maja pivecDr. Maja Pivec is professor of Applied Game Design and Learning with Multimedia at the FH JOANNEUM University of Applied Sciences in Graz, Austria. She teaches also Project Management and Entrepreneurship and Applied IT for Project Management. Her research interests are in the field of affective and emotional aspects of human-computer interaction, with emphasis on game design, game-based learning and innovative learning approaches, and different aspects of e-learning. She is co-ordinator, scientific leader or partner in several EU or national founded projects. Her research work is published and presented at more than 100 international conferences and publications.

She is initiator of the #SGDSS – Serious Games Design Summer School ( and of the ENGAGE learning portal Maja is currently involved in Green Games in Tourism and Hospitality (, Avatar and JamToday ( EC funded projects. She was a project partner of the GREAT ( and Serious Sports ( EC funded projects. 

She is editor and co-editor of book publications in the area of innovative learning approaches. She is guest editor of eLearning Papers nº 25 Game-Based Learning: new practices, new classrooms, June 2011 and of British Journal of Educational Technology, Special issue on learning from games, May 2007. She was hosting European Conference on Game-Based Learning in 2009.

Maja is Editorial Committee Member of eLearning Papers. She is international advisory board member of Malaysian Journal of Educational Technology. She is Program Committee member of GAMEON conference and was involved in the F.R.O.G. Future and Reality of Gaming, Vienna Games Conference 2008 – 2010. Maja is scientific committee member of the AVADA conference (, and Advisory Committee member of Media and Learning conference, held annually in Brussels ( She is also a mentor at the Open Education Challenge Portal ( She is reviewer for European Science Foundation, Hong Kong research council and for British Journal of Educational Technology (BJET).


denis sceulovDr. Deniss Ščeulovs is Assoc. Professor in the Faculty of Engineering Economics and Management at Riga Technical University (Latvia). His research interests lie in the area of Digital economy, Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Small business organization. He is the author and co-author of more than fifty publications published in scientific journals indexed and abstracted in Scopus, Web of Science and other international databases. Dr. Ščeulovs has participated in more than thirty International Scientific conferences, organised in USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Czech Republic, Georgia, Malta, and etc.

He is actively involved in the EU funded and other international scientific projects as the leader and researcher. Currently Dr. Ščeulovs is participating in two European Commission Erasmus+ KA2 Projects. He is a project manager and coordinator in Latvia of the project “Coaches of SMEs: 5POINTS TRAININGS” (Nr. 2014-1-TR01-KA202-013033) and a project researcher of the project “Innovative Strategic Partnership for European Higher Education (ISPEHE)”, Nr.: 2014-1-МК01-КА203-000275.

Dr. Ščeulovs has developed versatile entrepreneurial skills working in top management positions at Latvian manufacturing company Latsign Ltd. and consulting business companies over the last ten years. He regularly shares his experience with students in international teaching and exchange programmes (Cambridge University, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, etc.). Currently he is a guest Professor at the universities in Republic of Kazakhstan.


ondrej zizlavskijDr. Ondrej Žižlavsky is a Professor Assistant in the Institute of Finances at Faculty of Business and Management, Brno University of Technology, where he specialised in innovation, R&D controlling and finances. He received his master degree in mechanical engineering in 2006 from Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology and his PhD in Economics from Faculty of Business and Management, Brno University of Technology in 2009.

Ondrej focuses on performance measurement systems and innovation. His research primarily aims to understand what drives the success of innovation, how to measure and develop an innovative performance in the company. Part of his active research consists on studying the innovation process in a company and its performance measurement. He combines financial and non-financial metrics to set up a complex innovative performance measurement system for the Czech enterprises. A second avenue of Ondrej’s work studies the innovative potential and its development. His work has been published in monographs as Innovation Scorecard, published in 2016; Handbook of Innovative Performance Assessment, published in 2012; Innovation Process Performance Measurement, published in 2011, in a number of scientific peer-reviewed journals and book chapters He has been a speaker at conferences on the subjects of innovation, performance management and innovative potential development.

Ondrej is a member of the Advisory Board of the American Academic & Scholarly Research Center (AASRC) and Strategic Research Society (SRC). He serves on the editorial board of six international scientific journals.


ligita simanskieneDr. Ligita Šimanskienė is a professor at Social Science Faculty at Klaipeda University in Lithuania. She has over 24 years’ experience in management: teaching, consulting organizations and doing research. Her research field is “soft” management such as corporate social responsibility, organizational culture, teamwork, cultural differences, sustainable region and leadership development. Her research is fueled by her drive to find best ways to unify and motivate both society and business enterprises.

She has a long lasting publishing experience: her works have appeared in 5 different monographs and various methodical guidelines for students. Her articles appeared in more than 70 publications in both local and foreign scientific journals. She is a scientific editor deputy of “Regional Formation and Development Studies” which is published by Klaipeda University since 2007 and is a member of scientific boarder of 9 different scientific journals in Lithuania and abroad (Poland, Latvia, Czech Republic). She is a member of joint Doctoral Council in management since 2011 and participates in PhD defenses as an official reviewer in both Lithuania and Latvia (5 times in Latvia and 20 times in Lithuania). She is a welcome quest in international conferences at Central Europe and is a strong believer in international cooperation – that is why she has repeatedly organized conferences at her Alma Mater. She is a strong believer that management can help find ways to better not only national or local communities but also help in finding international solutions. In her opinion we have to solve our current demographic problems – right now we are facing challenges of both aging population and a lack of workplace loyalty from their younger counterparts. Sustainable leadership and suitable organizational culture could be the path towards not only our problems in the workforce but also in our respective communities and countries.