Below are the ECIE Biographies of the Conference and Programme Chairs, Key Note Speakers and Mini-Track Chairs.
Conference and Programme Chairs
Professor Carlos Costa is a full professor and entrepreneur based at the University of Aveiro, Portugal. Carlos started out doing an undergraduate degree in regional and urban planning (University of Aveiro). This was followed by a specialization in tourism, at the master’s and doctoral level, at the University of Surrey, in the UK. Carlos is now Head of Department, at DEGEIT – the largest department of the University of Aveiro. With publications at the highest level, Carlos also enjoys writing down-to-earth articles for the media and for the general public. As the Director of the PhD in Marketing and Strategy, as well as of the PhD in Tourism, both at the University of Aveiro, Carlos is an inspiration to colleagues and students alike – to perform beyond their dreams and achieve new entrepreneurial heights, whatever the domain may be.
Dr. Marlene Paula Castro Amorim was born in Oporto, in 1974, and received her PhD in Management from IESE Business School (Barcelona, Spain). Marlene holds a first degree in Economics, by the University of Porto, and a Master’s degree in Management of Science Technology and Innovation, by the University of Aveiro (Portugal). She initiated her career in industry, holding managerial positions in marketing and internationalization in food manufacturing companies, in Portugal, The Netherlands and Belgium. She then moved to the academic landscape, firstly as a manager, for the internationalization of the University of Aveiro in the year 2000. Currently Marlene serves as Pro-rector for the Internationalization of the University of Aveiro. She is also an Assistant Professor at this University for the Department of Economics Management Industrial Engineering and Tourism. She has been Director of the Master’s in Industrial Engineering and Management and is a member of the Scientific Commission of the Doctoral Program in Industrial Engineering. Marlene is also a researcher integrated at the Research Unit GOVCOPP.
Dr. Manuel Au-Yong Oliveira was born in London, England, in 1969. After a brief period working in the textile industry, Manuel did an MBA at Cardiff Business School, in Wales (1992-1993). Under the supervision of the Director of the Cardiff Business School, Professor Roger Mansfield, Manuel wrote a dissertation on human motivation, which was awarded a distinction. Manuel has ten years of work experience with multinational corporations – including for Accenture (1998-1999), Worthington Cylinders (2000-2004) and Waterco (2005-2009). Manuel has also worked for smaller more entrepreneurial enterprises. Manuel has a Ph.D in Industrial Engineering and Management (FEUP), and was awarded a distinction for his thesis on innovation. Manuel is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Aveiro, in Portugal, where he is a member of the Executive Committee for his department (Department of Economics, Management, Industrial Engineering and Tourism) and the Director of the Master’s in Management degree. Manuel as a researcher is affiliated to GOVCOPP.