Keynote speakers

STRATEGICA conference features every year high-profile speakers addressing important economics, business, management and business ethics issues. The 2017 edition speeches will help set the tone for the two days of conference sessions, networking and sharing your academic findings.

2017 confirmed keynote speakers are:

G. PapakonstantinouGeorge Papaconstantinou, PhD, Economist, former Minister of Finance and former Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Greece, author of ”Game Over: The Inside Story of the Greek Crisis”

Mr. George Papaconstantinou, PhD, graduated from the London School of Economics (LSE) and later obtained a Master of Arts in Economics from New York University and a PhD in Economics from LSE. After his studies, he worked as a senior economist at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris from 1988 to 1998. In 1998, Mr. Papakonstantinou returned to Greece and was appointed an adviser to then-Prime Minister Costas Simitis on “information society” issues. Two years later, he was appointed Special Secretary for the “Information Society” at the Ministry of Economy and Finance (2000–2002). Between 2002 and 2004 he served as a member of the Council of Economic Advisors of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, as a board member of OTE (Hellenic Telecommunication Organization), and as the Greek representative to the European Union’s Economic Policy Committee (EPC). In 2003 he coordinated the “Lisbon Strategy” for economic and social reforms during the Greek Presidency of the EU. Between 2004 and 2007, Mr. Papakonstantinou served as economic advisor to George Papandreou, the president of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK). He was also a board member of the Institute for Strategic and Development Studies, PASOK’s think tank, from 2005 to 2008. Between 2003 and 2007, Mr. Papakonstantinou also taught economics at Department of Management Science and Technology of the Athens University of Economics and Business and advised the European Commission on research and information society issues, participating in various international research projects. He is a former Minister for the Environment, Energy and Climate Change of Greece (2011-2012) and former Minister for Finance (2009-2011). He is currently working in an advisory capacity in the private sector and is author of the bestseller ”Game Over: The Inside Story of the Greek Crisis”.


Jerome Créel, Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences-Po) & Observatoire Français des Conjonctures Economiques (OFCE) Paris, France. ESCP Europe Business School

Image result for jerome creelJerome Créel is Director of the Research Department at OFCE (Observatoire Français des Conjonctures Economiques) and Associate professor at ESCP Europe Business School. Holding a PhD in economics from University Paris-Dauphine, his recent works have dealt with reforms of the Stability and Growth Pact, published in Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, and the relationships between financial stability, monetary policy and economic performance, published in Economic Modelling and Journal of Financial Stability. Jerome Creel participates in IAGS reports, in EU funded project FESSUD, and in the OFCE team working as Expert for the European Parliament Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee for the Monetary Dialogue with the ECB.

Keynote speech: “European Union’s imbalances: the sound and the fury”.


Alina Bârgăoanu, President of the European Institute of Romania & Dean of the Faculty of Communication and Public Relations, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration

Alina Bârgăoanu, Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Communication and Public Relations, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (Romanian School of Government); President of the European Institute of Romania; „EU Communication and the Public Sphere” Jean Monnet chair holder and academic coordinator of the Jean Monnet Module „Communicating Europe. Policies for Increasing EU’s Visibility Among Member States”; recent books: United by or Against Euroscepticism. An Assessment of Public Attitudes towards Europe in the Context of the Crisis (Cambridge Scholars, 2015), The Crisis of the European Union. Identity, Citizenship and Solidarity Reassessed (2013); founder of the Center for EU Communication Studies and of the online magazine Convorbiri Europene (www.convorbirieuropene.ro); Fulbright scholar (2001-2002).

Keynote speech: “Problems of development. From economic and social policies to communication strategies”.


Ian Hipkin, University of Exeter Business School, United Kingdom & Ecole Supérieure de Commerce, Pau, France

descarcareIan 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, 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.

 Keynote speech: “The challenges of the digital revolution on businesses”.


Gabor Hunya, Senior Economist, The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, Austria

photo of Gabor HunyaGabor Hunya is Senior Economist at wiiw (The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies) and country expert for Romania and Bulgaria, focusing on macroeconomic analysis and policy. His research areas are on privatisation and foreign direct investment in Central, East and Southeast Europe. Beyond his research and publishing Gabor Hunya is regularly engaged by national and multinational institutions and banks as a consultant in the field of country risk assessment, economic transformation, foreign direct investment flows and risks (e.g. World Bank, UNCTAD and OECD).

He is editor of the annual publication ‘wiiw FDI Report Central East and Southeast Europe’. He holds an M.A. degree and doctorate in economic geography of the Budapest University.