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Professor Carl Schramm
The "Evangelist of Entrepreneurship" (The Economist)

American economist, entrepreneur, and former President and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Professor Carl Schramm is an American economist, entrepreneur, and former President and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the leading global entrepreneurship foundation. The Economist has named Schramm the "evangelist of entrepreneurship". The Kansas City Star observed: "Under Schramm's tenure, the foundation laid a geographically bigger entrepreneurship footprint, launching Global Entrepreneurship Week and becoming the nation's leading funder for entrepreneurship research." When Schramm came to the Kauffman Foundation, most of its grant-making went to local nonprofits, but he was recruited to make Kauffman a national and global institution. Schramm also made the Kauffman Foundation a pioneer in education as it became the first grant-making foundation that owns and operates its own charter school. Schramm stepped down at the end of 2011 after nearly ten years at the helm of Kauffman.

As an expert in entrepreneurship and innovation, in 2007 Secretary Carlos Gutierrez asked Schramm to chair the Department of Commerce’s Measuring Innovation in the 21st Century Economic Advisory Panel, and currently serves on a similar panel in the Obama administration. In 2011, with AOL founder Steve Case, Schramm established the White House Start-Up America Public/Private Partnership. He has advised a number of governments on entrepreneurship and economic growth.

Professor Schramm’s research and writing focuses primarily on entrepreneurial activity and economic growth. With economists William Baumol and Robert E. Litan, he wrote Good Capitalism – Bad Capitalism (Yale, 2008), which now has been published in ten languages and has influenced growth policy worldwide. In 2012, Litan and Schramm have published a sequel, Better Capitalism (Yale), that develops what has been coined “Schramm’s Law,” namely, that GDP growth is influenced by the rate of new firms established that achieve scale growth. Schramm and Litan are widely recognized for having developed the theoretical nexus between firm formation and macro-economic growth. His other work has appeared in many academic journals, as well as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Newsweek.

Professor Schramm graduated from LeMoyne College and received his graduate training at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in labor economics and industrial relations. He earned his law degree at Georgetown.

Professor Liz Towns-Andrews
Winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion

Director of Research and Enterprise at the University of Huddersfield (UK Entrepreneurial University of the Year 2012, awarded by Times Higher Education) & and Chief Executive of the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre

A trained chemist, Liz graduated with a PhD in X-ray crystallography before joining the Research Council system. She also has an MBA and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.

Her first position was as a scientist at the UK’s original synchrotron radiation source at Daresbury in Cheshire working closely with UK academics.

Prior to arriving at the University, her role was Director of Knowledge Exchange for the Science and Technology Facilities Council developing the organisation’s strategy for Knowledge Exchange and Economic Impact. During this time she gained extensive experience of working with industry, of providing hi-tech services, the commercialisation and exploitation of IP, and of taking forward public/private partnerships. She led the development of the national science and innovation campuses at Harewell and Daresbury.

On joining the University of Huddersfield in September 2009, Liz became Director of Research and Enterprise and is also 3M Professor of Innovation. Liz has responsibility for centrally supporting and underpinning the University’s research and enterprise strategies, identifying opportunities for development of research activity, strategic partnerships and collaborative R&D activity. She is the University representative responsible for regional and local engagement with the Local Enterprise Project and regeneration activities. Liz established and is the CEO of the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre, a new model for higher education working with industry and in recognition of this she received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion in summer 2013.

Dr. Matthias Kaiserswerth
Director and Vice President, IBM Research – Zurich

In June 2006, Matthias Kaiserswerth was named director of IBM Research – Zurich. In addition, he holds a position in the Software Research Strategy Board, in which he coordinates research work in this area across IBM’s twelve global research laboratories. His appointment as laboratory director in Zurich puts a European back at the helm of the Zurich lab, whose mission as the European branch of IBM Research is to foster relationships with academic and industrial partners throughout Europe, to attract the most talented and promising European research staff, as well as to pursue research in technical areas in which Europe is the global leader. .

Mr. Kaiserswerth joined IBM Research in 1988. From 1988 through 1997 he worked as a Research Staff Member at IBM Research – Zurich on various research projects ranging from high-performance communication systems to message brokering in a medical environment. From 1997 through 1999, Dr. Kaiserswerth was on assignment at the IBM TJ Watson Research Center where he led the networking software and security research. In 2000 Matthias Kaiserswerth became the director of IBM’s laboratory in Zurich. Additional responsibilities were for the IBM Zurich Industry Solutions Lab where IBM hosts customers to meet with its researchers to discuss future technology and emerging business trends. From 2002 until the end of 2005, he was the Managing Director of an IBM Integrated Account. .

In addition to his role in business, Dr. Kaiserswerth is also an honorary professor at Friedrich-Alexander University in Germany where he teaches applied computer science, thus understanding both sides of the university-industry coin.

Since May 2012 Dr. Kaiserswerth has been President of the Economic Development Agency Zimmerberg-Sihltal. He is also on the founding Board of Trustees at TECHNOPARK Zurich and HASLERSTIFTUNG Bern.

Professor Keld Laursen
Professor for Innovation at Copenhagen Business School and Vice-president of the European Academy of Management (EURAM)

MSc in Science and Technology Policy from SPRU at the University of Sussex in 1994. MA in Economics from Aalborg University in 1995. PhD at the IKE Group (also Aalborg University), 1998. Since October 1998, he has been working at the Department of Innovation and Organizational Economics at the Copenhagen Business School -- since 2004 as professor.

Keld is elected to serve on the chair track of the Academy of Management's Technology Innovation Management (TIM) Division for 2012-2017. For the 2014 Conference to be held in Philadelphia, he is the PDW Chair of the Division. He is a member of the CBS Academic Council and the research leader of the CBS' center of excellence (the so-called "World Class Research Environment") on Open Innovation. He is affiliated to the Danish Research Unit for Industrial Dynamics (DRUID). Since 2001, Keld has been serving on DRUID's Executive Committee and is a reviewer for numerous of academic journals and advisory editor to Research Policy. He is associate editor of Industrial and Corporate Change and Industry and innovation and on the Editorial Review Board of the Strategic Management Journal.

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