• Stefano ARMENIA, Università La Sapienza, Roma, Italy

StefanoStefano Armenia (Rome, Italy – 1971) is a Research Fellow in the Analysis of Dynamical Systems at DIAG Sapienza, the Department of Computer, Control and Business Engineering “Antonio Ruberti”, “Sapienza” University of Rome. He has a degree in Computer Engineering, Industrial Automation & Control Systems, a Ph.D. in Business Engineering and a Master in Management and Business Administration. He is member of the System Dynamics International Society (SDS) since 2002, President of SYDIC (the Italian Network of the SDS) since 2011 and member of the SDS Policy Council since 2014. Since 2014 he is also the IT & Communication Officer of the European Academy of Management. He has been the coordinator of the CRISADMIN Project (HOME/2011/CIPS/AG/4000002116) and the ATTACS project (HOME/2013/CIPS/AG/4000005083). His research interests deal with the analysis of complex systems dynamics in many fields: logistics and transportation, finance, technological innovation, policy modeling and assessment of impacts of innovation and new technologies on organizational processes. Since is affiliation moment as a Research Fellow at Sapienza, he has developed a specific focus on food systems analysis, by publishing several works on this topic and by organizing a Conference on Urban Food Systems with the technical support of FAO (www.systemdynamics.it/workshop2015). He is also currently co-editor in chief of the Kybernetes Journal (Emerald-Insights) as well as guest editor in several other scientific journals in the field of agribusiness and system dynamics (Agriculture, AGSY, IJASS, IJMABS). He also holds the course on Modelling & Simulation for the Business Engineering undergraduate students at DIAG Sapienza (https://sites.google.com/a/dis.uniroma1.it/laboratorio-di-modellazione-e-simulazione/ ).


  • Pål DAVIDSEN, System Dynamics at the University of Bergen, Norway

ModellazioneProfessor in System Dynamics at the University of Bergen, Norway. He holds Mag. Art. degree in System Dynamics from the University of Bergen. He has served twice as a Visiting Scholar at MIT, Mass, USA, as Associate Chair of the Pre-College Education Project with Professor Jay W. Forrester and as Adjunct Professor at Chalmers, the University of Karlstad, Sweden, and the Naval Academy in Bergen. He is the founder of the System Dynamics Group and of the Educational Information Science and technology Programme at the University of Bergen and is co-founder of the European Masters Programme in System Dynamics. He has served as President of the System Dynamics Society and as member of the editorial board of the System Dynamics Review and is currently Vice president of Publications in the System Dynamics Society from which he has received the Outstanding Service Award. Davidsen has published work in natural resource management, in model based analysis of complex, dynamic systems, in educational technology, and in the design of simulation based interactive learning environments.


  • David WHEAT, Professor of System Dynamics, University of Bergen, Norway
    Adjunct Professor of Economics, Virginia Western Community College, U.S.A.
    Professor, Monetary Policy, ISM University of Management & Economics, Lithuania
    Professor, Economic Dynamics, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine

wheatHis current projects include collaboration with Ukrainian economists to build system dynamics modeling capacity at the National University of Kiev-Mohyla Academy, plus development of a money supply model with economists at Ukraine’s central bank. In collaboration with one of his students and an economist at Lithuania’s central bank, he is working on a multi-industry system dynamics model of price dynamics in Europe.

For fifteen years, his MacroLab model of the U.S. economy has been used by macroeconomics students. That model is available online, and students can use it without special software. He is currently writing a textbook to supplement student use of MacroLab.

His latest economics journal article is “Teaching Endogenous Money with Systems Thinking and Simulation Tools.” He also seeks to improve the practical value of system dynamics models by adding implementation insights gleaned from the public policy literature. Two recent book chapters on that topic are “Model-based Policy Design that Takes Implementation Seriously” and “Disappointing Outcomes: Can Implementation Modeling Help?”

Wheat is past-president of the economics chapter of the International System Dynamics Society. He served as Associate Editor of the System Dynamics Review and on the Advisory Board of the International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education. He has conducted guest lectures in Africa, Europe, and North and South America.

For three decades, he was president of Wheat Resources Inc, a consulting firm serving business and government clients. He received his PhD at the University of Bergen, his master’s degree at Harvard University, and his bachelor’s degree at Texas Tech University. During the 1970s, he served at the White House as staff assistant to the President of the United States.


  • Francesco GIANNINO, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy

Dr. Francesco Giannino is researcher in mathematics in the Department of Agriculture Sciences at the University of Naples Federico II. Dr. Giannino’s research interest is mainly devoted to the design, development and analysis of mathematical models in biology. Methodological and computational aspects have been considered for several different applications.

In particular:

  1. Model design, implementation and analysis in complex biological systems. Different mathematical modelling approaches can be used to simulate biological and ecological process. Dr. Giannino uses system dynamics and individual-based approaches to describe vegetation dynamics, plant-soil processes, and movement of predators.
  2. Integration of mathematical tool at different scale (theoretical and practical aspects). The effective study of complex biological systems needs the integration of modeling approaches based on different mathematical operators (ODE, PDE, logic functions), possibly using different languages and tools (Matlab, C + +, GIS, System Dynamic tools, …).

The research has been carried out in the frame of several international projects and collaborations with European research groups, which are leaders in the area of biological and ecological modelling. Moreover dr. Giannino is scientific tutor of four Ph.D. Students and member of PhD Course of Department of Agriculture Sciences.


  • Douglas McKELVIE, U.K.

Douglas McKelvie is the Edinburgh-based Partner of The Symmetric Partnership, a UK consultancy that uses simulation to support strategic planning in health and social services. During more than 20 years in social work, regulation of social work qualifications at UK level, and workforce development, Douglas developed an interest in the use of modelling and simulation, initially to support workforce planning. For the past 15 years, he has built simulations for a wide range of organisations across the UK, including government departments, NHS bodies, and local authorities. He mostly uses System Dynamics, in a group model building context, an approach that takes a ‘whole system’ view of complex problems, such as are found in health and social care integration, where services span agency and functional boundaries. Models include delayed discharges, winter pressures planning, commissioning and capacity planning, workforce planning, economic impact analysis, public health / population level issues, mental health, and specific conditions, such as dementia. Douglas currently serves on the UK Policy Council of the System Dynamics Society and is the author of a number of papers on the use of simulation in health, social care, and related human services.


  • Edoardo MOLLONA, Università di Bologna, Italy

EdoardoEdoardo Mollona graduated cum laude in Strategic Management at Bocconi University in Milan (Italy) and received a PhD degree in Strategic Management/Decision Sciences at the London Business School. He is currently full professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (DISI) at the University of Bologna where he teaches Corporate Strategy and Strategic Modelling. Edoardo was formerly President of SYDIC (the Italian Network of the SDS). His research interests focus on the application of modeling and simulation techniques to strategic management, stakeholder theory and organizational theory. In particular, Edoardo Mollona conducts research on the evolution and strategic change in large organizations, and on the interplay between corporate strategy and socio-political processes at work in society. Referring to this thread of research, he has published books and journal articles, has been in a number of chairs in national and international conferences, has been responsible for the research unit of the University of Bologna within the collaborative research project sponsored within the 7° EU framework: “Models and their Effects on Development paths: an Ethnographic and comparative Approach to knowledge transmission and livelihood strategies” (FP7-SSH-2007-1) and he currently is the principal investigator of the research project sponsored within the H2020 EU framework PERCEIVE (Perception and Evaluation of Regional and Cohesion policies by Europeans and Identification with the Values of Europe).


  • Rocco SCOLOZZI, Università di Trento, Italy

RoccoPhD in Environmental Engineering, expert at spatial decision support system, future studies, and system dynamics; specialized in ecosystem services assessment and participatory methods for natural resource management. Currently, working in partnership with EURAC (Bolzano, Italy), and as research fellow with Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering and Department of Sociology and Social Research (University of Trento, Italy). With prof. R. Poli (UNESCO Chair in Anticipatory Systems) founder of -skopia Anticipation Services (r) an innovative start up company of Trento University (www.skopia.it).


  • NunoVIDEIRA, PhD in Environmental Engineering from Universidade NOVA de Lisboa


Nuno Videira holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering from Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, a MPhil in System Dynamics from the University of Bergen, and a BSc (5 years) in Environmental Engineering from the Faculty of Sciences and Technology (FCT) of NOVA. He is Assistant Professor at FCT NOVA, teaching on environmental management, ecological economics, participatory methods, and integrative modelling for MSc and PhD level programmes, including the European Master in System Dynamics Programme. He develops research at CENSE – Centre for Environmental and Sustainability Research of FCT NOVA. His research interests include participatory system dynamics modelling approaches for stakeholder engagement in environmental and sustainability decisions, supporting problem scoping and policy analysis processes, dealing with various issues, such as, ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation, water management, and sustainable consumption. He has developed extensive experience in the implementation of collaborative processes for the co-creation of models with broad stakeholder groups, having published widely on the topic. Currently, he is member of the Policy Council of the International System Dynamics Society and the Board of the European Society for Ecological Economics.