ECIE Biographies

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

Conference and Programme Chairs

Pantelis Sklias is a Professor of International Relations and International Political Economy (IPE) and since September 2018 Rector of the Neapolis University Pafos. He served (2016-2018) as a member of the Board of the Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education (DI.P.A.E.). In the academic year 2017-2018, he was the Dean of the School of Security and Global Studies at the American University in the Emirates in Dubai. From February 2020 onwards, he has been appointed President of the Rectors’ Conference for Cypriot Universities.

Dr Nikolaos Apostolopoulos, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in European Policies in Sustainability and Entrepreneurship at the University of Peloponnese and visiting fellow at the Neapolis University Pafos. He also acts as scientific advisor at the Labour Institute of General Confederation of Labour (INE/GSEE) in Greece. He is co-editor of the edited volumes entitled: “Universities and Entrepreneurship: Meeting the Educational and Social Challenges”, “Entrepreneurship and the Sustainable Development Goals and Entrepreneurship”, “Institutional Framework and Support Mechanisms in the EU”.

Keynote Speakers

Paul Jones is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Swansea University.  Professor Jones is an active researcher in the entrepreneurship discipline with over 260 research outputs including edited books, academic journals, book chapters and conference papers. Professor Jones has published research in information communication technology, entrepreneurship and small business management and entrepreneurship education. Professor Jones is Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Management Education. Professor Jones is a visiting Professor at Coventry University, Anglia Ruskin University, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of South Wales. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Panagiotis Liargovas professor of economics, University of Peloponnese. PhD in Economics from Clark University, Worcester MA, and been Fulbright Scholar, Bakalas Foundation Scholar,  Teaching Assistant Scholar (Clark University) and European Commission trainee (Brussels). Former Head of  Parliamentary Budget Office at Hellenic Parliament. Currently director of Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence,  University of Peloponnese.  Founded “Sustainable Development and Entrepreneurship Laboratory” , Faculty of Economics. Authored a series of articles and books regarding the European integration and the role of Greece.

Robert Newbery is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Head of the Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Strategy department at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University. He has worked extensively in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America and has founded and run a number of entrepreneurial businesses having a PhD, MSc, MBA and BSc. He is co-editor of the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, the only Entrepreneurship journal to be promoted in the recent CABS ABS journal review (2* to 3*). He is currently conducting research into the entrepreneurial experiences of people operating in ‘peripheral’ communities. As such, he has recently conducted research on the livelihoods of artists operating in the creative and cultural sector of East Africa (working with visual artists, writers and curators to identify the intersections between entrepreneurship and arts practice).

Artur Steiner is a Professor in Social Entrepreneurship and Community Development. He leads the Community, Citizenship and Participation Research Group at the Yunus Centre, Glasgow Caledonian University. His research is about community disadvantage and actions to ameliorate isolation and, through entrepreneurship, co-production and participation, raise resilience and empowerment. Artur’s work is concerned with evidencing how, through social innovation, entities, policies and interventions tackle social inequalities and vulnerability including geographical disadvantage and frailty of specific groups in the society. His research outputs span multiple disciplines, chiefly entrepreneurship, rural development, public policy and health-related social sciences. Currently, Artur is a member of the Editorial Board of Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, Journal of Social Entrepreneurship and the Social Enterprise Journal.

Mini Track Chairs

Nasser Abouzakhar is the director of Anzar Property Investment Limited, founded in 2017 and author of the book Real Estate Investment: In the pursuit of building income-producing assets to grow your wealth. Between 2004 and 2019, he worked at different universities in the UK as an academic, teaching and researching different technology-related subjects. He has a good understanding of the property investment business and finances. Nasser has firm relationships with professionals in banking, legal, accounting, and valuation which assist with his responsibility as the company director. He leads a highly professional and experienced property management team.

Dr Sofia Daskou, PhD is an Associate Professor in Business and Customer Management, at Neapolis University Pafos. She holds a PhD awarded from the University of Strathclyde and has served as a scholar in various UK universities for 20 years. She the President of the International Advisory Council for the Marketing Profession (IACMP). Her research focuses on entrepreneurial thinking, digital relationship marketing & CRM, and various consumer issues, such as: customer satisfaction & loyalty, disordered eating, mindful and ethical consumption. She is the editorial board of International Journal of Economics and Business Research.

Dr Mitt Nowshade Kabir is a serial entrepreneur, technology evangelist, business accelerator and an investor. He holds M. Sc. in Computer Science, MBA, PhD in Information Technology, and a DBA in management. His current interests are Innovation, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Consciousness, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management. He is the CEO of, an AI consulting and development company.  Dr Kabir penned numerous scholarly papers and generic articles. He also published a book on Knowledge-based Social Entrepreneurship.  He worked as an advisor to various levels of government. Presently, he is writing a book on “AI and the future of humanity”. 

 Dr Alexandros Kakouris, PhD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in entrepreneurial learning and education at the Departmnt of Management Science and Technology of the University of Peloponnese and at the Hellenic Open University. He holds PhD in Physics, PhD in Entrepreneurship and a MSc in Adult Education. His special interests concern: fostering entrepreneurship and innovation to science graduates, context-aware entrepreneurship, support of youth entrepreneurship through teaching and counselling as well as nascent entrepreneurship,  transformative and experiential learning

Dr Andreas Masouras, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at Neapolis University in Marketing and Communication. He holds a PhD (Honors) from the Dept of Political Science and International Relations, University of the Peloponnese. The title of his doctoral dissertation is: “Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness through the lens of the Institutional Analysis: The Case of Cyprus”. He holds a Professional Doctorate in Management (D.Mgt.) from Monarch Business School (Switzerland) and MPhil from Brighton University. Dr Masouras is actively writeing scientific articles and is constantly involved in international conferences where he presents his research.

Dr Christos Papademetriou, PhD is an Assistant Professor in Management - Human Resources Management at the Neapolis University Pafos. He obtained a ΒΑ (Hons) in Accounting and Business and MA in International Management from the University of Sunderland. He also gained a BSc (Hons) in Computing and the Postgrad Certificate in Information Systems from the University of Portsmouth. He holds a doctorate (PhD) in Social Science from the University of Leicester, UK. His research interests focus on the following: entrepreneurship and innovation, human resource management, tourism management and marketing, social media, and leadership.

Dr Ruslan Pavlov is a senior researcher at the Central Economics and Mathematics Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, where he also completed his post graduate studies. His research interests include the diversification of business and big cycles, as well as the social responsibility of business and social entrepreneurship. 

Sergei Polbitsyn is the Professor of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at the Ural Federal University. He is also a senior researcher at the Institute of Economy of the Ural Chapter of Russian Academy of Sciences. His research interests include entrepreneurial ecosystems, innovation policies and systems, social and economic development of rural communities.

Dr Andreas Walmsley, PhD, is Associate Professor in Business at Plymouth Marjon University. He conducts research in entrepreneurship, especially entrepreneurship education, graduate entrepreneurship and responsible entrepreneurship. He is on the editorial boards of the journals Entrepreneurship Education and Pedagogy and the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research.

Dr Birgitte Wraae, PhD, is an Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship at the Faculty of Business and Technology and the Department of Applied Business Research at UCL University College Denmark. Her research interests are in entrepreneurship, especially entrepreneurship education: identity formation, emancipation, and employability. She excels in doing research in connection with the entrepreneurial learning space. She has recently published a book on the entrepreneurial learning journey.

Dr Antonis Zairis, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Neapolis University, Cyprus as well as Associate Vice President of the Board of Directors of The Association of Business and Retail Sales of Greece (H.R.B.A). His doctoral dissertation was on Consumer Behavior, specializing in Retail Trade. He has served for 32 years as Managing Director of Sales and Marketing in various Multinational Companies and Large Greek Enterprises. He also served as Deputy National Representative at the UN Intergovernmental Expert Committee on Sustainable Development . Ηe is also author of 27 books in business and marketing topics.”.

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