ECIE Biographies

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

Conference and Programme Chairs

Dr. Florinda Matos is the founder and the president of ICAA - Intellectual Capital Association. She holds a PhD in Social Sciences, Organizational Behaviour Studies from the University of Lisbon (Portugal). She teaches in graduate and post-graduate courses at ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa and in several other higher education institutions. She is an associate research fellow of DINÂMIA'CET-IUL - Centre for Socioeconomic and Territorial Studies. Currently, she is leading the project "KM3D - Knowledge Management in Additive Manufacturing: Designing New Business Models". She is a member of the New Club of Paris. As a Knowledge Management expert, she is the ambassador for Europe of the International Conference on Knowledge and Innovation (CIKI) and member of the Observatory on Knowledge Management and Innovation in Public Administration, from IPEA - Institute for Applied Economic Research of Brazilian Government.  She has more than 30 published academic articles and scientific papers, book chapters and books. Her main research interests are Intellectual Capital, Knowledge Management, Digital transformation and Sustainability.

Prof Maria de Fátima Ferreiro is Associate Professor with Habilitation at Iscte - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, in Lisbon.  Her research is conducted at DINAMIA’CET-Iscte, Centre for Socioeconomic and Territorial Studies, in the subjects of territory, food system and transitions towards sustainability, and social innovation. Currently the research is developed within the European Project RurAction, Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Rural Regions, funding by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement; and project SPLACH - Spatial Planning for Change (2017-2020) – funded by Compete 2020. Teaching activity in the areas of economic ideas, territory, and sustainability. Publications in the areas of social innovation, territory and governance, food system and transitions towards sustainability. Supervision of master and PhD thesis. Referee of indexed national and international journals.  Dean of the School of Social Sciences and previous director of the Department of Political Economy at Iscte

Prof Álvaro Rosa is associate professor (with Habilitation) at ISCTE Business School.  Currently is the director of the Master of International Management at Iscte - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa and member of Scientific Committee of Iscte Doctoral Programme on Applied Management.  His research interests are strategy, qaulity and cross-cultural management.  He is a regular visiting scholar in faculties in China, Brazil, UK, and Slovenia.

Prof Isabel Salavisa is Full Professor of Economics at Iscte - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, in Lisbon.  Her research is conducted at DINAMIA’CET-Iscte, Centre for Socioeconomic and Territorial Studies, of which she has been Director (2004-2013) and is joint coordinator of the Research Group ‘Innovation and Labour’. She has been working on the research project SPLACH - Spatial Planning for Change (2017-2020) – funded by Compete 2020. She is advisor to the Jean Monet Centre of Excellence on “Labour, Welfare and Social Rights in Europe” (2018-2021). Her research subjects comprise economics of innovation; sustainability transitions of large sociotechnical systems, such as energy and food; and Welfare State policies in Europe. She coordinated and participated in a large number of projects.  She wrote, edited and contributed to a number of books, published articles and presented papers at a great deal of conferences. She has supervised PhD. dissertations and taught mostly Economics of Innovation, Economics and Policies of the EU, and Sustainability Policies.  She is a member of international associations and networks and referee of several international journals.

Keynote Speakers

Vittorio Loreto is a Full Professor of Physics of Complex Systems at Sapienza University of Rome and the Faculty of the Complexity Science Hub Vienna. He is currently directing the SONY Computer Science Lab in Paris where he also leads the team on "Innovation, Creativity and Artificial Intelligence". His scientific activity is mainly focused on the statistical physics of complex systems and its interdisciplinary applications. He coordinated several project at both EU and Italian levels. More recently he coordinated the Templeton-funded KREYON project devoted to unfolding the dynamics of innovation and creativity. Loreto has published over 180 papers in internationally refereed journals and conference proceedings and chaired several workshops and conferences. He is member of the executive committee of the Complex Systems Society.

Soumodip Sarkar is the Vice-Rector of the University of Évora, Portugal. He is a Full Professor at the Department of Management, University of Évora, Portugal and a researcher at CEFAGE-UE. He is currently also a Non-resident Fellow of the Asia Center at Harvard University. Prof. Sarkar was the first Dean of the pioneering Doctoral School in the country (2010-2014). He is also the executive president of the Science Park of the region (PACT). His current research interests include innovation (especially related to implications of AI, and the rise of China), entrepreneurship and sustainability. His recent research has been published in high impact journals. He has published four books on entrepreneurship and innovation, and his most recent book, EntreSutra was published by Bloomsbury in April 2019. He has been featured in national and international media, including the Economist and BBC.

Mini Track Chairs

Dr Nasser Abouzakhar is the director of Anzar Property Group which was founded in 2017. 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 management team.


Dr Nikolaos Apostolopoulos, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Neapolis University Pafos. He also acts as a Scientific Advisor at the Labour Institute (INE-GSEE). Moreover, he is a key researcher of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on Governance at the University of Peloponnese. He is co-editor of the edited volume entitled Universities and Entrepreneurship: Meeting the Educational and Social Challenges and the edited volume entitled Entrepreneurship and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Fraser Bruce is a senior design academic at the University of Dundee with over 20 years of teaching, research and consultancy experience. He is currently the Programme Director for the MSc Product Design course where he delivers specialist lectures and workshops on design thinking, service design and innovation. His research interests lie in the integration of biomimetic design with the practice of product design and innovation management. He has also conducted research that explores the impact of digital technologies and the use of big data in the creative industries.

Dr Alexandros Kakouris, MsC, PhD, is an adjunct lecturer in entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of Peloponnese, at the Hellenic Open University and at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He holds PhD in Physics, PhD in Entrepreneurship and a MSc in Adult Education. His special interest concerns fostering entrepreneurship and innovation to science graduates and the support of youth entrepreneurship through teaching and counselling as well as nascent entrepreneurship,  transformative and experiential learning.

Sharifa Latter is lecturer and Programme Director of the interdisciplinary MSc Design for Business at the University of Dundee. Her industry experience in business and marketing includes positions held in account management, project and campaign management for international brands in various industries. Her research in this field focuses on the exploration of user/customer-centric innovation as well as consumers’ attachments and interactions with design solutions throughout product lifecycles.


Dr 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. 

Professor Cezar Scarlat is with the Department of Entrepreneurship & Management and PhD supervisor at Doctoral School of Entrepreneurship, Business Engineering & Management from University “Politehnica” of Bucharest. He is currently teaching Technology Entrepreneurship and related courses at universities in Romania and abroad.  Cezar holds a Master degrees in Engineering and International business, PhD degree in Management & industrial engineering. He has over two-decade-experience in business management consulting and international projects. Cezar has published more than twenty books and about two hundred scientific reports and articles. He is a member of professional organizations and scientific/editorial boards of academic publishers and international journals (IMDS, ESWA, ABSRJ among others).


Dr Andreas Walmsley, PhD, is Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship at the International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship, Coventry 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 is the co-developer of Teachers Games that puts entrepreneurial learning approaches into practice.

Workshop Facilitators