Invited Speakers

To be updated

Prof. Dr. Meelis Kitsing

Rector, Chairman of the Board, Professor, PhD

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).

Prof. Dr. Dariusz Jemielniak

Dariusz Jemielniak, Kozminski University (Poland) / Harvard University (USA)

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.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Will Baber

Kyoto University, Japan

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.

Assist. Prof. Dr. Helena Chmielewska-Szlajfe

Kozminski University, Poland

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.