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Iana Sergeevna Aimasheva, finished Master Degree of Management with honor at Ural Federal University (UrFU, Ekaterinburg, Russia). She is a Master Degree student at the Postgraduate School of Economic Development and Strategic Sector at the Popular Autonomous University of the State of Puebla (UPAEP, by its acronym in Spanish). Also, she is a member of the group that was awarded first place for the challenge MOC team Project at Harvard University in 2017. Since 2013 she is working in the Sector of International Affairs at Ural Federal University and nowadays she is a Director of The Department of International Educational Programs at UrFU.
Katarzyna Cichos, Ph.D., master and Ph.D. degree holder in Law at the University of Silesia in Poland and courses at the Aarhus University (Denmark), EUI (Italy) and CEU (Hungary). Currently, she works as lecturer and researcher at Cardinal Wyszyński University in Warsaw at Faculty of Law and Administration. She works also as an expert at Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology. For many years, she was active member of local community being involved in many initiatives connected to community organizing, watchdogs monitoring mechanisms and local aspects of good governance and sustainable development. Her research interests include legal aspects of sustainable development, poverty reduction, development assistance, and European Union’s foreign policy.
Daria Dobrinskaya, Ph.D., earned her doctorate degree in Sociological Sciences. Associate Professor at the Department of Modern Sociology, Faculty of Sociology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russian Federation. She works in the area of social studies of information and communication technologies and their social and cultural implications with a focus on Internet users, online social relationships, digital divide and the integration of new media into the everyday social practices. Her scientific interests also focus on sociological theory and methodology.
Viacheslav Dovbenko, Ph.D., Associate Professor at the Department of Business Economics and Investments of Lviv Polytechnic National University.
He is constantly increasing his qualification through internships, participation in conferences (in particular in Warsaw, Krakow, London, Brussels, Vienna, Prague etc.), forums, seminars and exhibitions, including abroad events and scholarships.
Viacheslav has run many scientific papers and projects. He is an author of more than 200 scientific papers, including 8 monographs.
Joanna Dyduch, Dr. habil. assistant professor at the University of Wroclaw (Poland), deputy chair of the European Association of Israel Studies (based at School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London), Visegrad Fund Scholarship at Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica.Currently research fellowship at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, BERLIN). Israeli government scholarship at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Author and co-author of books (eg. Poland and Slovakia - bilateral relations in the multilateral context (2004-2016), Ibidem Press Stuttgart 2017; Europeanisation of Polish foreign policy in the perspective of structural realism, Wrocław University Press Wrocław 2016; Selected Politics of the European Union.Evolution in the context of the Lisbon Treaty and the Europe 2020 Strategy, ASPRA-JR Publishing House, Warszawa 2012; Polish-Israeli relations.From normalization to strategic partnership?, Publishing, House Trio, Warszawa 2010) and several articles and papers on Europeanisation, foreign policy, energy policy).
Joanna Gocłowska-Bolek, Ph.D., economist, Latin Americanist. Specializes in economic and social development of Latin America, economic integration of Latin America, and the European Union's economic and political relations with the Latin American region. Author of numerous publications on Latin American economic development, including "Latin America in the search of a new economic development strategy. Science, technology and innovation in the building of a knowledge-based economy", Warsaw, 2017. Expert on Latin America in the Center for Political Analysis of the University of Warsaw.  Advisor to the Rector of the University of Warsaw on cooperation with Latin America. Plenipotentiary of the President of the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP) for Latin America. In 2012-2016 Director of the Center of Latin American Studies (CESLA), University of Warsaw.Member of the Team for Internationalization of Higher Education in Ministry of Science and Higher Education. Promoter of academic cooperation between Polish and Latin American universities.
Shahed Khan, Ph.D., MURP, BArch, Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, Curtin University. I worked as an Architect and Planning Consultant in the private sector before joining academia over 20 years ago. I am employed in the School of Design and Built Environment at Curtin University in Australia, since 2007. I teach Planning Theory, International Perspectives of Planning and Integrated Plan Making and supervise PhD students in the planning program. During the past six years I served a three-year term as Head of Department (Planning and Geography) followed by another three-year term as Director (International). Currently, I am on sabbatical leave from Curtin University. I am based in Tokyo, Japan, appointed as Visiting Professor at Toyo University.
Research interests: Global and Mega cities; Community participation; Local governance; Informal settlements in Asia.
Justyna Kogut, Ph.D. student at Kazimierz Pulaski University of Technology and Humanities in Radom, Faculty of Economics and Legal Sciences, Department of Economics. Author of a number of national and international publications, concerning mainly following issues: human resource management, human capital, corporate social responsibility, research and development, innovativeness and competitiveness of businesses and regions. Author of researches conducted on Faculty of Economics and Legal Sciences, on the following subjects: The impact of innovativeness on the competitiveness of polish enterprises (2016) and the impact of intellectual capital on regional development in Poland (2017). Member of: the Founding Committee of the Polish Economic Society Branch in Radom (from 2016), The European Financial Congress Academy 2017, The European Financial Congress Academy 2018 and organizing committees of many other science conferences.

Larisa Korganashvili, Ph.D., Professor, Doctor of Economic Sciences and Doctor of Technical Sciences, works at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Economics and Business, Department of International Business. Previously, she was head of Department of Quality Assurance and Scientific Research Centre of International School of Tourism at the same University, deputy dean of faculty of Economy and Business, head of Department of International Economy, head of Department of International Business and Foreign Trade, Supervisor of master's and doctoral programs. She has more than 150 publications in Georgian, Russian and English languages, including textbooks and monographs. She is a member of the editorial boards of various scientific journals and scientific proceedings, have participated in international conferences in China, Finland, France, Greece, Japan, Poland, South Korea, Spain and other countries. She was awarded the Order of Honor for active scientific-pedagogical work by government of Georgia.
Arkadiusz Michał Kowalski, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Head of East Asian Research Unit in the World Economy Research Institute in the Warsaw School of Economics. He received his habilitation degree in Economics in the Collegium of World Economy in 2013 and Ph.D. in the Collegium of Economic Analysis in 2006. His research and academic teaching focus on innovation systems, clusters, international competitiveness, internationalization of firms, and economies in East and South-East Asia. He has been involved as a manager or researcher in different European or domestic research projects in these areas, which resulted in more than 50 publications, including books, chapters, articles in scientific journals and expert’s reports. He has been also engaged into consultancy work with international organizations, governmental bodies, national parliament, enterprises, and clusters. He is the Coordinator of the works conducted in the Warsaw School of Economics in the framework of ERASMUS+ project „Assessing and Improving Research Performance at South East Asian Universities (REPESEA”. He is also a Manager of project financed by National Science Center (OPUS11) “The Dynamics and factors of innovation gap between Poland and China - international and regional dimensions”.
Jaroslaw Kowalski, sociologist and research specialist. Obtained MA in sociology faculty (2001), Warsaw University. One of his main area of interest is sociology of innovation, social and psychological aspects of new technologies (i.e Internet of Things, Smart Environment, digital society) and Human Computer Interaction. Author and co-author of several articles and reports. Participant of many scientific and commercial research projects. Has several years of experience in market research and public opinion surveys.
Dawid Krysiński, Ph.D., assistant professor at Wrocław University and a project manager at ASM –– Market Research and Analysis Centre LTD. He obtained a Ph.D. in social sciences in the field of urban sociology from Wrocław University (2015). His research and interests focus on socio-economic development of cities and regions, and socio-cultural opportunities for popularization of innovative technological solutions. He participates in several projects funded by European Commission and focused on implementation of the technological innovations on urban areas in Europe.
Artemiy Kurbanov, Ph.D., completed his doctorate degree in Political Sciences. Associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy of Education, Faculty of Philosophy, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russian Federation. Research interests: philosophy of education and educational policy, social history, transformation of urban space, socio-cultural and historical factors of the political process. The researcher has published about 20 articles. Recent publications: “Zoospace Transformation of Modern Cities and the Possibility of their Use in the Environmental Education of the Population”, “Foreign students in Russia: features of motivation and adaptation”, “The manifestation of historical memory in political practice”, “Milos Island as an example of sustainable development”, “Symbolic Significance of Architecture” and etc.
Alexander V. Kurochkin, Ph.D., Professor and Faculty of Political Science dean at the Saint-Petersburg State University. Alexander served as an expert of Commission of Local Governance, Legislative Assembly of Saint- Petersburg. In 2001 he became Executive Chief of the Center of Political Management, Faculty of Philosophy, at the St. Petersburg State University. Between 2009 and 2016 Alexander was vice-dean and chief of the scientific commission at the Faculty of Political Science.Alexander`s research concentrates on social networks and networking cooperation, municipal and regional governance, rational choice in politics, comparative politics
Marek Krzysztof Lachowicz is a SGH Warsaw School of Economics employee and graduate. He joint – authored a “Polish: Competitiveness, Innovativeness and Exports” report and is currently working on several competitiveness – related projects, such as “Investigating the Impact of the Innovation Union”. Marek’s research interests include data science, econometrics and statistics, competitiveness and consumer psychology. In his conference paper, which builds on his Master’s thesis, he innovatively uses spatial statistics to analyze national competitiveness measured in a variety of ways.
Anna Liadova, Ph.D., Senior Researcher at the Faculty of Sociology, the Department of Modern Sociology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia. She is Ph.D. in Historical Science. Anna is on the position of Senior Researcher in the Sociological Department. She teaches History, Law Theory and Sociology, Sociology of Medicine and Health. Anna’s research interests are sociology of health, medicine as a social institute and its changes, medical tourism, medicine law, urbanization and transformation of urban structures, their influence on health. Anna’s recent publications have included topics such as medical tourism as a special phenomenon, physicians and patients’ relationship, social status of physician in modern society, medical education and its new trends, health as a value, ecological risks for health and lifestyle, urbanization and its influence on human being.
Ekaterina Lyubimova, master degree (Higher School of Economics, Moscow), Ph.D. student (UPAEP, Mexico); Columbia University (Fulbright scholar 2007), Caltech internship (American Councils 2010). Also, she is a member of the group that was awarded first place for the challenge MOC team Project at Harvard University in 2017. Over 15 year experience in educational projects, development and sales of brand-new Russian educational projects on Indian, Chinese, Mexican markets; fundraising experience (European Commission grants, individual USA scholarships); investors search for projects and startups (India).
Marzena Mamak-Zdanecka, Ph.D., research fellow at the Faculty of Humanities at AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow, graduated from the Jagiellonian University and completed post-graduate studies in the Management of European Union Funds (becoming a certified specialist in EU funds). She is an expert in the substantive evaluation of applications for project co-financing under Priority IV of the Human Capital Operational Programme (2009-2013). She is interested in the issues of industrial and organizational sociology and the sociology of management (including entrepreneurship and process management in contemporary organizations). She also conducts research in the fields of successive changes in family-run companies and third age entrepreneurship at the local and regional levels. As a member and lecturer, she participated in the SEIPA project (Academic Network of Entrepreneurship Educators). She manages to combine her professional and private interests with the sociology of tourism and the sociology of travel.
Tatiana S. Martynenko, Ph.D., received her Ph.D. in Sociological Sciences from Lomonosov Moscow State University (the theme of the thesis: “Concepts of social inequality in Western sociology of the last third of the twentieth – early XXI century”). Currently, she works as an assistant of the Department of Modern Sociology, the Faculty of Sociology (Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia). Tatiana Martynenko has published more than 30 scientific works devoted to the problems of social inequality and justice, modern sociology, the role and problems of education in the modern world.
Bożena Matusiak, Ph.D., associate professor, University of Lodz, doctor of economic sciences in the field of management science from 2016. She works in Department of Computer Science, she is a chief of  Data Analysis and Intelligent system subdepartment, For over 20 years, she is conducting research in the field of applications of intelligent systems in power engineering. Smart grid, distributed energy sources and sustainable development, new business models in the energy sector are just some of the research topics undertaken through European and national projects. The last project in which she participated is: the e-Balance project - balancing the energy production and consumption in smart energy efficiency neighborhoods (2013-2017). She is the author of over 100 publications on the domestic market and in the  international proceedings.
Nino Metreveli, 20 years old, born in Rustavi, Georgia. A student of International Relations at Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University since 2016. Despite the fact that Nino`s field of study is not directly connected to urban studies, he has participated in the conference “Smart City” organized by Politology Institute.
Tomasz M. Napiórkowski, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the SGH Warsaw School of Economics in Poland and Lecturer at the Łazarski University. Since he returned to Poland in 2011 from the U.S. (where he studied and worked at the Old Dominion University), he authored/co-authored 18 scientific texts (7 published in both, in Polish and English), conducted 20 scientific projects (including grants from the Polish National Science Centre, INSO 3 for the European Commission, DG Enterprise) and 15 consultancy projects (for Master Card, The Conference of Financial Companies in Poland and Krajowy Rejestr Długów). Tomasz focuses on macroeconomic conditions, especially Foreign Direct Investment, as well as on forward-looking topics like innovation’s role in economic growth.
Alexander Nikiforov, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Ethnic Political Studies, Faculty of Political Science, Saint-⁠Petersburg State University. Alexander`s research concentrates on urban studies, crowdsourcing in the public sector, contentious politics.
Relevant publications:
Nikiforov A., Singireja A. Open data and crowdsourcing perspectives for smart city in the United States and Russia //Proceedings of the International Conference on Electronic Governance and Open Society: Challenges in Eurasia. – ACM, 2016. Pp. 171-177.Nikiforov A. (with Kurochkin A., Pogorelova S., Zhuravleva T., at all) Networks in Politics – Politics in Networks. Saint-Petersburg: Faculty of Political Science, SPSU, Russian Christian Academy for the Humanities, 2014. (in Russian)
Paweł Nowakowski, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of political theory at Wrocław University and a project manager at ASM –– Market Research and Analysis Centre LTD. He obtained a Ph.D. in social sciences in the field of political science from Wrocław University (2015). His research and interests focus on libertarianism, socio-political attitudes, and socio-economic and ethical dimensions of innovations. He is the coordinator of the SMEthod project (Horizon 2020, EC) and a manager and researcher in the STAGE project (Active and Assisted Living Programme, EC). He loves music, crowded areas and trying out different restaurants and cafés.
José Pablo Nuño de la Parra, Director of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs Research and Consulting Center at the Popular Autonomous University of the State of Puebla (UPAEP, by its acronym in Spanish). Also, he was advisor of the group that was awarded first place for the challenge MOC team Project at Harvard University in 2017. He is the Director of the Sintonía project, which is a comprehensive project of economic development for the state of Puebla and the region together with Harvard University. And he is a consultant for the MIT-Mexico Cluster, and a member of the Board at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Susana Ana María Ochoa Torres, is a doctorate student at the Postgraduate School of Economic Development and Strategic Sector at the Popular Autonomous University of the State of Puebla (UPAEP). Also, she is a member of the group that was awarded first place for the challenge MOC team Project at Harvard University in 2017. She works as a researcher at the Panamerican Institute of Family Sciences (UP Guadalajara campus) She has published books with the publishers Académica Española and Porrúa México.
Karolina Olszewska, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the University of Wroclaw (Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of International Studies, Section of International Economic Relations and European Integration). She is a graduate of the University of Wroclaw (LLM in Commercial Law), Strasburg III (DESS in European Public Policy) and the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis (LLM in International and European Law). She earned her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Economics in Wroclaw on the basis of the dissertation "Mergers and acquisitions in the ICT sector in the European Union". She has taught as a visiting scholar at the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis, the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the Autonomous University of Madrid and the Libertas International University in Zagreb. She is a member of CEDIMES (Centre for Studies in International Development and Economic and Social Movements) and a member of AIELF (International Association of French-speaking Economists). Her research focuses on economic and legal aspects of innovation, governance of cyberspace, as well as the European digital single market development.
Minerva Evangelina Ramos Valdés, doctorate student at the Postgraduate School of Economic Development and Strategic Sector at the Popular Autonomous University of the State of Puebla (UPAEP, by its acronym in Spanish). Also, she is a member of the group that was awarded first place for the challenge MOC team Project at Harvard University in 2017. Since 1995 she has worked as an associate professor at the Department of Economics at the University of Monterrey (UDEM). She has published books with the publishers Pearson and Trillas.
Ava Soroudi, born in Tehran, Iran. Ava achieved her BS degree from Islamic Azad University, Pardis branch in the field of Urbanism-Engineering with 17.66/20 GPA and achieved her MS degree in the field of urban designing from Islamic Azad University, science & research branch, which is one of the most reputable universities in Iran with 18.50/20 GPA.Ava is strongly interested in urban studies field, such as place making, environmental perception of citizens, city vitality, walkable cities, tourism attraction and so on. Ava is an expert in some software which is related to urban designing such as GIS, City Engine, Sketchup, SPSS, Python, AutoCAD, Super Decision, Expert Choice, 3D MAX. In addition, Ava has presented several papers during international conferences.
Ewelina Szczech-Pietkiewicz holds a Ph.D. in economics from Warsaw School of Economics (2007) and works there as an Assistant Professor at Institute of International Economic Policy. She does research and publishes in the following subject areas:
   •    urban competitiveness, policies and growth,
   •    competitiveness of national and regional economies,
   •    cohesion policy of the European Union and its territorial dimension.
She gained international research experience at the Department of Business and Social Sciences of Aarhus University, University of Barcelona (internship at Urban Creativity, Innovation and Transformation Research Group), University of Glasgow (Dekaban-Liddle Senior Fellowship) and Iceland University. Her previous work experience includes mostly public administration institutions.
Viviana Elizabeth Zárate Mirón, a Ph.D. student in Economics at the University of Barcelona (UB) and a member of the Regional Quantitative Analysis Group (AQR) at the same university. Her lines of research are regional economics and public finance. In this last field, she won the National Prize of Public Finance Research 2017 in Mexico. Also, she is a member of the group that was awarded first place for the challenge MOC team Project at Harvard University in 2017. Among other activities, she participated in the Cluster Mapping Project between UPAEP and Harvard University. Also, she has work experience in the Mexican Public Sector: Ministry of Finance and the Council of Science and Technology.
Inna Vershinina, Ph.D., earned her doctorate degree in Sociological Sciences. Associate Professor of the Department of Modern Sociology, Faculty of Sociology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russian Federation. Research interests: modern sociology, urban sociology and urban studies, architecture and modern culture, social problems of cities, the sociology of migration and etc. The researcher has published more than 50 articles. Recent publications have included topics such as challenges and prospects in the network society, smart cities, cities in the global world, representation of power in the urban space, socio-ecological inequality and etc.