Keynote Speaker


Professor Thomas Bausch
Munich University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Thomas Bausch, Dr., is professor and director of the competence center tourism and mobility at the Free University of Bolzano-Bozen (Brunico, Alto-Adige, Italy. Email: thomas.bausch@unibz.it). During his more than 20 years lasting professional activities as managing director of the Alpine Research Institute he focussed already in the early 1990ies on sustainable regional development and destination development. In addition, since 2002 Thomas was professor at the faculty of tourism at the Munich University of applied sciences. He worked as expert for the seven alpine countries in the context of the Alpine Convention, and was involved in the strategy preparation of European regional funding programmes of the EU commission. Since 2019 he holds the position as director of the competence centre tourism and mobility at the Free University of Bolzano-Bozen. There a focus of research is the sustainability understanding of consumers and travellers. 


Invited Speaker


Professor Behzad Behdani
Professor in Supply Chain and Operations Management
USN School of Business, University of South-Eastern Norway

Behzad Behdani is a Professor in Supply Chain and Operations Management at the Department of Business, Strategy, and Political Science, University of South-Eastern Norway. He also leads Collaborative Innovation, Societal Transformation, and Operations Management (CISOM) at the USN School of Business. Behzad has done significant research on some ground-breaking aspects of operations and supply chain management, including supply chain analytics and operations management at early-stage innovative companies (the link between innovation/technology management and operations management) and global intermodal logistics. His current research is focused on smart manufacturing and logistics, particularly how digital technologies help transform the existing business models in the logistics sector. Behzad’s research also deals with how we can embed the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the design and operations of global logistics systems. Behzad’s research has been published in leading academic journals in the field of supply chain and logistics management, including IJPE, IJPR, CAIE, TRE, and Transport Reviews, among others. He has served on the editorial board of the World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research and Strategic Planning for Energy and the Environment Journal. He has been involved in organizing several conferences, including International Conference on Computational Logistics, and served on the guest editorial team of several special issues.


Professor Irene (Eirini) Kamenidou
School of Business and Economics Administration, Department of Management Science and Technology, International Hellenic University, Kavala Campus, GREECE

Irene (Eirini) Kamenidou, (PhD, MSc, BSc, BSc, BA), is a Professor of Marketing at the International Hellenic University of Greece and a visiting professor at the Hellenic Open University. She has published articles in several academic journals such as Journal of Business Research, International Marketing Review, EuroMed Journal of Business, Sustainability, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Her research interests focus on marketing (agricultural, food, tourism, retailing, health, social), consumer/customer behavior, generational cohorts and sustainability. She has served as Dean at the School of Business and Economics of the Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology.


Professor Juan David Cruz Negrete
Universidad del Magdalena, Colombia

Professor and researcher at Magdalena University (Colombia), currently student of the Doctoral Programme in Sustainable Development; master's degree in management at Deusto Business School (Spain); with experience in publications related to convergent technologies and business management; corporate sustainability in industries like coal and energy, palm oil, textile, honey, coffee, among others. Cruz has professional and academic experience in Spain, India, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore and Colombia. 


Dr. Nguyen Trong Luan
FPT University, Vietnam

Luan Trong Nguyen (Ph.D.), Head of Department of Experimential Entrepreneurship, FPT University, Vietnam. He received his Ph.D from Kanazawa University of Technology, Japan in 2013. He has been involved in multiple research projects in social sciences such as entrepreneurship, Gen Z’s behaviors, environmental science, material sciences, economics, management with over 30 academic work, which has published by the most reputable publishing houses such as Elsevier, Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI), Academic Press, Taylor & Francis.