Opcije pristupačnosti Pristupačnost

Keynote Speakers

Maria Gravari-Barbas

Maria Gravari-Barbas has a degree in Architecture and Urban Design (University of Athens, 1985), and a PhD in Geography and Planning (Paris 4 – Sorbonne University, 1991). She was Fellow at the Urban Program of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA (1990). She is the Director of the Institute for Research and High Studies on Tourism (Institut de Recherches et d’Etudes Supérieures du TourismeTourisme, IREST) of Paris 1 – Sorbonne University and of the IREST, a multidisciplinary research team dedicated to tourism studies, with main focus cultural heritage, development, and urban-tourism evolutions. Maria is the coordinator of the UNESCO Chair “Tourism, Culture, Development” of Paris 1 – Sorbonne University and of the UNITWIN network of the same name, comprising more than 32 top level universities all around the World. She is invited professor in different Universities in Europe, the States and Latin America. She is the author of several books and papers related to Tourism, Culture and Heritage.


Nawazish Mirza

Navigating the Waves of Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities in Blue and Water Economies

Dr Nawazish Mirza is Professor of Finance at Excelia Business School, La Rochelle. He is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Risk Finance, Review of Accounting and Finance, Editor of Economic Research, and Associate Editor of the Journal of Sustainable Finance and Investment. Dr. Mirza obtained his Doctorate in Finance, from the University of Paris Dauphine in 2010. He has more than 20 years of experience in consulting and teaching in Australia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and France. His focus of teaching and research are Blue Economies, Sustainable Finance, Financial Intermediation, and Financial Risk Management. Dr. Mirza's recent research has been published in Energy Economics, International Review of Financial Analysis, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, International Review of Economics and Finance, Annals of Operations Research, and Journal of Environmental Management, among others. Before his academic stint, Dr. Mirza worked in Investment Banking, Asset Management, and Credit Ratings. He regularly contributes his opinions to popular media like Bloomberg, CNBC, China Daily, etc.


Marina Tkalec

Marina Tkalec is a senior research associate at the Institute of Economics, Zagreb, a member of the Macroeconomics and international economics department. She received her doctorate in economics in 2013 at the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana on monetary economics in European transition countries. Her research interests are macroeconomics, monetary economics, tourism, macro finance, international economy, and topics in growth and development. During her career, she conducted training and research at the London School of Economics, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and UNU MERIT Maastricht. She participated in numerous trainings as well as scientific and professional conferences. She has published over 90 scientific and professional works and participated in scientific and research projects for foreign and domestic clients. From 2015 to 2019, she was editor-in-chief of Croatian Economic Outlook, a periodical that provided analyses of recent macroeconomic trends and short-term forecasts for the Croatian economy. She participated in many round tables, media appearances, discussions, talks, and other professional gatherings in the country and abroad. She occasionally teaches at study programs as an external associate on courses. In 2020 she was appointed member of the Economic Council of the President of the Republic of Croatia. Since January 2023, she has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Economics, Zagreb.