Professor Bjørn T. Asheim is from September 2013 full professor in economic geography and innovation studies at UiS Business School/Centre for Innovation Research, University of Stavanger, Norway. He is also professor at CIRCLE (Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy), Lund University. He is co-founder of CIRCLE, which is a Centre of Excellence in innovation system research. He was deputy director of CIRCLE July 2004 to Augsut 2011, director September 2011- December 2012, and is now holding a 20% senior professor appointment. In 2006 CIRCLE won the prestigious 10-year Linnaeus grant from the Swedish Research Council as one of 20 excellent research milieus across all sciences. He had 2001 until 2015 the chair in economic geography at the Department of Human Geography, University of Lund. He was professor II at the Department of Innovation and Economic Organisation at BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo 2012-2016. He was program director for NORSI-PING (Norwegian Research School in Innovation – Program in Innovation and Growth), which is funded by Research Council Norway 2012-2016, and is now deputy director of NORSI 2016-2020.
He was Editor of Economic Geography 2000-2006 and of Regional Studies 2003-05, and is member of the editorial board of several journals including Economic Geography, European Planning Studies and previously also in Journal of Economic Geography. He has served as an international expert for UNCTAD, OECD, UNIDO, Ministry of Knowledge Economy, South Korea, Department of Economic Development, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait and EU DG DG Research (rapporteur in Expert Group on ‘Creating RegionalAdvantage’2004-2006), and DG Regio as an Smart Specialisation expert as well as on panels for the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council), UK, the ESF, Research Council of Norway, the National Science Foundation, FCT, Portugal and the Academy of Finland.
Head of Research Department Innovation, Space & Culture, Westphalian University, Institute for Work and Technology.
Since March 2002, she has been working as researcher at the department «Innovation, Space & Culture» at the Institute for Work and Technology and since February 2017 she is head of the research department. Her primary research interests involve the interplay of innovation, (social) relations and knowledge from the perspective of innovation, management and spatial theory.
Dr Marina Ranga works with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Seville, Spain, where she is involved in several projects on regional innovation and smart specialisation. Prior to her EC appointment, she spent six years at Stanford University, as Senior Researcher at H-STAR Institute (2010-15) and Faculty Research Fellow at Clayman Institute for Gender Research (2009-2010). Before that, she was Assistant Professor in Innovation Management at Newcastle University Business School and Groningen University (2005-2009). She also held several visiting positions, such as Visiting Professor at University of Warsaw (2014); Visiting Fellow at Sussex University, School of Business, Management and Economics (2009-11); Visiting Professor in the UNESCO international inter-university PhD programme “Entrepreneurship and Innovativeness” (2009-present) and in the Austrian Global Academy held by the Austrian Council for RTD (2015).
She holds a PhD and an MSc in Science and Technology Policy from Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) of Sussex University and a MSc/BA in Chemical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest. Her main areas of expertise include: Innovation ecosystems (national and regional innovation systems, Triple Helix Systems); the Entrepreneurial University, University-Industry cooperation, technology transfer and academic entrepreneurship; Technology-driven innovation in higher education; Gender in innovation, technology and entrepreneurship. In these areas, she developed a portfolio that includes over 30 research projects and extensive consultancy and advisory work for the EC, several UN bodies, OECD, national and regional government agencies. Since 2015 she chairs the EC’s Advisory Group on H2020 “Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation” and since 2007 is a member of the UN-ECE Team of Experts on Innovation and Competitiveness Policy. She is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities (ACEEU), and of the Scientific Board of the University-Industry Innovation Network (UIIN). She led an international expert team performing a review of Hungary’s national R&I system under the DG RTD Policy Support Facility (2015) and a DG RTD expert mission to Romania within the project “Development of a RIS3 Strategy for the EU” (2013). She is currently involved in DG EAC’s study “State of European University-Business Cooperation”, as National Partner for Croatia, Macedonia, Romania and Turkey (2016–2017). She has been an evaluator for several H2020 funding schemes (Marie Curie Fellowships, Twinning, SME Instrument) and for national innovation agencies in the Netherlands, Poland, and Hungary. Dr Ranga served as Chair of the Strategy Committee and several other committees of the Triple Helix Association, in other professional associations and in over 15 conference scientific and organizing committees, having extensive experience in the coordination of international networks.
Saulo Dubard Barbosa
Saulo Dubard Barbosa is Associate Professor at EMLYON Business School, where he currently teaches new venture creation and social entrepreneurship at different levels. His main research interests are on decision making under uncertainty, venture creation, and social change. His doctoral dissertation, on the risk perception associated with new venture creation, received the 2009 Best Doctoral Dissertation Award by the FNEGE and the French Entrepreneurship & Innovation Academy. His research has appeared articles in journals such as Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice, Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Journal of Business Venturing, and M@n@gement.
Soumodip Sarkar is a Professor at the Department of Management, University of Évora, Portugal, researcher at CEFAGE-UE, and is currently also an Associate at the Asia Center, Harvard University. He received his PhD in Economics from Northeastern University, Boston in 1995. He previously worked with the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID) and later CID, Kennedy School, Harvard University. He is currently also an Associate of the Asia Center at Harvard University (a position until October 2016). He is currently also the president of the Portuguese Evaluation Commission, A3ES (responsible for university evaluations in the management area).
Professor Sarkar had been the Dean of Doctoral School (IIFA), of the University of Évora where he is also the coordinator of the Program in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. His research interests are innovation, entrepreneurship and international business. He has published papers in many scientific journals and is in the editorial board of four international scientific journals. His recent research has been published in high impact journals such as: Technology Forecasting and Social Change, Journal of Business Research, Service Business, Sustainability, Journal of Cleaner Production, Journal of Knowledge Economy, European Journal of Innovation Management, Service Industries Journal, Trends in Food Science and Technology, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Energy Journal among others. He has published four books on entrepeneurship and innovation, and his most recent book EntreSutra is scheduled to be published in June, 2017, by Bloomsbury.
He was recently considered one of the top 100 experts internationally by the World Economic Forum (WEF Innovation 100).
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