The conference welcomes the following keynote speakers:

Mattias Nordqvist of Jönköping International Business School (JIBS) at Jönköping University, Sweden, and Swedish Agricultural University (SLU), Alnarp, Sweden

Mattias_NordqvistBio: Professor Mattias Nordqvist is the Hamrin International Professor of Family Business and the Director of the Center for Family Enterprise and Ownership (CeFEO) at Jönköping International Business School – Jönköping University, Sweden. He is also affiliated with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) at Alnarp, Sweden.

Mattias is a former Co-Director of the Global STEP Project at Babson College, USA. He has served on the board of the International Family Enterprise Research Academy – IFERA – and is currently on the scientific committee of the Center for Young and Family Enterprise (Cyfe) at the University of Bergamo, Italy and at the Family Business Center at Lancaster University Management School, UK.

He is a founding associate editor of the Journal of Family Business Strategy, and serves on the editorial board of several journals. He is also co-editor of the SAGE Handbook of Family Business (with Leif Melin and Pramodita Sharma). His research is focused on entrepreneurship and strategy in family firms. He publishes widely in leading international journals in this area.

Title of the presentation: Responsible Entrepreneurship: The Case of Family Firms
This presentation will focus on the specific characteristics of family firms, which is the most dominant form of business organization in the world, and how the unique characteristics of these firms promote or hinder responsible and ethical behavior. The presentation will include both the state of art in terms of research on this topic, and several case examples from the speaker’s practical experience.

Emanuela Todeva of Research centre on Business Clusters, Networks and Economic Development, University of Surrey, the UK

Emanuela TodevaBio: Formerly Senior Lecturer in International Business Strategy at the University of Surrey, Reader in Comparative Business Development at South Bank Business School, and Visiting Professor at the University of Sao Paolo in Brazil, Dr. Todeva has worked in the fields of Organisation theory, Behaviouralism, Institutionalism, Globalisation and Co-evolution theory. She has published research on cluster mapping and internationalisation, global value chains, governance of innovation, cooperative business strategies, alliances, and the restructuring of business networks in transition economies and in the global health care. Her book on ‘Business Networks: Strategy and Structure’ has received a wide popularity among academics and business practitioners. Dr. Emanuela Todeva, is now leading the BCNED research centre on Business Clusters, Networks and Economic Development. She is also a Senior Consultant to the European Commission, Institute of Prospective Technologies, and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) with commissioned work on evaluation of National Innovation Systems, Triple Helix collaborations, Mapping of Global Value Chains, and support for cluster development and regional economic growth.

Title of the presentation: The Emerging Model of Regional Triple Helix

The development of the Triple Helix model has taken place in recognition of emerging wider properties of the innovation process, such as boundariless, globalization, fragmentation, and multiple backward and forward linkages across helix actors, referred to as Triple Helix interactions. There are numerous challenges in the transition from the static model of innovation – top-down finance and regulation by the state, to a dynamic model of bottom-up entrepreneurial discoveries by the public and the private sector. Under this new bottom-up dynamic model, regional authorities, entrepreneurial universities and businesses pursuing sustainable development all acknowledge the need for a ‘third party’ institutional interface to assist in the translation of individual and collaborative objectives. The new emerging model of regional Triple Helix is illustrated with examples across the European space.


Ancuța Vameșu of Solidarity Laboratory, Bucharest, Romania

ancuta vamesuAncuta Vamesu has over 25 years of experience in the NGO sector in Romania for the development of which she has worked in various capacities: designing and leading some of the first programs for civil society development in Romania, doing advocacy work, training and research. In the ’90s she has established and was the first director of Civil Society Development Foundation CSDF. Since 2003 Ancuța has undertaken several local and rural development projects, including pilot social enterprise and cooperative development projects.

 In 2010 Ancuța founded the Institute of Social Economy (IES). She initiated the Atlas of Social Economy in Romania which IES publishes regularly. She has published several papers on social economy and social enterprises in Romania and co-authored the Handbook  of financial inclusion through social enterprises. Her research activities concentrate on the non-profit sector, and social economy organizations: cooperatives, credit unions and social enterprises in Romania.

She is a member of the International Scientific Committee of CIRIEC Centre for International Research on Cooperatives and Public Enterprises and was a member of GECES European Commission Group of Experts on Social Enterprises 2012-2015.

Title of the presentation: Social  Entrepreneurship –  Diversity of Enterprises and Social Economy
This presentation will focus on the evolution of the social economy organizations in Romania, from the beginnings to the current organizational diversity landscape. The presentation will review this evolution based on statistical data. It will also include one case study of a territory and its particular firms’ organizational landscape, from the perspective of the speaker’s practical experience.