Keynote Speakers

"Mr. Scott M. Leeb"


Senior Business Executive and trusted advisor to the C-Suite and Board of Directors, with leadership experience in financial services, energy, B2B media, technology, publishing and philanthropy. Distinctive ability to turn data into high quality, actionable intelligence to enhance executive decision making, unlock hidden synergies and effectuate transformative change in complex, global organizations. Highly regarded for being a collaborative partner with diverse constituencies, influencing key stakeholders, and delivering high impact results.

Mr. Scott M. Leeb is an Engagement Director, Senior Consultant, and Knowledge Management Subject Matter Expert at IKNOW LLC and MIND-ALLIANCE LLC. He has over 15 years of experience creating, managing, and expanding the knowledge management and business intelligence functions at four Fortune 500 companies and at a leading global philanthropy.

Prior to joining Iknow LLC, Mr. Leeb was the Managing Director for Knowledge Management at The Rockefeller Foundation. Prior to this, Scott created and managed the global business intelligence programs at Prudential Retirement (financial services), the McGraw-Hill Companies (a publishing and media company), KPMG (a professional services firm) and Ingram Micro (a Fortune 100 technology firm).

Mr. Leeb has the following relevant expertise and capabilities:
- Strategy
- Competitive Intelligence
- Business Intelligence
- Scenario Planning
- Organizational Change Management

Career Highlights
- Engagement Director, Senior Consultant, and Knowledge Management Subject Matter Expert, Iknow LLC, 2014–present
- Managing Director, Knowledge Management, The Rockefeller Foundation, 2012–2014.
- Vice President, Business Intelligence, Prudential Retirement, 2008–2012.
- Senior Director, Business Intelligence, the McGraw-Hill Companies, 2000–2008.
- Director, Competitive Intelligence, KPMG LLP, 1999–2000.
- Manager, Corporate Planning, Ingram Micro, 1998–1999.
- Senior Intelligence Analyst, U.S. Government, 1991–1998. Served as senior advisor to Army flag officers and Secretary of State Warren Christopher. Served as U.S. Army subject matter expert on Chinese political affairs.
Selected Clients

Mr. Leeb earned a master of arts degree in strategic studies from Australian National University, 1997; a master of arts degree in international affairs from Columbia University, 1990; and a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Yale University, 1998.

Mr. Leeb has Series 7 and Series 24 certification from FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) as well as Six Sigma Certification (Green Belt).
Professional Association & Memberships
Mr. Leeb is a member of the:

Strategy and Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP) (served as president of the organization in 2011)
Gerson Lehrman Group (collection of professional experts in various fields)
International Institute of Strategic Studies
Asia Society

Mr. Leeb has spoken in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America on a wide range of topics including competitive intelligence, business intelligence, market intelligence, strategy, and knowledge management. He is currently on the faculty of the University of Johannesburg.


Engagement Director, IKnow
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"Professor Rusli Abdullah"

Professor Rusli Abdullah is currently Professor, Software Engineering and Information System Department, Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University Putra Malaysia (UPM). Specialized in Knowledge Management, he has completed his PhD in Computer Science at University Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Johor, Malaysia in 2006. Starting his career as a lecturer since 2006 after served as System Analyst for 8 years at UPM.

He has published over 14 books and over 60 journal papers, conference publications and other academic research publications. He has also received numerous awards and recognitions throughout his career that includes Silver Medal for University Research Invention in 2008 and 2009, Gold Medal for University Research Invention 2005, Silver Medal for Invention of Technology and Exposition I-TEX (2009), Silver Medal for Malaysian Research Invention and Exposition – MTE (2010, 2012 & 2014) and Certification of University Excellent Services of Lecturer Service for many years since 1999.

He has been appointed as Head of Lab for Institute of Software Development, UPM in 2007, Deputy of Chief Information Officer for IDeC, UPM in 2008, Head of Information System Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, UPM in 2008 and the most recent he is a Deputy Dean of Computer Science and Information Technology, UPM from 2009 to 2014. His experience in the field has made him to be selected as a keynote speaker for several conferences includes International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Evolutionary Algorithms in Engineering Systems (ICAEES-2014), Noorul Islam University, India in 2014, 12th WSEAS International Conference on Software Engineering, Parallel and Distributed System (SEPAD’13), University of Cambridge, United Kingdom in 2013 and Malaysia Software Engineering Conference (Mysec2013). He is part of the Technical Advisory Group of UPM Student Information System from 2009 to 2012 and currently as a committee member of Malaysia Software Engineering Interest Group (MySiG) which he has been appointed since 2007. Along his service, he has received over 11 research grant as principle investigator (PI) and also been involved as a chairman as well as a committee members for many conferences at national and international levels.