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

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.

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.


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

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.

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).


Workshop Facilitators