Associate Professor at Deree College-The American College of Greece, Greece, and Institute of East-Central Europe (IESW), Poland
Keynote Speech: Making sense of Central Europe: contexts, challenges, synergies

Time and location: Thursday, 30 May 2019, 12.00 - 13.00, 2A

30 years since the collapse of communism, 15 years since the Eastward enlargement of the European Union, in the aftermath of the global financial crisis and the euro area crisis, on the eve of Brexit, Central Europe (once again) is turning into a region where competing claims, interests and visions of Europe’s future and its role in the world clash. To understand what is at stake and how to navigate challenges and opportunities the increasingly complex (domestic, regional and global) political, economic and social contexts generate, several factors have to be reflected upon conjointly. The objective of this keynote speech is to do just that.  

Short biography:

Dr. Anna Visvizi, economist and political scientist, editor, research and political consultant with extensive experience in academia and the think-tank sector in Europe and the US. The author of several published works, Dr. Visvizi presented her work across Europe and the US, including Capitol Hill.  A practiced team-worker, researcher, analyst and lecturer, Dr. Visvizi’s expertise covers issues pertinent to the intersection of politics, economics and ICT. This translates in her research and advisory roles in such areas as the EMU, Central Europe, international safety and security, multilateralism, as well as smart cities and smart villages, politics of migration, and innovation promotion. In her work, Dr. Visvizi places emphasis on engaging academia, the think-tank sector and decision-makers in dialogue to ensure well-founded and evidence-driven policy-making. Currently, Dr. Visvizi serves as Associate Professor at Deree College-The American College of Greece. Until December 2018, Dr. Visvizi was Head of Research at the Institute of East-Central Europe (IESW), Poland.

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Recently published books

Schweiger, Ch. & Visvizi, A. (eds) (2018) Central and Eastern Europe in the EU: Challenges and Perspectives Under Crisis Conditions, London & New York: Routledge (Routledge Studies in the European Economy), ISBN: 978-1-13-871402-1, 2018.

Visvizi, A., Lytras, M., Daniela, L. (eds) (2018) The Future of Innovation and Technology in Education: Policies and Practices for Teaching and Learning Excellence, Emerald Publishing, ISBN: 9781787565562.

Forthcoming books

Visvizi, A., Lytras, M.D., Mudri, G. (eds) (2019) Smart Villages in the EU and Beyond, Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing, ISBN: 9781787698468 (forthcoming June 2019)

Visvizi, A., Lytras, M.D. (eds) (2019) Politics and Technology in the Post-Truth Era, Emerald Publishing, in press, forthcoming May 2019.

Visvizi, A. (ed) (2018) Inside OECD: The Role of Ambassadors, Paris-Lublin: IESW Press, May 2018, ISBN: ISBN 978-83-60695-86-9. 



Dr. Vladimir GLIGOROV

Senior Research Associate at the The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, Austria


Keynote Speech: Populism and the Liberal Order


Time and location: Friday, 31 May 2019, 10.00 - 11.00, 2A

Short biography:

Dr. Vladimir Gligorov is Senior Research Associate at the wiiw and country expert for Western Balkan countries, especially for Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia. His research focuses on long-term growth in transition countries, macroeconomic analysis and financial markets. Vladimir Gligorov has been a regular contributor to Oxford Analytica (Oxford and New York). He has contributed opinion pieces to the Wall Street Journal and writes regular columns for several newspapers and weeklies in Southeast Europe.

More information at the web page of the WIIW.

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