Zoltan J. Acs, Ph.D.
London School of Economics (U.K.), Department of Management
Research interests: Entrepreneurship and economic development, philanthropy and advanced capitalism, knowledge spillovers and entrepreneurship, innovation and technical change, and institutions and incentives
Maksim Belitski, Ph.D.
University of Reading (U.K.), Henley Business School
Research interests: Innovation, market entry, entrepreneurship, and the leadership needs of top decision-makers and professional leaders at SMEs
Werner Bönte, Ph.D.
University of Wuppertal (Germany), Chair of Industrial Organization and Innovation; Max Planck Institute of Economics (Germany)
Research interests: Entrepreneurship, innovation, competitiveness, and gender difference and gaps in the work force
Johan Eklund, Ph.D.
Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum (Sweden), Managing Director; Jönköping International Business School (Sweden), Professor of Economics
Research interests: Entrepreneurship, innovation, corporate governance, industrial organization, competitiveness, regulation
Brett Gilbert, Ph.D.
Rutgers Business School, Associate Professor (USA)
Research interests: Geographic clusters; disruptive technologies; clean technologies; new venture performance; international entrepreneurship; entrepreneurship in emerging economies, social entrepreneurship
eSilicon, President and CEO (USA)
Interests: In addition to his work at eSilicon, a global semiconductor company, Harding maintains a balanced career, providing his services to industry, academia and government.
Monika Herzig, D.M.E.
Indiana University, SPEA (USA), Senior Lecturer
Accomplishments: Jazz pianist, composer, cofounder of not-for-profit organization "Jazz from Bloomington," executive board member of Jazz Education Network, author, and educator
Torben Klarl, Ph.D.
University of Augsburg (Germany), Associate Professor of Economics
Research interests: Urban/regional/spatial economics, environmental economics, endogenous growth theory, entrepreneurship, numerical methods solving DSGE models, spatial econometrics
Alexander Kritikos, Ph.D.
DIW Berlin (Germany), Director of Entrepreneurship
Research interests: Entrepreneurship, empirical industrial organization and institutional economics, experimental and behavioral economics, and microfinance
Donald F. Kuratko, Ph.D.
Indiana University, Kelley School of Business (USA), Jack M. Gill Chair of Entrepreneurship
Research interests: Entrepreneurship, corporate entrepreneurship, corporate innovation, entrepreneurial leadership
Albert Link, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina at Greensboro (USA), Virginia Batte Phillips Distinguished Professor
Research interests: Entrepreneurship, technology and innovation policy, the economics of R&D, and policy/program evaluation.
Erik Lehmann, Ph.D.
University of Augsburg (Germany), Director of Global Business Management
Research interests: Links between corporate governance in family and entrepreneurial firms, innovation, public policy, education and innovation systems, financial constraints and regional and global competition
Siri Terjesen, Ph.D.
American University (USA), Interim Director of the Center for Innovation and Chair in Entrepreneurship; Norwegian School of Economics (Norway), Professor of Strategy
Research interests: Entrepreneurship, Corporate Governance, Strategy, Gender, Development
Roy Thurik, Ph.D.
Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands), Professor of Economics and Entrepreneurship
Research interests: Entrepreneurship, industrial economics, industrial organization and policy, and small business economics
Diemo Urbig, Ph.D.
University of Wuppertal (Germany), Assistant Professor for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Corporate Change
Research interests: Economic and managerial psychology, entrepreneurship and innovation, and organizational behavior
Silvio Vismara, Ph.D.
University of Bergamo (Italy), Department of Economics and Technology Management, Assistant Professor
Research interests: Corporate finance, business valuation, entrepreneurial finance, and banking
Juergen Weigand, Ph.D.
WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management (Germany), Chairholder of the Institute for Industrial Organization
Research interests: Corporate governance and business competition
Katharine Wirsching, Ph.D.
University of Augsburg (Germany), Assistant Professor at the Chair of Management and Organization
Research interests: Corporate governance and innovation in family firms, female and immigrant entrepreneurship, public policy
Sebastian Aparicio, M.Sc, M.Phil
Aparicio is pursing an International Doctorate in Entrepreneurship & Management (IDEM) at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain. His research interests include: entrepreneurship, institutional Economics, economic growth, economic Development, applied Econometrics, and system dynamics.
Kathrin Bischoff, MScBA
Bischoff is a Ph.D. candidate in sustainable entrepreneurship at the University of Wuppertal where she is involved in research and teaching activities in entrepreneurship education, sustainable entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, and stakeholder management.
Farzana Chowdhury, Ph.D.
Chowdbury successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation at SPEA in the summer of 2015. Her research focuses on the impact of corruption on entrepreneurship and social welfare.
Matthias Menter, MBA
Menter is a Ph.D candidate and researcher at the University of Augsburg in Bavaria (Germany), where he is a member of the Department of Management and Organization. He has worked as a consultant with Kienbaum Management Consultants in Financial Services as well as in strategic business planning with BMW Financial Services and on consultancies with Horváth & Partners Management Consultants and Deloitte Consulting. His current research focuses on aspects of innovative ecosystems, university-industry collaborations and cluster policy.
Hugo Menendez, MPA
Menendez graduated from SPEA with his MPA in May of 2016. During his time at SPEA, he served as a graduate assistant at the IDS, as well as Director Audretsch’s teaching assistant. He currently serves in the Office of Education Innovation, in the Indianapolis Mayor's Office, as the Financial Performance Analyst. His responsibilities include monitoring and evaluating the financial performance of Mayor-sponsored charter schools.
Venkat Nadella, MPA
Nadella is a Ph.D. candidate at SPEA. His areas of interest include entrepreneurship and innovation, strategy, policy analysis, public finance, technology transfer, organization theory, and science policy.
Ksenya Rulik, Ph.D
Rulik is a Ph.D candidate at the University of Turin (Italy) in Comparative Analysis of Institutions, Economics and Law. She has previously worked as Head of Research and a Portfolio Manager with Ossiam, an investment boutique specializing in exchange-traded-funds, based in Paris (France). She has also worked as a research analyst with investment companies of Credit Agricole group (France). Rulik has already earned a Ph.D in theoretical physics from the University of Turin, where she previously worked as postdoctoral fellow in the field of string theory and supergravity. Her current research focuses on aspects of endogeneous risks arising from the interactions and trading behavior of agents in a financial system.
Theodoraki is a PhD candidate at the University of Montpellier, funded by the Labex Entrepreneurship in the School of Business. Her teaching areas are Management, Business Plan, and Entrepreneurial Support. Her areas of research include entrepreneurial ecosystems, entrepreneurial support, and inter-organizational strategies with a focus on business incubators.