Keynote Speakers

University of Malta, Non-Executive Director Central Bank of Malta, Former Active President of the Republic of Malta
Title: “Determinants of sustainable-oriented behaviours among University students: An evaluation of key competences”
co-authored with Cassar, V., and Tracz-Krupa, K.

Professor Frank Bezzina is Pro-Rector for International Development and Quality Assurance at the University of Malta, having previously served as Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Management & Accountancy (2016-2021), Deputy Dean (2012-2016) and Head of the Department of Management (2013-2021). He lectures in Management Science, Applied Business Statistics, Evidence-based Management and Business Research Methods.
Frank’s research focuses on investigating phenomena in the Organizational Sciences. He has published papers in various international journals of repute which include the European Management Journal, The International Journal of Human Resource Management and Expert Systems with Applications. He also co-edited book series such as Emerald’s Contemporary Studies in Economic and Financial Analysis (Volumes 97 & 98) and Springer’s Public Administration, Governance and Globalization (Volume 22). In 2012, his research paper entitled “Investigating the determinants of recycling behaviour in Malta” (co-authored with Stephen Dimech) published in ‘Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal’ (Vol. 22 No. 4, pp. 463-485) was awarded the Emerald Literati Network Highly Commended Paper Award for Excellence. Apart from this, he regularly reviews papers for a number of international peer-reviewed journals and conferences.
Professor Bezzina is currently the European University of the Seas (SEA-EU) Vice-Rector for Quality and Chairperson of the University of Malta’s Island and Small States Institute (ISSI) and the Quality Assurance Committee. He holds visiting professor positions at the University of Zagreb (Croatia), the Wroclaw University of Economics (Poland), LM Thapar School of Management (India) and the University of Peja (Kosovo) and is an Honorary Board Member of the European Marketing and Management Association (EUMMAS).
Beyond his academic role, Frank has been engaged in various consultancy assignments and projects for private and public organizations. Most notably, he holds positions as non-executive Director of the Central Bank of Malta and non-executive Chairperson of WasteServ Malta Ltd. Between June 2022 and March 2024, he served 21 times as Acting President of the Republic of Malta.

Institute of Management, Chair of Finance, University of Koblenz, GERMANY
Title: “Strategy Abandonment in Financial Markets” co-authored with Heiko Neuhaus

Professor Dr.habil. Thomas Burkhardt is a distinguished full professor in Germany. He earned his degrees in Physics (Diplom, 1990) and Economics (Diplom, 1992) from the University of Göttingen, where he also completed his doctoral studies summa cum laude in 1994. Following his Ph.D., he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA, working with Professor Michael Brennan in 1994/95.
In 2000, he achieved his Habilitation from the Technical University of Freiberg. Since 2001, Professor Burkhardt has held the Chair of Finance at the University of Koblenz-Landau, which transitioned to Koblenz University in 2024. He declined an offer for the Chair in Banking at Innsbruck University, Austria.
Professor Burkhardt’s research primarily focuses on financial decision-making, asset management, derivatives, and long-term investment decisions, including forest investments. His preferred methodologies include mathematical modeling, optimization, and economic experiments.
Beyond his research, Professor Burkhardt has served in numerous faculty roles, including Head of Institute and Head of the Examination Board. He is actively involved in international academic exchanges and frequently contributes as a reviewer and scientific program committee member for various conferences and journals.

New York University, Stern’s Business College, UsaS

Nicholas Economides is an internationally recognized academic authority on network economics, electronic commerce and public policy. His fields of specialization and research include the economics of networks, especially of telecommunications, computers, and information, the economics of technical compatibility and standardization, industrial organization, the structure and organization of financial markets and payment systems, antitrust, application of public policy to network industries, strategic analysis of markets and law and economics.

Professor Economides has published more than 100 articles in top academic journals in the areas of networks, telecommunications, oligopoly, antitrust, product positioning and on the liquidity and the organization of financial markets and exchanges. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as a B.Sc. (First Class Honors) in Mathematical Economics from the London School of Economics. Previously, he taught at Columbia University (1981-1988) and at Stanford University (1988-1990). He is editor of the Information Economics and Policy, Netnomics, Quarterly Journal of Electronic Commerce, the Journal of Financial Transformation, Journal of Network Industries, on the Advisory Board of the Social Science Research Network, editor of Economics of Networks Abstracts by SSRN and former editor of the International Journal of Industrial Organization. His website on the Economics of Networks has been ranked as one of the top four economics sites worldwide by The Economist magazine.

Professor Economides is Executive Director of the NET Institute,, a worldwide focal point for research on the economics of network and high technology industries. He has advised or is advising the US Federal Trade Commission, the governments of Greece, Ireland, New Zealand and Portugal, the Attorney General of New York State, major telecommunications corporations, a number of the Federal Reserve Banks, the Bank of Greece and major Financial Exchanges. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Economist Intelligence Unit. He has commented extensively in broadcast and in print on high technology, antitrust and public policy issues.

A complete CV is available at


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Dr Habil. Kinga Flaga-Gieruszyńska Prof. US, Vice-Rector for Organization of the University of Szczecin; Head of the Interdisciplinary Research Team of Civil Procedural Law, Medical Law and New Technologies at the Faculty of Law and Administration; Deputy Chairperson of the Scientific Council of the Institute of Legal Sciences at the University of Szczecin; legal counsel; Member of the Scientific Council of  NASK (National Research Institute); Member of the Scientific Council of the Scientific and Training Centre at the National Chamber of Judicial Officers; Member of the Scientific Council of the Polish Institute of Notaries; President of the Arbitration Court in the Western Pomeranian Voivodship in Szczecin; Arbitrator at the Permanent Consumer Arbitration Court operating at the Western Pomeranian Voivodship Inspector of Trade Inspection in Szczecin.

In his academic work, she deals with civil procedural law, arbitration and mediation, bankruptcy and restructuring law, medical law, and new technology law, particularly with regard to applications in the administration of justice.


Title: “The World and the Economy in the 20s. Again, into Troubled Waters”

Gonzalo de Cadenas-Santiago attended the Doctoral Program in Quantitative Economics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin from 2001-2004 with his Doctoral Dissertation held later in Madrid in 2008. He has also attended on a shared program, the University of Zurich, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), the IMD, MIP Business Administration and Management and the Kiel University.

Gonzalo de Cadenas-Santiago is a policy analyst, a quantitative researcher, and an enthusiast entrepreneur. His areas of interest are risk, growth, and complexity. He pursues to find out how these relate within a framework of open macroeconomics, financial markets analysis and geopolitics.  

Gonzalo de Cadenas-Santiago is now the Deputy General Manager of Mapfre Economics (the Economic and geopolitical think tank of the largest insurance company in Spain and Latam, MAPFRE / IBEX ticker: MAP) and he actively collaborates with think tanks specialized in geopolitical, economic and sector analysis globally.

In the former, Gonzalo has also hands-on expertise as he is founder member of several start-ups based on exponential technologies applied to geopolitical and financial analysis. Gonzalo combines analytical with academic work teaching at several business schools in Spain and remains as advisor to his alma mater, the Humboldt University of Berlin, where he did his Ph.D., in economics. His publications are mostly in risk, financial systems, big data, monetary policy, credit, SMSs, and debt management.

PROFESSOR SIMON GRIMA, University of Malta, Malta

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Prof. Simon Grima, is the the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy, Associate Professor and the Head of the Department of Insurance and Risk Management which he set up in 2015 and started and coordinates the MA and MSc Insurance and Risk Management degrees together with the B. Com in Insurance at the University of Malta. Simon is also a Professor at the University of Latvia, Faculty of Business, Management and Economics and a visiting Professor at UNICATT Milan. He served as the President of the Malta Association of Risk Management (MARM) and President of the Malta Association of Compliance Officers (MACO) between 2013 and 2015, and between 2016 and 2018 respectively.

Moreover, he is the chairman of the Scientific Education Committee of the Public Risk Management Organization (PRIMO) and the Federation of European Risk Managers (FERMA). His research focus is on Governance, Regulations and Internal Controls and has over 30 years of experience varied between Financial Services, academia, and public entities. He has acted as co-chair and is a member of the scientific program committee on some international conferences and is a chief editor, editor and review editor of some Journals and Book Series. He has been awarded outstanding reviewer for Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance in the 2017 and 2022 Emerald Literati Awards. Moreover, Simon acts as an Independent Director for Financial Services Firms, sits on Risk, Compliance, Procurement, Investment and Audit Committees and carries out duties as a Compliance Officer, Internal Auditor and Risk Manager.

Web Page: Web of Science Researcher ID: O-5299-2015.

Hellenic International University, Greece, Conference’s Chair

Professor Maditinos Dimitrios received his Diploma in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Lund in Sweden in 1981 with specialization in Computer Science and his doctoral degree in Financial Modeling from the University of Greenwich in England in 2006.

From March 1993 until July 2018, he holds the title of Professor of Applications until March 2007, Assistant Professor since April 2007, Associate Professor since March 2012, and then Professor since January 2016, at the Department of Management Science & Technology of the International Hellenic University.

Since 1996 he has published 1 Book and 54 Articles (53 International and 1 National) in Scientific journals, while at the same time he has been a reviewer in a variety of scientific journals and conferences.

Dr. Maditinos Dimitrios teaches at the Department of Management Science & Technology of International Hellenic University undergraduate as well as postgraduate classes.

Contact details: International Hellenic University, Department of Management, Science & Technology, 65404, Kavala,  E-mail:


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Professor Malindretos brings diverse background in the areas of academia, entrepreneurship, and industry. He has made more than 100 presentations in finance, accounting, and management. Additionally, he has published nearly 100 proceedings, book chapters, and refereed journal articles. He co-authored a monograph in International Finance and was instrumental in bringing a scholarly journal to the Cotsakos College of Business, entitled The International Journal of Finance, of which he is the co-editor.

In addition to his academic experience, he has served as Money Manager at Salomon Smith Barney and Chairman of the Board of Directors of a Boutique Investment Bank for quite a long time.

His professional interests are in Money Management and International Finance. He holds a   Ph.D. in Economics and Finance from Rutgers University with specialization in International Finance, Investments, and Corporate Finance.


Title: “Russia’s War in Ukraine: Implications Post-Washington NATO Summit”

Jonathan is an international affair professional with expertise on security, defense and geo-economic issues in the Indo-Pacific.

He has held a variety of positions in the private and public sector. Currently, he is Director of the Foreign Affairs, National Security, and Defence program at the Ottawa-based Macdonald Laurier Institute. He is also concurrently a senior fellow with the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) and senior fellow on East Asia for the Tokyo-based Asian Forum Japan. Miller also is the Director and co-founder of the Council on International Policy. He also holds appointments as Canada’s ASEAN Regional Forum Expert and Eminent Person (EEP) and as a Responsible Leader for the BMW Foundation.

Previously, he was an international affairs fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations, based in Tokyo. Other former appointments and roles include terms as a Distinguished Fellow with the Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada, and Senior Fellow on East Asia for the New York-based EastWest Institute. Miller also held a fellowship on Japan with the Pacific Forum CSIS from 2013-16, and has held a number of other visiting fellowships on Asian security matters, including at JIIA and the National Institute of Defense Studies (Ministry of Defense – Japan).

In addition, Miller previously spent nearly a decade working on economic and security issues related to Asia with the Canadian federal government and worked both with the foreign ministry and the security community. He regularly attends track 1.5 and track 2 dialogues in the region and lectures to universities, think-tanks, corporations and others across the Asia-Pacific region on security and defense issues. He regularly consults, provides advice and presents to the private sector, multilateral organizations and governments on regional geopolitics.

Jonathan is a regular contributor to several journals, magazines and newspapers on Asia-Pacific security issues including The Economist Intelligence Unit, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy and Nikkei Asian Review. He has also published widely in other outlets including Forbes, Newsweek Japan, the Globe and Mail, the World Affairs Journal, the Japan Times, the Mainichi Shimbun, the ASAN Forum, Jane’s Intelligence Review and Global Asia. Miller has been interviewed and quoted on regional security issues across a wide range of media including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, Le Monde, Nikkei, the Japan Times, Asahi Shimbun, the Voice of America, the Globe and Mail, CBC, CTV and ABC news.

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Conference’s Chair

Prof. Kesra Nermend holds multiple esteemed positions at the University of Szczecin, including Professor and Head of the Department of Decision Support Methods and Cognitive Neuroscience, Director of the Institute of Management, Director of the Center for Transfer and Technology, and President of the Center for Research and Development.

His research focuses on the application of quantitative methods and IT tools in analyzing socio-economic processes, particularly emphasizing multi-criteria methods, multidimensional data analysis, and cognitive neuroscience techniques in understanding social behavior and modeling consumer preferences for business decision-making in management.

The research is conducted through the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory and the Virtual Reality Laboratory, both housed in the Institute of Management at the University of Szczecin, focusing on decision-making, neuromarketing, analysis of advertising messages, packaging and banners, website usability testing, and logistics processes.

Prof. Nermend utilizes various measurement techniques such as neuroimaging (EEG), psychophysiological measurements (GSR, HR), eye tracking, and microexpression measurements (EMG, Face Reading) to study social behavior and consumer preferences.

Prof. Kesra Nermend is the author of over 130 publications, including monographs published in SPRINGER and articles in journals listed in the Philadelphia list, primarily focusing on using quantitative methods and tools to analyze economic problems and provide decision support.


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Grațiela Georgiana Noja (UVT) is the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, West University of Timisoara, Romania, a Full Professor, PhD habil., at the same faculty and a PhD coordinator within the Doctoral School of Economics and Business Administration (Economics field). Gratiela was the manager of the Erasmus+ project „Coordinated higher education institutions responses to digitalisation” implemented during 2019-2021 and has developed several projects throughout the years in tight collaboration with prestigious universities worldwide, collaborating on over 15 national and international projects as a manager, project assistant, expert, researcher, task responsible, and trainer. Gratiela has over 40 publications indexed in the Web of Science Core Collection and over 25 other publications in relevant international journals. Also, Gratiela is a co-editor of several books published at Emerald, such as (i) Digital Transformation, Strategic Resilience, Cyber Security and Risk Management (2023), (ii) Economic Development and Resilience by EU Member States (forthcoming 2024), (iii) Navigating the Future: Challenges and Opportunities in ESG (forthcoming 2024) and (iv) Green Wealth: Navigating the Path to a Sustainable Future (forthcoming 2024) and has published over 15 book chapters in international books at Emerald, Springer, Brill. She was also co-editor of several special issues of international journals and has disseminated her research results at over 70 national and international conferences and other scientific events. Gratiela is an active member of the International Strategic Management Association and a member of the Steering Committee of the East-European Centre for Research in Economics and Business. Moreover, Gratiela was a member and Management Committee substitute for Romania in the COST Action CA16111 „International Ethnic and Immigrant Minorities’ Survey Data Network” and has a wide membership in various educational organisations, research networks, scientific and review committees of various journals, and international scientific conferences. Her main research and teaching activities are developed within the economics and international business framework, with a keen focus on European economic integration, international migration, innovation, digital transformation, and sustainable economic development.


Marilen Gabriel Pirtea has been the Rector of the West University of Timisoara since 2012 (after being Chancellor, Vice-Dean, and Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration in Timisoara). Since 2016, he has been a member of the Romanian Parliament, in the Budget and Finance Commission, and in 2022-2023, he’s been appointed as honorary advisor of the Romanian Prime Minister, in charge of the integration of Romanian universities into the European education and research area. Since August 2023, he has been an Honorary Advisor to the Vice-Prime Minister of Romania, offering support in designing new sustainable public policies, especially in the field of education, but also in the field of economy, which is his field of professional expertise. Mr. Pirtea is a Professor and Doctoral Adviser in the field of Finance, his main interests being in company financial management, direct investment and business financing, international finance, and corporate governance. He is the main author of 4 books and co-author of 13 books, as well as author or co-author of more than 150 scientific articles and studies, and manager or part of the teams of more than 35 research projects. His scientific and professional activity is completed by his participation in different national and international organizations (The Council of the Romanian Academy Doctoral School of Economics, Research Centre for Social Sciences (2C2S), International Association of Regional Sciences, Founding member of the ‘Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen’ Interdisciplinary Training and Research Platform, etc.), as well as by having leadership positions in research structures: Expert/collaborator/trainer in the field of the Financial Management of Public Institutions for the National Institute for Administration of the Ministry for Domestic Affairs and Administrative Reform, Collaborator of the Centre for Continuous Education and Open Distance Learning of the West University of Timişoara, President of the Commission for Research and Human Resources from the Faculty of Economics Council, etc. Since 2023, he has been President of the Governance Board of the European Alliance UNITA – Universitas Montium. For his activity, professor Marilen Gabriel Pirtea has been awarded numerous distinctions, including that of Doctor Honoris Causa of two different Romanian universities and Professor Emeritus of another university.


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Dominik Rozkrut has been the President of Statistics Poland since 2016. PhD Rozkrut is a member of the European Statistical System Committee (ESSC). He was elected Chair of the ESS Partnership Group (PG) for 2020-2021; currently he is also chairing the PG Task Force on access to privately-held data and is a member of the PG TF on ESS Innovations.

In March 2021, he was appointed a member of the European Commission expert group on Facilitating the Use of New Data Sources for Official Statistics.

He is a member of the OECD Committee on Statistics and Statistics Policy (CSSP) and serves as CSSP Bureau Vice-Chair since 2020. Moreover, he is a member of the UNECE Conference of European Statisticians (CES) and holds a Conference Bureau Vice-Chair function as well as participates in the work of UNECE High-Level Group on Modernisation of Official Statistics.

At the UN level, he represents Poland in the UN Statistical Commission. He also works in the UN Committee of Experts on Big Data and Data Science for Official Statistics (UN-CEBD), the UN Friends of the Chair Group on the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics. He co-chairs the UN Data Stewardship Working Group and represents the Region of Eastern Europe in the UN High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (HLG-PCCB).

Starting from 2021 he became a member of the ISI-Committee on Agricultural Statistics (ISI-CAS). In 2021, he was nominated for 2021-2023 as the President-Elect and 2023-2025 as the President of the International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS).

PhD Rozkrut’s career began at the Department of Statistics and Econometrics at the University of Szczecin. At the same time, he also worked as a member of a market risk management team at a commercial bank. He joined official statistics in 2007 and served as Director of a regional branch, acting as project manager for numerous research and development projects. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Szczecin, where he received his Ph.D. in statistics and econometrics.

He completed an internship at the University of Massachusetts, Lappeenranta University of Technology, and UNU-MERIT in Maastricht. PhD Rozkrut is a member of the Main Council of the Polish Statistical Association, member of the Committee of Statistics and Econometrics and the Committee on Demographic Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences.


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Dr Ioannis Tachmatzidis, MALAMA – INSTITUTE FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS (ΙΨΕ), GREECE WWW.IPSE.GR;  INTERNATIONAL CENTRE OF ISTAMOLOGY (ICIS), e-mail:  is a Psychologist, Psychotherapist and Neuropsychologist with long experience in education, clinical practice and consultancy. He taught Psychology at UK Universities such as King’s College London, Cardiff University, South Bank, Glamorgan. Also, he worked as Psychologist in London and researcher for UK government projects.

His studies include a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology and Neuropsychology, M.Sc. in Psychology of Education, M.Sc. in Research Methods and Master’s in Business Administration (M.B.A.). He is involved in a series of professional specializations and international collaborations in the field of Psychology, Psychotherapy and Management. He is an accredited international Supervisor and Trainer/Fellow in Interpersonal Therapy.

He is author of scientific books and articles. Other activities include numerous professional trainings, academic lectures, workshops and public presentations.

Dr Tachmatzidis is co-developer of the “Istamology” approach on business and of the “International Centre of Istamology (ICIs)”. Consultant and Trainer in strategic management and strategic communication.

Scientific Committee Member of international conferences, Associate Fellow (AFBPsS) and Chartered Member (CPsychol) of the British Psychological Society. Member of the International Strategic Management Association.


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Dr. hab. Malgorzata Tarczynska-Lunniewska is an esteemed faculty member within the Department of Econometrics and Statistics at the Institute of Economics and Finance, University of Szczecin. She has earned all her academic degrees and titles from the University of Szczecin, showcasing her dedication to the institution’s academic excellence. In addition to her academic responsibilities, she serves as the Representative of the US Rector at CoARA, demonstrating her commitment to institutional representation and collaboration.

Since 2006, Dr. hab. Tarczynska-Lunniewska has held the role of Coordinator for the Stock Exchange School and, as of 2022, the educational project “Personal Finance,” in collaboration with FGPW in Warsaw. Her previous engagements include coordinating educational and retirement plan projects from 2019 to 2020. Furthermore, she has represented the Ministry and contributed as a member of the evaluation team for scientific units, reflecting her involvement in national-level initiatives.

Dr. hab. Tarczynska-Lunniewska’s contributions extend to her roles in professional committees, including her membership in the Main Committee of the Finance Olympiad and the Regional Committee of the Statistical Olympiad. She also serves as the subject editor of the esteemed journal “Wiadomości Statystyczne: The Polish Statistician.”

With a focus on quantitative methods, capital markets, finance, and economic and financial analysis, Dr. hab. Tarczynska-Lunniewska’s expertise lies in the application of quantitative methods in economics and the study of social and economic phenomena at various levels of aggregation. Her extensive research and interdisciplinary experience are evidenced by her involvement in scientific projects as a project manager, principal investigator, or expert, as well as her contributions to research and expert teams within the economic environment.

Dr. hab. Tarczynska-Lunniewska is the author of numerous scholarly publications, including articles, chapters in monographs, and monographs of scientific and didactic nature, further solidifying her standing as a respected academic and researcher in her field.


Conference’s Chair

Professor of Quantitative Methods at the University of Piraeus, Greece (1984-2021), Affiliate Professor of Finance at the University of Malta, Visiting Professor at the Open University of Cyprus. 

He is Editor-in-Chief of the European Research Studies Journal, the International Journal of Economics and Business Administration and the International Journal of Finance, Insurance and Risk Management. He is also the Founder of the International Conference on Applied Business and Economics (ICABE).

He participates as editorial board member in various journals, external advisor in European projects and international consultant. His professional experience includes, quantitative analysis, technical and financial analysis, banking, business consulting, project evaluations, international business, international finance, and shipping.

He has an extensive record of lecturing in several Universities around the world (Europe, America, Asia), participating in international conferences as a keynote speaker, coaching Ph.D. students, cooperating in projects and scientific initiatives through a worldwide network channel.

He has a long track of publications in many journals, collective volumes, and chapter books. Among them a publication as a Chapter Book in the World Scientific Handbook in Financial Economic Series, Vol. 5, dedicated to the memory of Late Milton Miller, Nobel prize winner in Economics in 1990.

Parallel to his academic career he has performed as Banking Director for 12 years, Ministerial Advisor for 6 years, Public Servant for 4 years and Independent Consultant for a long time.