Invited Speakers

Professor Gert van Dijk

Professor Gert van Dijk

Nyenrode Business Universiteit & Tilburg University, The Netherlands

Gert van Dijk is Distinguished Professor Social Venturing and Cooperative Economics at the University of Tilburg and Visiting professor at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Greece.

He is one of the founding fathers of social venturing entrepreneurship as a method of economic development in situations where governments and ngo’s are apt to fail and where market economies are yet suffering from infant industry failure.

Prof Van Dijk studied Animal Husbandry and Genetics at the Agricultural University of Wageningen and Economics at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, where he also received his Ph.D.

He lectured in both universities. For the Organization for Applied Physical Research (TNO) he was director of research and subsequently became head of the Centre for Agricultural Policy at Wageningen University.

In 1990 he was appointed as Professor of Cooperative Business Administration and Management at Wageningen University and became Director General of the National Council of Cooperatives. He was involved in several national and international organizations. In 2007 he was elected President of the European Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives in Brussels. Besides he is a member of the supervisory board of various companies and non-profit organizations, among which is ICCO, the Netherlands organization for Inter Church Cooperation. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Rabobank from 1998 until 2003 and presently is Chairman of the Foundation for Rabobank Certificates (stock listed).

Prof. Van Dijk was professor of Cooperative Entrepreneurship and Management at Nyenrode University from 1996 till September 2010 and professor of Financial Services in Developing Economies in the same university from 2010 till 2017.

He worked for OECD, World Bank and the EU Commission and was Chairman of the Commission for Economic Policy of the Ministry of Economic Affairs in The Netherlands.

He is presently director of the Netherlands Institute of Cooperative Entrepreneurship and chairman of the New Generation Cooperative KIC!, for the creative industries in The Netherlands. He was involved in the founding of the Nwanedi New Generation Cooperative in Limpopo, South Africa and is acting Chairman of the Executive Committee of the same cooperative.

Prof. Van Dijk is married and the couple has three children and 3 grandchildren.


Professor Yannis Siskos

Professor Yannis Siskos

University of Piraeus, Greece

Yannis Siskos received his Doctorat d’Etat (1984) in management science from the University of Paris-Dauphine, and his DEA (1977) and Doctorat (1979) in computer science and operational research from the University Pierre et Marie Curie in France with a UNESCO scholarship. He has been a professor of decision science at the University of Piraeus (2001-2015), the Technical University of Crete (1984-2001), and the University of Paris-Dauphine (1981-1984). During 2001-2003 he served as Vice President representing EURO on the IFORS Administrative Committee. For a period of six years 1999-2004 he also served as the President of the Hellenic Operational Research Society (HELORS). His research interests fall into the areas of multi-criteria analysis, decision support systems, service quality, and mathematical programming. He is the author of a considerable number of books and articles in international scientific journals. During his long career, professor Siskos was honored in turn with the Gold Medal award of HELORS (2005), the Gold Medal award of the International Society on Multiple Criteria Decision Making (2015), and the EURO Distinguished Service Medal (EDSM Award) of the European Operational Research Society (2016).

Professor Markos Papageorgiou

Professor Markos Papageorgiou

School of Production Engineering and Managament
Technical University of Crete, Greece

Markos Papageorgiou received the Diplom-Ingenieur and Doktor-Ingenieur (honors) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Munich, Germany, in 1976 and 1981, respectively. He was a Free Associate with Dorsch Consult, Munich (1982-1988), and with Institute National de Recherche sur les Transports et leur Sécurité (INRETS), Arcueil, France (1986-1988). From 1988 to 1994 he was a Professor of Automation at the Technical University of Munich. Since 1994 he has been a Professor at the Technical University of Crete, Chania, Greece. He was a Visiting Professor at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy (1982), at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, Paris (1985-1987), and at MIT, Cambridge (1997, 2000); and a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley (1993, 1997, 2001, 2011) and other universities.

Dr. Papageorgiou is author or editor of 5 books and of some 500 technical papers. His research interests include automatic control and optimisation theory and applications to traffic and transportation systems, water systems and further areas. He was the Editor-in-Chief of Transportation Research – Part C (2005-2012). He also served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Control Systems SocietyConference Editorial Board, of IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems and other journals. He is a Fellow of IEEE (1999) and a Fellow of IFAC (2013). He received a DAAD scholarship (1971-1976), the 1983 Eugen-Hartmann award from the Union of German Engineers (VDI), and a Fulbright Lecturing/Research Award (1997). He was a recipient of the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society Outstanding Research Award (2007) and of the IEEE Control Systems Society Transition to Practice Award (2010). He was presented the title of Visiting Professor by the University of Belgrade, Serbia (2010). The Dynamic Systems and Simulation Laboratory he has been heading since 1994, received the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society ITS Institutional Lead Award (2011). He was awarded an ERC Advanced Investigator Grant (2013-2018).