Invited Speakers

We are pleased to announce that distinguished colleagues Christos KolliasWolfgang Kürsten, and Michael Chletsos will join the conference as keynote speakers.

Christos Kollias is a Professor of Applied Economics and Acting Dean at the University of Thessaly, Greece. In his career, he has published more than 100 papers and many edited volumes and books. His papers were published in many of the leading journals such as Journal of Multinational Financial Management, Applied Economics, Applied Economics Letters, Finance Research Letters, Public Choice, Southern Economic Journal, and Journal of Business Ethics. He is currently the Editor of Defence and Peace Economics (SSCI) and a member of the Editorial Boards of Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy and the Economics of Peace and Security Journal and a member of the governing body of the Network of European Peace Scientists (NEPS). His research interests include defence economics, terrorism, international political economy, and applied macroeconomics.

Wolfgang Kürsten is a Full Professor at the Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena, Germany. Prior to his current role, he worked in many leading institutions such as the Catholic University of Eichst, Germany, the University of Zürich, Switzerland, and University of Hannover, Germany, among others. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Operations Research Spectrum - Quantitative Approaches in Management and the Managing Editor of Review of Managerial Science (SSCI). He also served as Co-Editor in Zeitschrift für Betriebswirtschaft and Operations Research Spectrum-Quantitative Approaches in Management. He has published many articles in journals such as Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics and Zeitschrift für Betriebswirtschaft. His research interests include investments, capital structure, and asymmetric information, optimal credit contracts under moral hazard, credit rationing, asset-liability-management of banks, hedging with derivatives, stock options, and management incentives, corporate finance and governance, risk measures and stochastic dominance, decisions under uncertainty, mergers and acquisitions and firm valuation. 

Michael Chletsos
is a Professor of Economic Analysis at the Department of Economics at the University of Piraeus where he is currently the Director of the Postgraduate Program. Prior to his current position, he taught at the University of Thessaly, the University of Crete, and the University of Ioannina. He was the head of the Dept. of Economics at the University of Ioannina and a senior researcher at the National Labour Institute and the Centre of Planning and Economic Research and Director of the Research Department of the Employment Observatory Research and Informatics S.A. He has been elected by Cedefop to serve as National Expert in skills forecasting and labor market developments. His research interests are labor economics, public economics, health economics and economics of social protection, poverty, and income inequalities, and economics of education. He holds a Ph.D. in economics degree from the Univerisity of Picardie - France.

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