Invited Speakers

We are pleased to announce that distinguished colleagues David B. AudretschKlaus F. Zimmermann, and Marco Vivarelli will join the conference as keynote speakers:

Prof. David Audretsch is a Distinguished Professor at Indiana University, where he also serves as Director of the Institute for Development Strategies. He is an Honorary Professor of Industrial Economics and Entrepreneurship at the WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany and a Research Fellow of the CEPR in London. He has also worked as a consultant to the UN, World Bank, OECD, EU Commission, and U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Prof. Audretsch’s research has focused on the links between entrepreneurship, government policy, innovation, economic development, and global competitiveness. He is co-author of The Seven Secrets of Germany (Oxford University Press) along with several other books. He is co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Small Business Economics: An Entrepreneurship Journal and many other journals. He was awarded the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research by the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum (Entreprenörskapsforum). He has received honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Augsburg in Germany and Jonköping University in Sweden. Prof. Audretsch was also awarded the Schumpeter Prize from the University of Wuppertal in Germany. He has served as an advisory board member to a number of international research and policy institutes, including Chair of the Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Berlin (German Institute for Economic Analysis Berlin), Chair of the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (Foundation for the Promotion of German Science) in Berlin, Germany, and the Center for European Economic Research (Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) in Mannheim, Germany etc. He has authored numerous papers which were published in prestigious journals such as American Economic Review, European Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, and Journal of Management and his researches have been cited more than 77,000 (Google Scholar). He holds a PhD in economics from University of Wisconsin, Madison in U.S.A.

Klaus F. Zimmermann is a visiting professor at Princeton University; Full Professor of Economics at Bonn University (on leave); Co-Director of POP at UNU-MERIT; Honorary Professor at Maastricht University, Free University of Berlin, and Renmin University of China, Beijing. Previously, he has held several positions in top research institutions such as Harvard University (USA), Dartmouth College (USA), University of Pennsylvania (USA), Tilburg University (Netherlands) etc. Prof. Zimmermann is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Population Economics. He is also the founding Director of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) and has held editorial positions in top journals such as Managing Editor in Journal of Population Economics and Economic Policy, Founding Editor-in-Chief in IZA Journals (i.e. IZA Journal of Labor Economics, IZA Journal of Labor Policy) and Associate Editor/Editorial Board in journals such as Journal of Applied Econometrics, European Economic Review, and Journal of Applied Econometrics. He has over 200 publications published in leading scientific journals such as American Economic Review, Econometrica and European Economic Review, 55 books and many collected volumes in the areas of labor, population economics, migration, and econometrics. RePEc currently ranks Prof. Zimmermann as one of top 100 economists on its world list of more than 48K economists.

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 CommissionHe is Editor-in-Chief of the Eurasian Business Review, Editor of Small Business Economics, Associate Editor of Industrial and Corporate Change, Associate Editor of Economics E-Journal, member of the Editorial Board of Sustainability 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 EconomicsCanadian Journal of Economics, Economics Letters, Industrial and Corporate Change, International Journal of Industrial OrganizationJournal of Economics, Journal of Evolutionary   EconomicsJournal of Productivity Analysis, Labour Economics, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Regional Studies, Research Policy, Small Business Economics, Southern Economic Journal, World Bank Research Observer, World DevelopmentHis 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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