IEEC2022 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Dr Phil Budden

Senior Lecturer, Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management, MIT Management Sloan School.

Phil Budden is a Senior Lecturer at MIT’s Management School, in Sloan’s TIES (Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategic-management) Group, where he focuses on ‘innovation-driven entrepreneurship’ (IDE) and innovation ecosystems.

Phil co-teaches in the successful ‘Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program’ (REAP), an ExecEd program for regional teams from around the globe interested in accelerating ‘innovation-driven entrepreneurship’; in the ‘Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Lab’ (REAL), aimed at MBAs and Sloan Fellows; and on similar topics in a variety of degree and ExecEd settings.

Phil’s approach combines academic, historical and real-world perspectives on how different stakeholders – including Entrepreneurs, Universities and ‘Risk Capital’ providers, alongside Corporate enterprises and Government policymakers – can all contribute to building successful innovation ecosystems. 

In 2012, while a Visiting Scholar at MIT, Phil undertook a project on innovation and entrepreneurship for the British Prime Minister’s office at No 10 (and UK Trade and Investment) to inform the UK’s Entrepreneurs Campaign. From 2007 until 2012, he served as the British Consul General to New England, in which role he had been responsible for transatlantic business issues, including trade and investment, corporate/government affairs, as well as science and innovation, leading him to an abiding interest in entrepreneurship. In that time, he also moved the British Consulate to One Broadway (aka e70) to be closer to MIT, Sloan and Kendall Square.

Phil has held various posts with the British Government: British Cabinet Office, London (2001 – 2002); British Embassy, Washington DC (2002 – 2007); 1st Secretary (UK-US Technology, Science & Innovation) Washington DC; Adviser to the PM at No10 (European/institutional strategy) London, UK.

Phil holds a BA and MA in History from Lincoln College, the University of Oxford; an MA in History and Government from Cornell University; and a PhD (DPhil) in History and International Political Economy from the University of Oxford.

With a career that has spanned enterprise policy and education on both sides of the Atlantic, we are very excited to welcome Phil to IEEC2022.


Dr Shailendra Vyakarnam

Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship, Cranfield University
Non Executive Director and Advisor to a range of early stage companies

Dr Shailendra Vyakarnam is a leading enterprise educator with many years’ experience working with businesses of all sizes and stages, bridging the gap between academia and industry. Shai’s career in entrepreneurship development began, almost accidentally, when in the concluding chapter of his PhD, he recommended that Business Schools should take enterprise and new venture creation
seriously if they were to be relevant to society. This was in 1987.

Since then, it has been a pioneering journey at a number of universities where his courses FOR entrepreneurship rather than ABOUT entrepreneurship have taken root. These include Cambridge, Reading, Cranfield and several other institutions, having established entrepreneurship centres at Nottingham Business School, Cambridge Judge Business School and most recently, as Director of the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship at Cranfield.

Shai was on the founding board of EEUK and for several years, was a board member at ISBE, the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

The focus of Shai’s work is to enable managers and owners of science and technology enabled businesses to unlock hidden value in their ideas, turn them into business proposals and have the confidence and self-belief to take their ideas forward, whether this is for start-ups, scale-ups or established businesses. Over his career, he has had the good fortune to advise and mentor hundreds of entrepreneurs and their teams, and has supported business readiness for growth and scale up.

Informed by extensive research and consulting activity, Shai provides advice to policy makers, heads of institutions and advisory agencies. He continues to conduct research which appears in publications and books that are appropriate to a deeper understanding of mindsets, skills and knowledge and personal goals of entrepreneurs. More recently, he has also taken to podcasting on the topic of midlife enterprisers.

An educator, mentor, connector, entrepreneur and business angel – a true pracademic! – we are delighted to welcome Shai as a keynote speaker at IEEC2022.