Ana Cristina Silva
Associate Professor of Finance

Ana Cristina Silva

is Associate Professor of Finance and Chair of the Accounting and Finance Department at Merrimack College, North Andover, MA. She is also Founding Director of the Financial Capability Center (Merrimack College and ACT Lawrence) having received numerous recognitions for the contribution of her Center to the Community.

She has a Ph.D. in Financial Economics by the University of Houston (Texas, U.S.) and an MBA by Madrid Business School- U. of Houston. She is Bachelor in Biological Sciences by Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain).

Her Areas of interest are Financial Capability, Financial Inclusion, Behavioral Finance, and Social Finance. She has numerous publications in referee top international journals like Journal of Accounting and Organizational Change, Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, Global Journal of Emerging Markets Economies, Emerging Market Review, etc.

Ivan Contreras Fernández-Davila
Official European PhD in Computer Sciences

Ivan Contreras Fernández-Davila

is a Marie Curie Fellow at the Computer Science Department of Universidad de Girona. He has been visiting researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering in Saarbrucken, Germany (one year) at the Computer Sciences School of University of Nottingham (two semesters) and at the Computer Sciences Department of the Universidad de Granada (one month).

He has an Official European PhD in Computer Sciences by Universidad Complutense de Madrid, a Master in Computer Sciences: Optimization and Process Control and a Bachelor in computer Science by the same University. He has received the GENIL award “Granada Excellence Network of Innovation Laboratories” for the best pre-doctoral work in Metaheuristics, Evolutionary and Bioinspired Algorithms awarded by the CEI BioTIC Granada.

His research has been published in referee international journals like Journal of Intelligent & Fuzzy Systems, Computers and Programs in Biomedicine, Memetic Computing, Soft Computing o Parallel Architectures and Bioinspired Algorithms among others.

Silvia Casado Yusta
Associate Professor of Economics

Silvia Casado Yusta

is Associate Professor at the Department of Applied Economics at Burgos University and Director of the Group of “Quantitative Methods for Economy and Companies”.

She holds a Bachelor and a PhD in Business Administration by Burgos University and was awarded with the outstanding prize of the Department of Economics and Business Administration for her PhD dissertation.

Her research has focused on the use of metaheuristic strategies for optimization, with applications to real life problems, such as work shifts, scheduling, logistic, or urban transport. Besides she has worked on data mining, mainly applied to the variable selection problem for classification through metaheuristics. Her research has been published in numerous referee international journals like European Journal Operational Research, IEEE Intelligent System, Journal of the Operational Research Society, Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, Expert Systems with Applications, etc.

José Esteves
Associate Professor of Information Systems

José Esteves

is an Associate Professor of Information Systems at IE Business School (Madrid, Spain) since2004. Before becoming a professor, Mr. Esteves served as an information systems analyst expert andconsultant in some companies. Currently, he still is in permanent contact with companies developingconsultancy and research projects applied to industry.

He holds a Ph.D. in Information Systems, a Diploma in Business Administration and a MSc. and EngineerDegrees in Information Systems.

He is author of many articles about information systems published in international conferences, booksand journals such as MIT Sloan Management Review, Harvard Business Review, International Journal ofHuman Resources and Enterprise Information Systems Journal. His interests focus on the implementation and use of enterprise systems, big data, digital transformation and cybersecurity.

Joaquín Pacheco
Tenure Professor

Joaquín Pacheco

is Tenure Professor at Burgos University since 2009. He is also the Director of the PhD School in the same University and the Principal Researcher of the Metaheuristics Techniques Research Group (GRINUBUMET).

He holds a PhD in Mathematics (Operational Research) and a Bachelor in Mathematics (Statistics) by Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

His research interest is focused on metaheuristics design for applications to real problems (like transport, health, logistic, etc.) and data mining (no hierarchical clusters design, neural network training and variables selection for classification problems). He has published more than 50 articles, among them 30 in journals included in the JCR of ISI like European Journal Operational Research, IEEE Intelligent System, Expert Systems with Applications Knowledge-Based Systems, Transportation Science, Transportation Research B o Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering.

Patricia Sánchez

Patricia Sánchez

was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She is currently finishing an Inter-university Master’s Degree in Methodology of Behavioral and Health Sciences (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, UNED).

She has already worked at IE Business School, collaborating in the HR Benchmarking Club and coordinating the Emprendedores & Empleo Awards for Innovation in Human Resources, both projects of the HR Center.

In addition, she has participated in other projects, designing psychological tasks and psychological tests, and analyzing data for several research studies.

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