ICGR Biographies

Below are the ICGR 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.

Professor Elisabeth T. Pereira holds a PhD and Master in the fields of Economics and Business Management. She is Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Aveiro (Portugal), and senior researcher in the field of Competitiveness and Innovation at the Research Unit GOVCOPP-University of Aveiro. She is author of several dozen articles, books, chapter of books and communications at international conferences.

Zélia Breda Assistant Professor and Director of MA in Tourism Management and Planning,University of Aveiro. Member of Research Unit Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policies (GOVCOPP); founding member/vice-president of Observatory of China and Portuguese Institute of Sinology. Authored/co-authored national/international papers/communications on tourism development, networks, tourism in China and Goa (India), gender and tourism, and internationalisation of tourism economy.

Keynote Speakers

Vanessa Ratten is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Department of Management, Sport and Tourism, La Trobe Business School at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. She is the Program Director for Entrepreneurship and Innovation courses and teaches Entrepreneurial Business Planning, Managing Innovation in Organisations and Entrepreneurship. She has published numerous books including "Gender and Family Entrepreneurship" (Routledge), "Diversity and Entrepreneurship" (Routledge), "Women Entrepreneurship in Family Business" (Routledge), “Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Smart Cities” (Routledge) and “Frugal Innovation” (Routledge). Her research interests include gender studies, international business, entrepreneurship and innovation. 

Professor Erica Wilson is Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic Innovation) at Southern Cross University, based at the Lismore campus. Previously, Erica has held the roles of Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic (Acting), as well as Acting Dean, Deputy Head and Director of Teaching and Learning in the School of Business and Tourism. Born in Seattle, Erica has called Australia home for over three decades. Erica has published over 80 scholarly outputs, including two co-edited books, including, 'Women and Travel: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives' in 2017. She currently sits on the Editorial Advisory Boards for several journals focusing on management and hospitality research. Ministerially appointed, Erica was member of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Technical and Scientific and Advisory Committee (from 2006 to 2015). She is passionate about supporting higher degree and early career research, and has supervised a number of PhDs, Masters by Research and Honours theses to successful completion. Erica is a proud advocate for gender equality in higher education and research.

Mini-Track Chairs

Tindara Addabbo is a full Professor in Economic Policy at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. Current main research areas: wage discrimination by gender, well-being, gender budgeting, gender gap in education, gender equity firms certification. Coordinator of Leading Towards Sustainable Gender Equality Plans in research institutions – (H2020-SwafS-2019 –873072). Web site: http://personale.unimore.it/rubrica/curriculum/addabbo

Dr Claudia Canali is Associate Professor in Information Engineering at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. Her research interests focus on cloud/fog computing systems and gender equality in ICT. She was scientific responsible for her university in the Horizon 2020 Project EQUAL-IST Gender Equality Plans for Information Sciences and Technology Research Institutions.

Teresa Carvalho is an associate Professor at the University of Aveiro, Portugal and a senior researcher at CIPES (Center for Research in Higher Education Policies). She is the coordinator of the H2020 CHANGE project - CHAlleNging Gender (In)Equality in Science and Research.

Dr. Serene Dalati is a senior lecturer at the faculty of Business administration at the Arab International University, Syria. Serene has obtained a PhD in Leadership, Organizational Culture and Job satisfaction in 2008 which was preceded by British Chevening scholarship to study for an MBA in Banking and Finance from University of Wales, Bangor in 2002. Serene teaches for areas in Organizational Behaviour, Leadership, Culture and Job satisfaction. Serene has also established experience in Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education and developed a project application with acronym FREE which has a scope of Female Resilience and Empowerment in Higher Education in the South Mediterranean Region.

Francesca Dal Mas is a Senior Lecturer in Strategy and Enterprise at the Lincoln International Business School, University of Lincoln, UK. She has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a PhD in Managerial and Actuarial Sciences from the University of Udine, and a law degree from the University of Bologna. Her research interests include strategy, knowledge management, and intellectual capital.


Sara Diogo is an invited assistant Professor at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, a post-doc at GOVCOPP and a research member at CHANGE.

Fernanda A. Ferreira is a full Professor at the School of Hospitality and Tourism of Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal. She is Director of the Department of Information Systems and Mathematics. She holds a M.Sc. (in 2002), and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Porto (in 2007). A researcher and coordinator of UNIAG (Applied Management Research Unit, since 2013), her publications, more than 100, cover her main research interest areas Tourism Research, Hospitality Management, Industrial Organization, and Operational Research. (ORCID ID: orcid.org/0000-0002-1335-7821).



Giuseppe Modaffari is a PhD student in Business and Administration at Niccolò Cusano University of Rome His main research areas are financial reporting, corporate finance, female entrepreneurship and turnaround management

Dr Manuel Au-Yong-Oliveira has a PhD in Industrial Engineering and Management from FEUP (University of Porto, 2012). Manuel is an Assistant Professor at the University of Aveiro, and a researcher affiliated to GOVCOPP. At present, Manuel is the Director of the Master's degree in Management at the University of Aveiro, in Portugal. Manuel is also a member of the Executive Committee of his department - DEGEIT – Department of Economics, Management, Industrial Engineering and Tourism, University of Aveiro. Manuel has over 200 academic publications.

Nuran Öze is Asistant Professor Dr., Chair of Department of Visual Communication Design in the Faculty of Communication, Arkın University of Creative Arts and Design, Cyprus. She is especially interested in culture, communication, gender, PR and specifically with social media. In recent years she has researched social media usage patterns and its effect on society, social media addiction, identity construction on social media.

Workshop Facilitators