Todd Davey

Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Institut Mines-Télécom Business School in Paris and a visiting researcher at Imperial College (UK) and Adelaide University (AUST) in the topics of entrepreneurship and innovation. Formerly a Senior Manager with Deloitte Australia’s Technology Commercialisation Group and responsible part of the executive team for one of Australia’s fastest growing start-ups in the 2000s, Todd has ‘switched sides’ to work within academia, completing his PhD at the VU Amsterdam. He was the Project Director of the largest study yet completed into cooperation between European universities and business, a study completed for the European Commission in 2010 and again in 2017. Todd is author of the book ‘Entrepreneurship at Universities’, a Director at the University-Industry Innovation Network (UIIN) and the creator of TechAdvance™, a tool for evaluating technologies.

Arno Meerman

Co-founder and CEO of the University Industry Innovation Network, a leading European network that facilitates interaction and creates cooperation between higher educational institutions and industry. In this role he has initiated and leads the largest conference on University-Industry Interaction, manages a variety of its initiatives, including its workshops towards professionalisation of university-business cooperation and has led a number of UIINs research and development projects for the European Commission. Arno is also the Director for Business Development at the Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre at Münster University of Applied Sciences in Germany. Besides project acquisition and strategic development, he conducts research on entrepreneurship, innovation and university-business collaboration.

Balzhan Orazbayeva

Affiliated with the Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre (S2BMRC) at Münster University of Applied Sciences (MUAS) in Germany, Balzhan researches university-business cooperation and social innovation. She is a researcher in the consulting project for the European Commission (DG Education and Culture), implementing the largest European study in the area of university-business collaboration. She leads creative research process as part of Erasmus+ project in the field of social innovation.  In her role of educator, Balzhan is a lecturer in social innovation and social entrepreneurship. She also coordinates industry projects executed by students in Münster School of Business. Balzhan is a doctoral candidate at Free University of Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam) and focuses in her PhD on higher education in the context of university-business cooperation. She holds a Bachelor degree on International Relations from German-Kazakh University (DKU) in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and a Master degree on Integrative Project Management from Dresden University of Technology (TUD) in Germany.

Max Riedel

Senior consultant at Siemens University Relations. His daily tasks include consulting Siemens businesses in all aspects of university cooperation, ranging from developing a partnering strategy over finding suitable research partners to fostering long-term strategic cooperation. Max holds a Master’s (2006) and a PhD degree in physics (2011). He joined Siemens in 2012 as a management consultant at Siemens Management Consulting (SMC), the internal consultancy of Siemens. At the time this book is published, Max is delegated to the University of Ulm to support the ramp-up of the Quantum Technologies Flagship initiative, one of the European Commission’s most ambitious long-term projects to bring technology from the lab to the market. Before this assignment, he was the key account manager for two of Siemens’ strategic partner universities.

Victoria Galán-Muros

Active professional with a broad international expertise in university-business cooperation, higher education management and innovation. Currently Higher Education Policy Analyst at the OECD, Victoria has previously worked as a consultant, academic, researcher and facilitator in those topics. As a senior consultant, associated at Technopolis Group UK and Apprimo UG, Victoria worked with the European Commission DG EAC along with universities and governments in over 30 countries. Victoria delivered professional workshops in 16 countries, co-authored over 25 consulting reports and participated in 12 publicly funded projects. As an academic and researcher involved in 11 universities of eight countries, Victoria has authored 30+ publications and given 40+ speeches as keynote/invited speaker in 20+ countries. Additionally, she sits in the boards of director of the University-Industry Innovation Network (UIIN). Victoria holds two degrees from the University of Granada, a MSc from the London School of Economics and a PhD from Free University Amsterdam.

Carolin Plewa

Professor in Marketing and Stakeholder Engagement at The University of Adelaide, the Deputy Director of the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre, as well as a research member of the Institute of Photonics and Advanced Sensing. She specialises in the interaction and value co-creation across a myriad of organisations and individuals, with a particular emphasis on university-business collaboration, as well as service and social contexts. Her research in the context of university-business engagement, in particular, has led to her appointment to the South Australian Science Council (2015-2018) and to her appointment as an inaugural co-chair of the University-Industry Innovation Network (UIIN) Australia Chapter. Professor Plewa has published her research in international marketing, management and education journals, such as Journal of Service Research, European Journal of Marketing, Psychology & Marketing, Journal of Services Marketing, Marketing Theory, R&D Management, the Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, Education and Training and others.

Natascha Eckert

For over 18 years, Natascha has been active in various leading roles within Corporate Research and Innovation at companies like Siemens and Osram. She has a long-year experience in the University-Industry-Business, currently managing Siemens’ global strategic partner programs with universities and research institutes. Natascha has a long-year history in Siemens’ international technology and innovation management and was responsible for expanding Siemens Corporate Technology’s footprint to Asia and Russia. For many years Natascha has coordinated the company’s engagement in manifold external research and innovation organizations and bodies, e.g. Bayerische Forschungsstiftung, Stifterverband, Forschungsunion, acatech and DAAD. Natascha holds a PhD degree in BA from Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich and had worked for several years as strategic consultant for various companies.

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