Professor Monder Ram OBE
Director of the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME), Aston University
Professor Monder Ram OBE is the Director of the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME). 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. He regularly speaks at international conferences on the importance and value of ethnic minority businesses and has advised Government on this, now sitting on the recently established APPG for BAME Business Owners. Monder was responsible for initiating the annual Ethnic Minority Business Conference in 1998, which has developed into the most important event in the calendar for disseminating policy and research on ethnic minority firms. Monder also holds the positions of Visiting Fellow at the Industrial Relations Research Unit at Warwick University, and Visiting Professor at the University of Turku in Finland. He was named as one of the country’s most influential Asians by the Institute of Asian Professionals and was awarded an OBE in the 2004 New Year Honours List for his services to black and ethnic minority businesses.
Serial traveller, entrepreneur and founder of Life in Sync Coaching, alumna of Lancaster University
Gia Vitkute is a serial traveler, entrepreneur and founder of Life in Sync Coaching. She travels around the world while running an online business. Gia is a certified life coach helping her clients achieve their dream life through clarity practices, building success habits and focused action plans. She believes that happiness comes from the balance between work and personal life. Gia has been traveling solo for over ten years, been to over forty countries and currently lives in Portugal. In the past, she worked for multinational companies such as Johnson & Johnson and C.H. Robinson and her past career and education experiences shaped the person she is today. Her biggest passion is to inspire people to go after their dreams, help them do the ‘impossible’ and start entrepreneurial ventures. She loves leading workshops and participating in events like ‘Pecha Kucha’. Gia could be called ‘a digital nomad’ but she prefers the term ‘a global citizen’ – borders are an illusion, not reality.
Professor Ulla Hytti
Head of Entrepreneurship at the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship, University of Turku
Ulla Hytti is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of Turku in Finland. Her research is focused on entrepreneurship at the individual level including entrepreneurial identities and entrepreneurship education. Currently, she is the PI in ‘Academic Entrepreneurship as a Social Process” and WP Leader in Horizon 2020 project ‘Developing Inclusive and Sustainable Creative Economies’. Ulla was given the European Entrepreneurship Education Award in 2019 for contributions to improvement of entrepreneurship education in academia in Europe. She is the President-Elect for the European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship in 2019-2021. Ulla is the Associate Editor for the Journal of Small Business Management, and in the editorial boards for the ‘International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior and Research’ and the ‘International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation’. She is also currently guest editor for two special issues in the field of entrepreneurship education.