Scientific Committee Organizing Committee
 Annette Breckwoldt  Godfrey Baldacchino  Justin Robinson  Mike Schwebel  Ioannis Spilanis
 Arlene Holmes Henderson  Grant McCall  Linda Austin  Ramesh Kumar Sahani  Thanasis Kizos
 Beate Ratter  Ian Bethell Bennett  Laurie Brinklow  Stephen A. Royle  Sofia Karampela
 Christine McMurray  Ilan Kelman  M. K. Agarwal  Sophia Rolle  George Papapanos
 Eva-Maria Knoll  Johannes Riquet  Marina Karides    

Keynote Speakers
1. Michel Biggi
  • UNIVERSITY TRAINING: PhD in Economy and in Sociology. Professional background mainly in Corsica as Executive Civil Servant in the Regional Authority of Corsica and as Assistant Lecturer at the University of Corsica along with research activities within l'Institut de développement des îles méditerranéennes (Mediterranean Islands Institute).
  • PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND mostly in economics and statistics, with experiences in the INSEE (National Institute of French Statistics), and 15 years with executive position in networks EURISLES and GEDERI, initiated by the Island Commission CPMR. These networks produced data banks and studies on European island regions, on subjects of common interest: transport, economy, fiscal health, political institutions.
Michel Biggi
Experience includes:
 a) Conception, production and coordination of Eurisles studies, with focus on island tourism, sustainable strategies and regional planning.
 b) Expert missions to European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and European Parliament, mostly on island planning policies, transport systems and the specific problems of insularity.
 c) Assignments with European Island Regional Authorities as independent expert, mostly in tourism, transport and regional planning.
2. Robert Greenwood
Rob is Executive Director, Public Engagement for Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada and of The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development. He is lead on the Public Engagement Framework for the University, which coordinates and supports the University’s collaboration with partners and stakeholders. The Harris Centre’s mandate is to coordinate and facilitate Memorial University’s educational, research and outreach activities in the areas of regional policy and development. Rob has operated his own consulting business and has served as a Director and Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy in Economic Development departments in Newfoundland and Labrador and in Saskatchewan.
Robert Greenwood
Rob holds a Ph.D. in Industrial and Business Studies from the University of Warwick, England, which he attended as a Commonwealth Scholar and an Institute of Social and Economic Research Doctoral Fellow. He was Newfoundland’s representative on the International Advisory Board of the North Atlantic Islands Program and co-edited Competing Strategies of Socio-Economic Development for Small Islands, published in 1998. He was also co-editor of Remote Control: Lessons in Governance for and from Small, Insular and Remote Regions, published in 2009. He has taught, consulted, published and presented extensively on community economic and regional development, strategic economic planning, sectoral and cluster development and knowledge mobilization.
3. Donna Heddle
Prof. Donna Heddle is Director of the University of the Highlands and Islands Centre for Nordic Studies in Scotland which focusses on interdisciplinary Northern and Nordic studies and is based in both Kirkwall and Scalloway. Donna has been based at UHI as Head of the Department of Cultural Studies since June 1999. She was programme leader for the Times Higher Education Supplement award-winning BA (Hons) Scottish Cultural Studies until March 2006. She is now programme leader for the MLitts Highland and Islands Literature; Highlands and Islands Culture; Orkney and Shetland Studies, and Viking Studies. She has been involved in a number of Northern Periphery Programme cultural projects involving technology and education. Her research interests are the creation of new paradigms in Scottish and Northern isles studies, Scottish and Northern isles cultural history, small island studies, language, and literature and Old Norse. She has published widely in these areas. DonnaHeddle
She is currently leading several national and international research projects involving Northern studies, including an AHRC Skills Training programme for PhD students and ECRs in the field of Old Norse-Icelandic and Viking Studies. Donna led the very successful Research Excellence Framework submission in Area Studies, placed first in Scotland for research impact (particularly in tourism) and 5th equal with the University of Oxford for research environment for the whole UK. Donna was awarded a Personal Chair by UHI in June 2013.
4. Nenad Starc
Nenad Starc is a researcher, consultant and professor in the field of regional economics at the Institute of Economics, Zagreb, Croatia, specialising in island development, spatial planning and local development programming. He holds a MA degree from the University of California Berkeley and a doctoral degree in economics from The University of Zagreb.
He was a senior research fellow (now emeritus) at the Institute of Economics Zagreb and Head of the Department of Regional Economics. His activities span from scientific research, mentoring, preparation and evaluation of local and regional development strategies and programmes, advising ministries and government agencies to teaching on a number of postgraduate studies at universities of Zagreb, Rijeka and Split in Croatia.
Nenad Starc
He is one of the founders of the International Scientific Council for Island Development - INSULA, a non-government organization for promotion of small island research and development founded in 1989 in Brest, France with headquarters at the UNESCO in Paris. In the 1990s he advised the Croatian Ministry of Development and Reconstruction and coordinated the preparation of the National Island Development Programme (1997) and the Island Act (1999).