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Visiting Fellows are special assets for the Centre. They interact closely with the Centre’s Academic Staff and PhD students.

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  • Professor Svante Andersson , Professor in Business Administration, Halmstad University, Sweden. Download CV
  • Suma Athreye is Professor in International Strategy at Brunel Business School and is Founder Director of the Centre for International Business and Strategy in Emerging Markets (Centre for Research into Entrepreneurship, International Business and Innovation in Emerging Markets) at Brunel University. Suma’s main research interests lie in the fields of International Technology Management, the Economics of Innovation  firms and the Internationalisation of Technology Markets. Her current research is focused on (i) Patent Use in UK firms and she is working closely with the UK Intellectual Property Office to build a stronger evidence base on patent use in innovation activity and (ii) Changing technology acquisition strategies in Indian and Chinese firms.
  • Andrew Atter is an internationally experienced Entrepreneur, Board Mentor and Executive Coach. From 2012-14 Andrew was Entrepreneur-in-Residence in the School of Business Economics and Informatics, Birkbeck. He is currently module leader for TRIGGER 3.4.2 (Development Workshops), supporting the advancement of female scientific careers. Andrew is conducting applied research in entrepreneurship and innovation as part of a professional doctorate being undertaken at the Institute of Work-based Learning, Middlesex University. Andrew is also a Research Fellow at the Centre for Coaching, Ashridge Business School. He has co-authored two published articles on professional supervision and delivered conference paper as Triple Helix (London 2013) and EMCC (Paris 2011). Professionally, Andrew has expertise in the use of qualitative research methods in organizations. LinkedIn
  • Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen earned her PhD in Geography from the University of Georgia in 1989. Her research has focused on foreign direct investment, firms in biotechnology and bioenergy, and economic development of US cities. She has recently co-edited a book on Innovation Spaces in Asia. In innovation, her focus has been the role of collaboration and geographic location in understanding firm level performance in high technology. She has received funding from the National Science Foundation to study the biotechnology industry and the biofuel industry. Her current focus is the role of various institutions and investments in the bioeconomy.
  • Dr Ning Baines's research interests include: product/service innovations in university spin-off firms; skills, academic entrepreneurship, university technology transfer, and women entrepreneurship. She is currently involved into the following research projects: i) the evolution of high-tech firms in Oxford (with Helen Lawton Smith and Saverio Romeo, Birkbeck); ii) the analysis of national public research spending (with Federica Rossi, Birkbeck); iii) the knowledge co-creation between universities and small and medium-sized enterprise: drivers and impact (Federica Rossi, Birkbeck; Ainurul Rosli, University of Westminster; Muthu de Silva, Birkbeck and Nick Yip, University of East Anglia). She also assists in organising the CIMR workshops.
  • Professor Giovanni Balcet is Professor of International Economics and International Business at the University of Turin, Italy.  He is the director of a Masters Degree in Innovation, Cooperation and Development.  He is a member of the working party “Globalization of Industry” at OECD. His research interests include the globalization of innovation within the MNCs, emerging country multinationals and the global automotive industry.
  • Dr Laurel Edmunds, Senior Research Fellow, RDM Investigative Medicine Division, University of Oxford. Her research interested are in the development of biotechnology clusters and gender in translational research.
  • Paul Edwards MBE is Managing Partner of Horton International LLP, heading the global Healthcare Practice Group. Paul is the former CEO of GeneMedix plc, a UK listed biotechnology company, having previously headed Genzyme Corporation's UK operations. In 1997, he was appointed MBE for services to biotechnology.
  • Andrea Filippetti's research interests include: regional studies; skills, training and welfare; innovation; the globalization of knowledge, technology and IPRs. He is currently involved into the following research projects: i) university-industry linkages (with Riccardo Crescenzi and Simona Iammarino, LSE); ii)skills and training (with Frederick Guy, Birkbeck, and Simona Iammarino, LSE); iii) the globalization of technology and intellectual property rights (with Daniele Archibugi, Birkbeck and CNR).
  • David Friel is the founder and Managing Director of Entrepreneur Handbook, an EU and China focused publishing and education company providing entrepreneurs the best expert information and education. As well as running Entrepreneur Handbook, He naturally remains heavily active in the startup community both in the UK and abroad. He regularly speaks, interviews, judges and mediates at events globally. LinkedIn.
  • Aldo Geuna is Full Professor at the Department of Economics and Statistics Cognetti De Martiis, University of Torino and Fellow of the Collegio Carlo Alberto. He was Visiting Fellow at SIPER, Stanford University, Senior Lecturer at SPRU, University of Sussex, Senior Research Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute and Research Fellow at BETA, Université Louis Pasteur (Strasbourg). He has published several books and articles in refereed journals in the area of economics of science, economics of innovation and science and technology policy. He is member of the Editorial Board of Italian Economic Journal, Journal of Technology Transfer and Research Policy. He has been a member of various scientific committees, expert groups and panels in Italy, Sweden the UK as well as for the OECD, the National Academies (US) and the EU. He has been an invited speaker in various European countries, the US, China and Korea. He taught as invited visiting professor in Chile, France, Italy, Spain and Vietnam. His research interests include Economics of Science, Economics of Innovation, Science and Technology Policy, Industrial Economics. His core research and expertise is the socio-economic analysis of university research behaviour and its links to innovation and economic growth. CV
  • John Glasson is Emeritus Professor of Planning at Oxford Brookes University, and Founding Director of the Oxford Institute of Sustainable Development (OISD). He has previously been Head of the School of Planning, and Pro Vice Chancellor (Research and Consultancy), at Oxford Brookes.  He is a Director of the Oxfordshire Economic Observatory (OEO), undertaking research particularly on the Oxfordshire high-tech economy. He has a longstanding research and consultancy interest in the socio-economic impacts of major projects, especially energy projects, and has carried out research for many industry and government bodies in the UK and overseas. Since 2010 he has been a member of the small group of Examining Inspectors of the National Infrastructure Directorate (Planning Inspectorate), which carries out the examination of the potential impacts of major projects (most recently North Sea mega-wind farms). He has written several books and many articles on his research work, and he is editor of the Routledge Natural and Built Environment series.
  • Professor Colette Henry is Editor of the International Journal of Gender & Entrepreneurship (IJGE) and, thus, has a strong research interest in the field of women's entrepreneurship. Colette is also interested in research relating to entrepreneurship education & training, programme effectiveness, the creative industries, social enterprise and veterinary business & enterprise. She is currently involved in a global project linked to the Diana International Research initiative on women's enterprise policy, which involves ten countries.
  • Ulrich Hilpert is Professor and Chair of Comparative Government, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany.
  • Jeremy Howells is at Kellogg College, University of Oxford. From 2011-15 he was the Dean of the Faculty of Business, Law and Art at the University of Southampton as well as being a member of the Centre for Innovation and Enterprise within Southampton Management School. Before coming to Southampton in 2011 he held the Eddie Davies Chair of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Manchester and was also the Executive Director at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR) and head of the Strategy Division at the Manchester Business School.  He was also Executive Director of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Centre for Research in Innovation and Competition (CRIC) before its merger with MIoIR and Executive Director of Policy Research in Engineering, Science and Technology (PREST).

    Jeremy was also Executive Director of the IDEAS Partnership from 2008-11, an innovative enterprise group formed from Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester Business Schools based in Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus.

    Jeremy has researched and written extensively on innovation with over 8,000 citations in the field.  His research has focused on innovation, knowledge transfer and research and technology management.  He was Editor for R&D Management for over six years.  His research has been funded by various UK and overseas Research Councils, the European Commission, the OECD, UNCTAD, UNIDO and the World Bank as well as non-profit organisations and private companies.

  • Professor Simona Iammarino, Professor of Economic Geography, London School of Economics (LSE), affiliate to the Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC), and visiting fellow at Science and Technology Policy Research (SPRU), University of Sussex. Simona Iammarino's main research interests lie in the following areas: Multinational corporations, location and innovation strategies, and local economic development; Geography of innovation and technological change; Regional systems of innovation; regional and local economic development.
  • Professor Grazia Ietto-Gillies is Emeritus Professor of Applied Economics and former Director of the Centre for International Business Studies at London South Bank University. Previous Visiting professorships at The Open University and King's College London. She is one of the founding members of the World Economics Association. Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Current research projects are in three areas: The first one - with Marion Frenz of Birkbeck University of London and Maria Savona of the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex - is on 'Absorptive Capacity in Innovation Performance'. Our theoretical framework will be backed by empirics: some 12 indicators will be estimated for several countries over a 20 years period. We are currently also planning a parallel firm level study. The second project is a solo one. It has arisen from a commission by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) in Bruxelles. It looks at 'The Boundaries of the Firm from the point of view of labour as stakeholder'. The third one - with Giovanni Balcet University of Turin and CIMR Visiting Professor - is about 'Transnational companies' strategies of organizational and geographical fragmentation and their impact on labour. It examines FIAT's history.
  • Dr Ray Lambert's interests lie in the field of innovation and innovation systems, with particular focus on the infrastructure and institutions that enable the circulation and validation of technological and business knowledge that supports innovation, including studies of the impact of these structures. These include formal standards and the processes of standards making; accreditation, metrology and measurement and design. Most projects are carried out on a consultancy basis usually in collaboration with colleagues from Birkbeck or other universities.
  • Jeanne Le Roux is an internationally experienced Entrepreneur, Mentor and Executive Coach. Her specialities are People Management, Entrepreneurship and People Innovation. She is currently part of TRIGGER external advisory board and module leader for TRIGGER 3.4.1 action (Gender and Career Development Programme), supporting the advancement of female scientific careers. Jeanne is also part of the Steering Committee of the Tech Talent Charter which outlines a series of key measures which aim to encourage organisations to think differently to encourage and support a more diverse tech workforce. Professionally she helps start-ups get their people management right. Linkedin.
  • Loet Leydesdorff (Ph.D. Sociology, M.A. Philosophy, and M.Sc. Biochemistry) is Professor at the Amsterdam School of Communications Research (ASCoR) of the University of Amsterdam. He is Associate Faculty at the Science and Technology Policy Research Unit (SPRU) of the University of Sussex, Visiting Professor of the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (ISTIC) in Beijing, Guest Professor at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, and Visiting Fellow at the School of Management, Birkbeck, University of London. He has published extensively in systems theory, social network analysis, scientometrics, and the sociology of innovation (see at ). With Henry Etzkowitz, he initiated a series of workshops, conferences, and special issues about the Triple Helix of University-Industry-Government Relations. He received the Derek de Solla Price Award for Scientometrics and Informetrics in 2003 and held “The City of Lausanne” Honor Chair at the School of Economics, Université de Lausanne, in 2005. In 2007, he was Vice-President of the 8th International Conference on Computing Anticipatory Systems (CASYS’07, Liège). Since 2014, Thomson Reuters lists him as a highly-cited author (
  • Åsa Lindholm Dahlstrand is Professor in Innovation Studies at CIRCLE, Lund University, and a visiting Professor at Birkbeck. Since 2016, she has been Director of CIRCLE. Before joining Lund University in 2011, she was Professor in Entrepreneurship at Halmstad University, Sweden. She had her PhD from Chalmers University (1994), where she was also Visiting Professor and Director of the research center RIDE. She has been member of several advisory and reference groups in Sweden as well as internationally. She has also been member of many evaluation panels and expert groups in Sweden as well as the OECD and the European Commission. The overriding themes in her research are technology-based entrepreneurship and industrial dynamics, and innovation policy and entrepreneurship policy.
  • Dr Sami Mahroum is the Director of INSEAD’s Innovation & Policy Initiative, a post he has held since March 2010. His current research interests lie in developing applications for innovation policy derived from the vast innovation studies literature. He is particularly interested in developing case study materials that illustrate and elaborate the dynamics of policy in the innovation space.
  • Ibrahim Michael Maiga, MSc, is the Director of the Birkbeck Enterprise Hub at the Centre for Innovation Management Research (CIMR). He is a freelance writer writing about entrepreneurship and sustainability and also business development manager at the Hackney Citizen and The Journalism School.
  • Professor Martin Meyer, Director of Kent Business School, Professor of Business and Innovation.
  • Professor Carlo Milana. Research Director at Institute of Studies and Economic Analysis (ISAE), Rome, Italy, Editor, Strategic Change: Briefings in Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Dr Simon Philbin is Director of Programme Management at Imperial College London where he leads the Programme Management Office that support international programmes and projects across Imperial. His research interests are in university-industry research collaboration, research administration and project management. He also currently serves as the International Director of the American Society for Engineering Management.
  • Dr Jonathan Potter, Senior Economist, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
  • Professor Thierry Rayna, Professor of Economics Faculty of Law, Economics and Management
  • Saverio Romeo is Principal Analyst at Beecham Research covering machine to machine technologies and the Internet of Things. His research interests are in regional innovation remains interesting and in Internet of Things policy.
  • Dr. Ainurul Rosli is a Senior Lecturer at University of Westminster and Director of the new MSc Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Enterprise Development at University of Westminster Business School. She is an alumna of the Ronald Coase Institute, and also a Researcher in Residence for Big Innovation Centre. Ainurul’s research explores interaction between actors (universities, businesses, government, intermediaries, and society); how they closely interact with each other throughout the innovation process to co-create value. She is currently involved in several projects including knowledge co-creation and measuring the impact of university-industry collaboration. Her works has been supported by several grants including European Life Long Learning Programme, British Academy of Management and British Academy/Leverhulme.
  • Professor Teresa da Silva Lopez (University of York). Professor of International Business and Business History. Director of the Centre for the Evolution of Global Business and Institutions (CEGBI)
  • Professor Keith Smith, is Senior Research Fellow in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group, Imperial College Business School, and Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo. He is currently on a secondment - 80% of his time - to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.
  • Stephen Sykes: Stephen is a lawyer and an entrepreneur. The ventures he has established have been in the insurance, data, consulting and technology sectors. The common theme is innovation - bringing strikingly new product and service offerings to the environment, land and property markets. Over the past 20 years Stephen has pioneered a market-leading environmental insurance venture in the City of London; co-founded and sold an environmental data and reporting business to the Daily Mail Group; set up his own vehicle for strategic consulting and investment in start-ups and early stage environmental and renewable energy ventures; completed the first environmental liability buy-out deal outside the USA for an industrial site formerly owned by Kodak; acted as Chairman at two of the UK's leading independent environmental consultancies; supported a global oil company in the management of a multi billion dollar exposure; and co-founded Data Initiatives, a technology venture specialising in innovative data solutions. He is an Honorary Member and a former Vice Chair of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association.
  • Rupert Waters is Head of Economic Research at Buckinghamshire Business First leading analysis across the county for bodies including the County Council and the Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership. His research interests concern innovation and high technology local economies and their labour markets. He is also a PhD student in Innovation Sciences, Halmstad University, Sweden.
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