Keynote Speakers

Prof. Niklas Wagner

University of Passau, Germany

Professor of Finance and Financial Control at the University of Passau, Germany. After receiving his PhD in Finance, he held postdoc appointments at the Haas School of Business, U.C. Berkeley, and at Stanford GSB, there after finishing his habilitation doctoral degree at TU Munich. Professor Wagner has co-authored various contributions in finance, covering research in the areas of asset management, empirical asset pricing, applied financial econometrics as well as derivatives and risk management.

He has co-edited book volumes on derivatives and risk management, currently is an associate editor of Economic Modelling, Finance Research Letters, the J. of Intl. Financial Markets, Institutions and Money and is Editor-in-Chief of Studies in Economics and Finance. He regularly serves as a referee for well-known finance journals (including e.g. J. of Applied Econometrics, J. of Banking and Finance, J. of Business and Economic Statistics, Mgmt Science, Quantitative Finance, Review of Financial Studies).

A/Prof. Harald Kinateder

University of Passau, Germany

Harald is Associate Professor of Finance at the University of Passau, Germany. He received a PhD in Finance and habilitation from the University of Passau. He regularly serves as a referee for well-known research journals and he is a subject editor of Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money and associate editor of Studies in Economics and Finance.

His research focuses on asset pricing, corporate finance, cryptocurencies, energy economics and risk management.


Prof. Dr. Besnik Krasniqi, MA, PhD

University of Prishtina, Kosovo

Prof. Krasniqi is a Fulbright Scholar, holds MA and Ph.D. in Economics from Staffordshire University (UK). He teaches Small Business and Entrepreneurship at the University of Prishtina. His career spans teaching and research in entrepreneurship at local and world Universities (Netherland,  USA and France). His research appeared in a number of reputable journals. Besnik has a wide range of managerial and professional experiences in the government, public and private sectors. He has extensive local and international experience as an independent business consultant and trainer for EU Commission, USAID, UNDP, World Bank, Chemonics etc. Prof. Krasniqi is a Certified Management Consultant awarded by the Intl. Council of Management Institutes. He has served as a business mentor for TUCK Business School (USA) students’ business projects in US and Kosovo and at Entrepreneurship Development Center, Michigan University (USA). He is a funding director of the Business Support Centre in Kosova and is a member of the Kosovo Academy of Sciences and Arts.