Keynote speakers

Using Big Data in Official Statistics: Challenges, Experiences and Future Steps
by Dr. Antonino Virgillito

Dr. Antonino Virgillito

Dr. Virgillito is head of the unit “Business Intelligence, Mobile and Big Data Architectures” at Istat (Italian National Statistical Institute). The role of his team is to engineer solutions for the analysis and the dissemination of statistical data and the development of advanced data architectures. He holds a PhD in computer engineering, with a specialization in large-scale distributed systems, from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. An expert in big data technologies, data engineering, business intelligence, web technologies, mobile platforms, during his 15 years career he was project leader of a number of complex and mission-critical projects.

Dr. Virgillito is also project manager of the “Big Data” project promoted by UNECE (2014-2015), a collaborative effort involving national and international statistical organizations worldwide to investigate the feasibility of producing Big Data-derived statistics, with a practical, hands-on approach centered on a shared computational platform (“the Sandbox”).

His working experience also includes participation to international cooperation and research projects and training in IT courses at national and international level. From 2004 to 2008 he was adjunct professor at University of Rome “La Sapienza”, where he also worked as post-doc researcher. In 2005 he was post-doc researcher at INRIA-IRISA (France).

Dr. Virgillito is author of more than 40 research papers published in international journals, books and conference proceedings.


The Usage of fsQCA in Innovation & Entrepreneurship Research
by Dr. Sascha Kraus

Dr. Sascha Kraus

Sascha Kraus is Full Professor and Chairholder in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of Liechtenstein. Next to that, he was a Visiting Professor at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark in 2015 and at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland in the two years before. He holds a doctorate in Social and Economic Sciences from Klagenfurt University, Austria, a Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from Helsinki University of Technology and an Habilitation (Venia Docendi) from Laapeenranta University of Technology, both in Finland. From 2008-2013, he was Full Professor and Chairholder in Entrepreneurship at Utrecht University, The Netherlands, which also awarded him with the highest Dutch qualification as a university professor, the “Senior Kwalificatie Onderwijs”. In 2008, he was also Participating Professor at the “European Entrepreneurship Colloquium on Participant-Centered Learning” (EECPCL) at Harvard University.

Professor Kraus is – according to the leading German financial magazine “Handelsblatt” – one of the “Top 20 Researchers in Business & Management” in all German-speaking countries. His main research areas are Strategy, Internationalization, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He is the author of more than 100 academic articles, his research being published in outlets such as the Journal of World Business, the Journal of Business Research, Industrial Marketing Management, Entrepreneurship & Regional Development or Small Business Economics.