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Organizational structure of the project

To ensure smooth coordination of project work, an organizational structure for the project was developed. Taking into account personal skills and abilities, 4 committees were appointed:

Coordinating Committee

Chair Ewa Wójcik (UE Katowice)
Member Dainora Gedvilaite (Vilniaus Kolegija, Vilnius)
Member Tjaša Štrukelj, Romana Korez Vide (University of Maribor)
Member Zanina Kirovska (IBF, Skopje)
Member Ilaria Colivicchi (UNIFI Florence)
Member Martina Herceg Rendeli (RRiF College)

Technical and IT Support Committee

Chair Tomasz Zieliński (UE Katowice)
Member Danguole Ignataviciute (Vilniaus Kolegija, Vilnius)
Member Simona Sternad Zabukovšek (University of Maribor)
Member Martin Kiselicki (IBF, Skopje)

Financial and Administrative Committee

Chair Edyta Gałecka (UE Katowice)
Member Lithuania: Iveta Budnike
Member R N. Macedonia: Biljana Gjozinska
Member Slovenia: Tjaša Štrukelj, Romana Korez Vide
Member Italy: Michela Calabrese, Laura Moretti
Member Croatia: Martina Herceg Rendeli

Communication and Dissemination Committee

Chair Jernej Belak (University of Maribor)
Member Ivica Voloder (RRiF College)
Member Aneta Vasiljevic Shikaleska (IBF, Skopje)
Member Federica Ielasi (UNIFI Florence)
Member Ivica Voloder (RRiF College)

You can also find all the Committees in one file: EOS Committees

Presentation of the Partner Institutions

University of Maribor

University of Maribor (UM) is the second largest university in Slovenia with more than 14,000 students. With its nineteen member institutions (seventeen among them are faculties from different technical and social sciences fields, students’ library and students’ dormitories), UM is a central development institution, providing research and teaching environment, where intellectual curiosity, innovativeness and excellence are at home at all levels. In its basic activities, studies and research work, the UM wishes to contribute to the provision of human resources for stimulating sustainable development of the Community. Among the main goals of the UM are development and participation in joint study programmes with partner institutions under European Area of Higher Education (EAHE), to increase the level of internationalization and to develop innovative content and services for lifelong learning based on ICT. UM encourages the improvement of the quality and increasing volume of students, teachers and other staff mobility in all form of education and training.

The mission of the UM is based on honesty, curiosity, creativity, freedom of spirit, cooperation and knowledge transfer in the field of science, art and education. Concerned with mankind and sustainable development, the UM expands knowledge, raises awareness, and promotes the culture of dialogue, quality of life and global justice.

In 2018 UM was ranked among the best global universities and earned the highest score among Slovene universities on Times Higher Education World University Rankings examining how universities fulfil their primary mission in different areas. In 2014, UM also received an award for the well-being of foreign students at HE institutions. The UM maintains strong ties with its local environment and the industry. For this reason, various activities aimed at integrating knowledge and R&D with the industry are being implemented in order to initiate concrete projects contributing to new jobs and new products with high added value.

Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Maribor (FEB/UM) offers economics and business study programs at BA, MA and doctoral level. On average, more than 1,700 students were enrolled to FEB’s study programmes in the last years. The FEB performs its activities with altogether 70 pedagogical and 30 administrative staff. It comprises 14 departments (chairs) and 14 research institutes. The Faculty has accredited its study programmes with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), and the European Council for Business Education (ECBE). FEB’s staff are active members in all areas of sustainability, according to the mission of the UM and its own strategic orientation.

University of Florence.

The DISEI was established in January 2013 by the merger of the Departments of Business Sciences, Economics, Economic Law and Mathematics for decisions inside the Faculty of Economics of the University of Florence.

The DISEI professors and researchers are currently 105, including 33 ordinary professors, 46 associate professors and 26 researchers. 93 employees are permanent and 86 of these carry out their full-time university activities. The DISEI also has 23 temporary research fellows and 4 junior research fellows, being the third Department of the University of Florence. The technical-administrative staff consists of 14 units, 3 of theme part-time and 1 in internship.

The educational offer of DISEI is divided into three different cycles:
I °: Three-year degrees (Bachelor’s Degree);
II °: Master’s Degrees and 1st level Master’s Degree (post lauream);
III °: PhD, Postgraduate Schools, 2nd Level Masters and Advanced and Professional Training Courses.

The activities developed by the Research Unit as a whole and by the individual components are aimed at developing interdisciplinary collaborations on research topics related to the cooperative enterprise and non-profit organizations, risk analysis profile for companies in particular to study the possibility for retained, cover and7or transfer risk, insurance and risk management for specific fields, with the aim of spreading knowledge of the phenomenon and helping the development of the sector.

It is also worth mentioning the presence, within the DISEI, of active research groups, among others, in the following areas:

    • Analysis and assessment of the territorial impact;
    • Behavioral aspects of social entrepreneurship;
    • Bio-economy;
    • Business and Corporate Ethics;
    • CSR and sustainability reporting;
    • Sustainable development and sustainable organization;
    • Protection of savings;
    • Measuring the impact on stock returns through cyber-risk forecast and VaR backtest;
    • International agricultural policies and instruments to protect farmers against price income volatility;
    • the Fintech revolution: portfolio optimization methods.

DISEI has signed numerous cultural and scientific collaboration agreements with other European Universities, as well as with American, Asian and Australian Universities.

The Integrated Business Faculty (IBF)

The Integrated Business Faculty (IBF) in Skopje, Macedonia is a HEI, founded in 2006 with the aim of providing quality education in Macedonia to undergraduate students in 4 main areas: Finance, Marketing, Accounting and Auditing and Economic theory.

Besides this main activity, IBF is involved in research activities and projects, on national and international level, and is constantly the best performer in the Erasmus+ exchange programme in Macedonia.

The IBF has a total of 11 professors and lecturers, and 6 administrative persons, while part-time staff is obtained per its requirements.

RRiF College for Financial Management

RRiF College for Financial Management in Zagreb, Croatia is a Higher Education Institution founded in 2006.

The main aim of the RRiF College of Financial Management is education in which it provides high standards of teaching with quality service.

RRiF College conducts:

– a three-year professional study Accounting and Finance and

-a two-year  specialist professional graduate study Corporate finance.

The study programmes of RRiF College are focused on educating professionals able to, immediately after the study, independently performs tasks in the fields of financial management, financial accounting and reporting, taxation and managerial accounting as well as the managerial activities on the level of the middle management or the higher management in corporations.

As such RRiF College is closely connected to the labour market and business and is focused at increasing the employability of its students through adapting its study programme to the concrete and applicable knowledge, which is evidently needed on the labour market. Through its curriculum aims to link higher professional education and economy for excellence. A vital part of the undergraduate study programme is an obligatory traineeship for the students.

Internationalization strategy is a very important part of Strategic Plan of RRiF College and one of its top priorities is the internationalization of academic and business relationship.

The RRiF College is located in Zagreb, Republic of Croatia. Address: Martićeva 29, Zagreb, Croatia, Phone: 00385 1 4699 735

Vilniaus kolegija / University of Applied Sciences

Vilniaus kolegija / University of Applied Sciences is the largest accredited higher professional education institution in Lithuania.

Vilniaus kolegija / UAS provides higher professional education in the sectors of Tourism, Business, Information Technologies, Electronics, Pedagogical Education, Economy, Health Care, Agriculture and Arts.

Vilniaus kolegija / UAS has 6 700 students, who study here under 49 study programmes in 7 faculties: Electronics and Informatics, Economics, Business Management, Health Care, Pedagogic, Arts and Creative Technologies and Agro-technologies. The duration of studies are 3 or 3,5 years. Apart from basic studies short-time refresher courses are offered. Every year the study programmes are being revised to respond to current social and economic requirements of labor market, the society needs.

12 study programs can be offered in distance way. 8 study programs are offered in English.

Creativity and Business Innovations Study Programme is joint degree program with Polytechnic Institute of Porto and Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences.

International Business and Tourism Management Study Programmes offer possibility to get double degree with University College of Nothern Denmark.

Vilniaus kolegija / UAS is a member of different associations: EURASHE (, SPACE (, ENPHE (, UASNET (, CDIO (, COMENIUS (, ELIA (, VETNNET (, ECLAS (

Members of our Econosteam


Dainora Gedvilaite is Associate Professor of Faculty of Economics at Vilniaus Kolegija/University of Applied Sciences. The dissertation was defended on the topic of sustainable development. Together with co-authors she has published a number of scientific articles in international peer-reviewed scientific journals. She presents her research at international scientific conferences. Her research interests: sustainable development, regional sustainable development, multicriteria decision making methods. Dainora Gedvilaite is a reviewer of international scientific journals that are refereed in Clarivate Analytics Web of Science databases. She belongs to the interdisciplinary working group on social responsibility and sustainable development.

Jovita Lesciuviene has s strong background in taxes and taxation matters developed through her work within the State Tax Inspectorate under the Ministry of Finance of Lithuania. With 15 years of practical work Jovita was involved in various working groups and projects inside tax administration also advised and consulted the governmental group of Improvement of Corporate Legislation in Lithuania related to tax administration matters. Jovita has a passion for tax education and has devoted her time working as part time lecturer at Vilniaus Kolegija/University of Applied Sciences where she teaches Taxation module for the students from Faculty of Economics also incoming Erasmus Programme students. In 2012 she joined educational volunteering project “To be” and volunteered as a practical teacher for schools gaining professional tax matters experience.

Dr. Sc. Tjaša Štrukelj is an assistant professor in the field of Governance and strategic management at the University of Maribor, Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB), Department of Strategic Management and Enterprise Policy, and member of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, Maribor, Slovenia; She publishes in field of her research (, 16338). She was (2015–2018; 2016–2017) and is a member of the international research group (2018–2019), is a head manager of bilateral international research project (2019–2020), participates in the research program Entrepreneurship for Innovative Society (2016-), is a co-editor of series of scientific monographs Challenges of modern business (2018-) and professional monographs Contemporary Business and economics, Slovenia (2011-), member of the editorial board of Oeconomica Jadertina, Croatia (2017-), participated in program committees of international scientific conferences in Slovenia, Russia, Poland and the Slovak Republic, a member of IRDO – Institute for Development of Social Responsibility, Slovenia (2009-), head of the project »FEB and social responsibility« (2012-), Certified Leader for Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development (2019-), a member of the Council of the Institute SrCi Institute of systems thinking and holistic innovating Maribor, Slovenia (2014-) and an observer in Slack System Curriculum Centre (2017-), member in SME Intensive Study Program Graduate Association of University St. Gallen, Switzerland (1998-), member in IMTA – International Management Teachers Academy Alumni Association of IEDC – Bled School of Management (CEEMAN – Central and East European Management Development Association) (2006-). Her bibliography is accessible at

Romana Korez Vide, PhD, is an assistant professor in the field of International Economics and Business at the University of Maribor, Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB), Slovenia. She has previous working experiences from public administration (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia) (1993–1995) and a private company (1995–1998). She participated in several national research projects (from 2006 to 2008, 2013–2015, 2018, 2020), organized FEB’s International Scientific Meeting (2007), was a principal researcher of European Commission’s Jean Monnet projects (2004–2005, 2012–2013, 2015–2018), participated in Erasmus Lifelong Learning project Public-Private Partnership (2013–2014), is a co-editor of international scientific journal Our Economy (2015–2019), is a member of editorial board of World Journal of Social Science Research (2015-) and a regular reviewer of papers for journal International Business Research (2012-) and Journal of East European Management Studies (2016-). She performs courses at undergraduate and postgraduate study levels for both, regularly enrolled students and for incoming students from various mobility programmes. Her bibliography is accessible at

Dr. Mojca Duh is a Full Professor of Governance and Strategic Management at the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Maribor and serves as a chair of the Department of Strategic Management and Enterprise’s Policy. She holds a PhD from the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Maribor. She is a member of the research group on the research project P5-0023: Entrepreneurship for innovative society, duration: 2009–2014, 2015–2019 and was the partner’s leader of the Erasmus+ project “The acceleration method of development of transversal competences in the students’ practical training process”, duration: 2015–2018. She was also a leader of the bilateral project “Transparency and disclosure practices in listed companies from Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republic of Slovenia, duration: 2016–2017. Prof. dr. Mojca Duh is a member of several professional and academic associations and networks: the EBCB (European Council for Small Business), the SEECGAN (South Eastern Corporate Governance Academic Network), the IRDO (Inštitut za razvoj družbene odgovornosti), and the of IMTA /Alumni association of IEDC Bled School of Management. Research areas of her interest include Strategic Management, Corporate Governance, Integral Management; Start-up and Developmental Management, Business Planning, Governance and Management of Family Businesses, Developmental Particularities of Family Businesses, Dynamic Enterprise. She has published several articles in highly ranked journals and has been author or co-author of books and books’ chapters. She has participated with research papers at several national and international conferences (bibliography is available on: At the Faculty of Economics and Business, she teaches courses at the bachelor, master and doctoral study programmes.

Barbara Bradač Hojnik is an associate professor of entrepreneurship at the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Maribor, and takes part in business economics and entrepreneurship teaching at the Faculty. She started her career at the faculty as young researcher financed by the national programme. She obtained additional education at the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management, Belgium, in the area of entrepreneurship, innovation and finance. In the last years she participates in almost twenty national and international research projects at the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management at the same Faculty. She is a member of Slovenian Entrepreneurship Observatory research team, of Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Slovenia team, and of the research programme Entrepreneurship for Innovative Society. She participated in numerous international scientific conferences and is the author or co-author of several scientific articles, books and chapters in scientific monographs. Her research focuses primarily on entrepreneurship, corporate entrepreneurship, social, environmental and sustainable entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship policy, entrepreneurship ecosystem, and SMEs. She was a representative of the University of Maribor for Social Entrepreneurship at the Government of Slovenia and the leader of the project Social entrepreneurship at the University of Maribor.

Dr. Simona Sternad Zabukovšek is an associate professor of E-business and Information Management at the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Maribor. Her research areas include business process reengineering (BPR), business information solutions (ERP, CRM) with focus on comparative analysis in different cultures, e-business with focus on e-business models, concepts of e-learning vs. blended learning and implementation of them in organizations, user acceptance of IT/IS and information management. Her bibliography includes more than 100 articles, conference papers, research reports and book chapters. She is a researcher in the research programme Entrepreneurship for Innovative Society, funded by the Research Agency of Republic of Slovenia. She participates in Erasmus+ project Spationomy. She participates in research cooperation with ACU university Abilene USA, East Siberia State University of Technology and Management, from Ulan Ude, Russia, and Tomsk State Research University, all three funded by the Research Agency of Republic of Slovenia.

Jernej Belak, Ph.D., is Full Professor at The Department for Strategic Management and Enterprise Policy at the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Maribor, Slovenia. In his academic, research and scientific work he deals with the problems of business ethics and its implementation as well as with the problems of corporate governance quality. Embracing the topic of business ethics, organizational culture, credibility and philosophy within the field of corporate governance and strategic management he published several scientific articles and monographs as well as attended various scientific conferences. He is the head of the Institute for Corporate Governance and Strategic Management at the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Maribor, Slovenia.

Ilaria Colivicchi PhD in “Financial sciences for the company”, University of Napoli “Federico II”.
Current academic position: Assistant Professor in Financial Mathematics and Insurance and Risk Theory at the University of Florence.
Researcher in Mathematical Methods for Economics and Actuarial Sciences and Finance, SECS-S/06, at the Department of Mathematics for Decisions (DIMAD), Faculty of Economics, University of Florence. Professor in “Economics and finance for business insurance” in the II level degree and in “Actuarial Mathematics” in the I level degree at the University of Florence, Faculty of Economics. PhD in “Sciences for the financial company” at the University of Naples “Federico II”, Thesis title: “Profiles actuarial and insurance market with flexible performance with particular reference to the Unitized With-Profit”. Accountant and auditor. Degree in Economics at the University of Florence, thesis title: “Financial valuation models: the GAPV, a real case.”
Research interest: Valuation of risks in Insurance, Financial and Industrial sectors, using actuarial approach. Focus on modelling and structuring of insurance contracts, on insurance balance sheet for solvency purpose, pension funds and mutual funds. In the last years, applications of actuarial models to cyber risk, reputational risk and environmental risk. Author of publications in the field of actuarial science.

Federica Ielasi Phd in Financial Markets and Institutions, University of Bologna – Alma Mater Studiorum. Associate Professor of Banking at the University of Florence, Department of Economics and Management. Professor at SDA Bocconi, the School of Management of Bocconi University (Milan), Financial Institutions- Banking and Insurance Department. Independent member of the Board of Directors of Etica Sgr (Milan), belonging to Banca Popolare Etica Group. The company operates in the promotion and management of the system of ethical investment funds “Valori Responsabili” (“Responsible Values​”). President of the Investment Committee within the same company. Member of Adeimf (Italian Association of the Professor in Financial Markets and Institutions). Author of numerous publications in the field of banking management and ethical finance.
Research interest: bank-firm relationship, mutual and public guarantees, credit risk, responsible and sustainable investments. Author of national and international publications in the field of banking management, corporate banking, risk management and ethical finance.

ĐURĐICA JURIĆ, PhD is the Dean of RRiF College of Financial Management. She is also participating in teaching as a  College Professor from the accounting courses Financial Accounting I and Financial Accounting II, Revealing Financial Frauds and Accounting of Corporations. She is the director of the RRIF Entrepreneurship Academy which conducts adult education programs in accounting and has participated IPA project Regional network of local learning institutions.

Her professional interests are accounting adn taxes. In addition to work in education she is the author of numerous professional articles and books and is included in professional committees and work groups at the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Science and Education  – Vocational Educational Council.


IVICA VOLODER, PhD is a Senior Lecturer at RRiF College of Financial Management in the courses: Introduction into Economics, Entrepreneurship, Corporate Governance and Corporate Planning.

He obtained his PhD in 2010. in the field of social sciences at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Philosophy. Thesis entitled: “The strategy for the development of the Geoweb from the informational, technological, cultural and business viewpoints“ Ivica Voloder has extensive work experience in different organizations, as well as in a variety of industries. Before starting his position at RRiF College of Financial Management Ivica Voloder worked as director of Public Open University Zagreb- institution for adult education.


MARTINA HERCEG RENDELI is the head of the International Relations Office at RRiF College of Financial Management. She participated in the Lifelong Learning Programme and in the Erasmus+ programme leading administrative activities regarding project implementation.

Ewa Wójcik, Ph.D, Senior Lecturer at the University of Economics in Katowice combines teaching and research into the banking system, savings market, competition in financial services market, value co-creation, consumer behavior, business ethics and sustainability issues. She authors numerous scientific publications, participates in international conferences, (most recent: “Cooperation between Higher Education and World of Work: Sustainable, Innovative and Creative Perspective”, “Dimensions of Business Language and Culture”, Alternative Investment”) where she presents papers and submits articles ( eg.“Ethical Challenges in the light of Contemporary Economic and Social Trends”, “Customer Role in Value- Co- creation- a Pathway towards Sustainability”). She cooperates with publishers of the IGI Global – an international academic publisher – writing book chapters as well as reviewing papers submitted by authors (recent work “Regulatory and Ethical Aspects of CSR and their Potential in Influencing Sustainable Decisions of Today’s Businesses and Creating New Business Models” and reviews for the book “Networked Business Models in the Circular Economy”).
She participates in international mobility programs giving lectures and running workshops on sustainability issues, eg. “The banking industry towards building sustainable and innovative cultures”.
She authors numerous postgraduate programs of ESF and studies in the field of International Business of the Norwegian Funds and as a lecturer was awarded many times for the achievements of students of the courses of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Dr ing. Tomasz Zieliński, senior lecturer at the College of Finance of the University of Economics in Katowice.
His research areas include financial markets, banking, financial risk, electronic finance and financial modelling with advanced information tools. Currently his studies focus mostly on the problem of financialization and the impact of information on sustainable growth.
He is an author and co-author of more than 70 articles, conference papers, research reports and book chapters. The selected ones are: Separating commercial and investment banking: Sentimental comeback to history or an unavoidable run towards safer future? (2016), Financial networks as a source of systemic instability (2016), Will Bitcoin become new money of an innovative digital and entrepreneurial society? (2018), Financialization of GDP – dysfunction of the reference measure (2019), The dilemma of practical and general academic education considering the effectiveness of “Financial Literacy” and “Financial Inclusion”, (with: Bożena Frączek) (2019). He participated in numerous local and international scientific conferences. He conducted or contributed in several scientific programs (grants, statutory and own research).
As a lecturer he prepares and gives lectures on finance and e-finance, banking, electronic money, financial modelling, financial risk. From 2010 he contributes in the international didactic program Joint Master Degree in Quantitative Assets and Risk Management (ARIMA) giving lectures on Asset Class Credit Products and Measurement of Credit Risk, Credit Risk Management. He was a tutor for over 400 bachelor and master thesis. In his didactic activities he combines the scientific and empirical experience obtained by cooperation with business. He authors and co-authors a few graduate and postgraduate programs. At the moment he is a head of postgraduate course on Advanced modeling with MS Excel and VBA. He participated in the several international mobility programs (mostly Erasmus plus) giving lectures and running workshops.
For last 8 years he is a member of University’s Senate. Till 2019 he was a dean of Faculty of Business, Finance and Administration in Rybnik. Currently holds a post of vise dean of the School of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies and the head of Rybnik Branch.

Marcin Pałys is an employee of the University of Economics in Katowice and entrepreneur. As a researcher, he combines interests in economy and entrepreneurship with a fascination with the possibilities offered by modern technologies. The main areas of his research are Business Intelligence and Big Data but also gamification and new tools for education.  In his work, he searches for ways to educate students and entrepreneurs about the possibilities and benefits of using modern technologies.