Keynote Speakers

Marius Stan is a Senior Computational Energy Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory and a Professor and Senior Fellow at University of Chicago and Northwestern University in the U.S.A.

Marius has recently completed a two year assignment as Senior Adviser and National Technical Director for Advanced Modeling and Simulations at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Marius and his research group are focused on using high performance computing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to understand and predict energy systems. They have developed a multi-scale methodology that is now widely used to design components for applications such as fuels, batteries, and electronics.

untitledConstantin Bratianu is Professor Emeritus of Strategic Management and Knowledge Management, UNESCO Department for Business Administration, and Founding Director of the Research Center for Intellectual Capital, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania. He is also Associate Professor  at Faculty of Management, National University for Political Science and Public Administration, Bucharest.

He has been Visiting Professor at universities in USA, Japan, Austria, Hungary and Egypt. He published over 25 books and 200 papers in international journals and volumes of international conferences.

He is Associate Editor of Electronic Journal of Knowledge Management, published by Academic Conferences Publishing International, UK. He is founder and co-editor of the international journal of Management Dynamics in the Knowledge Economy. He is a member of the American Academy of Management, Romanian Academy of Scientists, and International Association of Knowledge Management. His academic interests are: knowledge dynamics, knowledge management, intellectual capital, and strategic management.


Michael Stoica is an endowed professor of marketing with the Washburn University School of Business. He got a PhD In Nuclear Engineering (1985) and a PhD in Business Administration (1995).

His present research interests are in international marketing and business strategy.

He holds a guest professor position with Wuhan University of Science and Technology and has extended teaching experience in Belgium, Austria, Finland, Germany and China.




Wolfgang Karl Härdle did 1982 his Dr.rer. nat. in Mathematics at Universität Heidelberg and 1988 his Habilitation at Universität Bonn. He is Ladislaus von Bortkieviecz chair professor of statistics, Humboldt-Universitätzu Berlin. He is director of the Sino German International Research Training Group IRTG1792 „High dimensional non stationary time series analysis“ (WISE, Xiamen University).

His research focuses on dimension reduction techniques, computational statistics and quantitative finance. He has published over 30 books and more than 300 papers in top statistical, econometrics and finance journals. He is highly ranked and cited on Google Scholar, REPEC and SSRN.

He has professional experience in financial engineering, smart data analytics, machine learning and cryptocurrency markets. He has created a financial risk meter FRM and a cryptocurrency index CRIX His web page is:


Cristian Badarinza is an Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore, a Research Fellow of the Institute of Real Estate Studies, and a Network Associate of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, London. His research interests are in the areas of residential real estate, householdfinance and financial economics.

Previously, Cristian has been a Postdoctoral Fellow at Said Business School, University of Oxford, and a Research Assistant in the Monetary Policy Research Division of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt am Main. He has a PhD and an MSc in Economics from Goethe University.

Cristian is also part of the Sloan Initiative for International Comparative Household Finance. This research initiative connects academics from Europe, Asia and the US which seek to explore how household financial markets, such as mortgage, pension, and risky asset markets, are set up around the world, and whether there are international best practices that can be established.