Keynote speakers


STRATEGICA conference features every year high-profile speakers addressing important economics, business, management and business ethics issues. The 2018 edition speeches will help set the tone for the two days of conference sessions, networking and sharing your academic findings.

Confirmed keynote speakers of the 2018 edition are:

Rachel Lomax

Mrs. Rachel Lomax is a British economist, banker, and former government official who served as Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, sitting on the Monetary Policy Committee from 1 July 2003 to 30 June 2008.

After graduating from LSE in 1968, Mrs. Rachel Lomax joined HM Treasury, where she worked on a range of macroeconomic, monetary, and financial issues. She was in succession Principal Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer Nigel Lawson in 1985-86, then a deputy secretary at the Treasury, and then Deputy Chief Economic Adviser in 1990-94. In 1994-95, she was head of the Economic and Domestic Secretariat at the Cabinet Office.

From 1995-96, she was a vice president of the World Bank and chief of staff to the President of the World Bank. From 1996 to 2003 she was in turns permanent secretary at four government departments. She was permanent secretary at the Welsh Office from 1996 to 1999, where she oversaw the setting up of the National Assembly for Wales. Afterwards, from 1999 to 2002, Mrs. Lomax was permanent secretary of the Department of Social Security and then from 2001 its successor, the Department for Work and Pensions. Then in 2002-2003 Mrs. Lomax served as Permanent Secretary at the Department for Transport.

From 2003 to 2008 she was a deputy governor at the Bank of England, serving on its Monetary Policy Committee. In December 2008, she became an independent non-executive director of HSBC Holdings, where she is also a member of the audit and risk committees. In December 2010 she joined BAA (now Heathrow Airport Holdings) as a non-executive director, and she is also a non-executive director of Serco, and a trustee of Imperial College London, and has served as President of the Institute of Fiscal Studies


Ovidiu Nicolescu

Prof. dr. Ovidiu Nicolescu is the President of the Romanian Academic Society of Management (SAMRO) and an emblematic figure of the management theory and practice of Romania. Author and co-author of numerous bestsellers in management and business administration, he is the Honorary President of the Romanian National Council of Small and Medium Enterprises (CNIPMMR). A former Vice-President of the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (UEAPME) and of the World Association of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (WASME), prof. dr. Ovidiu Nicolescu is a graduate of the International Institute of Marketing of Harvard Business School and of the New York University, where he specialized in Management Simulations.  Focused on innovative approaches in management, prof. dr. Ovidiu Nicolescu was awarded for his contributions in the field of management by prestigious organizations, such as the Romanian Academy, the International Association for Games and Simulation Management (ISAGA) or the World Association of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (WASME), and is Doctor Honoris Causa of the Universities of Baia Mare, Constanţa, Galaţi, Oradea and Sibiu. He is a “Virgil Madgearu” Golden Graduate of Bucharest Business University.


Aino Kianto

Professor dr. Aino Kianto teaches Knowledge Management at the Business School of the Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland. Dedicated to understanding and sharing knowledge on how we and our organisations and institutions can best use our wit and creativity to perform better in a sustainable fashion, Professor Aino Kianto studies, consults and teaches on the management of knowledge, competence, intellectual capital, and innovation.

Professor Aino Kianto’s research and latest projects are available here.


Juan Gabriel Cegarra Navarro

Professor Dr. Juan Gabriel Cegarra Navarro teaches Strategic Management, Knowledge Management and ICT at Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, Spain. After a successful career in insurance broking services, latterly as Manager of EXPOPTICA S.L and TINOP S.L in the Corte Ingles, Prof. Juan Gabriel Cegarra Navarro undertook his PhD research at UNED Spain, within the Business Administration Department, conducting a study of relational learning in the optician sector. On completion of his PhD, he took up a research post within the Manchester Business School, where he investigated knowledge management in relation to the health sector. He has experience as a visiting professor at the Hull Business School and the Lancaster University Management School in the United Kingdom and holds various fellowships and awards, such as: Visiting Fellowship – British Academy; McMaster World Congress award to the Best Academy Paper in Intellectual Capital & Innovation; MECD/Fulbright Fellowship.

Professor Juan Gabriel Cegarra Navarro’s research and latest projects are available here.


Ian Hipkin

Dr. Ian Hipkin teaches Strategic Management at the University of Exeter Business School, United Kingdom and at Ecole Supérieure de Commerce, Pau, France and is also international consultant in strategy, operations, and enterprise asset management for many large companies in the UK, the US, Canada, Europe, the Far East, Russia and Africa. Some of these include: Alcan, BP, Boots, Castrol, China Light and Power, Corus, De Beers Diamond Mining Company, Dista Products, Dofasco (Canada), Domtar (Canada), Du Pont, Ford, GlaxoSmithKlein, HJ Heinz, Hong Kong Housing Authority, Iron Ore Company of Canada, Kimberly Clark, Kowloon Canton Railway, Mercedes Benz, Merck, Ministry of Industry and Minerals (Iraq), Nederlandsche Aardoile Maatschappij, Nestlé, Sappi, SABMiller, Scott Paper, Scottish Hydro, SD Warren, Shell, Tioxide and Unilever. Currently, his research interests are strategy and technology policy in conflict and developing country environments, including Afghanistan and Iraq.