the Journal of Advertising and Article of the Year at AMA TechSIG. She has served as the Director of Doctoral Programs at the Smith School of Business. She is Past President of the Association for Consumer Research and a Policy Board member of the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research.

Harvinder Singh

Singh, Harvinder is a Professor and Head of the Dual Country International MBA program of Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Ghaziabad. Currently he is working at Dubai, campus of IMT.

Dr. Singh has over fifteen years of experience with Institutions like IMT Ghaziabad, BIMTECH, BIT Mesra, Amity Business School and APEEJAY Institute of Management. Dr. Singh has been instrumental in starting industry partnered courses in retail management at Amity Business School, Asia-Pacific Institute of Management and BIMTECH. His book 'Mall Management: Operating in Indian retail space' published by Tata McGraw Hill is a widely used book on this theme in India.. He has published more than two dozen research articles in international and national journals of repute on different facets of Marketing, Retail, Mall Management and Marketing to bottom of the pyramid and emerging markets. He is also on the editorial and review board of many academic journals. He has also published case studies with Richard Ivey Case repository. His cases are available at Harvard Business School Publishing portal.

Dr Singh has been a faculty fellow in the 3rd and 4th Doctoral consortiums organized by American Marketing Association in collaboration with Academy of Indian Marketing. He has also been instrumental in organizing the 4th Emerging Markets Conference in Dubai.

Dr. Singh has also worked with Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and Boston Consulting Group (BCG) for preparing vision documents for the states of Punjab & Rajasthan. He is an active trainer in the area of retail and distribution management. Some of his clients include Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), Ministry of Defense, The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI) and Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI).

In recognition of his contribution, Dr. Singh was awarded with Dewang Mehta award for 'Best Teacher in Retail management' in the year 2008 and World Education Congress award for "Best professor in Marketing Management" in the year 2012.

Dr. Fareena Sultan

Sultan, Fareena is a Professor of Marketing at the D-Amore-McKim School of Business (DMSB), Northeastern University, Boston where she has been a faculty member since 1995. She was the Robert Morrison Fellow and the MBA Marketing Career Track Chair at Northeastern from 2006 to 2011. Dr. Sultan's Ph.D. in Marketing is from Columbia University. She has a Master's degree in Operations Research from MIT and a Master's degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Karachi, Pakistan. Prof. Sultan teaches Marketing Management, Digital Marketing and Mobile Marketing at Northeastern.

Prior to Northeastern, Dr. Sultan was an Assistant Professor of Marketing at the Harvard Business School for six years, a Visiting Associate Professor at Haas Business School, UC Berkeley and an Associate Professor at Golden Gate University. She has been a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and at the Center for Digital Business, Sloan School, MIT. She has also been a Senior Research Associate at the Marketing Science Institute (MSI) in Cambridge, MA.

Prof. Sultan's research interests are in Digital Marketing and Marketing Innovations. Her current interests include Global Mobile Marketing, Digital Marketing, Social Media, New Technologies, Big Data and Marketing Analytics. Prof. Sultan has published extensively in the Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Marketing, Sloan Management Review, Journal of Retailing, Journal of Business Research, Marketing Management, Journal of Interactive Marketing, Marketing Letters among others. Prof. Sultan has published recent papers on the concept of "Brand in the Hand"/Mobile Marketing, "Benevolent" mobile apps, and on Big Data and Consumer Behavior. Dr. Sultan has written cases on Mobile Marketing working with Adidas in Netherlands. While at Harvard, Professor Sultan wrote HBS cases studies on IBM and Zenith. At Northeastern, she has written cases on Adidas, Pakistan State Oil (PSO) and Naseeb.com.