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Keynote speakers

Friedrich Faulhammer, President, Danube Rectors’ Conference

Mag. Friedrich Faulhammer is Danube University Krems' Rector. He was elected unanimously by the University Council on February 20, 2013. Faulhammer (born 1963) studied law in Vienna. From 1985 to 1990 he worked at the Institute for History of Law at the University of Vienna and at the legal department of the university's directorate. In 1990 he joined the Austrian Ministry for Science and Research where he became the Head of the Department for Universities of Applied Sciences in 2001; from 2003 to 2005 he was Deputy Head at the Department for University Law and actively involved in the implementation of the 2002 Law on Universities. In 2005 he became Head of the Department I at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Science and Research and has been its Secretary General since 2009. Among the focal points of his work are new forms of university management as well as European developments and legal affairs in the university sector. 

Carola Jungwirth, President, University of Passau 

Professor Jungwirth studied business administration at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich and received her doctorate at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg. She wrote her habilitation thesis at the University of Zurich. 

She was appointed to the University of Passau in 2007, where she has since held the chair of Business Administration with a focus on International Management. From 2007 to 2010 she was Dean of Studies and from 2012 to 2014 Dean of the Faculty of Economic Sciences. Since 2016 professor Jungwirth has been the the fourth president of the University of Passau. 

Arnold van Zyl, president, Duale Hochschule Baden-Wuerttemberg

Prof. van Zyl studied at the University of Cape Town in South Africa where he obtained a PhD in Engineering in 1987. After graduation he took up a position as a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart Germany. From 1990 to 2000 he was employed in various research and development positions for Daimler in Germany and Belgium.

Between 2001 and 2007 he represented the interests of a range of transportation and IT transportation service stakeholders in the USA and Europe focusing the initiation and coordination of collaborative research and implementation projects. In September 2015 he was appointed as the President of the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University. His previous academic appointments were Rector of the Technische Universität in Chemnitz in Germany and Vice-President of the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.

In addition he is consulting professor at the Sino-German traffic research Centre of the Tongji University in China, Board Member of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and Member of the South African Academy of Science. His publication record includes several academic papers and 59 patents.

Dominik Antonowiczhead, Sociology of Science Unit, Nicolas Copernicus University, Poland

Dominik Antonowicz is an associate professor and the head of Sociology of Science Unit at Nicolas Copernicus University in Toruń. His research interest covers a wide range of issue related to higher education policy, reforming process and university governance and management. 

Antonowicz graduated from University of Torun (sociology) and Birmingham University (public management). He also worked as a postdoc scholar at the Center of Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS, Twente University (NL) and  Centro de Investigação de Políticas do Ensino Superior (CIPES), University of Porto (PT). He is a former Chevening Scholar and a beneficiary of the Foundation for Polish Science (program “Start” and “Columbus”). 

As a policy expert he collaborated with OECD, the European Commission, Polish and  Ukrainian governments. He has been an expert in a number of strategic advisory groups to Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Poland and also made contribution to the most recent Polish HE Act (Law 2.0) in respect to the model of university governance. Above it, he serves as a member of the Evaluation Committee of Research Units (KEJN) that is responsible for institutional research assessment in Poland. 

He is also an author of two books, and tens of articles, published in international peer-review journals as well as book chapters published by prestigious global publishing houses (eg. Oxford University Press, Routledge, Pelgrave-Macmillan, Springer or Sense).  

Bartłomiej Banaszak, Deputy Director at the Department of Science, Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Poland




Toomas Haldma, head of department, University of Tartu

Toomas Haldma is a Professor of Accounting and the head of the Department of Finance and Accounting at the University of Tartu. He serves also as the program director for the Executive MBA program and served as a dean of the faculty in 2005-2011. He was the Head of the Audit Committee of the University of Tartu (in 2013-2017) and currently serves as a member of it. His teaching activities as well as his research interests, are in the areas of management accounting, performance measurement and management, and management control in business and public sector organizations, in which he has published internationally and nationally. He also has served as a member of the supervisory board and a consultant to various Estonian companies and public organizations. He is also a member of the Estonian Accounting Standard Board.