For many years, tacit knowledge management has been a very cold topic, while there are some of our experts devoting themselves to this field without any recognition. Those are the pilots and we should respect and recognize their significant contribution to this world. Therefore, we would like to have this “Top 50 Most Influential People in Tacit Knowledge Management” award in Davos, Switzerland, Nov 13 2023.

Targeted candidates

  1. Any professors/ scholars/ researchers etc who have made significant achievements in TKM.
  2. Any practitioners who have achieved significant success in practice.
  3. Any persons/organizations who have made outstanding applications tools/ systems to support the use of TKM


  1. Either you have Books/ Publications/Research papers related to TKM
  2. Or had been keynote speakers in various KM/TKM conferences
  3. Or Other significant contributions in TKM applications
  4. Or invent some tools/ systems in TKM


Please nominate yourself or others whom you’ve seen deserve it.

Selection panel:

In total, we have received over 200 nominations which are all outstanding. The selection panel had jointly come up with this short-listed 50 winners.

Due to our limited scope, time and resources, there must be a few other people who are very influential in TKM, but we have not yet got them on board. We hope to include them next time.

Final winners:

Please see the list below. All winners are invited to come to Davos and take their Awards in person. Travelling and entertainment costs will be on their own.

Congratulations to the Winners of
Top 50 Most Influential People in TKM 2023

(In the Alphabet Sequence)

Prof. Alex Bennet


Professor at Bangkok University Institute of Knowledge and Innovation Management;
Former Chief Knowledge Officer of the U.S. Department of the Navy;
Co-Founder of Mountain Quest Institute(MQI)

Stephanie Barnes


Chief Chaos Organiser at Entelechy;
External Advisor at Bain & Company;
Former World Wide Knowledge Management Program Manager at HP

Prof. Jin CHEN


Professor at Department of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy, Tsinghua University;
Director of Research Center of Technological Innovation, Tsinghua University

Dr. Bruce Boyes


KM and Environmental Consultant at Bruce Boyes Consulting;
Editor, Lead Writer, and Director at RealKM Magazine

Dr. Bebeka Gjoksi Cosandey


Scientist and Global Project Lead at University Hospital Basel (Switzerland) ;
Director at Acies Innovations (Europe and USA);
Editor of Knowledge and Innovation Management at Frontiers

Prof. Stephen Dale


Founder of Collabor8now;
Editorial Board Member at Business Information Review

Prof. Tom Davenport


Distinguished Professor, Babson College;
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Sociology at Harvard University;
Visiting Professor at Saïd Business School & Harvard Business School;
One of the top 50 business school professors in the world in 2012 by Fortune magazine

Rajesh Dhillon


Director of Acies Innovations;
Adjunct Faculty at Nanyang Technological University; President of Information and Knowledge Management Society Singapore

Vanessa DiMauro


Head of Community at Georgian;
Executive Director and Founder at Leader Networks;
One of Forbes’ Top 40 Social Media Masters Worldwide;
One of CEOWorld’s Most Powerful Women in Social Media

Prof. Xiaoying DONG


Associate Professor at Peking University

Prof. Leif Edvinsson


Professor of Intellectual Capital at The HK Polytechnic University;
Professor, Honorary Chairman KM forum at Henley Management College The World´s 1st Director of Intellectual Capital (1991-1999);
The Brain of the Year 1998

Roger Forsgren


NASA's Former Chief Knowledge Officer

Prof. Wernher Friedrich

South Africa

Head of Research & Academic Development at Fullstack;
Director at Mencor Consulting

Stan Garfield


Author and Speaker;
Leader of the SIKM Leaders Community;
KM Advisory Board Member at Kent State University

Prof. Manlio Del Giudice


Editor in Chief Journal of Knowledge Management;
Full Professor of Management;
Deputy Rector for Erasmus Affairs LCU

Dr. Cheng GONG


Instructor at Yunnan University of Finance and Economics;
Ph.D in KM and Innovation Management at Bangkok University;
Founder of Infinite Knowledge

David Gurteen


Director of Gurteen Knowledge;
Creator of Gurteen Knowledge Café;
Founder of Gurteen Knowledge Community

Dr. Mohan Guruswamy


Chief Knowledge Officer of World Free Zones Organization ("World FZO")

Les Hales

China HK SAR

Hong Kong Knowledge Management Society

Prof. Peter Heisig


Vice President for Research and Transfer & Professor for Info and KM at University of Applied Sciences Potsdam; Doctor of Technical University of Berlin

Prof. Murray Jennex


Clinical Professor at West Texas A&M University; Professor Emeritus at San Deigo State University;
Owner of Foundation for Knowledge, LLC;
Founder and the chief editor of the International Journal of Knowledge Management

Prof. Bill Kaplan


Founder and Principal Consultant at Working Knowledge CSP;
Former CIO at Acquisition Solutions;
Former Multiple command and leadership positions in the United States Air Force

Patrick Lambe


Oxford University;
Owner, Straits Knowledge and Management Consulting

Dr. Moria Levy


CEO of ROM Knowledgeware;
Chairman of ISO KM Experts Committee;
Former Chairperson of the Board at Knowledge Management Global Network

Prof. Hong LING


Professor at Fudan University

Dr. Clifford Mahto


Vice President at Wells Fargo;
Adjunct Instructor at Herzing University

Jerry Michalski


Founder & Chief Instigator, Pick Jerry's Brain;
MBA in the Wharton School

Dr. Nick Milton


Cambridge University;
Director and VP, KM consulting and training at Knoco Ltd; Author of "The Knowledge Manager's Handbook";
Former knowledge leader for the BP

Dr. Art Murray


CEO of Applied Knowledge Sciences, Inc.;
Member of Brain Trust of Experts at TechCast Glob

Dr. Rachad Najjar


GE Vernova--Global Knowledge Sharing and Organizational Learning Leader;
Dubai Land Department—Former Knowledge Management Manager;
Doctor of Engineering in Philosophy, Industrial Engineering

Prof. Ikujiro Nonaka


Professor Emeritus at the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy of the Hitotsubashi University

Dr. Carla O'Dell



Dr. Paul O Olson


Former President of EMCC Norway;
EMCC Global Supervisor and Master Practitioner

Omar Ossés


Founding partner CEO at Taishi Consulting;
Master Coach 1st President Argentina ICF;
Advisor EcosyXLab Japan;
Sensei 5 Dan Aikido & Yoga Professor;
Professor at Pontifical Catholic University of Perú and Universidad Siglo 21;

Dr. Josh Plaskoff


Principal and Founder at interhuman group; Organizational Leadership Faculty at Purdue University; Board Member at Indianapolis Shakespeare Company

Tim Wood Powell


President at The Knowledge Agency®;
Senior Fellow at The Conference Board;
Charter Member and Advisor at Council of Competitive Intelligence Fellows

Dr. Katrina (Kate) Pugh


Consultant and Author at AlignConsulting;
Principal and Co-Founder of Plastic Free Islands Network;
Adjunct Faculty at Columbia University in the City of New York

Ludo Pyis


Founder & President of AREOPA Group;
Partner and co-founder of Lanterna Capital;
Former Vice President of Hewlett Packard

Prof. Vincent Ribiere


The top 100 thought leaders in Knowledge Management in 2021;
KM Individual Award 2022 by KM Austria and Knowledge for Development Partnership (KM4DP);
Managing Director of the Institute for Knowledge and Innovation Southeast Asia (IKI-SEA) -Bangkok University;
Founder of the Southeast Asia MIKE Award

Hubert Saint-Onge


Principal at SaintOnge Alliance;
Strategy, Organization and Leadership Consulting - Coach and Advisor to Leadership Teams;
Former Vice-president, Leadership and Organization Development at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Dr. Oliver Schwabe

Germany & USA

Risk Partner, Civil Aerospace at Rolls-Royce;
Cybersecurity Manager (Chair City ISAC I4C+) at Major Cities of Europe;
Chair and Principal Web Weaver at Open European Network for Enterprise Innovation;

Dr. Mohamad Faiz Selamat


Director, Sustainable Growth at Ground Up Solutions;
Director of Acies Innovations;
Vice President of Knowledge Management Society;
Chair of Knowledge Management Global Network

Prof. Peter M Senge


MIT Sloan School of Management

Dr. Arthur Shelley


Director at Knowledge Associates Australia; Founder and CEO at Intelligent Answers;
Senior Industry Fellow and Business Mentor at RMIT University;
Former Global Knowledge Director at Cadbury Schweppes;

Prof. Dave Snowden


Founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Cognitive Edge;
Former Director, Institute for Knowledge Management at IBM

Dr. Ted Spickler


Former Lean Six Sigma and Root Cause Analysis;
Consultant at Bayer Material Science;
Former Associate Professor of Physics at West Liberty University;
Author of Gaining Insight Through Tacit Knowledge

Neesham Spitzberg


Senior Manager at International Finance Corporation, The World Bank Group;
KM Officer at the World Bank

Prof. Eric Tsui

China HK SAR & Australia

Professor of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University;
Honorary Advisor to Correctional Services Department, HK Government;
Honorary Advisor to Police College, HK Police

Zach Wahl


Chief Executive Officer at Enterprise Knowledge, LLC

Prof. Ron Young


CEO & CKO of Knowledge Associates Cambridge Ltd;
Visiting Lecturer of Knowledge Asset Management at Cambridge University

In Memory of an Outstanding Contributor in TKM

Dr. Larry Prusak


Former Senior Advisor and Faculty in the IKNS program at Columbia University;
Former Advisor in Knowledge and Learning at NASA & Asian Development Bank (ADB)