Zoltan Gál is a Professor in Regional Economics at Kaposvar University, Hungary and researcher at the Centre for Economic & Regional Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. His research fields include regional economics, regional finance, international finance, financial & economic geography, innovation management and regional innovation in transition countries as well as EU and global context. He was a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford and the Trinity College Dublin. He holds a dual MA degree from the Central European University (Budapest) and New York State University (Albany) and a PhD in Financial Geography. He was an invited expert at European Commission DG Research (2003-04) and project manager of INTERREG, ESPON and in macro-financial FP7 projects. He received the East-European Publication Prize from the ’Society for the Advancement Socio-Economics (USA)’ for his study on transition banking. He is member of the editoral boards of the Journal of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Review of Economic Perspectives, Journal of Economic Development, Environment and People and Space & Society.