Keynote Speakers


Prof. Wojciech Cellary

Poznan University of Economics and Business, Poland


WOJCIECH CELLARY received the M.Sc. (1974), Ph.D. (1977) and Dr. Hab. (1981) degrees all from the Technical University of Poznan (Poland). In 1989 he received the title of Professor. From 1974 to 1992 he was with the Technical University of Poznan, from 1987 to 1991 serving as the scientific director of the Institute of Computing Science. From 1992 to 1996 he served as the vice-president responsible for research of the Franco-Polish School of New Information and Communication Technologies. In 1996 he joined the Poznan University of Economics. Currently he is head of the Department of Information Technology. He has been a visiting professor at the following universities: University of Nancy I, University of Nancy II, University of Paris-Sud, University of Paris-Dauphine, France, University of Genova, University of Ancona, Italy, United Nations University in Macao and United Nations University in Guimaraes (Portugal). He has lead numerous industrial projects on the development of hardware and software of computer systems and their applications in telecommunications, the computer industry, the electric power industry, and education. The projects were supported by Polish, French and American industry, Polish Ministry for Research and Higher Education, as well as UE Framework Programmes. He is co-author of 3 European patents. He served as a consultant to the Polish Ministries of: Science, Education, Telecommunications, Interior, Administration, Digitization and Regional Development, Polish Parliament and Senate, as well as many research institutes and governmental projects. He has been a main organizer of 50 scientific national and international conferences and he has been a member of the program committees of additional 350 conferences. He is author or co-author of 10 books, an editor or co-editor of 10 books, author of 22 chapters in books, and over 150 articles in journals and conference proceedings. Currently his department is specializing in Virtual/Augmented Reality and Internet of Things.
Speech Title: Education of Managers for Emerging Cyber-Physical World

Abstract: The presentation starts from the observation that our coexisting physical and digital worlds are now merging into a seamless cyber-physical world. In this new world, labor markets will change. On one pole, new technologies will dominate, eliminating human workers: cloud computing, big data analysis, internet of things, and robots. On the other pole, talented people will be required able to develop and adapt new technologies to market requirements, and to deploy them. The central part of the labor market devoted to services provided by humans will be under pressure from both sides. These changes will particularly impact managers. Two challenges are formulated: (1) How to enhance supply of talented people able to contribute to the development of the cyber-physical world? (2) How to improve quality of services provided by humans in the cyber-physical world? The answer to both these challenges is proper IT education, seen not only as a way to improve IT skills necessary to use software tools, but also as a pedagogical methodology that assures proficiency required from inhabitants of the cyber-physical world independently of their profession. T-shaped education, with IT as its disciplinary component, is indicated as an approach to achieve this goal.


Prof. Alexander Wollenberg
St. George’s University, Grenada

Alexander Wollenberg is Professor of Business and Management at St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies. He obtained his PhD from National University of Singapore in 2011 specialising in innovation management of high-tech companies in emerging economies. His MA is in International Relations completed at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan in 2003. He is currently on the Editorial Advisory Board of IGI Global Publishing and a Member of IEDRC and the Academy of International Business (AIB). His research interests include economic development and integration, as well as consumer behaviour in emerging markets.

Speech Title: The Future of Regional Integration and Technological Innovation: Managerial and Strategic Implications
The global economy has undergone rapid changes post-World War II marked by rapid technological change and a projects towards regional economic integration in many parts of the world. The present-day European Union (EU) has evolved into the largest single most highly integrated bloc from what first started as an industrial cooperation and an economic union in the 1950s. Despite its flaws and imperfections, the work-in-progress of The European Union has served as a role model for regional integration models across the world and lowered the costs of doing business as well as brought many people and minds closer together. As a result of technological innovation, we have seen a sharp rise of technological capabilities not only in terms of new products and services, but also innovative business models based on e-commerce, resulting in lower costs to consumers, more opportunities for entrepreneurs and people in search of income streams, changes in marketing strategies, and constant adjustments to regulatory frameworks. What will be future implications of these developments from a human and managerial perspective?


Prof. Vilmante Kumpikaite-Valiuniene

Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania


Vilmante Kumpikaite-Valiuniene is a professor of the department of Management and a head of International migration research center of Economics and Business School at Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania, the EU. She gained Bachelor’s degree in Personnel Management in 1997, Master’s degree in Quality Management in 1999 and PhD in Management and Administration in 2004 (all at Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania). Her major field of studies is emigration‘s reasons. She worked as engineer and a consultant in “Telebaltikos konsultacija” in Kaunas (Lithuania) in 1998-2002 and a DIRECTOR of educational international company “CET BALTICA” in 2006-2010. She is an author and coauthor of more than 70 scientific publications. Prof. Vilmante Kumpikaite-Valiuniene is a fellow of International Economics Development and Research Center (IERDC), a member of Academy of Management (AOM), European Academy of Management (EURAM), European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS), a member of committees and a key speaker in International conferences. Her research interests include international migration, intercultural differences, human resource training and development, modern learning/teaching methods and moral values in business.

Speech Title: Information Technologies for Developing Entrepreneurial Skills of Students
Abstract: Information technologies enable us to obtain information, which is the raw material of information society, at any time and any place. In addition to this, it acts as an intermediary in producing new information. IT became one of the most important intermediaries for the youth in the last decade. Therefore, it becomes crucial to implement its usage for the study process.

The aim of this presentation is to introduce examples of different information technologies means’ usage in class for developing students’ entrepreneurial skills.

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