Organising Committee


Angela Espinosa
Angela was born in Bogota, Colombia and graduated as a computer and systems engineer in 1981. She worked originally as an Information Systems Manager, in private and public enterprises, and then as the Director of the Secretariat of Information and Systems of the Colombian President’s Office (1990 – 1992). From 1993 to 2002, she taught systems and cybernetics in Los Andes University and provided consultancy for both the private and public sectors.

She led projects involving the restructuring of national auditing practices, the application of systems tools to national educational and environmental policies, and the introduction of participation in political systems. In 2002 her work on cybernetics was recognised when Vienna University and the International Federation of Systems Sciences awarded her the prestigious Ashby Lecture. Marquis Who’s Who in the World is including her biography in the forthcoming 2007 edition.

Since 2002 she has been researching and teaching within the Scarborough Management Centre of the Hull Business School and acting as its research co-ordinator.


Allenna Leonard
Allenna is an American/Canadian consultant in organizational cybernetics based in Toronto. She is a license of Team Syntegrity, a director of the Cwarel Isaf Institute and vice-chair of the Ecologos Environmental Institute. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland with a thesis on broadcast regulation. Beginning in the 1980’s and continuing until his death, she worked with Stafford Beer on a variety of consulting and educational projects – the most prominent being Projecto Urucib in Montevideo Uruguay for the UNDP. Her interests include improving accountability measures for soft information and applications of cybernetics to governance and ecology. She has taught university courses and written numerous reports, papers and articles in these areas. Much of her work has been focused on the use of Beer’s Viable System Model and Team Syntegrity Process. She is a past president of the American Society for Cybernetics, and received it’s McCulloch Award and is a past president of the International Society for Systems Science.

Pedro Pablo Cardoso
is a Colombian Marine Biologist and Merchant Marine Officer who after several years of work in research (Colombian Marine Research Institute – INVEMAR) and sailing in the pacific as international observer; changed his professional path, initially working as international consultant in south America for ORBIMAGE/ORBITAL and then for NAUTICAL TRANSOCEANIC. After this period performing as regional manager he did his Master in Environmental Auditing (Malaga) and Industrial Management, followed by the beginning of his academic career in Colombia and the completion of a second Master (MBA) with emphasis in International commerce (Madrid) after leading the successful program: Colombia-Japan business-match for Hi-tech SMES. In 2007 he got an ESPRC scholarship and did his PhD in complexity management and self-organisation at the University of Hull (UK).

Since 2012 he has working as senior lecturer at the Business School/Strategy subject group at Leeds Beckett University and has been involved in research projects related with sustainability, governance, Higher Education and social enterprise; using always principles of complexity management and the theory of viability.

Mark Johnson With a varied intellectual background including a degree in Music and a PhD in “Educational Cybernetics”, Mark is an Educational Technologist whose work has focused on the application of cybernetic techniques including the Viable System Model to the organisational problems of education. This work has included using the Viable System Model to understand Personal Learning Environments, the organisation of assessment and the strategic deployment of technology in institutions. This work has been supported with numerous research grants from JISC in the UK, and grants from the EU and medical charities.

Mark is currently working on projects to support the massive-scale teaching of skills to diagnose diabetic retinopathy in China, and on using cybernetic modelling to understand the issues of complexity and risk in healthcare. He is currently summarising his Educational Technology work in a book on “Education Cybernetics”, and blogs at http://dailyimprovisation.blogspot.com.