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ECIE Biographies

Below are the ECIE Biographies of the Conference and Programme Chairs, Key Note Speakers and Mini-Track Chairs.

Conference and Programme Chairs

Christophe Lou

Christophe Loué

Christophe Loué is a professor and researcher at Novancia, a business school specializing in entrepreneurship and commerce run by the Paris and Île de France Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He took up his post as professor at the school after having spent several years as a junior consultant at the Paris CCI’s Directorate of Human Resources. Professor Loué is responsible for courses in Human Resources Management in Novancia’s Bachelor’s and Master’s programs. His current research focuses on the identification of entrepreneurial skills, the acquisition of competences by the students and the measure of their entrepreneurial intention and self-efficacy in pedagogical situations.

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Sonia Ben Slimane

Sonia Ben Slimane is PhD in Industrial Economics at the University Paris Dauphine PSL and currently Associate professor of Innovation at Novancia Business School. She is holder of the Labex Chair "Nanotechnologies, Ecodesign, Innovation and Strategy" at Novancia Business School. Sonia Ben Slimane has served for 5 years as researcher at IMRI-Université Paris Dauphine. She has participated in several scientific projects with a systemic approach of innovation for ministry, institutional, and national agencies in France. Her field of expertizes covers mainly innovation and ecodesign, sustainable development, and technological transfer. She is member of “Research network on innovation (RNI)”.

Keynote Speakers and Workshop

Keynote Speakers and Workshop

Courvisanos

Jerry Courvisanos is Associate Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Federation Business School, Federation University Australia. Trained as an economist, Jerry has taught economics in high schools and higher education institutions in Australia and has had a series of long-term Visiting Scholar positions overseas. Jerry’s basic research is centered on the processes of innovation and their impact on investment, business cycles, sustainable development and the evolution of businesses in both developed and developing countries. This work informs applied research into innovation and entrepreneurial activity for regional and sustainable economic development. Jerry has published two major books on investment and innovation, edited one book on pluralism in economics, many book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles. Jerry has just completed a visiting scholar position in Timor-Leste to examine sustainable development in this country and to assist in research capacity building of their national university.

Rayna

Thierry Rayna is Professor of Innovation Management at Novancia Business School Paris. Beforehand, he spent 10 years in the UK, where he held positions at the University of Cambridge, the London School of Economics, University College London and Imperial College. He is a Digital Economy specialist and his research investigates the radical changes that digitisation brings to businesses, industries, and the economy as a whole. Thierry has served as an advisor for companies in the cultural and creative industries, telecom companies, as well as for policymakers. He also mentors start-ups. Thierry Rayna is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Manufacturing Technology & Management.

Mini Track Chairs

Mini Track Chairs

Dr. Matti Muhos

Dr. Matti Muhos

Dr. Matti Muhos is the Research Director of Micro-Entrepreneurship at the University of Oulu. He has a title of docent in technology business at University of Jyväskylä. D.Sc. (Tech.) Muhos has received his doctorate in industrial engineering and management from University of Oulu. He participates in the editorial processes of several international journals as an associate editor, quest editor and advisory board member. His primary research interests are the growth management in new technology and service based firms, the development of SMEs and micro-sized enterprises, technology business, technology management, agility, and internationalisation processes.

Christi Suciu

Christy Suciu

Christy Suciu gained her MBA from Webster University in Missouri, USA. She teaches design thinking in the MBA programs at the College of Business and Economics at Boise State University in Idaho, USA.   She has served as a design thinking consultant for major global companies.  Her research interests include design thinking, innovation, and strategy.  She has published articles on design thinking in the journal of the Academy of Management Learning and Education and The International Journal of Management and Education.  

Alexandros Kakouris

Alexandros Kakouris

Alexandros Kakouris, PhD, is an external lecturer in entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of Athens, University of Peloponnese and ASPETE. He holds a PhD in Physics and a MSc in Adult Education. He has been involved in entrepreneurship since 2006, researching educational issues. His special interest concerns fostering entrepreneurship and innovation to science graduates and the support of youth entrepreneurship through counselling. He also specialises in nascent entrepreneurship and experiential learning.

Minna Tunkkari-Eskelinen

Minna Tunkkari-Eskelinen

Minna Tunkkari-Eskelinen, Dc. (Econ.), is Principal Lecturer at JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Jyväskylä, Finland. Her areas of study are pedagogy, tourism industry and entrepreneurship as well as family business, and she is competent with service design, strategic thinking as well as development methods. She  applies entrepreneurial methods and ideology when teaching and coaching students, teachers and micro entrepreneurs.

Ruslan Pavlov

Ruslan Pavlov

Ruslan Pavlov is a senior researcher at the Central Economics and Mathematics Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and post graduated from the same institution. His research interests include the diversification of business and big cycles, as well as the social responsibility of business and social entrepreneurship.

Workshop Facilitators

Workshop Facilitators

Teodorescu

Prof. George Teodorescu is Chairman of the Danubius Academic Consortium Ecosystem for Integral Innovation, comprising 12 Universities from 10 European countries, several industry Associations and public Institutions. The mission of the DAC Ecosystem is to promote Creativity as a driving force for a prosperous economy and for a harmonious society. Between 1992-2012 George led the Masters Program for Integral Innovation at the State Academy Stuttgart, Germany, where he designed the curriculum and developed a methodology for educating original problem solvers and creative entrepreneurs with a basic education in engineering, natural sciences, architecture or design. He was on the Executive Board of the World Design Organisation between 2001-2005. He is author of a book entitled the ‘Theory of Integral Innovation’. Born in Bucharest, George now lives in Cologne in Germany.