Keynote speakers


    Adrian Curaj is a former minister of education, science and innovation in Romania.

    He is the head of the UNESCO Chair on Science and Innovation Policies at the National University of Political Sciences and Public Administration and professor at the Politehnica University of Bucharest.

    Adrian Curaj has been working as a consultant with World Bank, UNESCO, UNIDO, ETF and EC for studies in Tertiary Education, Science and Innovation, and Foresight. He has been actively involved as project leader, country or group leader and expert in many research projects (including FP7, H 2020, SEE & INTERREG), and published papers and books, most of them in foresight, higher education as well as science and innovation policies. He has been the initiator and co-chair of the Bologna Process Researchers Conferences (2011, 2014, 2017).

    Adrian Curaj was member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Fulbright Commission in Romania and the Romanian representative at the Bologna Follow-Up Group.  Also, professor Curaj is a fellow to the World Academy of Art & Science (WAAS).



    Sustainability and management of smart cities in the digital era

    Dr. Antonio Garcia Sanchez is Director of the Convention Bureau of Cartagena and Lecturer at the Technical University of Cartagena, Spain, in the area of Economic Analysis, Tourism, Macroeconomic and Labour Economics.

    Dr. Sanchez has a Bsc. in Economics Valencia, Msc. in Economics in the London School of Economics, UK, and PhD in Economics University of Murcia, Spain.

    He was Director of the Research Team of Economic Analysis and Tourism, at the Technical University of Cartagena, member of AECIT (Spanish Association of Scientists and Researchers in Tourism) and Vice-president until 2012.

    He has published several contributions in articles in scientific journals, such as International Advances in Economic Research, Annals of Tourism Research, Tourism Economic, Maritime Economics and Logistics, Investigaciones Económicas, Maritime Policy & Management, etc. He has published numerous book chapters and books, as author and coordinator, the most recently being ”20 years of Tourism in Spain”,  Síntesis Publishing House, Madrid. His areas of research focus on tourism economics, cruisers industry, economic impact and labour economics.