Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics. He was the President of the Regional Science Association International, where he served also as Vice-President in 2014. He has also been Vice-President (2012-2013) and Secretary (2001-2005) of the European Regional Science Association. He is a regular advisor to numerous international organizations, including the European Commission, the European Investment Bank, the World Bank, the Cities Alliance, the OECD, the International Labour Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Development Bank of Latin America. He is an editor of Economic Geography and sits on the editorial board of 30 other scholarly journals, including many of the leading international journals in economic geography, human geography, regional science, and management. He is the former holder of a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant and the only social scientist to have been awarded the Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award.

Personal web page: http://personal.lse.ac.uk/rodrigu1/


Emeritus Professor in regional and urban economics, and in economic geography at Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. From 2009 until 2015, he was Honorary University Professor at the same university. He has been president of the governing board of the Netherlands Research Council (NWO) (2002-2009). He is also former president of the European Regional Science Association and of the Regional Science Association International. He is Fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences, and former vice-president of this organization. In 1996, Peter Nijkamp was awarded the most prestigious scientific prize in the Netherlands, the Spinoza award.

Personal web page: https://sbe.vu.nl/en/departments-and-institutes/spatial-economics/staff/p-nijkamp/index.aspx

Associate Prof. MAJA ĆUKUŠIĆ, PhD

Maja Cukusic is an Associate Professor at University of Split, Faculty of Economics. She is the principal investigator and project manager of the research project MIS4SC (User-oriented process (re)design and information systems modelling – a case of smart city services). She has authored more than 40 scientific publications on business process management, usability and evaluation of information systems (interfaces) and in educational management. Within the framework of the research project (No. 177-0361994-1998) explored the usability and adaptability of the information system interface and tested different user-oriented system evaluation methods.

Personal web page: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mcukusic/

Associate Prof. MARIO JADRIĆ, PhD

Mario Jadric is an Associate Professor at University of Split, Faculty of Economics. He holds a PhD from University of Zagreb, Faculty of Organization and Informatics. He is the author of scientific papers on the topic of technological innovations, business processes improvement and user perception of new technologies. He teaches Business Process Simulation and Business Information Systems at undergraduate and graduate level and Computer Simulation at the PhD level. He participated in several international and national projects and is a member of the research team of MIS4SC project.

Personal web page: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mjadric/ 


Prof. Dr. Jan Mendling is a Full Professor with the Institute for Information Business at Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (WU Vienna), Austria. His research interests include various topics in the area of business process management and information systems. He has published more than 250 research papers and articles, among others in ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology, IEEE Transaction on Software Engineering, Information Systems, Data & Knowledge Engineering, and Decision Support Systems. He is member of the editorial board of seven international journals, member of the board of the Austrian Society for Process Management (http://prozesse.at), one of the founders of the Berlin BPM Community of Practice (http://www.bpmb.de), organizer of several academic events on process management, and member of the IEEE Task Force on Process Mining. His Ph.D. thesis has won the Heinz-Zemanek-Award of the Austrian Computer Society and the German Targion-Award for dissertations in the area of strategic information management.

Personal web page: https://www.wu.ac.at/en/infobiz/team/mendling/


Prof. Dr. Kawa Nazemi is director of Information Science and full professor for Human-Computer Interaction and Visual Analytics in the department of Media at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, and adjunct lecturer at the Technische Universität Darmstadt. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany (with highest distinction), was awarded by the European Association for Artificial Intelligence and by the Academia Europaea with the Burgen Scholarship award. He has more than ten years research experience on user-centered design and intelligent and adaptive user-interfaces and visualization and was involved in various projects with a special focus on user-oriented and user adaptive approaches amongst others in the area of eGovernance and policy modelling.  He has more than 70 peer-reviewed publications in the areas of human-computer interaction, Artificial Intelligence and visualizations.

Personal web page: http://kawa.nazemi.net


Drazen Prelec is the Digital Equipment Corp. Leaders for Global Operations Professor of Management and a Professor of Management Science and Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Prelec holds appointments in the Department of Economics and in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. His research deals with the psychology and neuroscience of decision-making, including behavioural economics and neuroeconomics, risky choice, time discounting, self-control, and consumer behaviour. He works on both the development of normative decision theory and the exploration of the empirical failures of that theory, using behavioural and fMRI methods. A current project on “self-signalling” tries to understand the strange power of non-causal motivation—when individuals favour actions that are diagnostic of good outcomes, even though these actions have little or no causal force. Diagnostic motivation is real, and is probably essential for human self-control. Its cognitive and neural mechanisms are not well understood, however. A second “Bayesian truth serum” project deals with scoring systems for evaluating individual and collective judgment in knowledge domains where no external truth criterion is available. Examples would be long-range forecasts, political or historical inferences, and artistic or legal interpretations. Prelec is developing scoring systems that reward honest judgments and that can identify truth even when majority opinion is wrong. He was a Junior Fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows, and has received a number of distinguished research awards, including the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Prelec holds an AB in applied mathematics from Harvard College and a PhD in experimental psychology from Harvard University.

Personal web page: http://mitsloan.mit.edu/faculty-and-research/faculty-directory/detail/?id=41282


Karima Kourtit is post-doc researcher at KTH (with a double Ph.D. degree both in economics and geography (with distinction), with a profound interest in regional and urban topics. Her main research interest focuses on the emerging ‘New Urban World’. Her main scientific research is in the field of creative industries, urban development, cultural heritage, digital technology, and strategic performance management. Lately, she has been involved in the implementation of national and international research projects and initiatives.  Furthermore, she has been involved as a guest editor of several books and many international journals, and has published a wide array of scientific papers, articles, special issues of journals and edited volumes in the field of geography and the spatial sciences.


Founding Director, Office of International Affairs at the ADA University, Baku, Azerbaijan.

Former Head of International Programs at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy as well as former lecturer at the Doshisha University, Institute for the Liberal Arts; Kyoto, Japan. He served as a Supervisor / Trainer at the Minoh City Office, Board of Education; Osaka, Japan, and was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Nagoya University, Graduate School of International Development; Nagoya, Japan.
He was also a Research Fellow at the Osaka University, Centre for International Security Studies and Policy; Osaka, Japan as well as a Research Assistant at the METU, Graduate School of Political Science and Public Administration; Ankara, Turkey.
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree received from the International Public Policy Osaka University, Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP); Japan.