keynote Speakers

Prof. Dr. Rubina Bhatti

Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, IUB, Pakistan


Prof. Dr. Rubina Bhatti won Merit Scholarship from UGC, and got her PhD (2003) from the University of Manchester UK. Her contribution to education and research is significant. In recent Schimago Institutionalized Ranking 2022, Department of Library and Information Science ranks 1st in the IUB, 3rd in Pakistan and 411 position among 4364 institutions in the world. She has published more than 120 research papers in well-known domestic and foreign journals, and nd participated in numerous national conferences. She won the ASIS&T 2018 (First paper winner award).  Prof. Rubina is patron of 1st International Conference on Interdisciplinary Approach in Social Sciences.  She is working as Chairperson of the Workplace Harassment Committee, IUB Publication Conference, IUB Inspection Committee, IUB Sovenior Committee, Core Committee for Pakistan Gallery. She is also a member of the Higher Education Committee of the National Digital Technical Committee of Pakistan, National Curriculum Reviews Curriculum and NRPU Reviewer.

She has published more than 120 research papers in well-known domestic and foreign journals. She is Editor-in-Chief of IUB Journal of Social Sciences and Journal of Information Management and Practices. As such, she is on the editorial boards of different national and international journals in the field of social sciences. She also performed duties as technical committee member of the International Conference of Information Management and Processing (ICIMP) Oxford University London,2018. With this, under the supervision of Dr. Rubina many national and international conferences and symposiums organized in The Islamia University of Bahawalpur.

She is an approved doctoral supervisor by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan and has supervised many masters, Phil and PhD theses. She has supervised research and library automation related projects for different local and foreign organizations. She has participated in many seminars, workshops, etc. as a consultant and/or participant.



Dr. Ann M. Graf.

Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Science, College of Organizational, Computational, and Information Sciences Simmons University USA.

Dr. Ann Graf is an assistant professor of library and information studies at Simmons University in Boston, Massachusetts. Her research and teaching interests lie in information organization, broadly speaking, with an emphasis on documentation and cataloging of various resources. She has examined how photographs of ephemeral art, including graffiti art and street art, are documented and organized around the world in online image galleries. This work has led to further examination of the sufficiency of controlled vocabularies to capture the content and context of image and object collections. She teaches information organization, art documentation, and digital libraries courses at Simmons. In her spare time, she is organizing a personal collection of over 3000 twentieth century dolls, participating in community science efforts to track dragonfly and damselfly species, and always taking loads of photograph.

𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐟. 𝐃𝐫. 𝐌𝐨𝐡𝐚𝐦𝐦𝐚𝐝 𝐍𝐢𝐳𝐚𝐦𝐮𝐝𝐝𝐢𝐧

𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐑𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫 𝐒𝐮𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐨𝐫 𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐢𝐭, 𝐅𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐞𝐫 𝐕𝐂, 𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐆𝐮𝐣𝐫𝐚𝐭, 𝐅𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐞𝐫 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐢𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐧, 𝐏𝐮𝐧𝐣𝐚𝐛 𝐇𝐄𝐂

Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nizamuddin is a world-renowned educationist and administrator. He has been awarded President’s Award of Sitara-e-Imtiaz for his enormous services in the field of education. Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence) is the third-highest civil award in Pakistan.

𝐇𝐢𝐬 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐮𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐝 𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐝𝐞:

·         Former Chairman Punjab Higher Education Commission PHEC, Lahore Pakistan

·         Former Vice-Chancellor University of Gujrat Pakistan

·         Former Professor of Columbia University New York

·         Former Director UN Population Fund (UNFPA) New York

Former Vice Chancellor Government College for Women University Sialkot  

𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐯𝐞, 𝐇𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐚𝐥𝐬𝐨 𝐞𝐱𝐞𝐜𝐮𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐯𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬. 𝐢.𝐞.


  • Project Director of Sialkot Technological University 
  • Member of Planning Commission, Government of Punjab 
  • Member of Search Committee for Vice Chancellors of Public Sector Universities of Punjab 
  • Chairperson of HEC National Committee on Development of Social Sciences & Humanities in Pakistan 
  • Chairperson of Inter University Consortium for the development of Social Sciences 
  • Convener of 4 Year Degree Program of Government of Punjab 
  • Member of Special Task Force for Promotion of Higher Education in Baluchistan 
  • He has also assisted to the Government of Punjab for Community Colleges, Associate Degree Program and introduction of 4 years degree program in 26 colleges of Punjab. 

𝐃𝐫 𝐌𝐢𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐞𝐥 𝐎𝐥𝐬𝐬𝐨𝐧

𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐟𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐨𝐫, 𝐒𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐋𝐢𝐛𝐫𝐚𝐫𝐲 & 𝐈𝐧𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐒𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐬, 𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐏𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐩𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐃𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐧

Dr Michael Olsson is an active researcher in the field of information practices research, with a particular interest in developing more holistic approaches to information research. His work is essentially interdisciplinary and has appeared in leading international research journals and conferences in a range of different fields, including information studies, communication, sociology of knowledge, leisure studies and knowledge management. He is strongly associated with the emergence of critical- and practice theoretical approaches to information research. He has a strong interest in the relationship between theory, research and professional practice. He has an active interest in the development of the next generation of information researchers and has run workshops for doctoral students in Australia, New Zealand, Cambodia, the United States, Canada, the UK, Sweden, Finland and Estonia. He was the 2019-20 Chapter Director and board member of the Association for Information Science & Technology.

Dr. Prasanna R Raju

The Abu Dhabi School of Management

Dr. Ruwan Gamage

Chair, South Asia Chapter, ASIS&T

Former President, Sri Lanka Library Association.

Dr. Ruwan Gamage is a Senior Lecturer in Library and Information Science at the National Institute of Library and Information Sciences (NILIS), University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Dr. Gamage has 22 years of experience in the discipline of Library and Information Sciences. Dr. Gamage is the current Chair of the South Asia Chapter of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) and the Immediate Past President of the Sri Lanka Library Association.

He obtained his Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2001 and the PhD in Library Science from the Wuhan University, Wuhan, P R China in 2008. Dr. Gamage was a Visiting Fellow of the Graduate School of Library, Information and Media, University of Tsukuba, Japan in 2017. He has completed a Baseline Study on Public Libraries in Sri Lanka under a research grant from the ICT Agency (ICTA), Sri Lanka. In 2009, The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), UK awarded the ILIG International award for making a difference in libraries and information centers outside UK for initiating the Sri Lanka Library Friends Forum. Dr. Gamage’s research interests include public library policy, and information organization. He has over 50 peer reviewed publications under his name.