Meelis Kitsing is the Rector of and Professor of Political Economy at the Estonian Business School. Previously, Kitsing worked as Head of Research at Foresight Center, a think-tank at the Estonian Parliament, an Adviser at the Strategy Unit of the Estonian Government Office and Head of Economic Analysis at the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication. He also served as the President of Estonian Economic Association. Kitsing's current research interests focus on political economy of digital platform ecosystems. His research has been published by Transnational Corporations Review, Journal of Politics, Policy and Internet, Journal of Information Technology and Politics as well as by Springer, IEEE, ACM, Leuven University and MIT Press. He has conducted research and taught at University of Massachusetts, National Center for Digital Government (US), George Mason University, Central European University, Harvard University, University of Connecticut, Stockholm School of Economics and numerous other universities in Europe and in the United States. He has been quoted in the Financial Times, Economist, Reader’s Digest, El Comercio and Postimees. Kitsiing earned his PhD from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (US), his MALD as a Fulbright scholar from the Fletcher School at Tufts University (US) and his MSc as a Peacock scholar from London School of Economics (UK).
Mariassunta Giannetti is a professor of Finance at the Stockholm School of Economics, a CEPR research fellow, and a research associate of the ECGI. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and completed her B.A. and M.Sc. at Bocconi University (Italy). Professor Giannetti has broad research interests in corporate finance and financial intermediation. She has been honored with a number of prestigious international awards including the NYU Stern/ Imperial/ Fordham Rising Star in Finance award, the Sun Yefang Financial Innovation Award, the ECGI Standard Life Investments Finance Prize, and the Assar Lindbeck Medal. She is also the recipient of the Journal of Financial Intermediation best paper award, the ECB Lamfalussy Research Fellowship, the ECB Duisenberg Fellowship, and the Stockholm School of Economics Annual Research award. Professor Giannetti serves or has been serving as associate editor of several journals, including the Review of Financial Studies, the Review of Finance, the Journal of Corporate Finance, Financial Management, the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of Financial Stability, and European Financial Management and as a director of the European Finance Association, the Financial Intermediation Research Society, and the Financial Management Association. She has published widely-cited research in leading journals in Finance, Economics, and Management, including the Journal of Political Economy, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Review of Financial Studies, the American Economic Review, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, the Review of Finance, and Management Science.
Dariusz Jemielniak is a Full Professor and head of Management in the Networked and Digital Environments (MINDS) department, Kozminski University, and faculty associate at Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University. He is a corresponding member of the Polish Academy of Sciences. His recent books include Collaborative Society (2020, MIT Press, with A. Przegalinska), Thick Big Data (2020, Oxford University Press), Common Knowlege? An Ethnography of Wikipedia (2014, Stanford University Press). His current research projects include climate change denialism online, anti-vaxxer internet communities, and bot detection.
Dr Celik Wiltse is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Political Science Program at South Dakota State University (SDSU). Prior to her tenure-track appointment at SDSU, she was an assistant professor at TOBB University of Economy & Technology (TOBB-ETU) in Ankara, Turkey. She received B.A. and M.A. degrees in Political Science and International Relations from Bogazici University in Istanbul. Her MA thesis, titled "State-business relations in Turkey, post 1980 era", was supervised by Professors Yilmaz Esmer and Ayse Bugra. She received her PhD from University of Massachusetts Amherst. At UMass, she worked under the supervision of late Prof. Howard Wiarda. She specializes in political economy, development and democratization from a comparative perspective. At SDSU, she regularly teaches courses on Current World Issues, International Relations, Latin America, Democracy & Authoritarianism, and Political Economy. She led study abroad programs to Cuba and Mexico. She received the Best Teacher and Best Academic Advisor awards in 2019, and the Best Social Science Researcher awards in 2019 and 2021. Her publications include “Democratic Reform and Consolidation: The cases of Mexico & Turkey" (ECPR Press, 2015) and “Women’s Paths to Power: Female Presidents and Prime Ministers 1960-2020” (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2021). Her current research projects focus on democratic regress and the impact of COVID-19
William W. Baber has combined education with business throughout his career. His professional experience has included economic development in the State of Maryland, language services in the Washington, DC area, supporting business starters in Japan, and teaching business students in Japan, Europe, and Canada.
Helena Chmielewska-Szlajfer is an Assistant Professor at Kozminski University and a Visiting Fellow at London School of Economics and Political Science; she received a PhD in Sociology from The New School for Social Research. Author of “Reshaping Poland’s Community after Communism: Ordinary Celebrations" (Palgrave 2019), "Marxism and Sociology: A Selection of Writings by Kazimierz Kelles-Krauz" (Brill, 2018), and numerous academic articles. Her research focuses on everyday democratic practices and politics in media in Poland, the UK and the US.