Keynote speakers

Thursday, 28 May 2015, 9.30-10.00

Keynote speaker 1: dr. Bart J. Debicki

Topic: Family Business Research: An Overview of Topical Areas, Trends and Opportunities


The keynote presentation will address the following:
- foundations and current state of affairs in family business research;
- trends, opportunities and the future of family business research;
- topic areas within family business studies;
- family business research outlets;
- individual and collaborative family business scholarship, as well as research institutions and organizations.

Bart J. Debicki received his PhD in Management from Mississippi State University. His research interests are primarily in family business management, management strategy, international and multicultural management, management history and management education. His research has appeared in journals such as Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, Family Business Review and Journal of Management History. He teaches Management, International Business and Multicultural Management courses at Towson University in Maryland, USA and the Quality Leadership University in Panama City, Panama. He is a member of the Academy of Management and the Southern Management Association. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Family Business Review and the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development.


Thursday, 28 May 2015, 10.00-10.30

Keynote speaker 2: dr. Angelo Vacca

Topic: The Human Capacity Building and the Environmental Sustainability in Higher Education; Green University - University of Bari as an Example


The keynote presentation will address the following:

- research and innovation: synergism with the European and regional strategic agendas;

- human capacity building: tools for promoting scientific excellence;

- the creativity of young as a tool for social inclusion;

- green University: University of Bari as an example.


Angelo Vacca was born in Bari, Italy, on February 16, 1956. He began medical studies in 1974 and was awarded M.D. degree on 1980. In 1983 he took the specialization in "Hematology", and in 1993 the specialization in "Internal Medicine". He is PhD in Clinical Immunology since 1989. He spent a 3 years educational stage at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Lausanne Branch, CH-1066 Epalinges S./Lausanne, Switzerland, focusing on production of monoclonal antibodies; immunoscintigraphy of and vascular access to human lymphomas. His present position is Full Professor in Internal Medicine at the University of Bari "Aldo Moro", and Chief of the Unit of Internal Medicine (Clinica Medica "G. Baccelli") of the same University. He is President of the National Society of Immunology, Clinical Immunology and Allergology (SIICA). Prof. Vacca has published over 300 papers in international medical journals. Research areas are: a) angiogenesis in patients with lymphoproliferative diseases, such as multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin's lymphomas; b) angiogenesis by inflammatory cells; c) TK inhibitors.

Angelo Vacca is Delegate to the Research Area at the University of Bari "Aldo Moro".


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