Hotel Tuzla

8th December 2017


It is with great pleasure that we announce

Fikret Čaušević, PhD, Full Professor

School of Economics and Business in Sarajevo, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina


Slavica Singer, PhD, Professor Emeritus

UNESCO Chair in Entrepreneurship J. J. Strossmayer University in Osijek, Croatia


as distinguished keynote speakers for the Fifth Scientific Conference with International Participation “Economy of Integration”.






Fikret Čaušević, PhD, Full Professor

School of Economics and Business in Sarajevo

University of Sarajevo

Bosnia and Herzegovina


Fikret Čaušević is a professor of economics and international finance at the School of Economics and Business, University of Sarajevo.

Prior to joining the School Čaušević was a senior researcher and Deputy Director at the Economics Institute Sarajevo (1989-1992 and 1995-2007), where he was author, coauthor, and team leader of more than 50 studies and research projects, ranging from the projects for Bosnian companies, to the projects for domestic policy makers, and international organizations such as UNDP and the World Bank.

Over the last fifteen years he has taught the following courses: Principles of Economics, Financial System of the EU, International Finance (undergraduate and graduate courses), and History of Economic Tought (PhD program). Since the fall of 2016 Čaušević has taught two courses at the Szechenyi University Doctoral Program in Transdisciplinarity, Budapest: Economic Aspects of Globalization, and Finance: Financial Openness and Global Business.

In the last four years Čaušević published three books dealing with some of the key issues in economic theory and global economic policy: The Global Crisis of 2008 and Keynes’s General Theory (Springer, 2014);  Globalization, Southeastern Europe, and the World Economy (Routledge, 2015), and A Study into Financial Globalization, Economic Growth, and (In)Equality (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

In the period 2002-2010, Čaušević spent nine months as the South East Europe Faculty Development Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics (Centre for the Study of Global Governance). In the 2011/2012 academic year he was the Alpha Bank Visiting Fellow at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford (South East Euroepan Studies at Oxford – SEESOX).





Slavica Singer, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus

UNESCO Chair in Entrepreneurship

J. J. Strossmayer University in Osijek


Slavica Singer is Professor Emeritus of Entrepreneurship at the J.J. Strossmayer University in Osijek, Croatia. Her education involves university degree in economics (University of Zagreb, Faculty of Economics in Osijek), Master of Science degree in Management (Purdue University, Krannert Graduate School of Industrial Administration, U.S.A., 1972) and PhD degree in Economics (University of Zagreb, 1975). Additionally, she participated in various trainings for entrepreneurship lecturers at the Harvard Business School.

Her working experience started in the corporate sector (six years) and was followed by university career (from 1973 till retirement in 2012). In 2000 she and her team were pioneering in research-based entrepreneurship education in Croatia, by starting the first graduate program in entrepreneurship. In 2010, the doctoral program ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION has been started, as a result of collaborative efforts of five universities (Osijek, Croatia; Turku, Finland; Maribor, Slovenia; Klagenfurt, Austria and Durham, UK).

From 2002 she leads Croatian Global Entrepreneurship Monitor research team and she was a Board member of the Global Entrepreneurship Research Association (2010-2016). From 1996 Slavica was leading activities related to developing local and national entrepreneurship ecosystem (microfinance institution NOA, centers for entrepreneurship around Croatia, policy center for SMEs and entrepreneurship, university-based educational programs).

In last 15 years she participated in various EU funded projects related to entrepreneurship education (on innovative teaching approaches, on evaluation tools in entrepreneurship education, on developing entrepreneurship competence framework).

Besides her research and educational activities, Slavica is very much involved in microfinance activities in Croatia (for what she was trained by Professor Muhammad Yunus and his team at the Grameen Bank, Bangladesh). She is the member of the Croatian Competitiveness Council, Club of Rome – Croatian Chapter and the Board member of European Council of Small Business. Slavica is often engaged by the OECD as consultant/expert in the field of reviewing national policies on entrepreneurship and inclusivity. For her contributions to the development of university based entrepreneurship education, in 2008 she was awarded with the UNESCO Chair in Entrepreneurship Education, and in 2010 with the honorary doctorate by the University of Turku, Turku School of Economics.


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