Prof. Ove Grandstrand
His work experience includes teaching, research and consultancy in various Eastern and Western countries. He serves as Professor in Industrial Management and Economics at Chalmers University of Technology and is founder of CIP – Center for Intellectual Property Studies at Chalmers. His research interest concerns economics and management of technology and innovation. In particular, he has studied innovation, corporate strategy and diversification in multi-technology corporations in Europe, Japan and the USA, as well as various issues related to R&D, intellectual property and intellectual capital more generally. Ove Granstrand has authored and edited several books and articles on these topics, recent ones being The Economics and Management of Intellectual Property – Towards Intellectual Capitalism (Edward Elgar, 2000); Economics, Law and Intellectual Property. (Editor), Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, 2003; the Economics and Management of Technological Diversification. Co-edited with Cantwell, J. and Gambardella, A. (Routledge, London, 2004); Bringing Technology and Innovation into the Boardroom. Palgrave Publ., 2004 (Chapters and editorial contributions to a book co-authored with European Institute of Technology and Innovation Management).
Prof. Andrea Piccaluga
Andrea Piccaluga is Professor of Innovation Management at the Istituto di Management, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, where he is coordinator of the PhD programme in Management. He is President of Netval, the Italian network of University Technology Transfer Offices. He has also launched DBA programmes at Scuola Sant'Anna.(He holds a PhD from Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna and a Master in Technology and Innovation Management from SPRU (University of Sussex, Brighton). He is Associate editor of the R&D Management Journal and Creativity and Innovation Management Journal. He collaborates with large and medium-sized companies (Knauf, GE Oil&Gas, Loccioni, TT Venture, etc.) in the field of Open Innovation and with the regional governments of Puglia (Arti) and Tuscany in the field of policies for entrepreneurship and technology transfer. He is member of the board of SIAF (Scuola Internazionale di Alta Formazione) in Volterra. He has published books and papers in the field of R&D management and technology transfer. He is co-author of "La sfida del trasferimento tecnologico. Le università italiane si raccontano" (Springer, with M. Bianchi) and "La gestione del trasferimento tecnologico" (Springer, with G. Conti and M. Granieri). He is responsible for the organization of the International R&D Management Conference which will be held in Pisa in June 2015
Dr. Dariush Rafinejad
Dariush Rafinejad is a consulting associate professor at the Management Science & Engineering Department at Stanford. Dariush teaches and conducts research on sustainable product development and manufacturing, and has co-authored a number of case studies and papers in the sustainability field. In 2007, he published a book on Innovation, Product Development and Commercialization. He is also a faculty member at Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco and an adjunct professor at Haas Business School at UC Berkeley. Dariush has over 30 years of product innovation and senior executive experience in the semiconductor and solar energy industries and was a corporate vice president at Applied Materials and Lam Research Corporations. Dariush has served on the boards or invested in several startup companies in solar, semiconductor and medical fields. He is also the founding principle of Blue Dome Consulting Company which partners with high-tech executives for product and business leadership
Dr. Hamid Noori
Laurier Chair Professor in Enterprise Integration & Technology Management; Director: Laurier EMTM, PhD and Research-Based Programs
Field: Enterprise Integration and Technology Management Dr. Hamid Noori is Laurier Chair in Enterprise Integration and Technology Management, a Professor of Operations Management at Laurier Business School, Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and Chair Professor of Management of Technology (Under the Distinguished Scholars Scheme) at Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He obtained his PhD in Operations and Production Research from Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario, Canada. Professor Noori is the Founding Director of the Research Centre for Management of Advanced Technology/Operations (REMAT), a position he held between 1985 and 1994. His industrial experience includes three years with Nippon Electric Company (NEC) of Japan. He is currently the Director of the PhD & Research-Based Master’s Program at Laurier Business & Economics.
Dr. Keyvan Vakili
Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, London Business School - Regent's Park - London, United Kingdom
Dr Keyvan Vakili’s research is broadly focused on understanding the factors that promote creativity and innovation at the individual, team, organisation, and industry levels, using a variety of experimental and quasi-experimental designs, quantitative data methods and textual analysis.
Before joining academia, he was an entrepreneur and worked as a consultant. In 2006, he founded a video game production company, which was acquired by Samsung Co, three years later. As a consultant, he worked with executives in a range of industries such as auto, oil, education, software and hardware. He specialised in topics of business modelling, systems thinking and organisational learning. He currently advises several startups in the fields of mobile apps, semiconductors, and online services.
Dr. Shahram (Shawn) Mesbah
FOUNDER AND CEO OF STRATEGIC MANUFACTURING SOLUTIONS INC./ILEDGE
Mr. Mesbah has over 30 years of experience in Advanced Manufacturing and Enterprise Systems, Large‐scale Project Management and has taught ERP fundamentals worldwide; he is a recognized leader in Technology Transfer and Business Turn‐around with history of successful implementations in some of the largest companies in the world. Dr. Mesbah is a known presenter and educator in Business Process Reengineering and Advanced Enterprise Systems and has taught classes at Hillsborough Collage, Tampa, Florida and University of California, San Diego and Northridge. Dr. Mesbah has served on the Board of Directors of several High Technology companies as well as serving on the BOD and EVP Operations for American Production and Inventory Control Society APICS. He has successfully led several start‐up companies and has worked extensively in the United States, Europe, and Asia, with companies such as, Arthur Andersen, Haskel International, Rogerson Aircraft, Korea Heavy Industry & Construction ‘Hanjung’, AT&T, Rexon, WangTec, Dolco, Olson Industries, Marconi Lear Astronics, Fujitsu Business Systems, and BatchMaster/ eWorkplace Solutions Inc.
Dr. Darush Mahjoubi
Research Associate: IC2 (Innovation, Creativity and Capital) Institute, the University of Texas at Austin
Adjunct Professor: MBA Entrepreneurship Program, St. Edward’s
University, Austin, Texas
Developed and taught courses on High Tech Venture, Capstone, Entrepreneurship E-Business Economics, and Business Ideation and New Product Development. In the High Tech Venture course the model-based method of learning was introduced that enables the students to explicate their own ideas. In the Capstone course, Action Business Planning was introduced parallel with formal business plans.