Abel Lucena

Assistant Professor of Business and Management

Abel Lucena is an Assistant Professor of Business and Management at the University of the Balearic Islands (Spain). Abel holds a PhD in Economics, Finance and Management from the University Pompeu Fabra and a PhD in Economics from the University of Barcelona. His research interests focus on technology strategy, innovation management, business strategy as well as technology policy evaluation.

Adam Marshall

Director of Policy and External Affairs

Adam is Director of Policy and External Affairs at the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC). He joined the BCC in July 2009, and is responsible for representing the interests of the Chamber of Commerce network - with 52 accredited Chambers and over 100,000 member businesses across the UK - in Whitehall, Westminster and the media.

Ahmed M. Nofal

Doctoral Researcher

Ahmed M. Nofal is a Doctoral Researcher at Warwick Business School. Ahmed’s research examines the influence of biology on the tendency to engage in entrepreneurship. His most recent work has been published in the Journal of Management and the Wiley Handbook of Entrepreneurship. He has also received the outstanding published research paper award from Warwick Business School in 2018. He can be contacted at [email protected]

Akunna Oledinma

Research Fellow

Akunna has a PhD in Transport and her research focusses mainly on systems and structure surrounding policy development particularly in the agricultural sector; the interaction between stakeholders, citizens and government in policy formulation and implementation; and the economics of post-colonial infrastructure development. In addition, she has an MSc in Energy Studies and a BSc in Transport Economics. 
Research interests are: Governance, stakeholder relationships, Small and Medium Enterprises, UK Economy after Brexit.

Alec Morton

Independant Researcher

Alec Morton’s main interests are in decision analysis and health economics. His research is funded by the European Commission, the Department of Health, the Medical Research Council and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and the Chief Scientist's Office of the Scottish NHS. Alec has been active in the INFORMS Decision Analysis Society, EURO and ISPOR. Past consulting clients include the National Audit Office, the Department of Health, the Environment Agency, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria. His papers have won awards from the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research and the Society for Risk Analysis. His book Portfolio Decision Analysis with Jeff Keisler and Ahti Salo won the INFORMS Decision Analysis Society publication award in 2013 and his paper "CUT: A Multicriteria Approach for Concavifiable Preferences" (with Nikos Argyris and Jose Figueira) was a finalist for the same prize in 2016

Aloña Martiarena

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship

Aloña Martiarena is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at IE University. Her research lies in the intersection of Entrepreneurship and Business Economics. She is particularly interested in understanding the origin of entrepreneurs, by this meaning their previous employment experience, as a means of understanding entries into entrepreneurship and subsequent performance of new businesses.

Anastasia Ri

Research Fellow

Having joined ERC in 2018 and more recently a member of the GEM UK national team, Anastasia’s current focus is entrepreneurship and small business economics investigating small firms’ financial constraints, performances and entrepreneurial attitudes and aspirations. She is passionate about giving policymakers the tools to understand the entrepreneurial experience including barriers to entrepreneurship, motivations of aspiring entrepreneurs as well as digital and innovative entrepreneurship.

Andrew James

Senior Research Fellow / Senior Lecturer, Institute of Innovation and Research, Manchester Business School

Andrew James is a Senior Lecturer in Science and Technology Policy and Management and a member of the Manchester Institute of Innovation and Research at MBS. His research and teaching interests focus on corporate technology strategy, innovation management and science and technology policy, as well as business strategy. He has engaged in research and consultancy with companies from a diverse range of sectors including chemicals, industrial electronics and pharmaceuticals but his particular focus is on the industrial and technological dynamics of the defence, security and aerospace sectors.

Andrew Thomas

Director of Research

Andrew Thomas is a Professor of Production and Supply Chain Management and Director of Research at Cardiff School of Management, Cardiff Metropolitan University.
His research interests include: industrial management, forensic engineering systems, supply chain management, quality management and, production engineering management. More specifically, his interests include; Lean management, Knowledge management and understanding the issues around value and the perceptions of value in business.

Andy Lockett

Warwick Business School

Andy is Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship and Pro-Dean at Warwick Business School. At the Centre he is jointly responsible for the research theme investigating Entrepreneurship Leadership and Capabilities and their impact on SME Growth.

Angela Martinez Dy

Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship

Angela Martinez Dy is Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Loughborough University London. Her research interests and scholarly communities revolve around digital entrepreneurship from a sociological perspective, intersectional and anti-racist cyberfeminism, and critical realist philosophy.

Aniela Kuhl

PhD Student, Hunter Centre for Enterprise, Strathclyde Business School

Aniela's research focusses on the "Rewards of Entrepreneurship: Constructing Economic Well-being within Entrepreneurial Households". She will explore the concept of direct and indirect financial rewards that can be accrued from running a family business.

Anja Grinde Myrann

Research Fellow at the Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research, Norway

Anja's research interests include; business dynamics, bankruptcy, entrepreneurship and gender.

Anne Green

Professor of Regional Economic Development

Anne Green is Professor of Regional Economic Development at City-REDI (Regional Economic Development Institute), University of Birmingham. Her research interests encompass spatial dimensions of employment and skills, and local and regional labour market issues. She is currently working on aspects of inclusive growth and productivity. She has acted in an advisory capacity on employment, skills and regional issues to several government departments and agencies in the UK and to the OECD and the European Commission

Anne-Marie Mohammed

Head Lecturer

Anne-Marie Mohammed is Head and Lecturer in the Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.

Areti Gkypali

Research Fellow, ERC

Dr Areti Gkypali joined ERC in March 2016 as a Research Fellow working with Professors Stephen Roper, James Love and Nola Hewitt-Dundas focusing on SMEs, innovation, productivity, exports and business eco-systems. Prior to joining the ERC, Areti worked at the Department of Economics, University of Patras for two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow where she also obtained her PhD in Economics

Bart Clarysse

Chair in Entrepreneurship

Bart Clarysse holds the Chair in Entrepreneurship at Imperial College London Business School. Bart joined the Business School’s Entrepreneurship Hub in 2007 from Nottingham University business school and Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School where he taught innovation and technology management, entrepreneurial marketing and entrepreneurship. He is a founder of several high tech start-ups in businesses such as digital cinema, mobile internet and venture incubation.

Bettina Becker

Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Aston Business School

Bettina's research interests lie in the area of innovation, in particular open innovation, innovation diffusion, social innovation and innovation policy. She is also interested in the interface between innovation and entrepreneurship.

Bo (Grace ) Peng

Research Fellow

Bo’s main research interests are in the areas of entrepreneurial finance. Her current research focuses on exploring how the entrepreneurial identity influence entrepreneurial external research acquisition via IPO as well as their exit strategies after IPO.

Cai-Hui ( Veronica) Lin

Lecturer. QUB

Cai-Hui (Veronica) Lin is a lecturer at Queen’s Management School, Queen’s University Belfast. She has work experiences in China, Australia and the UK. Her research areas cover human resource management, creativity and innovation, and leadership. She has provided HR consultancy to multiple state-owned and private enterprises in China

Carl-Magnus Bjuggren

The Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN)

Carl-Magnus is employed as a Research Fellow at the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) in Sweden. His research interests include applied microeconomics, firm dynamics, family firms and labour economics.

Carol Stanfield

Senior Research Fellow

Carol is an independent consultant with over 20 years’ experience in skills and labour market research. As a Senior Research Fellow at the ERC she is supporting the delivery of core and commissioned projects and is currently working on ‘Mental Health and Productivity in the Midlands Engine’ and ‘Learning from the Best’.

Carole Howorth

Chair of Sustainable and Ethical Entrepreneurship University of York, Management School

Professor Carole Howorth is Chair of Sustainable and Ethical Entrepreneurship at the University of York. She has many years’ experience of researching, advising and managing family businesses. She founded England’s first Centre for Family Business, at Lancaster University, chaired the Global STEP Family Enterprise Project and has been Academic Advisor to the Institute for Family Business since 2011.

Christopher Haley

Head of New Technology & Startup Research, Nesta

Dr Christopher Haley is Head of New Technology & Startup Research at Nesta, the innovation foundation, where leads a number of programmes dedicated to improving business innovation and helping new technologies drive economic growth. He was formerly part of the Secretariat of the European Digital Forum, an initiative dedicated to empowering web entrepreneurs and growing Europe's digital economy, and directed the European Digital City Index project.

Colin Mason

Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow

Colin's research interests are in the areas of entrepreneurship and regional development. His specific research interest is in entrepreneurial finance and he has written extensively on business angel investing and been closely involved with Government and private sector initiatives to promote informal venture capital.

Cord-Christian Drews

PhD Student, Aston Business School

Cord-Christian is currently finishing his ESRC Case Award funded PhD at Aston Business School, with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills as the Case Award’s project partner. His thesis considers the value of longitudinal analysis of business support programmes, and the surrounding methodological challenges.

Dan Johansson

HUI Research, Sweden

Dan Johansson is Professor of Economics at the HUI Research Institute in Sweden. His research interests include: entrepreneurship, firm dynamics, structural transformation, institutional economics, enterprising and conditions of enterprising.

Darja Reuschke

Lecturer, University of St Andrews

Dr Darja Rueschke is a lecturer at the University of St Andrews. Her research explores the links between small businesses and entrepreneurship with housing and neighbourhoods and the complex interactions between work life and home life.

Deborah Allcock

Senior Lecturer in Strategy & Department Lead for Enterprise

Deborah is senior lecturer and departmental lead for enterprise at the University of Huddersfield’s Business School. Her primary research focuses on the development of executive pay and corporate governance at the point of the initial public offering. She also engages with strategic planning and practitioner aspects of strategic management.

Deniz Ucbasaran

Warwick Business School

Deniz is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) at Warwick Business School. Her research centres around the individual entrepreneur and the entrepreneurial team at the heart of entrepreneurial activity.

Donald Siegel

Dean, School of Business, University at Albany, State University of New York

Donald's research interests include; university technology transfer, impacts of entrepreneurship and technological change, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and the economics of gambling.

Douglas Cumming

Ontario Research Chair, Schulich School of Business, York University

Douglas's research interests include venture capital, private equity, hedge funds, entrepreneurship, and law and finance.

Drew Gertner

Research Fellow, Birmingham University

Drew works with Professors Kiran Trehan and Monder Ram at the University of Birmingham on Mapping and Activating Support for Diverse Business Networks through the Enterprise & Diversity Alliance (EDA). The purpose of this work is to utilise the Enterprise Diversity Alliance (EDA) to engage directly with diverse businesses in order to promote better relationships with the finance sector and support availability to these firms.

Effie Kesidou

Senior Research Fellow

Effie is Senior Research Fellow at the Enterprise Research Centre and Associate Professor in Applied Economics at Leeds University Business School. Prior to that, she was Lecturer in Industrial Economics at Nottingham University Business School. Her research is interdisciplinary and seeks to understand the institutional, demand, organizational factors that drive environmental innovations; to assess the impact of international sustainability standards upon firm performance; and to explain the role of city-regions and local knowledge spillovers upon firm’s innovation and productivity.

Eleanor Shaw

Head of Department, Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, University of Strathclyde

Eleanor's research interests include entrepreneurial philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial networks and forms of entrepreneurial capital.

Eleni Kesidou

PhD Student, Hunter Centre for Enterprise, Strathclyde Business School

Eleni's research focuses on entrepreneurial leadership and the connections between entrepreneurial leadership and organizational performance.

Enrico Vanino

ERC Research Fellow

Enrico’s research is mainly focused on the micro-level analysis of firm performance, in particular regarding international and R&D activities. Enrico is concluding his PhD in Economics at the University of Birmingham. He has been a visiting researcher at the Hong Kong University and has collaborated on several consultancy projects and for the European Commission DG Trade.

Erik Monsen

Director of Research, Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, University of Strathclyde

Erik's career has crossed disciplinary (engineering, management, economics) and geographic (US, Germany, UK) boundaries on his journey from designing better aircraft to designing better entrepreneurial organisations.

Erkko Autio

Chair in Technology Venturing and Entrepreneurship

Erkko's research interests are in entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship policy, innovation ecosystems, innovation momentum strategies, business model innovation and innovation from Big Science.

Eugenie Golubova

Research Fellow

Eugenie joined the Enterprise Research Centre (ERC) at Aston University in August 2020. She is working on the evaluation of the Small Business Forward Programme for the JPMorgan Chase Foundation in the EMEA region. Eugenie has over 9 years of work experience in evaluation, research and surveying from all sectors: private, public and non-profit.

Friederike Welter

Advisory Group

Prof. Dr. Friederike Welter is President of the IfM Bonn (Institut für Mittel-standsforschung) and professor for SME management and entrepreneurship, at University of Siegen, Germany,

Gabriella Cacciotti

PhD Student, Warwick Business School

Gabriella is interested in the impact of the fear of failure on the entrepreneurial process.

George Saridakis

Kingston University Business School

George is Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship and his research focuses on the econometric analysis of cross-sectional, time-series and panel data related to entrepreneurship, small businesses and illicit behaviour.

Gerard Hodgkinson

Professor of Strategic Management and Behavioural Science, Warwick Business School

Gerard's research focuses of the analysis of cognitive processes in strategic decision making (including the nature and role of intuition) and the evaluation of techniques for overcoming cognitive bias and inertia in such decisions.

Halima Jibril

Research Fellow

Halima Jibril joined the ERC in August 2018. Prior to that, she was a Teaching Assistant at the University of Nottingham and a Research Assistant at the University of Leeds. Halima gained her MSc in Economics and Finance and PhD in Economics from the University of Leeds. Halima’s research interests are in innovation diffusion, financialisation and energy economics. Halima is also interested in econometric methods and quasi experimental methods of impact assessment. She is currently working on the ERC project focused on understanding the diffusion of digital and sustainable technologies within supply chains.

Helen Xia

Lecturer, Loughborough University

Helen's current research includes open innovation and small firms, comparisons of SME innovation strategies and government policies; and emerging science and technology based industries.

Helena Lenihan

Professor of Economics, University of Limerick

Helena Lenihan is Professor of Economics at the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, Ireland. She is an applied economist whose research interests include the economics of innovation, innovation and innovation policy, drivers of firm performance and growth, innovation, science and industrial policy evaluation, innovation and human capital, and industrial/enterprise development and policy. Helena is Chair of the University of Limerick’s Research Impact Committee.

Henry Overman

Director, What Works Centre

Henry is Professor of Economic Geography in the Department of Geography and Environment at the London School of Economics and director of the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth. He was formerly director of the Spatial Economics Research Centre.

Ian Drummond

Senior Research Fellow

After working as an academic geographer for a number of years, Ian joined the civil service in 1999. After spending two years at the Department for Education, he joined the Small Business Service in 2001. Following the closure of the SBS in 2004, he moved to the DTI and worked in its successor departments until 2019. Throughout this time Ian’s role primarily involved developing the evidence base used to inform entrepreneurship and small business policy development.

Jae-Yeon Kim

Research Fellow

Jae-Yeon Kim is a Research Fellow of ERC, and former Infantry Officer of the South Korean Army. He has analysed a range of military data including military strategy, HR and organisation behaviour with proven experience of planning projects to meet tight deadlines and using analytical skills in the South Korean Army. He studied MBA in South Korea and has studied MSc International Business and PhD Strategy & International Business in the UK."

James H Love

Professor of International Business.

Jim Love Is Professor of International Business at Leeds University Business School. He previously held Chairs in international business and economics at Aston, Birmingham and Warwick Universities, and earlier worked in the economics department at Strathclyde University. His background is in applied microeconomics, principally in the fields of international business and innovation. Most of his work is empirical, using firm-level datasets. Jim is a senior researcher in the Enterprise Research Centre, an independent research organisation which conducts policy-relevant research on SME growth and development. His work here is innovation, exporting and growth in SMEs

James Hayton

Associate Dean Doctoral Programme, Warwick Business School

James’ research interests are in the applied psychology of entrepreneurship and the application of HRM practices to the development of entrepreneurial capabilities in established organisations.

Jane Bourke

Lecturer in Economics

Dr. Jane Bourke is a Senior Lecturer in Economics, University College Cork.
Jane’s research interests are in the area of firm-level innovation, technology adoption and micro-businesses. She is also interested in the adoption of innovations and digital technologies in health care.

Jessica Armitage

PhD Student

Jessica Armitage is currently studying her PhD in UK ethnic minority entrepreneurship at Aston Business School, where she also studied her MSc in Business and Management. Jessica's particular interest in entrepreneurship stems from her long-term experience in self-employment.

Joanne Turner

Research Fellow - innovation Studies

Joanne joined the Enterprise Research Centre (ERC) at the University of Warwick in October 2013. Initially, as a PhD student within the Centre, Joanne examined how a firm’s industry environment – in particular, the appropriability regime – affects its intangibles strategy and innovation performance. In May 2018, Joanne became an ERC Research Fellow working on projects examining the productivity and growth returns to publicly-funded and privately-funded R&D, the links between intellectual property protection and innovation/innovation success, and the role of local, regional and broader eco-system factors in supporting innovation, exporting, growth and productivity.

Johan de Borst

PhD Student, Hunter Centre for Enterprise, Strathclyde Business School

Johan’s PhD research will explore how entrepreneurial households construct economic well-being and the potential impact of entrepreneurial households in their support or curtailment of business growth ambitions.

John Wilson

Professor of Banking & Finance

John Wilson is Professor of Banking & Finance and the Director of Research at the School of Management, University of St Andrews. He is also Director of the Centre for Responsible Banking & Finance. He can be contacted at:

Jonathan Levie

Professor, NUI Galway

Jonathan leads ERC's research theme exploring the impact of Entrepreneurial Ambition in SME growth. His research interests include venture growth, business model change and entrepreneurship policy.

Julia Korosteleva

Senior Lecturer, University College London

Julia's research interests lie in the field of entrepreneurship, regional development and entrepreneurship, start-up finance, financial development, and transition economics.

Julia Rouse

Principal Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, MMU Business School

Julia's research investigates entrepreneurship as a route of social mobility. She is the founder and Co-Chair of the Gender and Enterprise Network (GEN), an international community of more than 400 stakeholders interested in advancing and employing scholarship on women’s enterprise and the gendering of entrepreneurship.

Jun Du

Professor of Economics

Professor Jun Du is Professor of economics at Aston Business School, her research revolves around the evaluation and determinants of firm performance. She has extensive experience in collaborating with researchers nationally and internationally on projects on the measurement of firm productivity, the relationship between performance and R&D and innovation, finance and investment, ownership, political economy, and internationalisation.

Karen Bonner

Senior Economist, Ulster University Economic Policy Centre

Karen is a senior economist at Ulster University’s Economic Policy Centre and also works with the ERC on projects relating to entrepreneurship, business demography and innovation. She is involved primarily in firm-level economic research utilising micro-data to examine aspects of firm performance in both Northern Ireland and the UK. Karen works with ERC members to produce the UK Global Entrepreneurship Monitor. Other recent projects include those for BEIS, DfE, and Scottish Enterprise. Previously she worked as a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Queen’s University, Belfast.

Katherine Hathaway


Katherine is an Associate of the Enterprise Research Centre, having been ERC's Deputy Director responsible for Strategy and Stakeholders between 2014 and 2016, on secondment from the Department for Business, Energy, Innovation & Skills. Katherine has a background in leading policy development, stakeholder engagement, major project management and service design.

Kelly Smith

Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship

Kelly Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship in the Department of Management at Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham. She also holds a PhD from the University of Birmingham. She has lead undergraduate-level Venture Creation Programmes at Coventry University and the University of Huddersfield, and student and graduate entrepreneurship initiatives across the West Midlands and Yorkshire.

Kevin Mole

Associate Professor of Enterprise & Head of Group

Kevin's expertise ranges across a variety of qualitative and quantitative research techniques: on external advice to small firms, the diagnosis of firm problems, policy choices in business support, firm growth and the adoption of new working practices in SMEs.

Kevin Mulligan

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Dr. Kevin Mulligan is a Post-Doctoral Researcher based at the Department of Economics, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, Ireland. Kevin is currently working on a research project funded by Science Foundation Ireland, titled “Evaluating the impact of science policy on the economy and society: A national evaluation and international benchmarking of science policy in Ireland”. Kevin’s research interests include firm-level R&D, science and innovation policy evaluation and policy mix.

Kiran Trehan

University of Birmingham

Kiran is Professor of Leadership and Enterprise Development at the University of Birmingham. She is a leading expert on enterprise, and diversity in ethnic minority entrepreneurship. She has been instrumental in shaping policy on work on supply chain relationships, access to finance and access to markets in ethnic minority businesses.

Kun Fu

Research Fellow, Imperial College London

Kun's recent work investigates the impact of the knowledge base of industrial clusters on innovation performance of start-up firms and national institutions, such as IPR regime and competition policy on the emergence of technology entrepreneurship.

Laura Heery

Economist at the Ulster University Economic Policy Centre

Laura Heery is an Economist at the Ulster University Economic Policy Centre. Her research interests include economic policy research, competitiveness, labour market analysis, and sub-regional development.

Lee Hopley

Director, Economic Insight and Research, UK Finance

Lee is currently Director of Economic Insight and Research at UK Finance, and is responsible the collection and dissemination of data relating to the support the finance sector provides to business and households. She is also responsible for the programme of research and analysis which informs UK Finance’s policy and representation activities.

Leon Oerlemans

Tilburg University, Netherlands

Leon is Professor in Organisation Dynamics and founder member of the Centre of Innovation Research (CIR). His current research is in inter-organisational relationships and networks, innovation, and temporary organisation with a special focus on SMEs.

Louise Scholes

Reader, Loughborough University London

Dr Louise Scholes is a Reader at Loughborough University London. Her main research interests include the relationship between governance and ownership of family firms and firm strategy (particularly related to innovation and entrepreneurship) as well as management buyouts and their consequences.

Lucrezia Casulli

Lecturer, Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, Strathclyde University

Lucrezia's research interests include international entrepreneurship, coupled with her passion for cognitive psychology, lead her to research the reasoning processes that individuals engage in when confronted with internationalisation opportunities and challenges.

Marco Felici


Marco Felici
Marco currently works at the Social Market Foundation, where he undertakes quantitative research on issues relating to skills policy and business growth.

Maria Wishart

Research Fellow

Maria joined the Enterprise Research Centre in February 2018 as a Research Fellow based at Warwick Business School. Before coming to academia, she spent 17 years working in global consumer marketing roles in a number of UK-based companies. She is experienced in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. Maria’s academic qualifications include an undergraduate degree in Business Management with French, an MA in Philosophy, an MSc in Research Methods and a PhD in Identity and Ethics. Her current research interests include business resilience, rural enterprise and business ethics.

Marina Biniari

Lecturer, Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, Strathclyde University

Marina's research focuses on the origins and sustainability of entrepreneurial behaviour within existing companies, across different levels of analysis.

Michael Fritsch

Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany

Michael's main fields of research are new business formation processes and their impact on economic development, innovation systems and innovation behaviour, economic development strategies, as well as markets and market failure.

Mika Maliranta

Research Director, Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (ETLA)

Mika is Research Director at the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (ETLA) at the University of Jyvaskyla. His research interests include; productivity, micro-level dynamics of productivity growth, job and worker flows, spillovers, ICT, R&D, education and competition.

Mike Spicer

Director of Research, BCC

Mike joined the BCC in February 2011 and became Director of Research and Economics in January 2014. He directs the BCC's policy research and survey programme. Mike represents the BCC externally on business policy and matters relating to local economic development.

Monder Ram OBE

Director, Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME), Aston Business School, Aston Univerissty

Professor Monder Ram OBE is the Director of Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME), based in Aston Business School, Aston University. He has extensive experience of working in, researching and acting as a consultant to small and ethnic minority businesses. He is a leading authority on small business and ethnic minority entrepreneurship research and has published widely on the subject.

Natalia Vershinina

Principal Lecturer at the Department of Strategic Management and Marketing, Leicester Business School, De Montfort University (DMU), Leicester, UK

Dr. Natalia Vershinina is a Principal Lecturer at the Department of Strategic Management and Marketing, Leicester Business School, De Montfort University (DMU), Leicester, UK and has been with the institution for fourteen years. She has a PhD in Business Relationships and prior to that completed MBA with Distinction from DMU, and Deng with Distinction from St. Petersburg State University of Technology and Design. She has co-authored the market-leading Management textbook with Richard Daft and Martyn Kendrick.
Her main teaching and research area is entrepreneurship and small firms with particular interest in ethnic minority entrepreneurship, effect of gender on women's enterprise in UK and transition economies context. She is a Entrepreneurship SIG Track Co-Chair for British Academy of Management Conference, and Co-Chair for Family and Community Enterprise Track at Institute for Small Business and Enterprise Conference.

Neha Prashar

Research Fellow

Neha gained her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with Economics at University College London and went onto do her Master’s degree in Development Economics at the University of Birmingham.

Neil Lee

Assistant Professor

Neil Lee is an Assistant Professor in Economic Geography at the LSE where he also serves as Director of the MSc in Local Economic Development and BSc in Geography with Economics.

Nick Wilson

Director of the Credit Management Research Centre (CMRC)

Nick's work combines academic rigour with practical and policy relevance. He has held the Chair in Credit Management and Finance at Leeds University Business School since 1998 and is Director of the Credit Management Research Centre (CMRC). He is an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Credit Management (FICM).

Nicos Nicolaou

Professor - Warwick Business School

Nicos Nicolaou is a Professor at Warwick Business School with research interest in Entrepreneurship, Genetics of Entrepreneurship, Biology of Entrepreneurship, Middle Market Firms, Social Networks, Behavioral Genetics, University Spinouts and Innovation.

Nida Broughton

Chief Economist

Nida is Chief Economist at the Social Market Foundation, where she leads the SMF’s research on business policy, entrepreneurship, economic growth and employment. Nida previously worked at the House of Commons, where she advised MPs and committees on a broad range of economic issues, and in particular, on financial services. Nida also has in-depth expertise in regulation and competition policy, gained whilst working at Ofcom, the UK regulator and competition authority for communications markets.

Niels Bosma

Assistant Professor, School of Economics, Utrecht University

Niels's research interests evolve around individuals' entrepreneurial and innovative behaviour in regional and social contexts, with a particular interest in social entrepreneurship.

Nigel Driffield

Professor of International Business

Nigel Driffield is Professor of International Business at Warwick Business School in the UK, having held a similar post at Aston Business School for 10 years which included a spell as the Dean of the Business School. He has a PhD from Reading University, and has published some 75 academic papers across a range of disciplines including international business, regional science, finance, and economics. He recently held a prestigious Leverhulme Fellowship, investigating the impact of internationally mobile capital on both home and source countries, particularly in terms of competitiveness and labour markets.

Nola Hewitt-Dundas

Professor, Queen's University Belfast

Nola is Pro-Vice Chancellor and Professor of Innovation Management and Policy at Queen’s University Belfast and an ESRC-Innovate UK Innovation Caucus Thought Leader. Her research interests include the dynamics of innovation ecosystems, business innovation, technology transfer and networks with an emphasis on small and medium enterprises, business strategy and technology adoption. She has led and contributed to a wide range of public sector projects for national and international organisations.

Oksana Koryak

Lecturer- Cranfield School of Management

Oksana’s main research interests are in the areas of decision making and cognition in the field of entrepreneurship. Her recent research investigated decision making by private equity and venture capital firms as well as the conceptualization of resilience in the context of entrepreneurship.

Osman Anwar

Senior Consultant

Osman Anwar, is a Senior Consultant with SQW. He has undertaken many finance policy evaluations and research studies in the UK and internationally. He works in collaboration with Oxford Innovation who assist potential high growth SMEs.

Priit Vahter

Senior Research Fellow. Warwick Business School

Priit's research covers various determinants of innovation and firm performance and effects of international trade and FDI.

Professor Sumon Bhaumik

Sheffield University Management School

Sumon is an established scholar who has both published in major international peer-reviewed journals, and has contributed to policy debates in the United Kingdom and India. His research has provided input for research and reports of organisations such as OECD, the Reserve Bank of India and the World Bank. Over the past ten years, he has worked on a number of research projects, some involving multi-country teams, funded by a wide range of agencies including ESRC.

Professor Susan Marlow

University of Nottingham Business School

Susan is Professor of Entrepreneurship and her research interests lie in the broad area of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial behaviour with a particular focus on the influence of gender upon women’s entrepreneurship, high technology business incubation and employment relations.

Professor Ute Stephan

Chair of Entrepreneurship

Professor Ute Stephan is the Chair of Entrepreneurship at Aston University Birmingham (UK), the Director of the Aston Centre for Research into International Entrepreneurship and Business (ACRIEB), and editor-in-chief of Applied Psychology: An International Review.
Ute’s research focuses on the relationships between culture, institutions and entrepreneurship. Other research interests include social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial leadership, and motivation.

Rebeca I. Muñoz Torres

Senior Lecturer

Rebeca I. Muñoz Torres is a Senior Lecturer in Economics. She joined the Westminster Business School in September 2008. Rebecca graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) with a first class degree in Economics and a postgraduate diploma in Mathematics Applied to Economics.

Rita Nana-Cheraa

PhD Student

Rita Nana-Cheraa gained her BSc in Mathematics at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, and her MSc in Economics and Econometrics at the University of Nottingham. Nana also has experience in retail banking, business development, and interbank money market dealing. She is currently studying her PhD at the Warwick Business School researching on innovations among SME's

Robert Kloosterman

University of Amsterdam

Robert is Professor of Economic Geography and Planning, he is interested in what kind of economic activities take place in contemporary urban environments and how they are related to other aspects such as the institutional framework, the historical legacy in terms of economic orientation and urban morphology, and also to other urban developments, more specifically processes of polarisation of incomes and of insertion of migrants.

Robyn Owen

Associate Professor

Dr Robyn Owen is Associate Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance at the Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR) Middlesex University Business School. Her research focuses on the financing of young potential high growth SMEs.

Rosa Caiazza

Professor of Management

Rosa Caiazza is PhD in Management and professor of Management at Parthenope University of Naples. She served as a board member for Academy of Management Perspective, Academy of Management Perspective, Small Business Economics, Management Decision, Journal of Management Development, Trends in Food Science & Technology, Corporate Governance and many other top-tier academic journals. She was visiting researcher at Wharton University of Philadelphia (USA). She was chairman of many EIASM Conferences and recipient of several ‘Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence’. She is the author of many articles on corporate governance, entrepreneurship, innovation and M&A published in top-tier academic journals such as Journal of Technology transfer, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, Business Process Management Journal and Journal of Management Development

Ross Brown


Dr Ross Brown is a Lecturer in the School of Management, University of St Andrews. He is also a member of the Centre for Responsible Banking and Finance at the University of St Andrews. His main research interests lie in the areas of entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial ecosystems, funding issues for small businesses, innovation policy and regional development.

Sally Gee

Research Fellow, The Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI), Manchester Institute of Innovation Research

Sally is a Research Fellow at The Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI) and the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR). Sally's PhD on 'open innovation' in the bio-pharmaceutical sector focused on the dynamics of user-producer interactions for the creation and exchange of knowledge. She holds an MSc in Technology Management from Manchester School of Management (Distinction) and a BSc International Management and North American Business Studies from UMIST, UK and McMaster University, Canada (First Class Honours).

Samuel Mwaura

Research Fellow, Strathclyde University

Samuel works with Professor Sara Carter at the Hunter Centre at the University of Strathclyde. His research interests include Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Firm Performance.

Sandra Gottschalk

Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Industrial Economics and International Management (ZEW)

Sandra's research focuses on topics concerning the founding and closing of enterprises. In particular, she analyses the influence of the founder's human capital relating to performance, development, and probability of closing of start-up enterprises.

Sara Carter

Associate Director

Sara is Deputy Principal at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde University. At the ERC Sara leads the research on under represented groups in enterprise. Her research focuses extensively on entrepreneurship policy, gender, entrepreneurship and finance; and rewards and lifestyles within the entrepreneurial household.

Saul Estrin

Head of School of Management, London School of Economics (LSE)

Saul's research interests include: business opportunities and investment strategies in emerging markets, privatisation, transition economics and economic development, labour and industrial economics and competition and foreign direct investment.

Serdal Ozusaglam

Research Fellow

Dr Serdal Ozusaglam is a postdoctoral research fellow with PhD degree in Economics and Innovation Management from the University of Strasbourg. Prior to joining WBS, Serdal was a teaching fellow of Economics of Innovation and postdoctoral research fellow at the Leeds University Business School between 2014 and 2020.

Sophie Manigart

Vlerick Business School, Ghent University, Belgium

Sophie's research focusses on the financing strategies of entrepreneurial companies, including venture capital, private equity and business angel finance.

Sreevas Sahasranamam

Chancellor’s Fellow in Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Leadership

Sreevas Sahasranamam is a Chancellor’s Fellow in Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Leadership at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship. His research predominantly focuses on innovation/entrepreneurship in and from emerging markets. He is also the lead for the doctoral training centre in Socially Progressive Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde.

Stuart Fraser

Associate Professor of Enterprise, Warwick Business School

Stuart's research interests include small business finance; applied financial economics; econometric analysis of small business issues.


Professor in International Strategy

SUMA ATHREYE is Professor in International Strategy at Brunel Business School and is a member of the Strategy, Entrepreneurship and International Business Group.

Temitope Akinremi

Research Fellow- Productivity in UK Engineering

Temitope Akinremi joined the Enterprise Research Centre (ESRC) at Warwick Business School in February 2018. Prior to that, she earned a PhD in Engineering Management from Coventry University, where she also worked as a Teaching Assistant. She has a BSc and an MSc in Chemical Engineering. Her experience also spans across the oil and gas industry and chemical process industry where she worked as a process engineer, process improvement researcher and business development manager with different companies.

Teresa Schlüter

Economic Analyst

Dr Teresa Schlüter is an economic analyst at the German advisory council on global change where she works on sustainable urban development. She holds a PhD from the London School of Economics in Economic Geography. Her interests lie in the areas of urban and labour economics, inequality, innovation policy and micro-econometrics.

Tiago Botelho


Tiago Botelho, is a Lecturer in Finance and Business Strategy at the Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia. He is a specialist in business angel finance and undertaking large-scale quantitative analysis.

Tomasz Mickiewicz

Head of Economics & Strategy Group, Aston Business School

Professor Tomasz Mickiewicz joined Aston Business School in January 2012. He is now Head of the Economics and Strategy Group at Aston Business School. His previous position was Professor of Comparative Economics at SSEES University College London (since 2008), where he started as a lecturer in 1996. At the ERC he is part of the research team looking at Entrepreneurial Ambition.

Ully Yunita Nafizah

PhD student, ERC

Ully Yunita Nafizah is currently studying her PhD at the Warwick Business School researching on innovation and digital technology adoption. Ully gained her degree of BSc in Engineering Management at the Institut Teknologi Bandung and MSc in Innovation Management at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Ully also has experiences in academic teaching and consultancy in the area of industrial engineering and business development.

Victor Ekpu

Research Fellow

Victor is currently working on the ERC project on accessing and using alternative finance. His wider research interests are in business finance and growth, business lending and bank profitability, bank lending to SMEs, macroeconomics and financial linkages, financial innovation, and monetary and financial stability policies.

Yama Temouri

Lecturer, International Business, Aston Business School.

Yama's research interests are in applied international trade and investment issues, in particular related to foreign direct investment and its effects on firm performance and labour markets.

Yanqing Lai

Research Assistant

Yanqing Lai is a Research Assistant in Leadership/HRM in Edinburgh Napier Business School. She received her PhD in Business Management from Kingston University London in 2016,