Henry Etzkowitz


Henry Etzkowitz is a scholar of global reputation in innovation studies as the originator of pioneer concepts like “Entrepreneurial University” and “Triple Helix”. He is founder of the Triple Helix Association and founding editor of its journal. Since 2013, Henry is the CEO of International Triple Helix Institute, located in Silicon Valley.

Etzkowitz is author of MIT and the Rise of Entrepreneurial Science (Routledge, 2002); co-author of  Athena Unbound: The Advancement of Women in Science and Technology (Cambridge, 2000); Triple Helix: University-Industry-Government Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Routledge, 2008, 2017). Articles, individually and with colleagues, include:   Citizen Driven Innovation, stem cell scientists, patient advocates and financial innovators in the Making of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (Prometheus, 2021) Gender dynamics in science and technology (Brussels Economic Review, 2008);  Interdisciplinary Organization as a basic academic unit, (Industry and Higher Education, 2021); Licensing Life: the evolution of Stanford University’s Technology Transfer Practice (Technology Forecasting and Social Change, 2021).

Lourdes Casanova


Lourdes Casanova is the Gail and Rob Cañizares Director Emerging Markets Institute, Senior Lecturer at S.C. Johnson School of Management, Cornell University. Named one of 50 most influential Iberoamerican intellectuals and one of 30 most influential Iberoamerican women intellectuals by Esglobal. Fulbright Scholar, masters University of Southern California, PhD University of Barcelona. Co-editor with F. Cahen A. Miroux: From copycats to Leaders: Innovation from Emerging Markets. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-108-48686-6.

2021 Co-author with A. Miroux: The Era of Chinese Multinationals. Academic Press. Elsevier 2019. Emerging Market Multinationals Report 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016. Co-author with P. Cornelius, S. Dutta: Entrepreneurship and the Finance of Innovation in Emerging Markets. Academic Press. Elsevier. With J. Kassum: The Political Economy of an Emerging Global Power: In search of the Brazilian Dream, Palgrave Macmillan 2014, author Global Latinas: Latin America’s emerging multinationals Palgrave Macmillan 2009. Former member Global Agenda Council, Competitiveness in Latin America World Economic Forum for Mexico, Brazil and Colombia, B20 Task Force in G20 summit, Los Cabos (2012). Board member Boyce Tompson Institute. Co-founder Ithaca Hub of Global Shapers. Op-ed writer Latin Trade, Agenda Publica contributor to CNN en español, El País and Voice of America.

Jerome Engel


Professor Jerome S. Engel is an internationally recognized expert on innovation, entrepreneurship, and venture capital, lecturing and advising business and government leaders around the world. His research and publications explore innovation ecosystems, technology commercialization, venture capital, and lean innovation management practices in established and emerging enterprises. Professor Engel joined the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley in 1991, after a successful business career, to found the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, where he currently serves as Senior Fellow and Founding Executive Director Emeritus. He has been the founding General Partner of two successful venture capital funds, is an active Angel investor, and a member of the Investment Advisory Boards to several international venture funds.

He is a leader in the Lean Innovation movement, founding National Faculty Director of the National Science Foundations’ I-Corps, a US government program that develops entrepreneurial technology commercialization teams at leading universities across the United States. His most recent research and publications focus on the nature of innovation processes in entrepreneurial ventures, major corporations, and venture capital in regional ecosystems and global networks. Professor Engel’s publications, including two books, Clusters of Innovation: Entrepreneurial engines of economic growth around the world [2014] and Clusters of Innovation in the Age of Disruption [2022] explore these topics in depth.

Soumitra Dutta


Soumitra Dutta is an academic, author and entrepreneur. He is the dean of Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. He was previously a professor of management, as well as the former Founding Dean, at the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University in New York. He was dean of SC Johnson College of Business from 2012 to 2018. Before his appointment to Cornell, he was a professor of business and technology at INSEAD.

He undertook his first degree at the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, graduating with a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science in 1985. In 2017, he received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT.

He continued his education at Berkeley University of California, gaining an M.S in computer science in 1987, an M.S in Business Administration in 1989 and a Ph.D in computer science in 1990. 

In 2016, Dutta played a key role in the establishment of Cornell Tech campus in New York and the launch of a unique one-year MBA program focused on the digital economy. He led the global growth of the school, including the setting up of the Cornell-Tsinghua dual degree MBA program across Beijing and New York, which remains the only American Ivy League MBA degree offered in mainland China. 

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