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Meet some of the world's most interesting entrepreneurs and researchers in the fields of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Elisabeth Garnsey

Elizabeth Garnsey

Dr Elizabeth Garnsey is Reader Emeritus in Innovation Studies at the Centre for Technology Management, University of Cambridge.

She was educated in Geneva, at Oxford University and the University of California at Berkeley. Her interests have ranged from sovietology to gender and policy issues for OECD, ILO and the EC. She has lectured on industry to engineering and business students and worked closely with high tech companies on academic-industry liaison, on start-up issues and business development, publishing widely on these issues. She has supported staff at the main Cambridge high tech incubator and is a Trustee of CAMFED. She is a founder member of the Greater Cambridge Partnership and was a co-founder of the Cambridge Enterprise Conferences. She been an adviser on new technology business to the Bank of England and the CBI and the Australian, South African and Malaysian governments. Her recent research focus has been on environmental enterprise and on institutional innovation, with special reference to policy on daylight saving.

Hans Rosling

Hans Rosling

One of the world's leading global thinkers, Swedish professor Hans Rosling will speak at the ICSB world conference in Stockholm 2011.

Hans Rosling is professor of International Health at Karolinska Institute and co-founder and Director of the Gapminder Foundation. Rosling's research has focused on links between economic development, agriculture, poverty and health in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He has been adviser to, among others, WTO and UNICEF and developed research cooperation with universities in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.

Rosling co-founded the Gapminder Foundation together with his son and daugther-in-law. Gapminder developed the Trendalyzer software that coverts international statistics into moving, interactive graphics. Trendalyzer was aquired by Google in 2007.

Rosling was listed as one of the 100 leading global thinkers in 2009 by Foreign Policy Magazine and is internationally recognized as an inspiring public speaker.

Lois Stevenson (plenary moderator)

President and Chief Entreprenologist LASMA Consulting, Ottawa, Canada Lois Stevenson has been working in the area of small business and entrepreneurship policy for the past 25 years.

She has held various executive-level positions in the Canadian government directing SME, Entrepreneurship and Innovation policy initiatives. From 2006-2010, she was based in the Cairo, Egypt office of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC)as Coordinator of the Small and Medium Enterprise Policy (SMEPol) Development Project (a partnership between the Canadian government and the Government of Egypt), and later directing the  IDRC-funded Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) research in seven Middle East and North Africa countries.

Lois also spent ten years as a university professorin the areas of entrepreneurship and small business management. She has authored (or co-authored) nine books, including Entrepreneurship Policy: Theory and Practice (Springer 2005) andPrivate Sector and Enterprise Development: Fostering Growth in the Middle East and North Africa(Edgar Elgar 2010) and over 45 scholarly papers dealing with women as entrepreneurs, the role of entrepreneurship in development, and entrepreneurship policy. She has also consulted to the ILO and the OECD on projects in developing and transition countries in Africa and Europe. 

She is a past president of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) and a founding member of the Middle East Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (MCSBE).

David Storey

David Storey

David Storey, OBE, is Professor at the Department of Business Management and Economics at University of Sussex ,UK. He has a First Class Degree in Economics, a Diploma in Applied Statistics and a PhD in Economics. He has two honorary Doctorates and has been Visiting Professor at the Universities of Manchester, Reading andDurham , and was an International Fellow at SydneyUniversity in 2009. He is an EIM Fellow.

His book Understanding the Small Business Sector, published in 1994, is currently the most highly cited work on Entrepreneurship or Small Business.

Since 2008 he has published in a range of Journals such as Journal of International Business Studies, Human Resource Management, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting.

In 1998 he received the International Award for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research from the Swedish Council and was awarded a Wilford White fellowship in 2008.

Between 2001 and 2005 he was appointed by the UK Secretary of State for Trade and Industry as a Member of the Small Business Council which advised the government on small business policy-making.

He has undertaken work for many overseas governments and organisations. For example, since 2008, he has acted as consultant to the governments of Australia, Mexico, New Zealand and Denmark as well as the World Bank. He produced for OECD in 2008 a Handbook on SME policy evaluation and is currently contributing to their work for the G20. In previous years he has advised the Inter American Development Bank (IADB) on micro enterprises in Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica, and IFC on Mexico. In Europe he co-ordinated an EU-wide review of new technology based firms for DG XIII.

Rohana Ramly (plenary moderator)

Rohana Ramly is currently the Chief Operating Officer of SME Corp. Malaysia, a governement agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI Malaysia.

SME Corp Malaysia spurs the development of small and medium enterprises by providing infrastructure facilities, financial assistance, advisory services, market access and other support programs as well as acts as the central point of reference for information and advisory services for all SMEs in Malaysia.

She joined the Corporation in 1997 and served the Industries Division, Enterprise Development and Entrepreneurship Division and the Services Management Division in the Corporation. For the past 30 years in the Malaysian Civil Service, she has held numerous executive level positions in the Ministry of Transport, Prime Minsiter's Department, National Institute of Public Administration, Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI). During this time, she has adressed many conferences and attends many meetings at home and abroad, particularly on the developemnt of small and medium enterprises.

She holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in International Business from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, Diploma in Management Science (Malaysia) and the Chartered Insitute of Transport (CIT), UK.

Caterina Berbenni-Rehm

Caterina Berbenni-Rehm

Caterina, Dr, is CEO of [email protected] Sarl in Luxembourg. Caterina started her career as assistant of the marketing director at FERRERO OHG, Germany. More than 25 years experience in international marketing, knowledge and technology transfer from research to industry, in particular SMEs. She directed for 9 years a cultural exchange organisation with 153 people under direct responsibility.

Since June 2008, Chief Executive Officer of [email protected] S.a.r.l. a new company established in Luxembourg with the goal to bring the outcome of EC innovation into the European market.

Caterina specializes in knowledge intensive services, knowledge transfer and structure, e-Business, e-Learning, collaborative working environments, international marketing, dissemination, deployment plans and activities, as well as inter-cultural and cross-cultural issues. Her company is currently in the process of launching an exciting new eBusiness solution to help SMEs (see www.promis.eulänk till annan webbplats, öppnas i nytt fönster). Caterina is an active member in advisory groups, among others the European Commission´s Ethical Review and is Vice-Chair of the European Commission FP7 Advisory Group on SMEs.

Rosa Muraguri-Mwololo

Dr. Rosa Muraguri-Mwololo is a reknown international development consultant with more than 25 years in various facets of human development. She holds a PhD in Education for Business Management and a Masters degree in Entrepreneurship Education, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, and a Bachelors degree in Sociology from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.

Rosa has extensive experience in the field of entrepreneurship with a bias to small and micro-enterprises. For more than 10 years, she worked as a Senoir Program Officer with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in different capacities, and supported the development of small and micro-enterprises for women in the East African region. Prior to that she was a Gender Officer with the Norwegian International Development Agency (NORAD), promoting small and micro-enterprise development as an empowerment tool for women, and as a pathway out of poverty among the Turkana people (a nomadic tribe in the arid Northern Kenya). As a senior government officer in the Ministry of Gender in Kenya, she headed the unit engaged in advancing and promoting SMEs for women; and was a key member of a team that developed the first policy paper for Small and Medium Enterprise Development for Kenya, specifically writing the chapter on gender issues.

Rosa has consulted for numerous governments. non-governmental organizations, UN agencies, The World Bank, universities and done pro bono work for many local women's groups in the area of entrepreneurship. Recently, she completed a privileged assignment, to facilitate and develop a strategy for 'The Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies'. This is an extraordinary social innovation that will institutionalize the Nobel Peace Laureate's experiences and values through experimential learning.

Rosa has been a member of many high-level think-tanks on development issues and has recently authored a book on 'Implementing Result-Based Management'. She currently is working with UN-Habitat at its global HQ in Nairobi.

Steven Klepper

Professor Steven Klepper is the 2011 winner of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research. The award ceremony will take place at the ICSB World Conference 2011.

Steven Kleper is the Arthur Arton Professor of Economics and Social Science at Carnegie Mellon University in USA. He received his BA, MA and PhD. in economics from Cornell University, the latter in 1975. Before coming to Carnegie Mellon University in 1980, he was an assistant professor of economics at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Klepper's research has examined the evoltion of new industries, looking at how the market and geographic structure of new industries evolve, how specific companies come to dominate markets, and how innovation influences and is influenced by the evolution of industry market and geographic structure.

The Scientific committee for the Global Award points at his significant contributions to our understanding of the role of new firms in innovation and economic growth.

Allan Gibb

Allan Gibb

Professor Alan Gibb is former Professor of Small Business Management and Chairman of the Foundation for Small and Medium Enterprise Development at Durham University in the UK.
The Foundation, formerly the Small Business Centre, has an international reputation for its work in the field of enterprise, entrepreneurship and small business management development. The original Centre, was set up by Professor Gibb in 1971, and became the largest of its kind in Europe. Its major focus is upon research-based approaches to solving policy and process problems of managing small businesses and the small business stakeholder environment and which translate into practice. These are frequently developed into teaching and consultancy programmes subsequently disseminated nationally and internationally.

Allan Gibb has been responsible for the development of a wide range of innovative approaches to small business management in the UK and internationally. In the 1970s and 1980s he worked very closely with the UK government and business in support of local enterprise development, and particularly small firm counselling and training services. He devised and ran all of the training for the DTI Small Firms Counselling Service for many years and was instrumental in working alongside Business in the Community in the training and development of the directors and key staff of virtually all of the UK Local Enterprise Agencies. He has served on many advisory boards and committees both public and private. He has been consultant on small business to the European Commission, World Bank, UNIDO, ILO, ITC and the UK, Canadian, Nigerian, Malaysian, Russian and Ukraine Governments. He was a member of the small team that wrote the initial Terms of Reference document for the establishment of the European Union Small Firms Directorate - DG XX111. He has worked as adviser, teacher and trainer in countries all over the world.

Allan Gibb has published widely in the field of Entrepreneurship and Small Business and has lectured worldwide. He has worked closely with the European Foundation for Management Development, was the first Chairman of the UK Enterprise Management Research Association (now ISBA), has been a Vice-president of the International Council for Small Business and helped to establish the European Council for Small Business. He serves on the Editorial Boards of many of the major journals in the field.

Franco Malerba

Franco Malerba

Franco Malerba is professor of Applied Economics at BocconiUniversity and director of KITeS (Center on Knowledge, Internationalization and Technology Studies), an international center on innovation and entrepreneurship at Bocconi.

He has been President of the International Schumpeter Society, and of EARIE (European Association of Research in Industrial Economics).

He is Editor of the Journal "Industrial and Corporate Change", Advisory Editor of the Journal "Research Policy", Associate Editor of the "Journal of Evolutionary Economics",  member of the Scientific Advisory Board  of the “International Journal of Industrial Organization" and  of the  Advisory Board of  the Max Plank Institute —InstituteofEconomics- Jena

He has been European Coordinator of, and participant in, several EU funded projects.

He has published extensively in international journals and has books on innovation; innovation systems; entrepreneurship; industrial dynamics; sectoral studies (in particular computers, software, microelectronics and telecommunications); international competitiveness; technology and development;  competition, industrial and technology policies; European public policy.

David Smallbone

David Smallbone

David Smallbone is Professor Small Business and Entrepreneurship and Associate Director of the Small Business Research Centre at Kingston University. David is also President of ICSB and a Past President of ECSB.

David has been involved in research relating to entrepreneurship, SMEs and public policy since the late 1980s, with entrepreneurship and small business development in transition economies a specialism. In addition, he has published widely on topics that include: entrepreneurship and small business policy; enterprise development in rural areas; and ethnic minority and immigrant entrepreneurship. He has extensive experience of research based consultancy for a range of national and international clients, including central government departments in various countries, the European Commission, UNDP and the OECD

Paul D. Reynolds

Paul D. Reynolds is the 2010-2011 Howard Hoffman Distinguished Scholar of Management and Entrepreneurship at GeorgeWashingtonUniversity and a Senior Research Fellow at University of St.Gallen in Switzerland.

He has held faculty appointments at the Universityof California, Riverside University of Minnesota; Marquette University ;BabsonCollege ;London Business School and Florida International University and visiting and research appointments at the University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, INSEAD in France, Nanyang Technical Universityin, Singapore and George Mason University.
Reynolds completed undergraduate work in engineering at the University of Kansas (BS; 1960); all graduate work was completed at Stanford University, with degrees earned in business (1964; MBA), psychology (1966; MA), and sociology (1969; PhD).

Over the past 20 years he was the coordinating principal investigator of two longitudinal studies of US business creation (Panel Studies of Entrepreneurial Dynamics, I and II) and the founding principal investigator of a seventy nation comparison of entrepreneurial activity (Global Entrepreneurship Monitor). Reynolds currently serves as co-principal investigator of the second US Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics. He is the author or co-author of five books; eight edited collections; 42 research reports and monographs; 92 peer review journal articles and book chapters; eight data sets in the ICPSR archives; and made over three hundred presentations to professional and policy audiences. In 2004 Reynolds received the annual Swedish International Award for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research. 

Maud Olofsson

Maud Olofsson

Swedish minister for Enterprise and Energy, Maud Olofsson will open this year's annual conference for the ICSB (International Council for Small Business).

Maud Olofsson has been minister for Enterprise and Energy for the past 5 years. She has shown particular interest in women entrepreneurship and simplification of rules for companies.

Kazuhiro Iwata

Kazuhiro Iwata

Mr. Kazuhiro Iwata assumed the position of the president in Koiwa Bond Manufacturing Co., Ltd. in April, 2005.

Koiwa Bond Manufacturing was founded in Aichi Prefecture in 1947. They started business in the woven textile industry, and now they mainly manufacture automotive interior parts for many car manufacturers such as Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co., Ltd., utilizing their laminating/ bonding technologies. They also manufacture a wide range of products in such fields as construction, interior, medical care, shoes, electricity, sports and fashion.

Although there was a concern about the high risk that accompanies overseas business development of SMEs, Mr. Iwata looked ahead to the future and took initiative in promoting overseas expansion of Koiwa in 2000 as the successor of the company. As the result, joint venture companies were established in China and Thailand. Those companies grew so significantly that profits from overseas business are now supporting Koiwa´s business in Japan.

They are currently trying to open new business fields such as eco-friendly processing or challenging processing, by utilizing technologies they have developed in the past.

Elizabeth Gatewood

Elizabeth Gatewood

Elizabeth Gatewood is director, NSF Partners for Innovation at Wake Forest University. Dr. Gatewood led Wake Forest's efforts to instill entrepreneurial thinking and action across campus.

Previously, she was the Jack M. Gill Chair of Entrepreneurship and Director of The Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Indiana University. Prior to her role at Indiana University, Dr. Gatewood was the Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Small Business Development Center Network, an organization providing training and consulting services to entrepreneurs and small business owners in the greater Houston region. Dr. Gatewood also founded and served as director of the Center for Business and Economic Studies at the University of Georgia.

In 2004 Entrepreneur magazine named Dr. Gatewood one of the top ten entrepreneurship center directors in the country. She has written more than 80 articles, book chapters and monographs on entrepreneurial processes, women entrepreneurs and economic development. She is also a past recipient of the Academy of Management's Advocate Award for outstanding contributions to the field of entrepreneurship.

Dr. Gatewood is a member of the Diana project, a research study of women business owners and equity capital access. In 2007, the Diana project members won the FSF-NUTEK Award, a prestigious international award given annually in recognition of outstanding entrepreneurship and small business research. Dr. Gatewood is a graduate of Purdue University where she earned a bachelor's degree in psychology. She received her masters in business administration and her doctorate from the University of Georgia.

Dame Cheryll Sotheran

Dame Cheryl Sotheran is Director of Creative Industries at Strategic Business Solutions, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. In her role she has been responsible for delivering a growth strategy for New Zealand's creative sector.

Dame Cheryll was also the founding CEO of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Australasia's largest tourist attraction, from 1993-2002. Her career began in education. She has been teaching in art and culture criticism and commentry, cultural sector/museum management, local and central government senior strategic management and economic development.
Dame Cheryll has received a number of awards for her work in developing her country's creative sector. She has written numerous articles and given speeches on arts and cultural issues and management.

Howard E. Aldrich

Howard E. Aldrich received his Ph.D. from theUniversity of Michigan and is Kenan Professor of Sociology, Chair of the Sociology Department, Adjunct Professor of Business at the University of North Carolina , Chapel Hill, and Faculty Research Associate at the Department of Strategy & Entrepreneurship, Fuqua School of Business, DukeUniversity. 

His book, Organizations Evolving (Sage, 1999), won the George Terry Award from the  Academy of Management and was co-winner of the Max Weber Award from the OOW section of the American Sociological Association.  In 2000, he won the Swedish Foundation on Small Business Award for his research on entrepreneurship.  In 2002, he won the J. Carlyle Sitterson Award for Excellent in Freshman Teaching at UNC-CH.  His forthcoming book, An Evolutionary Approach to Entrepreneurship: Selected Essays, will be published by Edward Elgar later this year.


Åsa Lindholm Dahlstrand (plenary moderator)

Åsa Lindholm Dahlstrand is professor of Business Administration- specialising in entrepreneurship, School of Business and Engineering, Halmstad University. Appointed in 2005.

Åsa Lindholm Dahlstrand's professorship in Business Administration with specialisation in Entrepreneurship has been financed from a donation from the Sparbanksstiftelsen Kronan foundation. From the beginning Åsa Lindholm Dahlstrand has an engineering background but began early on to be interested in the area of Business and Economics. In particular it is the role of small and newly-established technology companies in economic development which interests her. Financial systems where technological companies of various sizes interact via company spin-offs and acquisitions subsequently became the subject of her PhD thesis.

Linley Chiwona-Karltun

Dr. Linley Chiwona-Karltun is a senior lecturer and research fellow at The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU).

A strong proponent for capacity building, particularly, women, she strives to instill a sense of poise and public speaking skills in her training programmes. She has published original works on issues focusing on food toxicology, livelihoods, well-being, natural resource management, migration and public health. She is the study director of the Postgraduate Research School on Natural Resource Management & Livelihoods (NRML) in International Development supporting students, staff and scientists pursing interdisciplinary research through mentoring and networking. A leader in inter-disciplinary training in Rural Development she has initiated research collaboration with universities in: Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America and North America. Her work beyond academia encompasses: the Food & Agricultural Organisation (FAO), Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), The Centre for tropical Agriculture (CIAT), The World Fish Centre, and The Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CTA), The Food and Agriculture Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) and The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). These links have resulted in programmes for students and studies leading to masters and doctoral degrees. She is a founding member of the Network of African-European Women Scientists (NAWES) www.nawes.org and holds the position of secretary and is an activist for African Diaspora. She worked for the International Foundation for Science (IFS) coordinating the women and science capacity building partnership with the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development AWARD/ICRAF programme from 2008 to 2010. Together with colleagues, she has published: A reason to be bitter - cassava classification from the farmer´s perspective; A laboratory manual on cassava chemical food safety and A guide book to effective scientific writing: scientific writing and communication in agriculture research.

Karin Nilsdotter

Karin Nilsdotter is Director of Spaceport Sweden.

Spaceport Sweden is a national initiative aiming to develop space tourism in Sweden and establish Spaceport Sweden as Europe's gateway to space offering adventures both in space and on Earth. Karin Nilsdotter is Chairman of Swedish Lapland and Kiruna Lapland Tourist Boards and has extensive experience within the tourism industry where she has held senoir international management roles spanning from nation branding to strategic business alliances and business development. Nilsdotter is a distinguished graduate of Henley Business School where she earned her Executive MBA and was commended for her pioneering management commitment.

Olle Vogel

Olle Vogel (Ph.D.), holds a position as Programme Manager at the Knowledge Foundation since 1998 with the main responsibility to initiate and manage national programs for competence development.

The programmes are based on co-production between academy and industry and addresses areas such as Lean Production, Intelligent Products, Micro/Nano-system Technology and Food and Biotechnology. Prior to this position Vogel worked as Project Manager at the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Science 1996-1997 with responsibility for chiefly Energy issues and Foresight studies. During the period 1992-1995 he was appointed research officer at the Swedish Research Council for Engineering Sciences, responsible for the areas Engineering Physics, Information Technology, Biotechnology, and Medical Technology. Before that Vogel was a researcher in Atomic physics at University of Uppsala. He holds a degree in Engineering Science from the same university where he also has studied Classical Archaeology and Ancient History. Vogel is on the board of the Tandem Accelerator Laboratory in Uppsala and has been a member of other boards and committees for national laboratories/facilities in physics. He has a broad experience of commissions concerning research and innovation policy and evaluation. 

Bengt Johannisson

Bengt Johannisson is professor at Linnaeus University, Sweden. He was the 2008 winner of the Global Award of Entrepreneurship Research. Johannisson is a pioneer in the field of entrepreneurship and small business research in Europe. For more than three decades, his research on the entrepreneur and the role of small business in regional development has inspired and provoked scholars as well as doctoral students.

Furthermore, Johannisson has been an important contributor to the organization of the  European and small business research fields. He has also acted as editor for the journal Entrepreneurship and Regional Development which under his direction evolved into one of the leading publications in entrepreneurship research.

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