The organizers propose the following panels in order to more thoroughly explore the theme of the conference:


Track chair:

Cristian-Paun-fotoCristian Păun, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania

Professor Cristian Păun is one of the most respected Romanian economists. Currently Vice-Dean of the Faculty of International Business and Economics from the Bucharest University of Economic Studies, he is well-known not only for his academic work, but also for his regular presence in the Romanian business press. He is Deputy Secretary of the Romanian Society of Economics (SOREC).


Finance and Banking

Track chaisr:
Lucian AnghelLucian Anghel, SNSPA, Romania. Chief Executive Officer of BCR  Banca de Locuințe and Chairman of Bucharest Stock Exchange

Dr. Anghel attended post-graduate courses in the US and Canada. Working with the largest financial group in Romania for around 20 years, Dr. Anghel is currently Chief Executive Officer of BCR Banca de Locuințe. In 2008, he co-founded the Association of the Financial Banking Analysts in Romania and serves in the board as the first Chairman. In January 2012, Dr. Anghel has been elected Chairman of the Bucharest Stock Exchange (BVB) Board. He co-writes professional financial books and publishes in professional journals and magazines, being quoted frequently by local and international media. Ziarul Financiar, the most important local financial newspaper, nominated him among the “Top 500 Managers”, while Business Magazine in its first edition nominated him among the “Top 100 Best Young Managers”.

Laurentiu Treapat, SNSPA, Romania

Dr. Treapat held for a long time various managerial  positions at BCR, one of the most important banks in Romania. In the past years he has been very active in coordinating students who want to have a career in finance and banking. He has published extensively his research and experience in business. Currently he is coordinating the Erasmus Department at the Faculty of Management – SNSPA and represents the faculty in various committees of the university.


Management and Leadership

Track chair:
unnamed (1)Mariana Nicolae, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania

Professor Mariana Nicolae teaches Business Communication at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies, being also the author of various studies and books on the topic of leadership. Besides teaching, research and academic management, her current duties involve institutional building, coaching and mentoring, networking with people and organizations, publishing, traveling both in-country and abroad to attend conferences and seminars and organizing (inter)national conferences in Romania. She was a Fulbright senior scholar at the California State University of San Bernardino (CSUSB) in 2005. She has been invited as an expert evaluator in the Framework Programme FP7 of the European Union. She is an active member of several professional associations.

Knowledge Economy

Track chairs:

cbConstantin Brătianu, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania

Constantin Bratianu is Professor Emeritus of Strategic Management and Knowledge Management, UNESCO Department of Business Administration, and Director of the Research Center for Intellectual Capital, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania. He has been Visiting Professor at universities in USA, Japan, Austria, Hungary, and Egypt. He is founder and co-editor of the international journal of Management Dynamics in the Knowledge Economy.  He is a member of several professional associations. His academic interests are knowledge dynamics, knowledge management, intellectual capital, and strategic management.


aug-2009Alexandra Zbuchea, SNSPA, Romania

Alexandra Zbuchea is  Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Management at the National University of Studies and Public Administrations, Bucharest, Romania. She is a member of several organizing and scientific boards of conferences and academic events. She is a board member for several academic journals. Since 2006, she is a consultant in cultural management and marketing. Alexandra is the Executive Manager of the Center for Research in Management and Leadership and coordinator of the Laboratory of the Management of Nonprofit Organizations of the same Center of the Faculty of Management.


Marketing and Consumer Behavior 

Track chairs:
Wagner_RalfRalf Wagner, University of Kassel, Germany

Professor Ralf Wagner teaches Business Administration and Marketing at the University of Kassel. Since 2006 he is the chair of the SVI Endowed Chair for International Direct Marketing at the University of Kassel. Ralf Wagner studied business administration with the main focus on marketing at Bielefeld University. The fields of study of Ralf Wagner are Marketing Interaction in different cultures, Direct Marketing in Alteration, Competitive Interaction, Competitive Intelligence, and Quantitative Methods of Marketing Research.


Luminita Nicolescu, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania

Luminita Nicolescu holds a PhD from the University of Kent (UK) and an MBA in the Management of Higher Education from the University of London. Currently, she is a Professor and a doctoral coordinator at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies. She is specialized in International Marketing, Higher Education Management, and Place Branding.


Digital Systems, E-Marketing and Organizational Dynamics

Track chairs:

Gandolfo Dominici, University of Palermo, Italy 

Gandolfo Dominici is Vice President – Scientific Director of Business Systems Laboratory (BS-Lab) association. He is Tenured Associate Professor and Chair of Marketing at the Department SEAS, Polytechnic School of the University of Palermo (Italy). He authored more than 80 published articles and books. He is currently Editor-in-chief of Kybernetes, of the International Journal of Markets and Business Systems, and of the International Journal of Electronic Marketing and Retailing and member of the editorial board of several international peer-reviewed journals. His main research interests are Sustainability, CSR, New Product Development, Systems Thinking and Organizational Cybernetics, e-Marketing, Business ethnography.

Elena-Mădălina Vătămănescu, SNSPA, Romania

Elena – Mădălina Vătămănescu is  Associate Professor at the Faculty of Management, SNSPA, and Deputy Head of the Center of Research in Management and Leadership from SNSPA. She is Managing Editor of the Journal of Management Dynamics in the Knowledge Economy, Associate Editor of the International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences,  Reviewer for the International Business Review and Member of the International Association for Knowledge Management. Her main research interests are organizational theory, managerial communication, international business and leadership, knowledge management, intellectual capital, organizational diagnosis.

Business Ethics and CSR

Track chairs:

Patrizia GazzolaPatrizia Gazzola, Insubria University, Italy

Patrizia Gazzola is Associated Professor of Management, Business Combination and Business Planning at the  Department of Economics, University of Insubria, Varese, Italy. She is Member of the Scientific Board of the Research Center on Ethics in Business and Corporate Social Responsibility (CREARES) and a Member of the Research Center: “Communal Economy of cities” of the ‘OM Beketov National University of Urban Economy. She is a member of scientific boards and committee for journals and conferences around Europe. She is also a member of professional associations such as Accountant Association. She conducts research in Strategy, Corporate Social Responsibility, in Sustainability Reports, in Sustainable Development and in Financial Statement, Systems Theory.

Andreia Andrei, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Romania

Andreia G. Andrei gives special attention to quantitative research. She works within Interdisciplinary Research Department of Social Sciences and Humanities, and teaches Marketing, Relational Marketing, and Consumer Psychology at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi. Andreia is a member of IAKM (International Association for Knowledge Management) and AIS (Association for Information Systems), and she recently served as a reviewer for several Emerald journals. Besides researching and teaching, Andreia is having a 15 years business experience in marketing and IT project management.

Challenges in Project Management

Track chair:.

Lajos Szabo, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary

Lajos Szabo was educated at universities in Hungary and Italy. He is a founder member of the Hungarian Project Management Association. He has published numerous articles and presented his work at national and international conferences. His main field of interest includes strategic, project and knowledge management.
He had been the co-leader of the “Strategic Management research group” of the University of
Pannonia for 23 years. He was the Dean (2012-2015) of the Faculty of Business and Economics, University
of Pannonia. He is the academic leader of the Research Project “Project Management Practices in Hungary” in cooperation with the Hungarian Project Management Association.

Towards Sustainable Public Organizations

Track chair:

Mauro RomanelliMauro Romanelli, University of Naples Parthenope, Italy

Mauro Romanelli is Assistant Professor in Organization and Human Resource Management at the University of Naples Parthenope, Department of Management, Economics and Accounting. His teaching activities concentrate on human resource management and organizational behavior. His main research interests and themes are organizational change, technologies, management and governance within public sector, cultural and healthcare organizations.

Culturally Sustaining Leadership for Innovative Business

Track chairs:

Alina Mihaela Dima, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania

Alina Mihaela Dima is full Professor at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Faculty of Business Administration and the Director of the UNESCO Chair/Department for Business Administration (since 2011). She is a founding member and the President of the association ‘Society for Business Excellence’, Chief-Editor of the international journal Management & Marketing, Challenges for the Knowledge Society indexed in more than 20 international databases (Web of Science – ESCI, Scopus-Emerald, Cabell’s, Index Copernicus, CEEOL, EBSCO, RePEc, DOAJ, Ulrich and ProQuest) and published by De Gruyter German Publishing House and the President of the International Conference on Business Excellence. Research fields of interest: International Business, Competition Policy, European Integration, Higher Education.


Tănase Stamule, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania

Tănase Stamule is associate professor and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration, in foreign languages, The Bucharest University of Economic Studies (since 2013). He has a PhD in Economics, specialization in Management, The Bucharest University of Economic Studies (2012); Executive Master in Public Administration, Hertie School of Governance (2017); Bachelor in Communication, The University of Strasbourg (2006); Certificate in European Studies, The University of Trier (2005). He is the PR Manager of the International Conference on Business Excellence and Developer of an excellency program at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. He has more than 10 years of experience in academic and public management. Research areas: Cross-cultural management, leadership, public management, SMEs.