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Keynote Speakers

1. Keynote Speaker: Prof. Dr. Dana Redford / UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    Topic:  Entrepreneurship Education through the Creative Use of AI Tools

Dana T. Redford, PhD

President, Policy Experimentation & Evaluation Platform (PEEP)

Senior Fellow, Institute of European Studies, UC Berkeley


Prof. Redford is an internationally recognized expert on entrepreneurship, innovation and climate change education. He has worked as an expert for the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of State, the European Commission, the OECD, the U.N. and various European and African governments. He is currently a Master Trainer for the UNDP on entrepreneurship education. 


He coordinated the largest policy experimentation project on entrepreneurship in schools in the EU using RCTs and mixed methods research across four countries. He helped to co-develop the OECD-European Commission HEInnovate initiative. He co-edited the Entrepreneurial University Handbook and in Africa and the Middle East he has helped lead initiatives on high impact entrepreneurship, financial inclusion and business incubation

His Masters course at UCP-Porto was recognized as an OECD best practice where he also developed a cross-campus strategy of entrepreneurship. Previously, he was Faculty Coordinator and Guest Lecturer at the Haas School of Business Center for Executive Education at the University of California, Berkeley, where he did his post-doctoral research at the Institute of European Studies and where he is currently a Senior Fellow.


2. Keynote Speaker: Prof. Dr David RAE  De Mondfort University/ UNITED KINGDOM

   Topic: The individual – collective construct in entrepreneurship: competing or complementary ideologies?

There is a long-standing duopoly in entrepreneurship between individualistic, free-market approaches and collectivist, community and social models. Individualism is based on economic thinkers such as Hayek, Kirzner and McClelland, whilst collectivism is rooted more in social psychology and community activism (e.g. Peredo, MacLeod, Lackeus). There is a legitimate ‘middle- ground’ which recognises that individual leadership and innovation is needed to stimulate collective action. This presentation is based on Entrepreneurial Collective Intelligence (ECI) work by Rae & Blenker (2022) which explored how entrepreneurial communities used collective action and agency, informed by intelligence, to be effective.
One finding was to discover the dense network of individualistic, free-enterprise and libertarian organisations which promote their discourse into Higher Education, students and educators. The extent of this network is revealed, and examples of their educational and student-oriented materials are highlighted.
The presentation asks why does this matter, for learners, educators and institutions?

Critical questions are posed about the promoters, organisations and their political and economic agendas:
 Who are the individualistic and free-market entrepreneurship groups?
 What is their organising philosophy and ideology?
 How can we recognise them?
 What do they offer, and who benefits from their work?
 How can we balance individualistic and collectivist approaches?

Professor David Rae is Professor of Enterprise and Director of the Centre for Enterprise & Innovation at Leicester Castle Business School, De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom. He works to connect research, enterprise, innovation and learning between Universities, businesses and society. He is an innovator and researcher in entrepreneurial learning, leadership, and management who has held senior academic roles at six universities. He has been deeply involved in research, development and teaching on entrepreneurial learning, development and enterprise education for over 20 years, gaining one of the first PhDs in Entrepreneurial Learning in 2003.
His work was recognised as the European Entrepreneurship Education Award Winner in 2020 for being the ‘boundary spanner between entrepreneurial learning and enterprise education’. He researches intercultural, minority and sustainable entrepreneurship, creative industries and Entrepreneurial Collective Intelligence, and has given international keynote presentations across Europe, North America, Africa, and South Asia.

Email address: Twitter: @Warycat LinkedIn: David Rae


3. Keynote Speaker: Prof. Dr. Mirzana Pašić Kodrić – University of Sarajevo / BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA    

   Topic: Questions of Otherness

Prof. Dr. is an Associate Professor of Literature and head of the Department of Preschool Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina,  as well as a contemporary Bosnian writer and member of the Writers' Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina and other literary organizations in BiH and abroad. She has published co-authored scientific books „Ethical Criticism and Childrens' Literature“ (2020) and the, Book about Nasiha“ (2022) and a number of scientific and professional papers, as well as several independent art books in the field of literature (some of them have been translated into several world languages). She has won numerous awards for her literary work and she is one of the founders of the Institute of Children's Literature of Bosnia and Herzegovina.


4. Keynote Speakers: Prof. Dr. Albertina Oliveira & Prof.Dr. Carlos Sousa de REIS  University of Coimbra / PORTUGAL

   Topic: What do we have? Needs analyses about entrepreneurship and creativity in European countries

Global Organisations point to Creativity (C) and Critical Thinking (CT) as current crucial competencies that will be increasingly demanded in the 21st century, hence requiring a core shift in educational policy (Schleicher, 2018). Creativity appears, as a multifaceted and complex phenomenon, from which we try to give a comprehensive description. As to Critical Thinking, which is not unproblematic either, we describe briefly its emergence and refinement that settled in the ability to think rationally and reflexively in order to decide what to believe or do, by administering intellectual standards to the contents of thinking processes. Meanwhile, alternative conceptions have distanced themselves from such rationalistic approach of fixed tasks and goals. Namely, referring to methodological skepticism; activist engagement with knowledge; and the exercise of self-reflexivity. We finish with an attempt to show how the various understandings of C and CT could imply a dynamics of complementarity in(ter)dependence.

Albertina Lima de Oliveira is an Assistant Professor at the University of Coimbra, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences (UC-FPCE), holding a PhD in Educational Sciences, with specialization in Permanent Education and Adult Training. She is currently the scientific coordinator of the Mindserena educational program, based on mindfulness approaches; an integrated researcher at the UC Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies (CEIS20), and Associate Editor of the Revista Portuguesa de Pedagogia. She has participated and scientifically coordinated several research projects, including the "Socio-emotional Learning - Mindfulness in Educational Context" Project (2018-2020), and the "Happy@UC - UC Campus Happiness" Project (2020-2021). She has numerous international and national publications (articles, book chapters, book editions, books) in the fields of Adult Education, Higher Education, Educational Gerontology, Mindfulness and Teacher Training. She has supervised/co-supervised more than 60 master's, doctoral and post-doctoral dissertations/theses and presented more than a 100 communications at national and international scientific events. She was part of the team that received the "Santander-UC Pedagogical Innovation" award (Happy@UC project - UC Campus Happiness Program), in 2020, and she is the author/co-author of 3 chapters in the "Qualitative Research in Education Manual", published by the University of Coimbra Press, that received the awarded "Biannual Book in Spanish or Portuguese ICQI Award 2016 - best book in Spanish or Portuguese contribution to Qualitative Inquiry" (United States of America).

Prof.Dr. Carlos Sousa de Reis

 Is an Auxiliary professor of Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, CEIS20, University of Coimbra.

-Academic and professional degrees
2008: Doctorate (PhD) in Education Sciences, specialty of Philosophy of Educatio
n, by University of Coimbra. Praise and Distinction

Thesis title: Education and media culture: Analysis of un-educative practices (published by Âncora/CEI).
1998: Specialized Trainer for Educational Technology and Communication (B15), Specialized Didactics

(Philosophy – C05) by the Portuguese Scientific-pedagogical Council for In-service Training.
1996: Master in Education Sciences, by University of Coimbra
Thesis title: Advertising’s (un)educative value (published IUC). Very Good
1995: Specialized trainer for Practical and Pedagogical Research and Specialized Didactics (Philosophy) by the Portuguese Scientific-pedagogical Council for In-service Training;
1991: Graduation in Teaching of Philosophy, University of Porto.
1989: Graduation in Philosophy, University of Porto.

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5. Keynote Speaker: Prof.Dr. Jose Gijon PUERTA  University of Granada/ SPAIN 

    Title: Understanding human creativity through biology, genetics and culture

The emergence and progression of creativity in humans has become a topic of interest in various fields including Psychology, Biology, Health Sciences, Arts, and Educational Sciences over the past few decades. With the advancement of genomics and an increased understanding of neural networks and their flexibility, educators and pedagogues now have access to valuable insights that can help develop new teaching methods that prioritize creativity as a crucial element in the entrepreneurial process. As artificial intelligence and machine learning continue to advance rapidly, new interdisciplinary models are being proposed to educate future generations on creativity and entrepreneurship.

He's Bachelor’s in Biology, Advanced Studies Diploma in Paleoanthropology (Human Evolution), and Ph.D. In Pedagogy. Currently, he's an Associate Professor at the University of Granada (Department of Didactics and School Organization). Vice-Dean of Innovation, Transfer, and Quality Management in the Faculty of Education Sciences of the UGR between 2012 and 2015. Advisor for the Department of Education -Autonomous Government of  Andalucía- between 1998 and 2004. Through the firm labOSfor Innovation and Development, a spin-off of the UGR (Founding partner) and the CONSILIENCE Institute (President), he has been obtained 9 international contracts in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America, with funding by ERDF, EuropeAid, IDB, or IBRD. He has been published articles in journals such as EPAA, PlosOne, or Profesorado (JCR / SJR / SCOPUS), carried out teaching and research stays at institutions such as the University of Lisbon, Universidade Portucalense, Porto; ENU International University, Astana; Iberoamericana, Mexico City; SISU University, Shanghai; or governmental institutions such as the Académie Nancy-Metz, and the Académie de Dijon, France; or Chelmsford County Council, UK. He's a member of the Association for Teacher Education in Europe -ATEE- and the Spanish Society of Evolutionary Biology (SESBE), coordinating the international network ENTENP -Entrepreneurship Education- and belonging to the INLEPS global network for Language Policy Studies. Since 2011 and 2021, he was the founder and director of the SEJ059 Research Group, ProfesioLab. Since 2021 he's been founder and director of the SEJ658 Research Group CHTI, Laboratory for Cognition, Health, Training and Interaction among Humans, Animals and Machines. He was awarded by European Commission with the European Seal Award for Language Teaching in 1998.


6.  Keynote Speaker:  Prof. Dr. Dan Petrica  Agora University of Oradea /ROMANIA
     Topic: Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to empower creativity

Dan Petrica is an Assistant Professor at the Agora University of Oradea, where he teaches sociology,
research methodologies and human security. He holds a PhD in political science and has an educational
background in cultural studies, program management, international relations, and regional development
policies. He is also his institution’s Erasmus+ Program Coordinator and a council member of the Career
Counseling and Guidance Center therein. Outside the academia, he is an International Affairs Researcher
for a private entity and a member of the International Vocational Education and Training Association.

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7. Keynote Speakers: Prof.Dr. Pablo García Sempere – University of Granada and Prof.Dr. Pablo Rodríguez Herero - Autonomous University of Madrid /SPAIN
    Topic: Creating a new model for Teacher Education: inclusive co-teaching with teachers with intellectual disabilities

Creativity plays a fundamental role in generating creative responses that offer solutions to social, economic, cultural, and other demands. Creativity allows us to find innovative solutions to address problems and challenges in an increasingly complex and globalized world.
Teacher training is one of the fundamental bases for improving education and being able to attend to human diversity. Inclusive co-teaching is a new teacher training model that consists of giving voice to groups such as people with intellectual disabilities and recognizing their pedagogical authority in university teaching of content related to their life experiences.

Pablo García Sempere.
 Bachelor of Psych-pedagogy.  PhD. in Education Sciences Applied Creativity Program. He has been teacher at different levels of education (childhood, primary, secondary, adult education, special education) from 2003 to 2021 for the Andalusian government, Spain. Since 2021 he is assistant professor at the Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Granada, and teaches information and communication technologies. His interest is focused on audiovisual creation in schools.

Pablo Rodriguez Herrero. PhD in Education, Autonomous University of Madrid. Extraordinary Doctorate Award. Contracted Professor Permanent Doctor of the Department of Pedagogy of the Autonomous University of Madrid. Research lines: inclusive education, inclusive co-teaching, teacher training, pedagogy of death. Orcid:

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8.Keynote Speaker: Prof. Dr. Regina Frank – De Mondfort University / UNITED KINGDOM
    Topic: Educating for a sustainable future

Dr Regina Frank is Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Leicester Castle Business School, De Montfort University (DMU), where she enjoys fostering critical thinking and entrepreneurial mindsets and skills of students of all levels (from UG to PG and Exec Ed), all the while encouraging activism in relation  to global sustainability matters and UN SDGs.

Regina has a distinctively international educational and professional background, having lived and worked in Portugal, Brazil, Switzerland, France and the UK. Her multicultural work experience encompasses both academic and commercial worlds, in a variety of contexts.

Prior to joining DMU, Regina worked for over a decade at triple-accredited business and management schools, such as Loughborough University (Loughborough, London, and Singapore) and ESCP-EAP European School of Management (now ESCP Europe) in London and Oxford, as well as in industry and HEIs abroad.

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