Keynote Speakers

Dr. Soumitra Sharma


Emeritus Professor

Professor Emeritus Soumitra Sharma (b. 1941, India) was educated at the University of Agra. He earned his Ph. D. in Economics from the University of Zagreb in 1967. Professor Sharma served Economics Faculty of Zagreb University until 2002 when he joined faculty in Pula. He has been a guest/exchange professor at various prestigious universities in the US, Europe, Japan, China and Australia. His major works are: (1988) Economic Development and World Debt, Macmillan, London; (1989) Growth & External Debt Management, Macmillan, London; (1992) Development Policy, St. Martin Press, New York; (1995) Macroeconomic Management, St. Martin Press, New York; (1997) Restructuring in Eastern Europe: Microeconomics of Transition Process, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, Lyme (USA); (1998) John Maynard Keynes: Keynesianism in 21st Century, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham (UK); (2002) Economics Does Matter: About Economics and Economists, Mikrorad, Zagreb; (2010) Reflections on the Philosophical Foundations of Economics, Mikrorad, Zagreb; (2015) Economics in an Awkward Corner, University of Pula. Currently he is Senior Editor of the Journal of Philosophical Economics and Social Sciences.


Dr. Nawazish Mirza

Dr Nawazish Mirza
Associate Professor of Finance Deputy Program Director Global MBA and MGB
S P Jain School of Global Management
Dubai - Mumbai - Singapore - Sydney.

Dr Mirza has more than ten years of academic, research and consulting experience. Currently, he is Associate Professor of Finance and Deputy Director of Global MBA programs at S P Jain School of Global Management, Dubai Campus. He holds a PhD degree in financial markets and an MS in Quantitative Finance from University of Paris Dauphine. Dr Mirza teaches courses in risk management, corporate finance, investments, and corporate valuations to MBA classes across three campuses of his business school in Dubai, Singapore and Sydney. His core research interests include financial intermediation, risk management, valuations and asset pricing. Dr Mirza contributes as referee for Journal of Banking and Finance, Pacific Basin Finance Journal, Economic Modelling and Economic Research. He has worked as a consultant on various projects with International Islamic Rating Agency, Bahrain, United States Agency for International Development and IFS Securities, Atlanta.


Dr. Dafna Kariv

Professor of Entrepreneurship, the College of Management Academic Studies – Israel

Professor Dafna Kariv is the Chair of the department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and the Chair of NOVUS, Center of Entrepreneurship at the School of Business, Administration, the College of Management Academic Studies (COMAS), Rishon Lezion, Israel. At the Business School, she has initiated and leading the incubator and accelerator programs for entrepreneurs; she is the academic director of the thesis program; and in charge of the collaboration with Zicklin School, Baruch College, NY. Professor Kariv is Affiliate Professor at HEC, Montreal, Canada. She is the co-director of the Center for Social Business and Impact Investment, supported by the Rothschild Caesarea Foundation and Dualis Social Investment Fund. Prof. Kariv is the author of three academic books "Entrepreneurship: An International Introduction", Routledge, UK, "Female entrepreneurship and the new venture creation", Routledge, NY, and "Creating the Social Venture" (co-authored with Prof. Coleman), Routledge, NY. Her forthcoming book co-authored with Prof. Alain Fayolle (France) and Prof. Harry Matlay (UK), has been approved by Edward Elgar publishers; it is entitled: From Intention to Start--‐Up Performance: The Role and Impact of Entrepreneurship Education. Her research focuses on international entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial performance, entrepreneurial education and gender. She is a recipient of several prized funds including the European Commission funds; she is involved in many academic boards, the Ambassador of ‘German-Israeli-Startup-Exchange Program’ (GISEP); as well as consultant of the Ministry of Education for entrepreneurship programs.