Invited Speakers

We are pleased to announce that distinguished colleagues Klaus F. ZimmermannMarco VivarelliSascha Frohwerk, and Ahmet Faruk Aysan will join the conference as keynote speakers:

Klaus F. Zimmermann is a visiting professor at Princeton University; Full Professor of Economics at Bonn University (on leave); Co-Director of POP at UNU-MERIT; Honorary Professor at Maastricht University, Free University of Berlin, and Renmin University of China, Beijing. Previously, he has held several positions in top research institutions such as Harvard University (USA), Dartmouth College (USA), University of Pennsylvania (USA), Tilburg University (Netherlands) etc. Professor Zimmermann is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Population Economics. He is also the founding Director of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) and has held editorial positions in top journals such as Managing Editor in Journal of Population Economics and Economic Policy, Founding Editor-in-Chief in IZA Journals (i.e. IZA Journal of Labor Economics, IZA Journal of Labor Policy) and Associate Editor/Editorial Board in journals such as Journal of Applied Econometrics, European Economic Review, and Journal of Applied Econometrics. He has over 200 publications published in leading scientific journals such as American Economic Review, Econometrica and European Economic Review, 55 books and many collected volumes in the areas of labor, population economics, migration, and econometrics. RePEc currently ranks Prof. Zimmermann as one of top 100 economists on its world list of more than 48K economists.


Marco Vivarelli, (http://sites.google.com/site/mvivarel/home), Ph.D. in Economics and Ph.D. in Science and Technology Policy, is full professor at the Catholic University of Milano, where he is also Director of the Institute of Economic Policy. He is Professorial Fellow at UNU-MERIT, Maastricht; Research Fellow at IZA, Bonn; Fellow of the Global Labor Organization (GLO). He is member of the Scientific Executive Board of the Eurasia Business and Economics Society (EBES, Istanbul); member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO, Vienna) and has been scientific consultant for the International Labour Office (ILO), World Bank (WB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the European CommissionHe is Editor-in-Chief of the Eurasian Business Review, Editor of Small Business Economics, Associate Editor of Industrial and Corporate Change, Associate Editor of Economics E-Journal, member of the Editorial Board of Sustainability and he has served as referee for more than 70 international journals. He is author/editor of various books and his papers have been published in journals such as Cambridge Journal of EconomicsCanadian Journal of Economics, Economics Letters, Industrial and Corporate Change, International Journal of Industrial OrganizationJournal of Economics, Journal of Evolutionary   EconomicsJournal of Productivity Analysis, Labour Economics, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Regional Studies, Research Policy, Small Business Economics, Southern Economic Journal, World Bank Research Observer, World DevelopmentHis current research interests include the relationship between innovation, employment and skills; the labour market and income distribution impacts of globalization; the entry and post-entry performance of newborn firms.


Sascha Frohwerk is a professor for IT-management at the FOM University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. He has studied economics at the University of Kiel and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Potsdam, where he was working on computer simulations of general equilibrium models. The following years he worked as a strategy consultant for several well-known companies in the public transport and automotive industry and has published a number of papers on new forms of mobility and the impact of digitalization on public transport and asset management. His current research interests include the economics of information technology, spatial economics and the economic and strategic aspects of big data and artificial intelligence.

Ahmet Faruk Aysan is professor of economics and Chair of the Department of Economics and the Dean of the School of Management and Administrative Sciences at Istanbul Sehir University. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland College Park in USA. Professor Aysan, who served as a consultant at various institutions such as the World Bank, the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey and Oxford Analytica, has been lecturing at the Department of Economics at Bogazici University in Turkey since 2005. Before joining the Istanbul Sehir University, he has been the Board Member and Monetary Policy Committee Member of the Central Bank of Republic of Turkey. He has also served as the Deputy Director of the Center for Economics and Econometrics at Bogazici University, a member of the G-20 Financial Safety Net Experts Group, a member of the Advisory Board of Social Sciences and Humanities Research Group of TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey), and a National Expert in 'Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities' under the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union. His fields of specialization are international finance, macroeconomics, political economy, banking and finance, econometrics, governance and development. He is a member of editorial and advisory boards of several international journals and has published many articles in reputable international journals. Professor Aysan was awarded with the Bogazici University Foundation Publication Awards; Bogazici University Foundation Academic Promotion Awards and the Ibn Khaldun Prize for the best paper on the North African and Middle Eastern Country Studies granted by Middle East Economic Association. He has also served at the advisory board of the Contemporary Turkish Studies at London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE) European Institute.

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