ECIE Biographies

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

Conference and Programme Chairs

Prof. Alessandro De Nisco is Professor of Management and Marketing at UNINT University, where he is also Dean of the Faculty of Economics and coordinator of the International PhD program in “Intercultural relations and international management”. His research interests focus mainly on international management and consumer behavior. Prof De Nisco’s research results have been published in leading academic journals, including International Marketing Review, European Management Journal, Journal of Business Research and Managing Service Quality. Moreover, his research has been presented at, and published in the proceedings of, numerous international conferences. He has received 5 best paper awards for his studies in the fields of international management and marketing

Adjunct Professor Emilio Sassone Corsi, is a physicist who teaches "Start up and Business Planning" at UNINT University and "Business Models Innovation" at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. He is an innovative entrepreneur in various sectors that have in common the theme of sustainability. In particular he is CEO of Management Innovation Srl, a financial company that makes scouting and seed capital investments in innovative companies, CEO of Glass to Power SpA, a spin-off of the University of Milan Bicocca that produces transparent photovoltaic windows, CEO of Crypt Security Srl, a company hosted at Tor Vergata University and producing innovative Digital Security products, CEO of Galatea Bio Tech Srl, a spin-off of Bicocca University, engaged in the Bioplastics sector.

Keynote Speakers

A Canadian Scot, Ken Grant is currently the Chair of the Department of Entrepreneurship and Strategy in the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University in Toronto. He holds a DBA from Henley Business School, an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and a BA from the Open University. He is also a Certified Management Consultant and has been a visiting professor at a number of universities in China, Europe and the United Kingdom.

Mini Track Chairs

Dr. Artee Aggrawal PhD, is an academician with 16 years of teaching and 5 years of corporate experience. She has spearheaded Amity Innovation Incubator at Amity University- Mumbai and was responsible for creating industry network of Angel investors and mentors for budding entrepreneurs. She is also the Course Director for Ph.D., Member of University Research Committee, DRC and Board of Studies with Amity Business School, Amity University, Mumbai. Currently, Dr. Artee Aggrawal is editor with several International Journals and has a good number of publications in International Journals.

Erik Arntsen works primarily at the Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Agder in Norway, where he has been instrumental in the development, implementation and teaching of a number of studies, courses and programs – both at the master and bachelor level. He has worked in research projects mainly related to entrepreneurship and the installment and start-up of the Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Agder. Arntsen was Managing Director of a regional early stage venture fund, Partner and External Evaluator of several international entrepreneurship research projects.

Alexandros Kakouris, MsC, PhD, 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.  

Stefan Lagrosen is a professor of business administration and director of the eHealth Institute at Linnaeus University, Sweden. His research has mainly concerned quality management, particularly in schools and healthcare as well as cultural aspects of quality management. In addition, he has researched work-related health and social media marketing as well as marketing and quality management in the health and fitness industry. He has published a large number of scientific articles and several books in those areas. He is also an experienced educator having taught courses on all levels from basic to doctoral.

Professor Ana Martins is Interim Dean and Head of the Graduate School of Business & Leadership. Her research interests are centred on humanising leadership and organisations.


Professor Isabel Martins is an Associate Professor in Organisational Behaviour.  Her research interests address organisational learning, unlearning and knowledge management.


Dr Peter McLuskie is a Senior Lecturer at Coventry University. He is an experienced enterprise educator and business consultant and has written and presented widely on enterprise education and Design Thinking. His recent chapter on Design Thinking and Enterprise Education is due to be published by Springer in 2020. He is a fellow of the International Enterprise Educators Programme (IEEP) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and is a regular reviewer for business and management journals.

Professor Vannie Naidoo is a full-time academic and researcher.  Her research areas include management, service marketing, entrepreneurship, social media, green marketing and sustainability; ICTs in management and education.

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

Christy Suciu has had a strong interest in design thinking processes with her design thinking-related publications in journals such as Academy of Management Learning & Education and International Journal of Management Education along with numerous presentations at various international innovation conferences.  She has served as a design thinking consultant for major global companies and teaches design thinking in both the MBA and undergraduate curriculum at Boise State University.


Dr Florica Tomos, PhD, BSc. (Econ.), PGCE, PGDA, FHEA, is the lead Editor of the successful book: “Women Entrepreneurs and Strategic Decision Making in the Global Economy” . Dr Tomos is a Lecturer, Researcher, Consultant and a Former Entrepreneur.  She holds a PhD Women Entrepreneurship, and has interdisciplinary expertise in entrepreneurial learning, andragogy, digital platforms, Communities of Practice and research methods. Her background is in Economics, Commerce, Business, Management and Accounting.

Doan Winkel, PhD, is the John J. Kahl, Sr. Chair in Entrepreneurship and the Director of the Edward M. Muldoon Center for Entrepreneurship at John Carroll University. He is the President-Elect of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), and a contributing editor for Entrepreneurship Education & Pedagogy. He holds a PhD in Organizational Behavior from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Doan co-founded the Experiential Entrepreneurship Curriculum, which is being used at more than 70 universities to engage students in practicing entrepreneurial skills. His focus is on experiential learning, especially regarding equipping young people with the mindset to think and act entrepreneurially in whatever career path they choose.

Workshop Facilitators