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Conference Speakers

The International System Dynamics Conference (ISDC) attracts renowned authors presenting their work. 

Below are the 2023 plenary speakers. Stay tuned for updates about 2024 plenary speakers.

Aishwarya Yadama

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Arya is a 4th year PhD student in the MIT System Dynamics group. She is interested in the experiences of women and racial minorities at work, the organizational determinants of inequality and the impact of management practices on the economic mobility of low-wage workers.

Asmeret Naugle Bier

Sandia National Laboratories

Asmeret is a computational social scientist with interest in system dynamics, hybrid modeling methods, and data analysis. She received her PhD from Washington State University in Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences. She works at Sandia National Laboratories, where her projects focus on national security, social science, and systems analysis. Her application areas have included disinformation, political dynamics, migration, cyber security, and energy systems.

Bobby Milstein

ReThink Health and Rippel Foundation

Bobby, PhD, MPH is Director of System Strategy for ReThink Health and the Rippel Foundation, as well as a Visiting Scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He works with innovators who see themselves – and others – as shared stewards in a movement for well-being and justice. Before joining ReThink Health, Bobby spent 20 years planning and evaluating system-oriented initiatives at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he was the principal architect of CDC’s framework for program evaluation. He received CDC’s Honor Award for Excellence in Innovation, the Applications Award from the System Dynamics Society, the President’s Prize from the American Evaluation Association, as well as Article of the Year awards for papers published in Health Affairs and Health Promotion Practice.

David Bruce Matchar

Duke-NUS Medical School

David is the Inaugural Director of the programme in Health Services and Systems Research (HSSR) (2008-2018) at Duke-NUS. He is also Professor of Medicine at Duke University in the United States. David has worked in clinical research for over 35 years; his work primarily relates to stroke and other chronically disabling neurological disorders, as well as clinical and public policy analysis. More recently, he has applied simulation modeling to clarify the challenges of a rapidly aging population, including future prevalence of disability and the impact of education the trajectory of prevalence, understanding the role of different forms of long-term care services in alleviating caregiver burden, and estimating health care manpower requirements under alternative models of care.

David N. Ford

Virginia Tech

David N. Ford, Ph.D., P.E. is the Vecellio Professor of Construction Engineering and Management at Virginia Tech. His current research focuses on planning for and managing natural disasters. Prior to joining Virginia Tech, David was Professor at the Texas A&M University. He was a Research Associate Professor of Acquisition in the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy at the US Naval Postgraduate School for a dozen years, where he researched military acquisition using system dynamics and knowledge value added analysis. His background includes a faculty position at the University of Bergen, Norway. For over fourteen years he designed and managed the development of constructed facilities in industry and government. He received his Ph.D. from MIT and his Masters and Bachelors degrees from Tulane University. He has served as the President of the System Dynamic Society.

Douglas McKelvie and Eric Wolstenholme

Symmetric Scenarios

Enzo Bivona

University of Palermo

Enzo is Associate Professor in Business Management at the University of Palermo. He has a PhD in Business Administration and a Master Phil. in System Dynamics from Bergen University in Norway. His work focuses on performance management and policy design primarily in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). He uses the System Dynamics methodology to build simulation models to support decision makers to test and implement sustainable long-term strategies. He is author of two books on how to design and introduce management control systems in organizations to influence the management and governance of such firms as well as, ultimately, their performance.

Hazhir Rahmandad

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Hazhir Rahmandad is the Schussel Family Professor of Management and Associate Professor of System Dynamics at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Hazhir’s research applies dynamic modeling to problems spanning strategy and healthcare. His organizational work focuses on understanding challenges to learning in dynamic tasks and their implications for strategies adopted by firms. His health research uses modeling to understand various systemic problems from obesity to depression and COVID-19 pandemic. His methodological work contributes to parameter estimation methods for dynamic models and aggregation of prior statistical findings.

Ihi Heke, Paora Te Hurihanganui, and Hemi Taitin

Dr Ihi Heke is the lead author of Systems Science and Indigenous Systems: Native Contributions to Global Obesity Prevention (funded by Johns Hopkins), an honorary research fellow in epidemiology and biostatistics to the University of Auckland and contracted consultant to Google X on unconscious bias.

Paora Te Hurihanganui is an indigenous health promoter leading a staff of 50 as their current chief executive officer.

Hemi Taitin is senior leadership in an indigenous school aimed at using systems science (also known as whakapapa) to redress a colonised curriculum. In addition, Hemi is the current national lead for the Māori Weaponry school known as Tū Tau.

John Hayward

University of South Wales

Juliette N. Rooney-Varga

University of Massachusetts Lowell, Climate Change Initiative

Mike Severson

Idaho National Laboratory

Mohammad Jalali and Erin Stringfellow

Harvard University

Timothy Clancy

Dialectic Simulations Consulting, LLC

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