The conference welcomes the following keynote speakers:

Carmen Croitoru, National Institute for Cultural Research and Training

Carmen CroitoruCarmen Croitoru is a well knows trainer, lecturer and consultant in cultural management in Romania, being also a former adviser to the Ministry of Culture. She has initiated and coordinates modules of Cultural Management at the National University of Theatre and Film.  She was part of the teams designing several legislative initiatives regulating the cultural sector. Currently, Carmen Croitoru is the manager of the National Institute for Cultural Research and Training. This organization develops the most extensive studies on cultural and creative organizations, mapping the situation in Romania in the broader European framework.

Lecture: Creative entrepreneurship


Panayiotis Ketikidis, Sheffield University International Faculty, CITY Colege

ketikidis-photoProfessor Panayiotis Ketikidis is the Chairman of the South East European Research Centre (SEERC) and the Vice Principal for Research, Innovation & External Relations of CITY College – An International Faculty of the University of Sheffield. He has over 26 years of experience in management, education, innovation, research, and competitive research funding with various networks established as a result of this experience. He is the President and Founder of the Triple Helix Association Chapter of Greece (established in 2013) and co-founder of the Hellenic Business Angels Network (operating since 2012). Professor Ketikidis is also a member of the board at  Alexander Innovation Zone of Thessaloniki and MBA Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the University of Sheffield International Faculty, CITY College He was for many years an Expert (reviewer) of DG XIII (Telecommunications, Information Industries and Innovation) of the European Commission, and has also been involved in many European Information Technology projects funded by the European Commission (1992-current). He is Chief Editor of the International Journal of Innovation & Regional Development (IJIRD), Associate Editor of the  IJLEG, Editorial Board Member of the IJOR, European Editor of the IJENM, and a member of organizing and scientific committees in various national /international conferences and workshops.

Lecture: Triple Helix Interactions as a tool for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The Triple Helix model centres on interactions between universities – industry – government as the key to improving the conditions required for the innovations at the heart of knowledge-based societies. The keynote speech will give attention to: what is the triple helix model; what are the global challenges in higher education, innovation & entrepreneurship; innovation as a key for prosperity & entrepreneurship; how can we collaborate ? – the triune brain & triple helix; are triple helix actors so different and what does each actor want?; how can we collaborate during the transformation of the triple helix?


Karl-Heinz Leitner, University of Graz

KH LeitnerKarl-Heinz Leitner is Senior Scientist at the Center for Innovation Systems and Policy at the Austrian Institute of Technology and Professor for Innovation Management and Public Institutions at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Applied Business Studies at the University of Graz. His main research interests cover changing innovation processes, start-up ecosystems, strategic management, innovation policy and the valuation of intellectual capital. He is also involved in the Global Entrepreneurial University Metrics (GEUM) initiative. Karl-Heinz Leitner conducted research and consultancy projects funded funding agencies, ministries and the European Commission. Between 2009 and 2012 he co-ordinated the FP7 funded foresight project on the future of innovation (INFU). His research has been published amongst others in International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, R&D Management, Higher Education and Small Business Economics.

Lecture: The Entrepreneurial University: Past, Present and Future

Universities around the globe have moved from focusing exclusively on the two core missions, teaching and research, to gain a leading role for economic growth and regional development. Entrepreneurial behaviour of universities is associated with and increased ambition to commercialise research results, to generate start-ups but also to develop alternative source of funding. Different types of entrepreneurial universities, preconditions to become entrepreneurial, managerial consequences and future perspectives are presented in the talk.


Claudiu Vrînceanu, former State Secretary, Ministry of Economy

Claudiu Vrinceanu siteClaudiu Vrînceanu is an economist with a focus on entrepreneurship, communication and strategic consultancy. He is a former state secretary in the Ministry of Economy in Romania (2015-2017). A former head of Invest Romania Department, Claudiu holds two bachelor degrees in Economics and Political Science and an EMBA from the Maastricht School of Management. He was also manager and editor-in- chief of