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 Hartwell

Christopher Hartwell

Dr. 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). A leading scholar on the evolution of economic institutions, 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. A key part of this research program focuses on property rights, their quantification, their evolution, and how they contribute to key macro- and microeconomic outcomes. Dr. Hartwell holds a PhD in Economics from the Warsaw School of Economics, a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard, and a BA in Political Science and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. 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.