Keynote Speakers


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Ned W. Hill, PhD

Dr. Edward [Ned] Hill teaches economic development policy, public policy and public finance in both the Glenn College and the City and Regional Planning section in the College of Engineering’s Knowlton School of Architecture.

Before coming to Ohio State, Hill was dean of the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University for eight years and was Professor and Distinguished Professor of Economic Development.

He serves as nonresident senior fellow of The Brookings Institution, where he is affiliated with the Metropolitan Policy Program. He was chair of the Advisory Board of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) from 2007 until 2010. His appointment to the Board ended in April 2014, making him the board’s longest serving member.
He has edited Economic Development Quarterly and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the American Planning Association. His latest co-authored book, Economic Adversity and Regional Economic Resilience, is expected to be published by Cornell University Press in 2016.
Crain’s Cleveland Business recognized Hill’s work in 2012 when he was listed in its Who’s Who, 150, Names to Know in Northeast Ohio. Hill is listed in Crain’s 2014 Power 150. Gov. Taft appointed him to Ohio’s Urban Revitalization Task Force, Gov. Strickland named him to the Automotive Industry Support Council, Gov. Kasich placed Hill on the state’s manufacturing task force, and former Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives Bill Batchelder appointed him to the Cooperative Education Advisory Board of the Ohio Board of Regents.
Hill holds a doctoral degree in economics, urban and regional planning, a Master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in economics and urban studies from the University of Pennsylvania.




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Iryina Lendel, PhD

Dr. Iryna Lendel is a Research Associate Professor and the Director of the Center for Economic Development at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. Dr. Lendel is an economist with vast experience conducting academic and applied research and analyzing regional economic development. Her research portfolio includes projects on industrial analysis, including high-tech industries, the oil and gas industry, art industries, steel industry and re-emerging optics industry; regional growth; technology-based economic development; technology transfer and ecology of innovation. She also writes on economic impact and the role of universities in regional economies.

Dr. Lendel is also affiliated with the Center for Energy Policy and Applications. She conducts research in energy policy and best management practices for water use sectors. Dr. Lendel was a principal investigator on a number of projects assessing the economic potentials and impact of the Utica Shale development on the state of Ohio and the tri-state area. Dr. Lendel has been a consultant to the World Bank, Research Triangle Institute and CRDF Global’s Technology Entrepreneurship Program. She is an assistant editor of Economic Development Quarterly.

Dr. Lendel earned her master's degree with honors from Ivano-Frankivsk Institute of Oil and Gas (Ukraine). She earned her Ph.D. in Economics at the Lviv Regional Institute of Ukrainian Academy of Science. She earned a second Ph.D. in Urban Studies from the Levin College of Urban Affairs with a concentration in Economic Development. Dr. Lendel is a Fulbright Scholar.




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Wolfgang Karl Härdle, PhD

Dr. Wolfgang Karl Härdle was born in 1953. He completed his Dr. rer. nat. in Mathematics at Heidelberg University and received his habilitation in Economics at Bonn University.

He is the Ladislaus von Bortkievicz Chair Professor at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

He is currently the Director of CRC 649 “Economic Risk” and of the Sino-German International Research Training Group IRTG1792 “High dimensional non stationary time series analysis”. He has professional experience in financial engineering, structured product design and credit risk analysis. His recent research focuses on crypto currencies and smart big data analysis for the digital economy.




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Zhanna Belyaeva, PhD

Zhanna Belyaeva, PhD, Associate Professor PhD (World Economics) works for the Ural Yeltzin Federal University (Russia). Schulich Busines School (York University, Toronto, Canada) Alumni. EURAM, EMBRI Member. Worked in Switzerland, UK, Sweden,, Italy, Russia.

Delivers trainings for Business Schools of a few Russian cities. Certified business Trainer of General Management and Corporate Governance. Has 100+ scientific publications in Russian and English, incuding 10+ monographies.

Research interests are in the filed of corporate development and social responsibility, world economics and international business. Member of International Editorial Board of «Review of Management and Economic Engineering». Leader of Ural Federal University Global Social Responsibility Excellence Center.




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Eugenio Leanza

Since 2007 he is Head of Division - JESSICA and Investment Funds (EIB) Before joining JESSICA, Eugenio Leanza was Head of Division in the Directorate for Lending Operations in Europe covering operations in Italy, Malta and Cyprus Department and Deputy Head of EIB Banking Sector in the Credit Risk Department. Between 1987 and 1991, he was a specialist in corporate lending, convertible warrants/bonds operations, and industrial groups restructuring at Mediobanca, Milan. He holds an Honours Degree in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan and is a Chartered Accountant. is research affiliation and expertise lie in the area of Urban Planning, Urban Development, Urban Sustainability and City Planning.




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Silvia Trifonova, PhD

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Silvia Trifonova is a lecturer at the Department of Finance of the University of National and World Economy (UNWE), Sofia. She has a wide experience in teaching, scientific research and practice in the field of finance. She has been participated in academic courses of Sofia Higher School of Insurance and Finance (HSIF), Sofia New Bulgarian University (NBU), and other academic institutions. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Silvia Trifonova has specialized as post-doctoral researcher and guest scientist in a number of leading foreign universities and research institutes. She actively participates in a number of international and national scientific research projects as well as in practical ones.

She is a coordinator of scientific research projects on the problems of central banking, monetary policy, balance of payments, international finance, etc. She is a member of the Bulgarian Macroeconomic Association (BMA), Sofia, Bulgarian Association of University Women (BAUW), Sofia, International Association of University Women, Switzerland, Burov Scholars Club, as well as in working groups, committees and commissions. She has been participated in more than 60 scientific conferences in Bulgaria and abroad, presenting scientific papers on the problems of International Finance, Banking and Bank Management, Monetary Economics, Financial Markets, Risk Management, European Community, Public Finance, and other.

Other keynote speakers will be announced in due course.