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Prof. Dr. Iraj Hashi
Prof. Dr Iraj Hashi

Professor Iraj Hashi is Emeritus Professor of Economics at Staffordshire University, Stoke on Trent, United Kingdom where he has been working since 1978. In addition to his teaching and research duties at the University, he has been actively engaged in teaching, research and consultancy in Central and East European transition economies since 1992. He has worked with universities and research institutions in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Kosovo, Macedonia, Poland, Romania and Russia on a range of projects dealing with economic challenges of transition in these countries. His recent research has focused on the internationalization of SMEs, innovation and SME performance, Spillover Effects of FDI, innovation, and entrepreneurship and economic growth.

Professor Hashi has worked with a number of Universities and research institutions in Kosovo since 1997 (Riinvest Institute for Development Research, Universities of Prishtina, Peja, Gjakova, Gjilan and Ferizaj, UBT and Riinvest College) in the framework of the European Commission’s Tempus and Erasmus+ Programmes. He was also the coordinator a major MSc and PhD scholarship programme funded by the Open Society Foundation, Staffordshire University and the British Government’s Chevening Programme, providing opportunities for young graduates from South East European countries to complete MSc and PhD degrees in Economics at Staffordshire University. A large number of participants in this programme were from Kosovo, and worked as University professors, Government Ministers and Advisors, researchers in the Central Bank and other public and private institutions in Kosovo.
In 2007, he was awarded an MBE for ‘services to higher education and economic reconstruction in Kosovo’ by H.M. the Queen of the United Kingdom. In 2015, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Merit from the President of the Republic of Kosovo for his ‘services to higher education in Kosovo’.

Prof. Dr. Iraj Hashi
Prof. Dr Iraj Hashi

Professor Iraj Hashi is Emeritus Professor of Economics at Staffordshire University, Stoke on Trent, United Kingdom where he has been working since 1978. In addition to his teaching and research duties at the University, he has been actively engaged in teaching, research and consultancy in Central and East European transition economies since 1992. He has worked with universities and research institutions in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Kosovo, Macedonia, Poland, Romania and Russia on a range of projects dealing with economic challenges of transition in these countries. His recent research has focused on the internationalization of SMEs, innovation and SME performance, Spillover Effects of FDI, innovation, and entrepreneurship and economic growth.

Professor Hashi has worked with a number of Universities and research institutions in Kosovo since 1997 (Riinvest Institute for Development Research, Universities of Prishtina, Peja, Gjakova, Gjilan and Ferizaj, UBT and Riinvest College) in the framework of the European Commission’s Tempus and Erasmus+ Programmes. He was also the coordinator a major MSc and PhD scholarship programme funded by the Open Society Foundation, Staffordshire University and the British Government’s Chevening Programme, providing opportunities for young graduates from South East European countries to complete MSc and PhD degrees in Economics at Staffordshire University. A large number of participants in this programme were from Kosovo, and worked as University professors, Government Ministers and Advisors, researchers in the Central Bank and other public and private institutions in Kosovo.
In 2007, he was awarded an MBE for ‘services to higher education and economic reconstruction in Kosovo’ by H.M. the Queen of the United Kingdom. In 2015, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Merit from the President of the Republic of Kosovo for his ‘services to higher education in Kosovo’.

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Prof. Janos J. Bogardi

Janos J. Bogardi is senior fellow of the Center for Development Research and professor of water resources management of the University Bonn. He is senior scientific advisor of the Institute of Advanced Studies Köszeg, Hungary and fellow of the Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Study. He is Distinguished Adjunct Professor of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT, Bangkok). He is member of the Board of Directors of the International Business College Mitrovica.
He was executive officer of the Global Water System Project. He served in the UN system as director of the United Nations University (UNU) Institute for Environment and Human Security and as Vice Rector a. i. in Europe and as Chief of Section in the Division of Water Science of UNESCO. He was chair professor of hydrology, hydraulics and quantitative water resources management at the Wageningen Agricultural University and served as associate professor at AIT. He had research and consulting appointments in Europe, Africa and Asia. He graduated at the University of Technology Budapest and holds a doctorate in water resources engineering (Dr.-Ing.) from Karlsruhe University and three Dr. honoris causa distinctions.

Prof. Janos J. Bogardi

Janos J. Bogardi is senior fellow of the Center for Development Research and professor of water resources management of the University Bonn. He is senior scientific advisor of the Institute of Advanced Studies Köszeg, Hungary and fellow of the Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Study. He is Distinguished Adjunct Professor of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT, Bangkok). He is member of the Board of Directors of the International Business College Mitrovica.
He was executive officer of the Global Water System Project. He served in the UN system as director of the United Nations University (UNU) Institute for Environment and Human Security and as Vice Rector a. i. in Europe and as Chief of Section in the Division of Water Science of UNESCO. He was chair professor of hydrology, hydraulics and quantitative water resources management at the Wageningen Agricultural University and served as associate professor at AIT. He had research and consulting appointments in Europe, Africa and Asia. He graduated at the University of Technology Budapest and holds a doctorate in water resources engineering (Dr.-Ing.) from Karlsruhe University and three Dr. honoris causa distinctions.

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Dr. Jon Henrich Hanf

Dr. Jon Henrich Hanf
is currently the program coordinator of the study field ‘Economics’ of Geisenheim University
comprising the bachelor programs ‘International Wine Business’ as well as ‘Internationale
Weinwirtschaft’ and the master program ‘Weinwirtschaft’. In 2010 he was appointed at the
University of Geisenheim as a professor for ‘International Wine Business’. Prior he was
leader of the research group ‘Marketing’ at Leibniz-Institute for Agricultural Development in
Central and Eastern Europe (IAMO) in Halle (Saale) Germany. His research interests include
marketing, strategic management, and supply chain management focusing on transition
economies and the wine business. He has published over 100 peer reviewed articles in
books, conference proceedings, and peer reviewed journals such as Agribusiness: An
international Journal, Food Economics, Journal of East European Management Studies and
Journal on Wine Research. In the context of transition countries and agricultural value chains
he also conducted several research and consultancy projects funded the German Research
Society (DFG), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Gesellschaft
für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), and the World Bank.

Dr. Jon Henrich Hanf

Dr. Jon Henrich Hanf
is currently the program coordinator of the study field ‘Economics’ of Geisenheim University
comprising the bachelor programs ‘International Wine Business’ as well as ‘Internationale
Weinwirtschaft’ and the master program ‘Weinwirtschaft’. In 2010 he was appointed at the
University of Geisenheim as a professor for ‘International Wine Business’. Prior he was
leader of the research group ‘Marketing’ at Leibniz-Institute for Agricultural Development in
Central and Eastern Europe (IAMO) in Halle (Saale) Germany. His research interests include
marketing, strategic management, and supply chain management focusing on transition
economies and the wine business. He has published over 100 peer reviewed articles in
books, conference proceedings, and peer reviewed journals such as Agribusiness: An
international Journal, Food Economics, Journal of East European Management Studies and
Journal on Wine Research. In the context of transition countries and agricultural value chains
he also conducted several research and consultancy projects funded the German Research
Society (DFG), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Gesellschaft
für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), and the World Bank.

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