ECIE Biographies

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.

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Professor Marina van Geenhuizen has been a Full Professor at Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at TU Delft in the Netherlands since 2007. She was awarded her PhD from Erasmus University Rotterdam in applied economics. Professor van Geenhuizen’s research focus is on responsible/sustainable innovation and transition in energy, transport and medical/healthcare systems. Her focus is also on effectiveness in knowledge commercialization, including growth of university spin-off firms, living labs, networks, incubators and science parks, and contribution to the regional/urban knowledge economy. Theoretical perspectives include resource-based view, capabilities and social capital, and urban innovation theory. The approach is often quantitative modelling, eventually illustrated with qualitative case studies.


Professor João José Pinto Ferreira is an Associate Professor with Habilitation at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Porto. He founded (a number of years ago, in 2004) one of the most successful and innovative Master's degrees in Northern Portugal called MIETE - The Master's in Innovation and Technological Entrepreneurship. Professor João José is an expert on entrepreneurship and has been to Babson College in the USA to further his knowledge and training in the area.

Mini Track Chairs

Mini Track Chairs

Alexandros Kakouris, PhD, is an adjunct lecturer in entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of Peloponnese, at the Hellenic Open University and he is also innovation consultant at the National Observatory of Athens. He holds PhD in Physics, PhD in Entrepreneurship and a MSc in Adult Education. He has been involved in entrepreneurship since 2006 researching educational and learning issues. His special interest concerns fostering entrepreneurship and innovation to science graduates and the support of youth entrepreneurship through teaching and counselling. He also specialises in nascent entrepreneurship, creativity, transformative and experiential learning.

Dr. Matti Muhos


Research Professor Matti Muhos is the research director of Micro-entrepreneurship at University of Oulu, the research professor of Industrial engineering and management, renewing business and digitalization and he has the title of docent in technology business at the University of Jyväskylä. Muhos received his D.Sc. (Tech.) in industrial engineering and management from the University of Oulu. He is an associate editor, guest editor and advisory board member for several international journals. He is also a popular keynote speaker and invited co-chair of academic conferences in his research field. His primary research interests are growth management in new technology and service-based firms, the development of SMEs (with a particular focus on micro-sized enterprises), technology business, technology management, agility, and internationalization processes. The micro-entrepreneurship research team, MicroENTRE, is an internationally well-known and valued expert and partner specialising in micro-entrepreneurship in northern areas. Its results are published in valued scientific forums. Activities of the team promote the operating area as a growth platform for micro-enterprises. The research team focuses on micro-enterprises and research, development and training which is important to micro-enterprises.


Doan Winkel, Ph.D., is the John J. Kahl Sr., Chair in Entrepreneurship and the Director of the Edward M. Muldoon Center for Entrepreneurshp at John Carroll University, Ohio, USA. He is the founder of Legacy Out Loud and, an experiential entrepreneurship curriculum, and is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Experiential Entrepreneurship Exercises Journal. Doan serves as the Senior Vice-President of Programming for the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE). His interest is developing the next frontier in university-based entrepreneurship curriculum and programming.

Workshop Facilitators

Workshop Facilitators

Christy Suciu completed her graduate degree at Webster University and​ teaches in the College of Business and Economics at Boise State University in the area of design thinking, innovation, and strategy. She​ has created all three design thinking and strategy courses in the different M.B.A. programs. Over the years she has served as a design thinking consultant for many major companies such as HP, Wells Fargo, Paksense, and Biomark. Her research has been published in the Academy of Management Learning and Education and​ ​titled,​ ​“The​ ​Need​ ​for​ ​Design​ ​Thinking​ ​in​ ​Business​ ​Schools.”