Research network

The IGL Research Network includes researchers from around the world working on randomised trials related to innovation, high-growth entrepreneurship and growth.

Albert Banal-Estañol

Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Other affiliations: 
City University
Barcelona GSE
Research interests: 
Corporate Finance
Competition Policy
Market Regulation
Environmental Sciences
Innovation
Entrepreneurship

Albert Banal-Estañol is Associate Professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, programme director of the MSc in Corporate Finance and Banking at the UPF-Barcelona School of Management, affiliated Professor at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (BGSE), and affiliated Reader at City University London.

Previously, he has held teaching and research positions at the University of Western Ontario in Canada, Northwestern University in the US, University of Cambridge, UCL, and London Business School in the UK, and the University of Munich in Germany.

Alongside his academic work, Albert has provided consultant advice to merging companies and competition authorities, and has delivered executive training courses for government agencies, regulators and private companies. He holds a PhD in Economics from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, an MSc in Mathematics from Université Paul Sabatier, and a BSc in Mathematics from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.

Albert Bravo-Biosca

Nesta
Other affiliations: 
Barcelona Graduate School of Economics
Research interests: 
Innovation
Entrepreneurship
Financial Markets
Productivity
Firm Dynamics

Albert is Senior Economist at Nesta, where he has led the development of the Innovation Growth Lab. His prior work has been at the intersection of innovation, growth and finance. He led two of Nesta’s major research programmes in this area, one exploring business growth dynamics and its drivers in the UK and internationally, the other examining the contribution of intangible assets to productivity growth.

Among others, his research has also looked at the drivers of venture capital performance, the linkages between financial institutions and innovative performance, and the effectiveness of innovation policy. Albert holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard University, a MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He is guest professor at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. He has also been visiting economist at the OECD and consultant for the World Bank.

Alessandro Maffioli

Inter-American Development Bank
Other affiliations: 
Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy
Research interests: 
Innovation
International Development

Alessandro Maffioli is a Principal Economist in the Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness at the Inter-American Development Bank, where he coordinates the unit’s work on impact evaluation in the area of production development and credit. During his ten-year experience at the IDB, Alessandro has coordinated several impact evaluations of projects in the areas of agricultural development, science and technology, SMEs’ productivity and access to credit.

Prior to joining the IDB in 2004, Alessandro spent five years at the Center for Research on Latin American and Transition Economies (ISLA) of Bocconi University, where he focused his research on economics of innovation and regional economics. Alessandro holds a Ph.D. in Economics of Production and Development the University of Insubria, Italy. Since 2012, Alessandro is adjunct assistant professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy of the Georgetown University.

Alicia Robb

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Other affiliations: 
University of California Berkeley
University of Colorado Boulder
Research interests: 
Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurial Finance

Alicia Robb is a senior fellow with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the principal investigator on the Kauffman Firm Survey. She is also a research associate at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the Centre for European Economic Research.

The author of two books, as well as numerous book chapters and journal articles, Robb is a leading expert in small business financing in the United States, participating in SME financing initiatives by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the G20 Working Group on SME financing, and the European Central Bank. She also is a leading expert on women and minority entrepreneurship and currently sits on the National Advisory Board for Minority Business Enterprises.

Robb received her PhD in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, specializing in econometrics and economic development.

Andrew King

University of Virginia Darden School of Business
Research interests: 
Corporate Innovation

Andrew is a Senior Researcher and PhD Candidate affiliated with Darden’s Batten Institute. He has a particular interest in understanding the cognitive underpinnings driving teams and organisations that persistently innovate and produce unpredictable solutions. His research projects span from high-growth leadership and growing entrepreneurial ecosystems to studying the cognitive factors driving corporate innovation. He has conducted and presented pilot studies measuring the cognitive impacts of innovation training using controlled trials.

His proposed dissertation investigates the evolution of innovation teams that operate using learned entrepreneurial and design thinking logics. Andrew recently co-authored the book “Solving Problems with Design Thinking: 10 Stories of What Works” with Jeanne Liedtka and Kevin Bennett. He is also responsible for managing the Darden & Cambridge Judge Entrepreneurship and Innovation Research Conference series. Andrew holds a BA in Economics from Sewanee, and an MSc in International Management from Oxford Brookes University.

Asif Mehedi

University of Virginia Darden School of Business
Research interests: 
Entrepreneurship
Pedagogy

Asif Mehedi works as a Research Associate in the thought leadership team of the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia. He is a native of Dhaka, Bangladesh, where he had worked at development financial institutions and for a non-profit to develop local small and medium-sized businesses.

In the latter role, he partnered with industry associations and promising entrepreneurs to design and execute high-impact growth initiatives which had both social and economic objectives. Asif has an MBA from University of Virginia.

Cédric Schneider

Copenhagen Business School
Other affiliations: 
KU Leuven
Research interests: 
Innovation Policy
Patents
Productivity

Cédric Schneider is an Associate Professor at the Copenhagen Business School, department of Economics. His research focuses on a broad range of questions in the economics of innovation: the financing of innovation, the analysis of innovation using patent data, patent policy, innovation and productivity and innovation in the context of university-industry collaboration.

Chaning Jang

Busara Center for Behavioral Economics
Other affiliations: 
Princeton University
Research interests: 
Behavioral Economics
Development
ICT4D
Innovation

Chaning is a post-doctoral research associate at Princeton University and the Associate Scientific Director at the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics. He is interested in the intersections of psychology, behavioral economics and development. Chaning’s current work includes a variety of lab, field, and lab-in-the-field work, primarily in Kenya.  Ongoing work includes RCTs on the effects of lottery savings mechanisms on savings balances, how behavioral interventions affect the take up of micro insurance and the effect of health insurance on stress. Other work includes a number of lab experiments on the effect of stress on economic and social decision-making and the effect of work on subjective wellbeing.  Chaning has a PhD in economics from the University of Hawaii.

Christian Catalini

MIT Sloan School of Management
Research interests: 
Economics of Innovation
Entrepreneurship
Digital Currencies
Scientific Productivity

Christian Catalini is the Fred Kayne (1960) Career Development Professor of Entrepreneurship and Assistant Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His research focuses on crowdfunding, Bitcoin, how proximity affects the recombination of ideas, and the economics of science.

In 2009-10 he was a visiting scholar at Harvard IQSS. He has presented his research on proximity and innovation at a variety of institutions including Harvard University, MIT, Yale University, and London Business School. Christian holds a BE in International Markets and New Technologies, and an MSc in Economics and Management of New Technologies from Bocconi University, Milan, and a PhD in Strategic Management from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

Christina Ungerer

Constance University of Applied Sciences IST Institute for Strategic Innovation & Technology Management
Other affiliations: 
NITIM graduate school
Research interests: 
Innovation
Entrepreneurship
Technology Management
Market Research
Strategic Management
Marketing

Christina Ungerer joined the IST institute at Constance University of Applied Sciences in July 2015. She is a PhD candidate at the NITIM doctoral program (nitim.eu) under the supervision of Guido Baltes. Within the research fields of entrepreneurship and innovation, she is exploring indicators for survival and growth of technology-based ventures. Current projects in particular focus on the effectiveness of business coaching on ventures’ survival capabilities and the analysis of business plans. 

Before starting her PhD, Christina worked as a consultant in the automotive industry where she engaged in strategy development as well as project and process management. Being involved in a technology-based startup between 2010 and 2015, she simultaneously gathered experience in the high-tech venture ecosystem. She graduated with a BSc in International Business from Pforzheim University in 2011 and with a MSc in International Management from Northeastern University (Boston) and Reutlingen University in 2014.

Christoph Ihl

Hamburg University of Technology
Other affiliations: 
TUHH Institute of Entrepreneurship
Research interests: 
Team Formation and Composition
Social Networks
Cultural Embeddedness
Social Influence
Social Judgement

Christoph Ihl is professor of entrepreneurship at Hamburg University of Technology, where he heads the Institute of Entrepreneurship and acts as academic director of “Startup Dock”, the university’s entrepreneurship center. His research focuses on the formation and evaluation of innovative ideas, teams, projects or ventures under the impact of social and cultural networks in domains such as digital startups, science or creative industries.

Prior to joining Hamburg University of Technology, he was assistant professor at RWTH Aachen University. He obtained his doctoral degree from Technische Universität München, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and management from Berlin University of Technology and participated in University of British Columbia’s MBA program in Vancouver.

Chuck Eesley

Stanford University
Research interests: 
Entrepreneurship
Technology
Institutional Change

Chuck Eesley is Assistant Professor at Stanford University in the Department of Management Science and Engineering (MS&E). His research and teaching interests focus on institutions and technology entrepreneurship. He wants to find out which individual attributes, strategies and institutional arrangements optimally drive high growth entrepreneurship, and ultimately economic growth. In particular, Chuck’s research focuses on the determinants of high-growth, innovative firm creation across institutional contexts. He examines how the environment influences entrepreneurs and firms.

In 2010, Chuck received the Best Dissertation Award in the Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management and he was recipient of the 2007 Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s Dissertation Fellowship award. His work has been generously funded by Sequoia Capital, Sohu.com, the Kauffman Foundation, the MIT Entrepreneurship Center and Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP). Chuck earned his BS from Duke University and doctorate from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Coen Rigtering

Utrecht University
Research interests: 
Behavioral Economics
intrapreneurship
corporate entrepreneurship

Coen Rigtering holds Master degree (cum laude) in Policy, Communication and Organization from the VU University in Amsterdam and a Ph.D. in Corporate Entrepreneurship from the Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.). Currently, he works as an assistant professor at U.S.E specializing in corporate entrepreneurship, organizational theory and entrepreneurship. He has been a guest lecturer at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 2009 and Stellenbosch University in 2010 and 2012.

His work is published in several academic journals such as: Review of Managerial Science, International Entrepreneurship and  Management Journal, and The Service Industries Journal. In 2012 he was named the USE Ph.D. student of the year. His primary research interests are in the field of corporate entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, and strategic management in family businesses.

Daniel Ortega

CAF
Other affiliations: 
IESA
Research interests: 
Crime
Social Inclusion
Productivity

Daniel E. Ortega is Director of Impact Evaluation and Policy Learning at CAF – Development Bank of Latin America – and associate professor at IESA Business School. His research has been in the area of microeconomics of development, with a focus on social experimentation and impact evaluation of anti-crime interventions in Latin America, such as police training programs in Colombia and Argentina as well as two hotspots patrol experimental evaluations in Bogotá and Medellin. He is coordinator of CAF’s research program on citizen security and has recently led several experiments with tax authorities to evaluate strategies for increasing tax compliance. An overarching theme is the use of impact evaluation as a tool for public management, which can help public institutions transform their policy experience into a lasting knowledge footprint. His research has been published in several peer reviewed scholarly journals. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Maryland.

David Morris

New Economy Manchester
Research interests: 
Public Policy Evaluation
Business Support
Employment
Skills Policy

David is Head of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority Evaluation team. He has particular expertise in relation to the evaluation of business support, skills and employment initiatives and he David leads New Economy’s work in training officers nationwide in how to apply appraisal and evaluation techniques. David is also part of a team of GM officers working with government and partners such as the network of What Works Centres to ensure robust evaluation of GM’s various Devolution Deals.

David Perez-Castrillo

Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
Research interests: 
Game Theory
Innovation Economics
Economics of Science and Innovation

David Pérez-Castrillo earned a PhD in economics from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, in 1991. He had previously graduated in Mathematics from the University of the Bask Country in Bilbao. David is currently Professor at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Barcelona GSE. He is also MOVE, CODE and CESIfo Research Affiliate. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, Economics Letters, SERIEs: Journal of the Spanish Economic Association, and the International Game Theory Review.
David has been awarded the Distinció per a la Promoció de la Recerca Universitària of the Generalitat de Catalunya for Young Researchers, an ICREA Academia chair and the Arrow Price of the BE Journal. His research on game theory and applied microeconomics has been published, among others, in American Economic Review, Journal of Economic Theory, International Economic Review, and Games and Economic Behavior. 

Diego Comin

Dartmouth College
Research interests: 
Macroeconomics
Technology
Innovation
Economic Development
International Economics Tourism

Diego Comin is a Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College. He is also Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research and Faculty Research Fellow in the National Bureau of Economic Research's Economic Fluctuations and Growth Program. Comin is a fellow for the Institute of New Economic Thinking (INET).

Professor Comin has published multiple articles in top economic journals on the topics of business cycles, technology diffusion and economic growth. He has also authored cases studies published in the book Drivers of Competitiveness. Comin’s research has been supported by the Gates foundation, the National Science Foundation, the C.V. Star Foundation, and the Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung (ZEW). Comin has advised the Prime Minister of Malaysia on its development strategies and has consulted for the ECB, World Bank, IMF, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Citibank, Danish Science Ministry, and the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) of the government of Japan.

Professor Comin received his PhD in Economics from Harvard University in 2000. Since then, he has been Assistant Professor of Economics at New York University and Associate Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School (HBS) where he taught both in the MBA and in executive programs. He has also designed and led immersion programs in Peru and Malaysia for which he received the Apgar Prize for Innovation in Teaching from the HBS Dean.

Diego Ubfal

Bocconi University
Other affiliations: 
IGIER
IZA
Research interests: 
Development Economics
Applied Macroeconomics
Applied Econometrics

Diego Ubfal is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Bocconi University.  His research focuses on savings, time-preferences, access to financial services and selection into entrepreneurship in emerging countries. He has designed randomised experiments in Africa and Latin America.  His teaching focuses on Programme Evaluation and Development Economics. 

He joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in February 2012 and IGIER in September 2012.  He holds his undergraduate degree from the University of Buenos Aires, a master degree from the University of San Andres in Argentina and received his Ph.D.  in 2012 from the University of California at Los Angeles. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Los Angeles and has worked on Impact Evaluation at the Inter-American Development Bank in 2005-2006 and at the Central Bank of Mexico in the summer of 2009.

Guido Baltes

Constance University of Applied Sciences IST Institute for Strategic Innovation & Technology Management
Other affiliations: 
CeTIM Munich/Leiden
Research interests: 
Strategic Management & Innovation
Innovation-Driven Growth Strategies
corporate entrepreneurship

Guido Baltes is a tenured professor at Constance University of Applied Sciences heading the IST Institute for Strategic Innovation & Technology Management. He teaches strategic management & innovation and entrepreneurial leadership. For postgraduate education he is faculty member of the NiTiM PhD school on Networks, IT & Innovation Management. His research deals with technology strategy, strategic innovation and corporate entrepreneurship. Currently, he focuses on entrepreneurial new business development teams as a means of ambidexterity as well as identifying success factors in entrepreneurial leadership. 

Guido Baltes acts as founder and co-founder of several startup companies. Before joining the university, he was responsible for strategy and marketing in the management board of one of Germany’s top three IT services companies. He holds a MSc in Aerospace Engineering (Federal University Munich), an MBA in Strategy and Organisation (University Hagen), and a PhD in Management of Technology (Federal University Munich).

Hasan Bakhshi

Nesta
Other affiliations: 
Queensland University of Technology
Research interests: 
Data
Experimental Research Methods
Arts
Creative Industries

Hasan Bakhshi leads Nesta's creative and digital economy policy and research.  Prior to Nesta, Hasan worked as Executive Director and Senior International Economist at Lehman Brothers, and as Deputy Chief Economist at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He has eight years experience as an economist at the Bank of England. Hasan has published widely in academic journals and policy publications on topics ranging from economic growth to the economics of the creative and cultural sector.

His recent work includes an application of a randomised controlled trial in industrial policy and a quasi-field experiment in the performing arts. Hasan has a BA in Economics from Cambridge and an MPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford. Hasan is Adjunct Professor at the Queensland University of Technology and a member of the government’s Creative Industries Council. 

Henry Overman

LSE
What Works Centre
Research interests: 
Economic Activity Clusters
Evolution of Cities
Causes and Consequences of Urban Sprawl

Henry Overman is professor in Economic Geography in the Department of Geography and Environment and since September 2013, the director of the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth. Previously, Henry directed the Spatial Economics Research Centre.

He has provided policy advice to, amongst others, the European Commission, Department for International Development, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, Department for Communities and Local Government, and Department for Transport. Henry holds a PhD and an MSc from LSE and a BSc from the University of Bristol.

Howard Haines

Quatere
Other affiliations: 
Utah State University
Research interests: 
Entrepreneurship

Howard Haines is currently a PhD student in the Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences department at Utah State University. His research focus is on how people learn to persist and become successful entrepreneurs. He also has helped to create and advise several immersive venture accelerator programmes in Utah and Oklahoma in the past few years.

He presently serves as the executive director for Startup Utah, a volunteer entrepreneur community, and is part of an advisory team at the non-profit Quatere Foundries while teaching both offline and online entrepreneurship courses.  He also has a master’s degree in Business Administration from Brigham Young University.

Ina Ganguli

University of Massachusetts Amherst
Research interests: 
Labour Economics
Economics of Science and Innovation
International Development
Economic History

Ina Ganguli is an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She works on topics related to how individuals acquire and use their skills, particularly on science and innovation, immigration, and gender issues. Much of her work is focused on the behaviour of high-skilled "knowledge" workers - scientists and engineers. Ina holds a PhD in Public Policy – Economics from Harvard University, a MPP in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, and a BA in Mathematical Methods in Social Sciences, and Political Science from Northwestern University.

Inés Macho-Stadler

Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
Research interests: 
Contracts and Incentives
Industrial Organisation
Applied Game Theory
Innovation
Collaboration

Inés Macho-Stadler received her PhD from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, in 1989. She is professor at the Department of Economics, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and member of the Barcelona GSE and MOVE. Her research interest involves information theory, industrial organisation and applied game theory. Her work has been published, among others, in Journal of Economic Behavior and Organisation, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, Journal of Economic Theory, International Economic Review, and Games and Economic Behavior.

She has written the textbook “An Introduction to the Economics of Information: Incentives and Contracts” (joint with David Pérez-Castrillo), published by Oxford University Press. She is associate editor of the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organisation, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, Games and Economic Behavior, and Revue d'Economie Politique. She is fellow of the European Economic Association (EEA), the Spanish Economic Association and the CESIfo. 

Jeremy Shapiro

Busara Center for Behavioral Economics
Research interests: 
Economic Development
Behavioral Economics
Applied Policy Research

Jeremy Shapiro holds a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has conducted research as a Post Doctoral Associate and Associate Research Scholar at Yale and Princeton Universities. His research focuses on economic development and behavioral economics, including multiple impact evaluations in India, the Philippines, South Africa, Kenya and Peru. Jeremy is a co-founder and former director of GiveDirectly - an organization making direct cash transfers to low-income households in East Africa via mobile money technology. He is also President of the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics, which conducts novel research in decision science and provides advisory services to the private, public and non-profit sectors.

John Van Reenen

LSE
Other affiliations: 
CEP
Research interests: 
Productivity
Innovation
Industrial Organisation
Competition Policy

John Van Reenen is Professor of economics at the London School of Economics, and Director of the Centre of Economic Performance since 2003. He is a fellow of the British Academy, the Econometric Society and the Society of Labor Economists.

In 2009 John was awarded the Yrjö Jahnsson Award, which is given to the best economist under the age of 45 “who has made a contribution that is significant to economics in Europe”. Van Reenen’s numerous works have had a particular focus on causes and consequences of innovation.

Most recently, his work has investigated how to increase management quality and productivity. He has been a senior policy advisor to 10 Downing Street, the UK Secretary of State for Health and the European Commission. John received his BA from the University of Cambridge, his MSc from the London School of Economics and his PhD from University College London.

Josh Lerner

Harvard University
Research interests: 
Alliances
Entrepreneurship
Innovation
Patents
Private Equity
Venture Capital

Josh Lerner is the Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking at Harvard Business School, and head of the Entrepreneurial Management unit. He co-directs the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Productivity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Program and serves as co-editor of their publication, Innovation Policy and the Economy.

Lerner founded and runs the Private Capital Research Institute, a non-profit devoted to encouraging access to data and research about venture capital and private equity, and serves as vice-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Investing. His research focuses mostly on venture capital, private equity, innovation policies and the impact they have on firm strategies.

Among other recognitions, he is the winner of the Swedish government’s Global Entrepreneurship Research Award.  Lerner graduated from Yale College with a special divisional major that combined physics with the history of technology and he holds a PhD from Harvard’s Economics Department.

Juan Mateos-Garcia

Nesta
Other affiliations: 
University of Brighton
Research interests: 
Organisation of Innovation
Economics of Data Information and Knowledge
Creative Industries
Creative Economy

Juan is an Economics Research Fellow at Nesta in the Creative Economy team for Policy and Research. His current work includes a programme of research around the impacts of big data and analytics on innovation and growth, and their implications for policy and management practice. He is also using new web-based sources to understand emerging industries and innovation activities, with a recent application to mapping the UK games industry.

Previously, Juan worked on Next Gen, an independent review of skills for the UK video games and visual effects industries, and A Manifesto for the Creative Economy among other projects. Before joining Nesta, Juan was a researcher at SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit), University of Sussex, and CENTRIM at the University of Brighton. He remains a Visiting Fellow in CENTRIM.   Juan has a background in economics, and an MSc (with distinction) in Science and Technology Policy from SPRU.

Kåre Moberg

The Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship
Other affiliations: 
Young Enterprise
Copenhagen Business School
Research interests: 
Entrepreneurship Education
Programme Evaluation
Structural Equation Modelling (SEM)

Kåre Moberg, PhD is working as a researcher at the Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship – Young Enterprise. He has been researching the effects of different kinds of entrepreneurship education at all educational levels in Denmark – from ABC to PhD. Kåre was the leading researcher in the ASTEE project where he, in collaboration with fifteen national partners developed and tested survey designs for impact analysis of entrepreneurship education at primary, secondary and tertiary level of education.

He previously worked as a project manager for the Øresund University and has helped to develop and launch several programmes in entrepreneurship and innovation. As a researcher at the Foundation Kåre analyse the short and long term effects of training in entrepreneurship, and how we can improve education in the topic.  

Karim Lakhani

Harvard University
Other affiliations: 
Institute for Quantitative Social Science
Research interests: 
Communities
Distributed Innovation
Open Source
Technological Innovation
Technology Strategy

Karim R. Lakhani is the Lumry Family Associate Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and the Principal Investigator of the Harvard-NASA Tournament Lab at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. He specializes in the management of technological innovation in firms and communities.

His research is on distributed innovation systems and the movement of innovative activity to the edges of organizations and into communities. He has extensively studied the emergence of open source software communities and their unique innovation and product development strategies. He has also investigated how critical knowledge from outside of the organization can be accessed through innovation contests. Currently Lakhani is investigating incentives and behaviour in contests and the mechanisms behind scientific team formation through field experiments on the TopCoder platform and the Harvard Medical School.

Lakhani holds a PhD in management and an MSc in Technology and Policy from MIT, and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Management from McMaster University.

Laura Rosendahl Huber

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
Research interests: 
Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship Education
experimental economics
Economics of Education
Organizational Economics

Laura Rosendahl Huber holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Amsterdam and is currently working as a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition. Her primary fields of research are Entrepreneurship, Economics of Education and Organizational Economics. In her research she strives to answer research questions that have practical and/or policy relevant implications. Her current research consists of several field experiments that are applied to study different topics related to entrepreneurship and innovation. For example, one of her research projects, which is conducted in close collaboration with IGL, studies the effectiveness of an Innovation Voucher program to stimulate innovation activities of SMEs. Other examples of research projects study the effect of entrepreneurship education in a European context, and investigate how interaction with entrepreneurial role models affects students’ entrepreneurial competencies, attitudes and intentions.

Leonardo Iacovone

The World Bank
Research interests: 
Trade
Economic Development
Firm-level Dynamics

Leonardo has been working for the World Bank since 2006. Since joining he  has been working  in the Development Research Group and in the Financial and Private Sector Development Unit of the Africa Region.  Currently Leonardo is a Senior Economist with the Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Global Practice.

In the last few years his work has focused on Latin America (in particular Mexico and Colombia) and Africa, but in the past he has also worked on East Asia (i.e. Indonesia) and ECA (i.e. Russia). Before joining the World Bank Leonardo worked as a consultant in Latin America and Southern Africa for the UNDP, WTO, UNIDO, USAID and EU. Leonardo was trained at Bocconi University, University Torquato di Tella, and received a PhD in Economics from University of Sussex.

Linda Hickman

LSE
Research interests: 
Business Strategy
Innovation
Technology

Dr Linda Hickman is an entrepreneur, educator, mentor, author, Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics, and founder of Hickman & Associates based in London. A graduate of Stanford University, a Silicon Valley and European network supports her mentoring and consulting. 

Her entrepreneurial experience in opening new businesses and markets in over 37 countries at Oracle during its rapid growth period led to her role at Royal Dutch Shell where she was responsible for the launch of a multi-million dollar software company. Her strategy consulting includes clients such as CERN, Apple, Siebel, Schlumberger, MoD, Ministries of Finance, Ford, Mazda and Unilever. At LSE Linda teaches entrepreneurship to MSc students and is a Mentor at Startupbootcamp accelerators. 

Linda’s current research interests are entrepreneurship, startup accelerators, business models, Design Thinking and value chain strategies. Research and business publishers include Wiley, Cambridge Press and Pearson.   

Linus Dahlander

ESMT Berlin
Research interests: 
Innovation
Networks
Entrepreneurship

Linus Dahlander is an associate professor at ESMT Berlin.

His research investigates how new ideas and innovations are developed in networks and communities.

The ongoing projects use large-scale analysis of networks, and which is integrated with a deeper appreciation for what content flows through networks.

Lynn Wu

University of Pennsylvania Wharton School
Research interests: 
Social Media
Social Networks
Information Worker Productivity
Viral Marketing
Prediction

Lynn Wu is an assistant professor at the Wharton School. She is interested in studying how information and information technology impact the productivity of information workers, organisation and broad sectors of economy. Specifically, her work follows three streams. In the first stream, she studies how social networks and information derived from social networks affect individuals’ performance and long-term career trajectories.

In her second stream of research, she examines the role of investment in IT and complementary organisational practices to explain how firms can achieve greater business value from IT. In her third stream, Lynn leverages fine-grained nanodata available through online digital traces to predict economic indicators such as real estate trends, labour trends and product adoption.

Marc König

Bwcon GmbH
Other affiliations: 
IST Institute for Strategic Innovation & Technology Management
Research interests: 
Entrepreneurship
Innovation
Strategic Management
Marketing
Technology Management

Marc König is Head of Coaching and Finance at bwcon GmbH, a service provider for ventures driving innovation. Main activities include innovation management as well as founder support and consulting. The Coaching and Finance team is in charge of bwcon’s incubation and acceleration process and supports entrepreneurs along the innovation process from their first business idea to founding their own company. Alongside his job at bwcon, Marc serves in the Assessment Committee of KIC InnoEnergy Germany. 

Marc holds his undergraduate degree and his Master of Arts in Service Marketing from Pforzheim University. Since 2013, he is involved in research activities at the IST Institute as an integral part of a cooperation between IST and bwcon. In 2014, Marc became an external PhD candidate at the NITIM doctoral program (nitim.eu) supervised by Guido Baltes. His research focuses on ventures’ external value network maturity as an indicator for their survival and growth.

Marco Kleine

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
Research interests: 
Experimental and Behavioral Economics
Innovation Research
Law and Economics
personnel economics

Marco is currently working as a senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition. Between 2011 and 2014, he was a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods. He received his PhD in economics from the University of Jena in 2015.

By applying experimental economics methods, Marco pursues projects at the intersection of innovation research, behavioral economics, law and economics and personnel economics. His work in innovation research ranges from the role of incentives for creativity to the institutional design of patent examination processes. It includes a RCT on the effect of innovation vouchers for innovation activities of small and medium-sized entities in the UK.

Mark Schankerman

LSE
Other affiliations: 
CEP
CEPR
Research interests: 
Intellectual Property Rights
Innovation
Industrial Economics
Emerging Economies

Mark Schankerman is Professor in Economics at the London School of Economics, Research Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance, and Research Fellow at the CEPR. He has a PhD in Economics from Harvard University, formerly taught at New York University, and was Research Associate at the NBER for ten years. He was Director of Policy Research and Advisor to the Chief Economist at the EBRD from 1995-2003, has worked at the World Bank on Africa, and has extensive consultancy experience in the private and public sectors.

He is widely published in scientific journals on patents, innovation, university technology transfer, productivity, open source software, and emerging economies. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Journal of Industrial Economics and was an editor of several journals. His book, The Comingled Code: Open Source and Economic Development (MIT Press, 2010, with Josh Lerner) was reviewed in The Economist (13 January 2011). In 2010-11 he was on the Panel of Experts for HMG Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property and Growth.

Marti Mestieri

Northwestern University
Research interests: 
Economic Growth and Development
International Trade

Marti Mestieri holds a PhD in economics from MIT. He joined Toulouse School of Economics as an assistant professer after graduating. Since September 2015, he is an assistant professor at the Northwestern University economics department.

Martina Vojtkova

NatCen Social Research
Other affiliations: 
Campbell Collaboration
Research interests: 
Randomised Controlled Trials
Evidence Mapping
Education
Business Growth Support
Behaviour Change Interventions
Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment
Poverty Reduction
International Development

Martina is Head of NatCen’s Evaluation team where she oversees NatCen’s evaluation work and leads on the design of experimental and quasi-experimental impact evaluations and feasibility studies.

She also leads NatCen’s systematic review and evidence mapping work and the design of other evidence synthesis projects. She is experienced in mixed methods impact evaluation approaches, logic model and theory of change work, and process evaluation methods.

Martina also currently holds the role of associate editor for the Campbell Collaboration.

In her prior roles at the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, she conducted research projects evaluating the effectiveness of government policies and programmes implemented in low- and middle-income countries in the areas of education, poverty reduction, agriculture, public health and women’s empowerment.
Martina is also experienced in coordinating and quality assuring research commissioned by various international donors and advising on strategic use of evidence to inform decision making.
 

Matthew Regele

Yale University
Research interests: 
Entrepreneurship
Sociology
Institutional Economics
Management Theory

Matthew Regele is currently a PhD student in Organisations & Management at the Yale School of Management. His main research interests include innovation and growth in small and medium-sized established companies, as well the sociological underpinnings of business strategy. Matt is drawn to multi-method research designs that begin with hypotheses developed via inductive, qualitative research and that end with empirical tests of these hypotheses via quantitative methods such as field experiments. Currently, he is working on the first stage of such a project, in which he is examining innovation and growth in Connecticut manufacturers. Matthew also holds a BA in Economics from Bowdoin College and an MBA from Babson College.

Max Nathan

LSE
NIESR
Other affiliations: 
IZA
Research interests: 
Cities
Economic Development
Immigration
Innovation
Policy Evaluation

Max Nathan is Deputy Director of the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth, Research Fellow at the Spatial Economics Research Centre and Senior Research Fellow at NIESR. He is also an affiliated Research Fellow at IZA. Max has over 13 years of experience in UK think tanks, consultancy, and public policy.

Most recently he worked at the Department of Communities as an ESRC-DCLG Senior Policy Adviser. Before this he co-founded the Centre for Cities think tank, and ran the Centre's research programme for its first three years. Max holds a PhD in Economic Geography and Spatial Economics from LSE, an MSc in Social Policy and Planning from LSE, and a BA (Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford.

Michael Leatherbee

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Research interests: 
Innovation
Entrepreneurship Policies

Professor Leatherbee leverages more than a decade of practical entrepreneurship experience to inspire his research agenda. During his doctoral studies at Stanford University, he specialized in the phenomena underlying innovation and developed the skills to design experiments to identify the causal effects of policies aimed at influencing value creation. He is particularly interested in uncovering the antecedents of innovation and identifying ways to drive them. 

Leatherbee is the Academic Director of EPIC Lab (Evidence-based Innovation Policy Research Lab) and AUKAN, the innovation management-consulting arm of the School of Engineering at Universidad Católica de Chile. He also sits on the Advisory Board of Start-Up Chile and the Chile-California Council.

Michael Lenox

University of Virginia Darden School of Business
Research interests: 
Business Studies
Innovation
Leadership

Professor Lenox is the Samuel L. Slover Professor of Business at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business where he serves as Associate Dean and Academic Director of Darden’s Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Professor Lenox received his PhD in Technology Management and Policy from MIT and his Bachelor and Master of Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia. He has served on the faculty at Duke and NYU and as a visiting professor at Stanford, Harvard, Oxford, and IMD.

Professor Lenox’s primary expertise is in the domain of technology strategy and policy. His interest is in the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in economic growth and firm competitive success. He has been recognized as a Faculty Pioneer by the Aspen Institute, as top strategy professor under 40 by the Strategic Management Society, and as a top 40 business professors under 40 by Poets & Quants. 

Neil Thompson

MIT Sloan School of Management
Research interests: 
Randomized controlled trials in Innovation and Strategy
Moore’s Law and Cloud Computing
CRISPR Biotech and Research Tools
Executing on Innovation in Business and Academia
Neil Thompson is an Assistant Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Before that Thompson did his PhD in Business and Public Policy at Berkeley, where he also did Masters degrees in Computer Science and Statistics. He also has a masters in economics from the London School of Economics, and undergraduate degrees in Physics and International Development.
 
Prior to academia, Thompson worked at organizations such as Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, Bain and Company, The United Nations, the World Bank, and the Canadian Parliament.

Nicholas Bloom

Stanford University
Other affiliations: 
NBER
CEP
IZA
J-PAL
Research interests: 
Managerial Economics
Organisational Economics
Innovation
Technology

Nicholas (Nick) Bloom is a Professor of Economics at Stanford University, and a Co-Director of the Productivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship programme at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research focuses on management practices and uncertainty. He previously worked at the UK Treasury and McKinsey & Company.

His work has been covered in a range of media including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Financial Times. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the recipient of numerous awards, including an Alfred Sloan Fellowship, the Bernacer Prize, the EIB economics prize, the Frisch Medal, the Kauffman Medal and a National Science Foundation Career Award. He has a BA from Cambridge, an MPhil from Oxford, and a PhD from UCL.

On the personal side he is English, living with his Scottish wife and American kids in Stanford, in a multi-lingual English household.

Nicolai Foss

Bocconi University
Other affiliations: 
Warwick Business School
Research interests: 
Strategy
the Theory of the Firm
Entrepreneurship

Nicolai Foss is a Professor of Organization Theory and Human Resource Management at the Bocconi University, Milano. 

Educated as an economist from the Copenhagen University (1989), Foss his received his PhD degree from the Copenhagen Business School in 1993, where he has been Assistant, Associate and Full Professor, before he moved to Bocconi University 1 September 2016.  His work has been published in the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science,Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, and several other leading journals. He has published books with leading publishers, such as Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press. He is a member of the Academia Europaea.

Nir Vulkan

Oxford University Saïd Business School
Research interests: 
Market Design
E-Commerce
Entrepreneurship
Crowdfunding
Personality and Financial Decision making

Nir Vulkan is a Professor of Business Economics at Saïd Business School and a Fellow of Worcester College, both at the University of Oxford. He is a leading authority on e-commerce and market design, and on applied research and teaching on hedge funds.

Nir is author of one of the leading texts on the microeconomics of e-commerce, The Economics of E-Commerce: A Strategic Guide to Understanding and Designing the Online Marketplace. The book analyses online trading mechanisms and the way in which web-based technologies such as bidding elves, smart agents and shopping bots, influence the behaviour of consumers and retailers. More recently, Nir has edited, with Al Roth and Zvika Neeman, The Handbook of Market Design. The handbook contains a selection of the latest research in the growing field of market design, and draws on Vulkan’s interest and expertise in markets, both virtual and those confined to particular geographical locations. He is particularly interested in how lessons from successful and unsuccessful markets can be learned and transferred to different environments.

Oliver Falck

Ifo Institute
Other affiliations: 
LMU Munich
CESifo
Research interests: 
Innovation
Digitization
Human Capital

Oliver Falck is the Ifo Professor of Empirical Innovation Economics at LMU Munich, Germany, and Director of the Center for Industrial Organization and new Technologies at the Ifo Institute, Germany. He is also the Program Director of CESifo, the world’s second largest, Europe-based research network in economics. Oliver Falck received his Ph.D. in Economics from Technical University of Freiberg in 2006, and received his Habilitation from LMU in 2011 on innovation and regional economic development. He has extensive experience in applied innovation and entrepreneurship research and is co-editor of the best-selling Handbook of Research on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Furthermore, he has published in leading international journals. He has extensively advised corporates and governments on innovation and growth strategies, and has been principal investigator on various studies for German federal ministries, the local government, foundations and companies for the last ten years.

Patrick Gaule

CERGE-EI
Other affiliations: 
Harvard
IZA
Research interests: 
Economics of Science and Innovation

Patrick Gaule is applied microeconomist specialized in the economics of science and innovation. He is an assistant professor of economics at CERGE-EI, a joint workplace of Charles University and the Czech Academy of Science.

He holds a PhD from the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne (EPFL) and was a postdoctoral fellow at MIT, Harvard and the NBER between 2009 and 2012.

Rajshri Jayaraman

ESMT Berlin
Other affiliations: 
HCEO
Research interests: 
Development Economics
Labour Economics
Applied Econometrics

Rajshri (Raji) Jayaraman is an economist whose research examines the role of incentives and networks in fostering student, worker, and firm  performance. The primary aim of her research is bring empirical evidence to bear on policy design and efficacy.

She is Karl-Heinz Kipp Professor of Research at ESMT, where she also serves as faculty lead for the MBA program. Jayaraman received a PhD in economics from Cornell University and a Master’s from Yale University. She has published in the top economics journals including the American Economic Review and the Journal of Political Economics. 

Rembrand Koning

Harvard Business School
Research interests: 
Social Networks
Ecosystems
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Developing Economies
field experiments

Rembrand Koning is an assistant professor of business administration in the Strategy unit at Harvard Business School. He uses field experiments to study how executives and firms can build networks that help them learn from one another, with an eye towards how these networks foster innovation, the emergence of business ecosystems, and growth in developing economies.

He is particularly interested in linking the experimental methods used in his research to growth policy and the practice of innovation.

Rodrigo Canales

Yale University
Research interests: 
Economic Sociology
Entrepreneurship
Economic Development
Institutional Theory
Organisation Theory

Rodrigo Canales is associate professor of Organisational Behaviour at Yale University. He also sits on the advisory board of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT and advises a number of startups in Mexico that seek to improve the financing environment for small firms.

Rodrigo researchers the role of institutions in entrepreneurship and economic development with particular attention for the effect of individual’s backgrounds, professional identities and organisations position on existing structures and strategies they pursue to change them.

He also works on microfinance, researching the institutional complexities of renewable energy and the institutional implications of the Mexican war on drugs. Rodrigo holds a PhD from MIT and an MBA from MIT, and a Bachelor’s degree from Universidad Iberoamericana.  He is currently on academic leave, serving as Chief Policy Advisor to the Mexican Embassy in the US.

Santosh Kesavan

Crosslinks Foundation
Research interests: 
Emerging Technologies
Urban Service Delivery
Environmental Sustainability
Digital Inclusion

Santosh is a founder-trustee at Crosslinks Foundation, a non-profit organisation based in Bangalore, India with a mission to tackle inter-disciplinary developmental challenges in critical areas such as livelihood generation, social protection, and environmental sustainability. Having started his career as a scientist in a systems analysis laboratory of the Government of India, Santosh has close to twenty years of professional experience in applied research, marketing and public policy work, both in the government and private sector.

Santosh holds an ME in Electrical Communications engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and an MBA from Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. Santosh was a Giorgio Ruffolo Research Fellow in Sustainability Science at Harvard Kennedy School from 2012-2014.

Sean Carr

University of Virginia Darden School of Business
Research interests: 
Entrepreneurial Dynamics
Social Networks
Venture Capital
Financial Crises

Sean Carr is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and the Executive Director the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. His applied research, which has examined entrepreneurial dynamics, social networks, venture capital, and financial crises, has resulted in award-winning books, articles, case studies, digital media, and numerous teaching materials.

His work has been cited by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Newsweek, NPR and CNBC; he is also the co-author of The Panic of 1907: Lessons Learned from the Market’s Perfect Storm (Wiley, 2007), with Robert F. Bruner. Previously Sean spent nearly ten years as a broadcast journalist with ABC News and CNN. He has earned both a PhD in Management and an MBA from the University of Virginia; an MSc from Columbia University; and a BA from Northwestern University.

Silva Olmo

LSE
Other affiliations: 
CEP
IZA
Research interests: 
Economics of Education
Urban Economics
Entrepreneurship

Olmo Silva is Associate Professor at the London School of Economics in the Department of Geography and Environment. He is currently also Research Director of the Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC, LSE), as well as a Research Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP, LSE) and a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA, Bonn). Prior to this, Olmo was a Marie Curie Fellow at University College London and a Research Officer at the CEP.

He also spent the Autumn Term of 2011 as a Visiting Scholar at the Taubman Center of the Harvard Kennedy School. Olmo holds a PhD from the European University (EUI), and a Masters and Bachelors in Economics from Bocconi University.

Sofia Bapna

Carlson School of Management
University of Minnesota
Research interests: 
Entrepreneurial Finance
Gender Issues
Open Innovation
Online Social Networks
Crowdfunding

Digital innovations are having a significant impact on entrepreneurship, as new ventures are increasingly weaving digital technologies into their business strategies. One stream of my research focuses on the strategies used by entrepreneurial ventures in digital contexts such as equity crowdfunding and online social networks, to influence their legitimacy and to acquire resources. A more recent stream of my research centers on examining ways in which gender bias can be mitigated in the context of equity crowd funding well as in the context of networking events for IT professionals.

I investigate these topics through the lens of organization theory, and utilize randomized field experiments as wells as rigorous econometric methods.

Subrat Rout

Crosslinks Foundation
Research interests: 
Economic Regulation

Subrat Rout is a PhD in Virology from University of Maryland with 12 years of experience in biomedical research and regulatory science. From 2011-2013, Subrat was a Commissioner’s Fellow at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) where he worked on assay development for enteric viruses causing food borne illness.

Prior to that, Subrat was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at SRI International where his work involved small molecule screening for potential targets against Dengue virus. During his career he has published several research manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at prestigious scientific conferences.  Subrat is also experienced in designing and conducting randomised controlled studies (RCT) for clinical trials of new drugs, including patient enrolment and data collection as per federal safety regulations. In addition to research, Subrat is also an avid learner and his current interests include entrepreneurship and web programming using HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Ruby on Rails.

Thomas Asterbro

HEC Paris
Other affiliations: 
KU Leuven
Research interests: 
Innovation
Entrepreneurship

Thomas Åstebro is Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at HEC Paris, and Professor of Entrepreneurship at KU Leuven (20%). He is listed in Marquis Who's Who in the World, and is frequently mentioned in business media. He is Associate Editor at Management Science, Research Policy, ICC, and Small Business Economics. He has been involved in starting several companies and has also worked as a management consultant. Dr. Åstebro received his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University, USA and taught at University of Waterloo and University of Toronto before joining HEC.

Utz Weitzel

Utrecht University
Other affiliations: 
Radboud University Nijmegen
Research interests: 
Entrepreneurship
Behavioural Finance
Experimental Finance
experimental economics

Utz Weitzel is Professor of Finance at the Utrecht University School of Economics and the Radboud University Nijmegen. His research topics  include experimental and behavioral finance/economics, corporate finance, and decision making under uncertainty; published in, amongst others, Games and Economic Behavior, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of International Money and Finance, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Economic Psychology, and Journal of Theoretical Biology.

After his school education in Namibia, he studied Economics and Business Administration in Germany (Universities of Augsburg and Bonn) and in Great Britain (University of Reading). He obtained a PhD from the Humboldt-University Berlin and was a post-doc at the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston (Chicago). Before his appointment in Nijmegen, he was affiliated with Utrecht University and the Max Planck Institute of Economics in Jena.

Viktoria Boss

TUHH Institute of Entrepreneurship
Research interests: 
Entrepreneurship
Team Composition and Formation
Innovation
Data Analysis

Viktoria Boss has been a doctoral student under the supervision of Prof. Christoph Ihl at TUHH Hamburg since 2014. She obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from RWTH Aachen in Business Engineering and Material Sciences in 2012 and 2013. She also holds a Master’s degree from Portland State University in Technology Management.

Her PhD thesis centers around the formation and composition of different teams; both in the fields of entrepreneurship and sports. Her previous research includes work on ideation contests using an experimental setup.

Xavier Cirera

The World Bank
Research interests: 
Trade Policy
Development Economics
Innovation
Entrepreneurship

Xavier Cirera is an economist in the Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (ITE) unit in the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice of the World Bank. He has more than 10 years’ experience working in different areas of trade and competitiveness in developing countries; mainly entrepreneurship, innovation, firm level dynamics, trade policy and competitiveness and firm level dynamics. Prior to joining the Bank he was a Research Fellow at the institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex.

He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Sussex. His current work at ITE spans over different areas of entrepreneurship and innovation. These include supporting innovation policy programmes in Kenya, Colombia or Kazakhstan, and impact evaluations of women entrepreneurship programmes in Pakistan and Nigeria, or innovation programmes in the Western Balkans.   

Yael Hochberg

Rice University
Other affiliations: 
MIT Sloan
NBER
Research interests: 
Entrepreneurship
Innovation
Venture Capital

Professor Hochberg is the Ralph S. O’Connor Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Rice University. In 2015, she was named one of the world’s 40 under 40 best business school professors by Poets and Quants. In 2016, she was awarded the Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship. Her research and teaching interests are focused on entrepreneurship, innovation, and the financing of entrepreneurial activity. Prof. Hochberg serves as the Head of the Entrepreneurship Initiative at Rice University and as Academic Director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship. She holds a Research Affiliate position with MIT’s Sloan School of Management and is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Prof. Hochberg is also Managing Director of the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project, which publishes the annual ranking of accelerator programs in the U.S. Prior to her appointment at Rice, Prof. Hochberg was previously on the (tenure track) faculty at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University and most recently was a visiting faculty member at the MIT Sloan School of Management.