Professor Lukumon Oyedele
Professor Oyedele is currently the Chair Professor and Director of Bristol Enterprise, Research and Innovation Centre (BERIC) at the University of West of England Bristol, United Kingdom. BERIC is a multidisciplinary University Centre established to increase research funding and connect the university to businesses within the region, nationally and internationally, through innovation and enterprise. Concurrently, Professor Oyedele also holds the title of Chair Professor of Technological/Digital Enterprise and Project Management at the same University.
Preceding this, he was the Head of Division of Project Management and Sustainability Division at Queen’s University Belfast – QUB. At Queen’s University, he was also the founding Head of Department of Construction and Project Management. In this role, he established both postgraduate masters and PhD programmes in Project Management and led the professional accreditation of the programmes with RICS, CIOB and ICE. Before moving into academic, Professor Oyedele was the CEO and Manging Director of Lahn Development (UK) Ltd. and prior to this he was a Project Director at a multinational company – Sagem S.A.
Professor Oyedele has written more than 120 papers in peer-reviewed international journals and conferences. He is on the Editorial Board of five eminent Journals in his field. He has supervised eight PhD students and 75 Masters Theses to successful completion. In addition, he has also been a Visiting Professor to many universities in USA, Canada, China, India, Brunei, Malaysia and UAE. Professor Oyedele has also served on several advisory panels and committees of governments and multinational corporations in the UK and overseas in the areas of BIM, Big Data, Strategic Project Management, Digital Innovation, PPP/PFI Projects, Sustainability, Circular Economy and EU Public Procurement.
He has been an invited keynote speaker in several international conferences, seminars and workshops in UK, Ireland, Italy, USA, Canada, Singapore, Turkey, UAE, Vietnam, Thailand and China.
With research interests in Digital Technologies (i.e. BIM – Building Information Modelling, Big Data Analytics, IoT – Internet of Things, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality – VR/AR) and Construction Project Management, Professor Oyedele’s research has been funded by various UK funding bodies to the tune of £8.3 million. Some of the funded R&D projects include
(i) Mobile-BIM for Mega Projects using Big Data Analytics approach,
(ii) BIM-Waste recovery information tool for circular economy,
(iii) Smart Cities Information Modelling for Urban Resilience, and
(iv) Deconstruction and Recovery Information Modelling (DRIM).
In these projects, he has successfully developed and implemented digital innovation as Principal Investigator for large businesses in construction, aerospace, manufacturing, automotive, telecommunication, financial services and retail sectors.
Beyond work and at a personal level, Professor Oyedele enjoys spending his time with his family, travelling, watching and playing football and lawn tennis. He is big fan of Rodger Federer in tennis and Jose Mourinho in football.
Professor Moyosore Okediji
Department of Art and Art History,
University of Texas, Austin
Professor Moyosore Okediji is an art historian, artist, and curator. He studied Fine Arts at the University of Ife, before proceeding to the University of Benin, where he did an MFA in African Art Criticism, Poetry, and Painting. At the University of Wisconsin, Madison, he received a Ph.D. in African Arts and Diaspora Visual Cultures. He has apprenticed with several indigenous African artists working in both sacred and secular mediums including mat weaving, textile designs, terra cotta, shrine painting, and sculpture.
After teaching for several years in Nigeria, Okediji relocated to the United States in 1992. For ten years he was the curator of African and Oceanic arts at the Denver Art Museum. He has taught at various colleges in the United States, including Wellesley College, Gettysburg College, University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the University of Colorado at Denver. He has also exhibited at various places including the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, The Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC., the Corcoran Center, London, and the National Museum Gallery, Lagos Nigeria. He is the author of books and exhibition catalogues including African Renaissance, Old Forms, New Images in Nigerian Art; and The Shattered Gourd: Yoruba Forms in Twentieth Century American Art.