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Prof. dr Rick Brandenburg - CANCELED

North Carolina State University, USA

Dr Rick Brandenburg is a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at North Carolina State University (NCSU) in USA.

He is an Extension Specialist (Peanuts & Turf), Department Extension Leader at NCSU and the Principal Investigator for the USAID Peanut Innovation Lab projects in Ghana and Malawi.

He has conducted research and extension programs associated with turfgrass and crop pest management for over 35 years and for 16 years served as the co-director of the Center for Turfgrass Environmental Research and Education at NC State University. Brandenburg has been an invited speaker in more than 20 countries, written more than a dozen book or book chapters, more than 150 research papers, and hundreds of trade journal articles, extension publications and webinars.

Prof. Brandenburg’s research has focused on the development of integrated management strategies for insect and mite pests of turf and peanuts. His program includes the development of new control strategies including predictive modeling, pheromone traps, cultural practices, agroecosystem modifications, insect behavior, and biological control. His international projects in Africa have focused on creating profitable and sustainable farming systems for subsistence small-holder farmers in developing countries.

Prof. dr Srđan Krčo

Metropolitan University, SERBIA

Dr Krčo is Associate Professor at FEFA (Faculty for Economy and Financial Administration) in Belgrade where he works with students on business aspects of IoT and digital transformation and a visiting professor at the African Centre of Excellence for IoT, at University of Rwanda. He is a co-founder and the CEO of DunavNET, a Serbian/Irish company designing turnkey IoT solutions for smart cities, agriculture and manufacturing.

Srđan has over 20 years of experience, working with large multinational companies and international collaborative research and innovation projects. He participated in over 20 FP7 and H2020 and coordinated two of them, one of them being TagItSmart, a large project focused on creation of IoT enablers facilitating improvement and transparency in the food supply chain and more general in the FMCG domain. Currently, he is coordinating a cluster of pilot activities in the context of H2020 DEMETER project focused on digital transformation of agriculture and food supply chain.

Dr Krčo is one of the founding members and a Board member of the International IoT Forum, a member of the organizing committee of the IoT week (www.iotweek.org) event, and is actively participating in AIOTI (Alliance for IoT Innovation) activities. He is often engaged by the European Commission, various national research funding agencies and ITU on evaluating proposals, reviewing ongoing projects and giving lectures/courses. In 2007, Srđan won the Innovation Engineer of the Year award in Ireland. He has published over 15 patents and more than 80 papers at international conferences and journals, and is a frequent speaker at international events addressing IoT and its applications. Dr Krčo is a Senior IEEE member and has MVP (most valuable professional) status for IoT activities awarded by Microsoft.

Prof. Ph.D. Andrei Jean-Vasile

Petroleum-Gas University of Ploiesti, ROMANIA

Andrei Jean-Vasile is full professor at Petroleum-Gas University of Ploiesti, Department of Business Administration and Ph.D. mentor in economics at Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania. He is co-founder and scientific coordinator of the Research Network on Resources Economics and Bioeconomy.

Andrei Jean-Vasile holds a PhD in Economics from the National Institute of Economics Research – Romanian Academy of Sciences. He has earned a BA degree in Administrative Sciences (2005) and in Banks and Finances (2007) from the Petroleum-Gas University of Ploiesti. He has an MA degree in Economics, Administrative and Business Management (2007) earned at the same university.

Jean Andrei is Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Sustainable Economies Management (USA), Associate Editor of Economics of Agriculture (Ekonomika poljoprivrede) (Serbia), scientific reviewer and committee member for numerous international conferences. He is also member of scientific organizations: The Balkan Scientific Association of Agrarian Economists, Serbia (December 2008), Danube Adria Association for Automation & Manufacturing –DAAAM International Vienna.

Issues like business investments process, economic efficiency, agricultural and resources economics, business administration, and valuing economic and human potential are among his research and scientific interests, where he has published articles (over 70), scientific books (11), and numerous conferences presentations.

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