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Alain Fayolle

Alain Fayolle is Professor of Entrepreneurship at CREA – Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Activities, University of Cagliari, Italy and at IDRAC Business School. He is visiting professor at Turku School of Economics and the university of Beira Interior (Portugal). He is also Chair of the Strategic and Prospective Committee at IFAG, school of management and entrepreneurship, France. Alain has been Distinguished Professor and the Founder and Director of the Entrepreneurship Research Centre at emlyon business school, France. He published forty-five books and over two hundred articles. He is a member of the editorial board of several international journals and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Small Business Management. In 2013, Alain Fayolle got the 2013 European Entrepreneurship Education Award and has been elected officer of the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division for a five-year period (2013-2018), a position that culminated as Chair of the Division during the 2016-2017 academic year. In 2015, he has been awarded Wilford L. White Fellow by ICSB.

Benson Honig

Benson Honig

Benson Honig (Ph.D. Stanford University) is the Teresa Cascioli Chair in Entrepreneurial Leadership, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University. Research interests include business planning, nascent entrepreneurship, transnational entrepreneurship, ethics in scholarship, immigration and social entrepreneurship, social capital, and entrepreneurship in transition environments.  He has published in leading academic journals (over 100 peer reviewed articles) and serves on ten editorial boards, including the AMLE,AMD,JBV,JMS & ET&P. Past chair of the Academy of Management Ethics Education Committee, Ethicist blogger, has served on the Babson conference board and on the Entrepreneurship Division of AOM. He is a board member of the Africa Academy of Management.

Sarfraz MIAN

Sarfraz MIANSarfraz A. Mian is Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management, Department Chair at School of Business, State University of New York (SUNY), Oswego. He earned his Master’s in Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences from Northwestern University and an MBA and PhD in Business Administration from the George Washington University.  He was a visiting faculty at University of Maryland (US), Osnabruck University (Germany), LUMS (Pakistan).

Mian is the first scholar who highlighted the prominent role of modern universities in supporting knowledge/technology based entrepreneurship by promoting startup ecosystems with the help of business incubation mechanisms. Building on his early doctoral work on university business incubators, he continued to study entrepreneurial universities and business incubation programs around the world over the last 30 years. Recently, he was ranked both by the Journal of Technology Transfer (2018) and the Journal of Business Research (2016) as the most productive scholar with highest impact (measured in citations of his work) on technology business incubation and acceleration research in the world. He has authored/coauthored 4 books and more than 50 articles in professional journals including: Journal of Business Venturing, Research Policy, Small Business Economics, Technovation, Journal of Technology Transfer, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, R&D Management, Journal of High Technology Management Research, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, Journal of Global Entrepreneurship Research, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, Project Management Journal.

Mian’s research interests include new venture creation and startup support through incubation mechanisms, entrepreneurial university and its role in innovation & entrepreneurship ecosystems development, entrepreneurship education, support for student entrepreneurs and STEM startups, entrepreneurial management of SMEs and family businesses.

Dr. Mian had been an elected officer at the Academy of Management and INFORMS. As lead faculty in entrepreneurship, he directs his business school’s entrepreneurship initiatives, and has developed an entrepreneurship program available to students from all academic disciplines.   

Donald Siegel

Dr. Donald Siegel is Foundation Professor of Public Policy and Management in the School of Public Affairs (SPA) and Co-Executive Director of the Global Center for Technology Transfer (GCTT) at Arizona State University. From 2017-2022, he served as Director of SPA, which is ranked #12 in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report, and #2 in research in the U.S., according to the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities. From 2008-2016, Don was Dean of the School of Business at the University at Albany, SUNY. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics and his master’s and doctoral degrees in business economics from Columbia University.

Professor Siegel is an editor of the Journal of Technology Transfer, a former editor of the Journal of Management Studies and Academy of Management Perspectives, an associate editor of the Journal of Productivity Analysis, a former associate editor of the Journal of Business Venturing and Academy of Management Learning and Education, and serves on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Perspectives, Corporate Governance: An International Review, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal and the British Journal of Management.  He has also co-edited 51 special issues of leading journals in management and economics. He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Academy of Management (AOM) and in 2020, was elected Dean of the AOM Fellows.

Dr. Siegel has published 137 articles in refereed journals, 21 book chapters and 14 books on issues relating to university technology transfer and entrepreneurship, corporate controls changes and firm performance, productivity analysis, the economic effects of gambling, and corporate and environmental social responsibility in such leading journals as the American Economic Review, Economic Journal, The Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Financial Economics, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Research Policy, Public Administration Review, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Perspectives, Academy of Management Learning & Education, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of International Business Studies, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Management Studies, and Journal of Management.  His most recent books are the Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility: Psychological and Organizational Perspectives and the Chicago Handbook of University Technology Transfer and Academic Entrepreneurship (University of Chicago Press).  His citation count, according to Google Scholar, is 70,038 (h-index: 102). He was recently ranked #27 in the U.S. and #49 in the world in the AD World Top 100 Business & Management Scientists 2022.

Don has received over $4.7 million in grants or fellowships from the Sloan Foundation, NSF, Kauffman Foundation, NBER, ASA, the Upjohn Institute, and the U.S. Department of Labor. His latest NSF grant is the first major attempt to collect and analyze data on management practices and organizational issues in technology transfer at federal labs.  Siegel also served as a consultant or advisor to the U.N., the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, the Council on Competitiveness, the U.K., Italian, and Swedish governments, the DOJ, EPA, Chase Manhattan, Securities Industry Association, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Deloitte and Touche, and the National Association of Manufacturers. Siegel was a member of the Advisory Committee to the Secretary of Commerce on “Measuring Innovation in the 21st Century Economy” and a member of NY Governor David Patterson’s Small Business Task Force. He recently served as Co-Chair of a NASEM Committee on “Advancing Commercialization from the Federal Laboratories,” previously chaired a NASEM Committee on “Best Practice in National Innovation Programs for Flexible Electronics,” and was a member of NASEM committee evaluating the SBIR Program.  In 2011, Siegel testified before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology regarding reauthorization of the SBIR program. He also served on the Board of Directors of NY State Industries for the Disabled and the Research Foundation of SUNY

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