Keynote speakers

Assoc. Prof. Mag. Dr. Peter R. Haiss, MBA

Peter Haiss

Peter R. Haiss earned a Ph.D. (Dr. Habil.) in Business Administration from the WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna, Austria, and a MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A. Since 1996 he has taught at WU and other Austrian universites on European financial/economic integration, financial sector foreign direct investment (FDI), automotive FDI and EU enlargement, foreign trade finance, corporate strategy and change management. At WU he headed the OeNB-Jubilaeumsfonds-funded research team on the impact of the financial sector on economic growth. Current research areas focus on the finance-growth nexus/financial sector transition/integration in the EU and Central and Eastern Europe as well as on international business/strategy and competitiveness (FDI, CEE strategies, financial and automotive industries).

Prof. Dr. Christopher A. Hartwell

Christopher Hartwell

Christopher A. Hartwell is full Professor of Financial Systems Resilience at Bournemouth Univeristy, as well as Fellow at the Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE) in Warsaw (where he was formerly President), a full Professor at Kozminski University in Poland, a Visiting Professor at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), and a senior non-resident fellow at China Europe International Business School Institute for Emerging Market Studies (CEIBS-IEMS). Dr. Hartwell’s interests are in institutional development, especially the interplay between financial institutions and other political and economic institutions. He also has published on international trade and economic integration, with an emphasis on Eurasian integration and transition dynamics. He is the author of Two Roads Diverge: The Transition Experience of Poland and Ukraine (Cambridge University Press, 2016), as well as Institutional Barriers in the Transition to Market: Examining Performance and Divergence in Transition Economies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). He has published in highly-ranked international journals such as Cambridge Journal of Economics, JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of Comparative Economics, Regional Studies, and Journal of Institutional Economics.

Prof. Dr. John G. Sessions

John Sessions

John Sessions graduated from the University of Southampton with a BSc Economics (First Class Honours), and was then awarded an MSc and PhD by the London School of Economics. He has worked at Loughborough University, Brunel University and the University of Bath in the UK. He has also held visiting positions at Cornell University, Dartmouth College, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the U.S., the Universite-Pantheon-Assas Paris II in France, and the University of Trier, in Germany.He has published in Economics of Education Review, Economic Journal, Economics Letters, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Journal of Population Economics, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society (Series A), Labour, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Small Business Economics, Review of World Economics, and the Southern Economic Journal.