Keynote speakers

Professor Erkko Autio

Keynote: Entrepreneurial Resilience and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

Professor Erkko Autio is Chair of Technology Venturing at Imperial College Business School. Previously, he was a professor at Aalto University; HEC Lausanne, a Visiting Professor (part time) at Tilburg University School of Economics and Management and a Visiting Professor at CERN. He was a founding member of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor GEM. He is a co-author of the Global Entrepreneurship Index GEDI and the European Index of Digital Entrepreneurship Systems EIDES. His research focuses on digitalisation and its impact on entre­pre­neurial ecosystems, innovation ecosystems, technology commons and commons eco­sys­tems, new venture inter­national­i­sation, business model innovation, sustainable business models, and entrepreneurial resilience in the face of Covid-19. His research has been cited over 46 000 times in Google Scholar. He has been a founder, non-executive director, and advisory board member of a number of companies, and has worked extensively with industry and governments worldwide. The companies founded by his students have collectively created a new market capitalization of €13-14 billion.


Professor Emilija Stojmenova Duh

Keynote: How can we best prepare as a society for the digital and sustainable future?

Professor Emilija Stojmenova Duh is the Minister of Digital Transformation of the Republic of Slovenia. She was born in Macedonia and moved to Maribor in 2002. She completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Informatics at the University of Maribor. After graduation, she worked as a young business researcher at Iskratel. After her PhD, she worked at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the University of Ljubljana, where she is an associate professor in the Department of Information and Communication Technologies and leads the 4PDIH Digital Innovation Hub. 4PDIH is a partnership between the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and the Association of Municipalities of Slovenia that raises awareness of the importance of digitalisation, provides support in the development of digital knowledge and skills, and helps decision-makers design appropriate digitalisation policies. She was a finalist for the “2018 Woman Engineer of the Year” in Slovenia and a nominee for Slovenian Woman of the Year 2021.