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Dubai 2023

Heriot-Watt University, Varazdin Development and Entrepreneurship Agency & University North

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We are thrilled to announce the upcoming 101st International Scientific Conference on Economic and Social Development, titled "Roadmap to NetZero Economies and Businesses." This esteemed event is organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure and the MENA Fintech Association.

Date: October, 19-20th Location: Heriot Watt University, Dubai

As global concerns about climate change and sustainable development continue to escalate, it has become imperative for the academic, government, and industry sectors to collaborate on a path towards net-zero economies.

This conference aims to facilitate dialogue, research dissemination, and the exchange of ideas to accelerate progress towards a sustainable future.

Key Conference Highlights:

  • Thought-provoking Keynote Addresses: Acquire insights from distinguished speakers, including prominent researchers, industry leaders, and policymakers, as they share their perspectives on achieving net-zero economies and businesses.
  • Thematic Panel Discussions: Engage in lively panel discussions covering a range of topics, including green finance, Fintech, circular economy, sustainable tourism, sustainable supply chains, policy frameworks, and technological innovations.
  • Research Paper Presentations: Present and discuss groundbreaking research findings related to economic and social development in the context of net-zero economies.
  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with fellow researchers, academicians, government officials, and industry professionals from around the globe to foster collaboration and explore potential partnerships.
  • Exhibition Area: Explore the latest advancements, innovative products, and cutting-edge solutions from industry partners, showcasing their contributions to sustainability and net-zero initiatives.

We cordially invite researchers, academics, government officials, industry leaders, and professionals in relevant fields to join us at this prestigious conference. By attending, you will gain valuable knowledge, expand your network, and contribute to shaping the future of sustainable economic and social development.

Topics are focused, but not limited to recent challenges in modern national economies and business enterprises.

In cooperation with: Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure, UAE, MENA Fintech Association, Faculty of Management University of Warsaw, Faculty of Law, Economics and Social Sciences Sale - Mohammed V University in Rabat, ENCGT - Ecole Nationale de Commerce et de Gestion de Tanger/ Abdelmalek Essaadi University and Polytechnic of Medimurje in Cakovec

Supported by: REPUBLIC of CROATIA Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development

REPUBLIC of CROATIA Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development

  19-20 October, 2023


Heriot-Watt Dubai

Heriot-Watt University Dubai offers an extensive range of research-informed degree programmes, spanning postgraduate and undergraduate courses in a global study environment, with strong links to business and industry. Ranked consistently at a high level across a number of key university league tables, Heriot-Watt University’s Dubai campus was awarded a five-star rating by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) for the second year running.

For more information, please visit Heriot-Watt Dubai

Please consider submitting an abstract for the Conference within next few weeks. We proudly hope to have your distinguish name among authors and participants. After receiving the full texts, The Scientific Committee will decide which papers should be included in the online Plenary Session.

Sincerely Yours,
President of Scientific Committee

Prof. Marijan Cingula


Globalization and Challenges of the Modern World

  • Contemporary Economy and Globalization
  • The Economic Impact on Social Development and Democracy
  • Regional Development
  • National Economies Between Liberalization and Intervention
  • International and Local Capital Markets
  • Education and Knowledge Management
  • Towards Modern Welfare Economics
  • Modern Tendencies in Economy and Management of Tourism
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Sustainable finance
  • Digital marketing
  • Digital transformation

Enterprise in Turbulent Environment

  • Building a Resilient Organization
  • The Economics of Modern Enterprise
  • Planning or Predicting: Concepts and Models
  • Corporate Governance
  • Manufacturing: Strategy, Technology, and Organization
  • Human Capital Management
  • Marketing Perspective
  • The Legal Environment of Business
  • Business Continuity
  • ICT Support to Business Activities
  • Corporate Finance
  • Accounting and Auditing

Entrepreneurship Caught Between Creativity and Bureaucracy

  • The Role of SMEs in National Economies
  • SMEs in Global Value Chains
  • Education for Creativity



  • Publishing Full paper/Abstract + presentation: 450 EUR
  • Presentation without publishing: 350 EUR
  • Accompanying co-author: 250 EUR
  • Listener only: 300 EUR


  • Publishing full paper, without attending: 300 EUR


  • 2nd paper publishing/presenting: 250 EUR

Attending fee includes admission to all sessions, conference kit, publication in Scientific Book of Proceedings ISSN 1849-7535 (Online), admission to coffee breaks and/or lunch and/or dinner, according to the conference program.

Conference Fee is non-refundable, but "transferable" - payed amount can be used as a stored credit for any of our upcoming conferences.


  • Bank Institution: Raiffeisenbank Austria d.d. Zagreb
  • Bank/Branch Institution Address: Magazinska cesta 69, Zagreb, Croatia
  • S.W.I.F.T. (BIC): RZBHHR2X
  • Acc. Holder Name: VADEA d.o.o.
  • Acc Holder Address: Mihanoviceva 4, 42000 Varazdin, Croatia
  • IBAN: HR6124840081135190251
  • Purpose: 'Participant's Name - Dubai 2023'



  • Submission of abstracts for review: August 15, 2023
  • Notification of abstract acceptance: August 18, 2023
  • Submission of complete/full papers for the proceedings: October 10, 2023
  • Notification of full paper acceptance: October 13, 2023
  • Early registration: October 10, 2023
  • Final registration: October 14, 2023
  • Conceiving and finalizing the esd-Conference program: October 16, 2023
  • ESD Conference sessions: October 19-20, 2023


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Keynote speakers


Heriot-Watt University - Al Sufouh - Knowledge Park - Dubai - United Arab Emirates


  • Co-Organizer:
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure, UAE
  • MENA Fintech Association
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  • Faculté des sciences juridiques économiques et sociales-salé
  • ENCGT - Ecole Nationale de Commerce et de Gestion de Tanger/ Abdelmalek Essaadi University
  • Faculty of Management University of Warsaw logo
  • Medjimursko Veleuciliste u Cakovcu
  • University of Aveiro
  • Now indexed in:
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  • Gold Partner:
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  • Event Partner:
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  • Info
  • dcingula@esd-conference.com
  • +385 (0)92 172 7218
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Varazdin Development and Entrepreneurship Agency