Keynote Speakers 2023

Eco-innovation: dynamic capabilities, cooperation and strategic orientation

Jun Li, University of Huddersfield, UK

Short bio: Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at University of Huddersfield, UK. He was previously the Trustee of Institute of Small business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE, UK) and was the President of Chinese Economic Association (UK/Europe) in 2012-2013. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies. His recent research explores entrepreneurship and wellbeing, ageing and entrepreneurship, fintech innovation, eco-innovation, innovation collaboration, etc. His publications include research monographs Financing China’s Rural Enterprises (Routledge, 2002), Incentives for Innovation in China (Routledge, 2015), and papers in leading international journals such as Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Regional Studies, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Journal of Business Research, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, among others. He is the Editor-in-Chief at the Journal of Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies.

The impact of economic complexity or international tourism and environment

Daniel Balsalobre Lorente, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Short bio: Expertise in public finances, energy economics, economic growth, environment, tourism and innovation processes. He has published numerous papers in International Referred Journals including Energy Economics, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Journal of Cleaner Production, Sustainability, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Resources Policy, Energy policy, Energies, and Journal of Public Affairs, among others. Editor and Reviewer in indexed journals and handbooks, with a high h-index. He is co-chief editor in Evaluation review and editor in several indexed journals. Prof. Balsalobre has been ranked in Standford Ranking and Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers.


Exploiting the powers of the cultural and creative industries to enhance cultural accessibility for audiences with auditory, visual, mobility and intellectual impairments

Dorothea Papathanasiou-Zuhrt, Open University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Short bio: Dorothea Papathanasiou-Zuhrt studied Classics and Germanistics at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens and History and Ethnology at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany, where she also obtained an M.A. degree in Linguistics. She has obtained her M.Sc. degree in Planning, Management and Policy of Tourism and her Ph.D. degree in Heritage Management at the University of the Aegean in Greece. She is proficient in English, German, French, Italian, Russian and have basic knowledge of Turkish. In the last 20 years she has completed 60 EU funded research projects with a total value of 19.496.302,51 EUR, including 58 museum applications, trails, guides, games, and digital apps and 21 training programs in HED and VET. She is active in the tertiary education at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the post-graduate study program “Cultural Policy and Development”, Open University of Cyprus and at the graduate study program at the “Department of Tourism Economics and Management”, University of the Aegean in Greece. In the last 20 years she has researched in the domains heritage and tourism with over 250 publications.


A new mathematical tool for investigating economic models involving time fractal via Abu-Shady—Kaabar Fractional Calculus

Mohammed K. A. Kaabar, University Malaya, Malaysia

Short bio: Mohammed K A Kaabar received all his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Mathematics from Washington State University (WSU), Pullman, WA, USA. Kaabar has a global diverse experience in teaching and has worked as adjunct math Professor, math lab instructor, and lecturer at various US institutions such as Moreno Valley College, Washington State University, and Colorado Early Colleges. He authored two math textbooks, and he is an invited referee for more than 200 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) international conferences all over the world. He served as an editor for the American Mathematical Society (AMS) Graduate Student Blog, and he is also a full editor for an educational program (Mathematics Section) at California State University, Long Beach, CA, USA. He is an approved member of Science and Democracy Network (SDN) which is a part of the Science, Technology, and Society program at Harvard Kennedy School. Kaabar is also currently serving as an editor for 17 international scientific journals in applied mathematics and engineering. He is also a member of the expert editorial advisory board for the Big Data and Advanced Wireless Technologies Springer Book Series. His research interests are fractional calculus, applied mathematics, mathematical physics, and math education.


Teaching economic development through projects: Catching up with European qualification framework and sustainable development goals

Eglantina Hysa, Epoka University, Albania

Short bio: As a seasoned senior lecturer and experienced economics researcher, Professor Eglantina Hysa has been actively contributing to the field of higher education for over fifteen years. Her body of work includes numerous scholarly publications, such as book chapters and technical reports, that have been featured in esteemed international journals and publishing houses like the Journal of Applied Economics, Cogent Economics and Finance, and Routledge. In addition to her research endeavors, she has been an integral part of various EU projects, providing her expertise as a Bologna System expert for higher education. Furthermore, she has been serving as an expert evaluator in prestigious programs such as Horizon 2020/Europe and Erasmus+, while also being an International Expert in several European Accreditation Agencies for Higher Education.


Entrepreneurship in emerging markets. The shift of financing paradigm in the context of increasing post-crisis resilience

Gabriela Prelipcean, Stefan cel Mare University of Suceava, Romania

Short bio: A professor and PhD coordinator with a wide experience as researcher, Fulbright Alumna and member of prestigious professional associations. She has received numerous fellowships, awards and grants as project manager and coordinated large teams and complex national and European projects.


Mircea Boscoianu, Transilvania University of Brasov

Short bio: Full Professor at Transilvania University of Brasov, PhD Advisor, and Senior Researcher at National Institute for Aerospace Research "Elie Carafoli". He has experience in the management of complex socio-technical systems, in the management of higher education, and in the management of R&D projects with multiple teams (project manager). He is an author of books and scientific articles.


Building resilience of the national economy in the context of overlapping crises - the main challenge for economic growth. A comparative analysis of the EU member states.

Valentina Vasile, Marius-Razvan Surugiu, Raluca Mazilescu – Institute of National Economy, Romania

Short bio: senior researchers, Center for Sustainable Development of the Institute of National Economy