Invited Speakers

We are pleased to announce that distinguished colleagues Jonathan BattenEuston Quah, and Marco Vivarelli will join the conference as keynote speakers:

Jonathan Batten is professor of finance and CIMB-UUM Chair in Banking and Finance at the School of Economics, Finance and Banking at the University Utara MalaysiaMalaysia. Prior to this position, he worked at the Monash University, Australia, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, and Seoul National University, Korea. He is a well-known academician who has published articles in many of the leading economics and finance journals and currently serves as the Editor of Emerging Markets Review (SSCI), Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money (SSCI), and Finance Research Letters (SSCI). He is currently the President of EBES. His current research interests include: Financial market development and risk management; spread modelling arbitrage and market integration; and the investigation of the non-linear dynamics of financial prices.

Euston Quah is professor of economics and head of the Department of Economics at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is a prolific writer with publications in well-known international journals such as World Development, Applied Economics, Environment and Planning, Journal of Environmental Management, International Review of Law and Economics, Journal of Economics, Journal of Public Economic Theory, American Journal of Economics and Sociology, among others, and 6 books. He is the editor of the Singapore Economic Review (SSCI). He is also the President of Economic Society of Singapore and Adjunct Principal Research Fellow, IPS (National University of Singapore). His areas of expertise are environmental economics, resource allocation and cost-benefit analysis, law and economics and household economics.

Marco Vivarelli, (, Ph.D. in Economics and Ph.D. in Science and Technology Policy, is full professor at the Catholic University of Milano, where he is also Director of the Institute of Economic Policy. He is Professorial Fellow at UNU-MERIT, Maastricht; Research Fellow at IZA, Bonn; Fellow of the Global Labor Organization (GLO). He is member of the Scientific Executive Board of the Eurasia Business and Economics Society (EBES, Istanbul); member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO, Vienna) and has been scientific consultant for the International Labour Office (ILO), World Bank (WB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the European Commission. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Eurasian Business Review (Scopus), Editor of Small Business Economics (SSCI), Associate Editor of Industrial and Corporate Change (SSCI)Co-Editor of Economics E-Journal (SSCI), and he has served as referee for more than 70 international journals. He is author/editor of various books and his papers have been published in journals such as Cambridge Journal of Economics,  Canadian Journal of EconomicsEconomics LettersIndustrial and Corporate ChangeInternational Journal of Industrial Organization,  Journal of EconomicsJournal of Evolutionary   Economics,  Journal of Productivity AnalysisLabour EconomicsOxford Bulletin of Economics and StatisticsRegional StudiesResearch PolicySmall Business EconomicsSouthern Economic JournalWorld Bank Research ObserverWorld Development. His current research interests include the relationship between innovation, employment and skills; the labour market and income distribution impacts of globalization; the entry and post-entry performance of newborn firms.

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