International Speakers

Marjorie Smelstor, Ph.D.

Vice President, Special Projects

Marjorie Smelstor is vice president of Kauffman Campuses and Higher Education Programs for the Kauffman Foundation. Smelstor has extensive experience inside and outside the academy. She was a university administrator for twenty-five years, holding the positions of assistant vice president, dean, provost, and interim chancellor at institutions in Texas, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Missouri. She has published more than 100 articles, reviews, and a book, and won teaching awards from voluntary universities and student organizations. She has lectured nationally and internationally and was a Senior Fulbright Lecturer in Croatia.Outside the academy, Smelstor spent five years at Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City where she created and led the award-winning Corporate Academy. She also created the Truman Center for the Healing Arts as a part of the Corporate Academy. Smelstor has led strategic planning efforts for a number of organizations, including the Mayo Health System, and has been a consultant in healthcare and higher education.

Smelstor has a Ph.D. and M.A. in American Literature and Mass Communications and Public Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A., magna cum laude, from the College of Mt. St. Joseph in Cincinnati.

About the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City is a private, nonpartisan foundation that works with partners to advance entrepreneurship in America and improve the education of children and youth. The Kauffman Foundation was established in the mid-1960s by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman. Information about the Kauffman Foundation is available at

Dr. William A Lucas

Executive Director of MIT, Cambridge-MIT Institute

Dr. William A. Lucas is Executive Director at MIT of the Cambridge-MIT Institute. Since CMI’s start in 2000 he has been developing metrics for assessment of university programs with a focus on extending and testing a theoretical model of entrepreneurial intention to guide assessment of a range of entrepreneur education programs across the UK. He is also involved in supporting the use of the new assessment methods by US universities, conducting research on mathematics pedagogy and project-based experience in engineering education, and identifying organizational practices that increase the economic value of university research. He has been at MIT for 12 years, and his past career includes university teaching and research at State University of New York at Buffalo, a year as Visiting Professor at the George Washington University, six years at The Rand Corporation, and government service as the Associate Administrator of the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

Prof Wang Xingsun

Director of the Professional Development Center, Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade (SIFT)

Prof Wang Xingsun has worked in higher education for 28 years and is currently the Director of the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade Professional Development Center (SIFTPDC).
From 1995 to 2004 he was the Vice President of Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade (SIFT), the only university in Eastern China that specializes in international business higher education. His responsibility included learning and teaching, international cooperation, etc. Since his retirement from the post of VP he has set up and led SIFTPDC, the first public training platform established by a university in China to provide profession training to the college students and post-graduate training (including entrepreneurship training) open to all the graduates in the country. Prof Wang was invited to be the Director of Shanghai World Expo Human Resources Development Center when it was founded in 2004 and resigned in 2007. The Shanghai World Expo will be held in 2010 and that will the first World Expo held in a developing country. During his term of office he successfully established wide collaborations with the government bodies and event management enterprises of various countries, led the training programs and had therefore been rewarded twice by the relative authorities. Prof Wang was also an outside board member of Shanghai International Airport Co. Ltd for years, and has been the Deputy Director of the National Research Association for Business English subordinate to the China Foreign Trade Society and the Head of Shanghai Training Center of United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the second training center of UNIDO in the world. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the University of Central Lancashire, UK, in 2005 for the work he has done to support the collaborative provision over a number of years.
Recently Prof Wang has concentrated his attention on entrepreneurship education and been actively engaged in the establishment of the Entrepreneurship Incubation Center of Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade, under the leadership of the Shanghai Municipal Education commission and The Shanghai Collegiate Graduate Job Promotion Commission.

EU Speakers

Prof Torben Bager

Managing Director, IDEA

Managing Director of the International Danish Entrepreneurship Academy (since 2005) and professor at the University of Southern Denmark (since 1997).
The International Danish Entrepreneurship Academy is a nation-wide network of universities and colleges, aiming to strengthen entrepreneurship teaching and entrepreneurial activities in Denmark.

  • His research interests fall into three main areas:
  • Neo-institutional organisation theory, historical institutionalism and the evolution of organisational populations
  • Economic sociology, immigrant business and globalisation
  • Entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial forms of management, firm growth and entrepreneurship teaching

The first area has been explored through a series of studies on the evolution of Danish, Nordic and European business associations and cooperatives within the agro-food sector. The second area has involved registry and survey studies on the dissemination of immigrant businesses in Denmark and the ways they are embedded in local and global networks. The third area has involved studies of management forms and competence building in young growing firms and comparative analysis of entrepreneurial activities in Denmark and other countries (linked to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor program).

Karen E. Wilson

Advisor, EFER

Karen Wilson serves as an Advisor to the European Foundation for Entrepreneurship Research (EFER) and is the founder GV Partners, which was established in 2004 with the goal of supporting the creation, evolution and sustainability of new ventures. Prior to founding GV Partners, Karen worked in the venture capital industry. Previously, she worked as part of the senior management team at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland and, before that, served as the Executive Director of the Global Initiative at Harvard Business School. Her past experience also includes management consulting, primarily in financial services, as well as investment banking. Over the years, Karen has served on a number of non-profit boards and coached many start-ups. Karen received, with honors, a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and Management from Carnegie Mellon University as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Morten Larsen

Division for Entrepreneurship, Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs

Morten Larsen is a special advisor at the Division for Entrepreneurship under the Danish Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs. He has previously served in the Research and Analysis Division and has been stationed at the OECD in Paris. He has been engaged in entrepreneurship research and policy development for the Danish Government for the past 4 years. He has worked intensively with benchmarking entrepreneurship performance and framework conditions in Denmark against other countries. A special area of focus has been entrepreneurship education, where he has worked for both the Danish Government and the OECD. He is currently engaged in preparing a major benchmarking exercise at the university level in Europe for the European Commission.

UK Speakers

Dr Julie Holland

Chair of UKSEC

Dr Julie Holland teaches entrepreneurship and innovation management to non-business school undergraduates and postgraduates at Loughborough University.
Before joining Loughborough’s Business School in April 2005, Julie was Director of the East Midlands NHS Innovation Hub, the region’s knowledge transfer management and commercialisation office for primary and secondary care NHS trusts.
Julie is Chair of UKSEC, the national network for enterprise educators. She is also mentor for the national training programme for UK knowledge transfer professionals and is chair of the regional knowledge transfer CPD steering group.

Prof Madeleine Atkins

Vice-Chancellor, Coventry University

Madeleine Atkins studied law and history as an undergraduate at Cambridge University before qualifying as a Secondary teacher. She taught for four years in a large comprehensive school in Huntingdon before returning to higher education to complete her PhD at Nottingham University.
Following various post-doctoral research positions, she became a lecturer in education management at Newcastle University, developing a keen interest in the use of new technologies to support effective learning. Having held the positions of Head of Department, Dean and Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Newcastle University, Professor Atkins became Vice-Chancellor of Coventry University in September 2004.
Professor Atkins is a member of HEFCE’s Strategic Advisory Committee for Business & Community. Nationally, she is a Board member of the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship and a member of the UUK Employability, Business and Industry Policy Committee (EBIPC). Regionally, she is a member of Advantage West Midlands’ Council for Innovation and Technology.

Ian Hughes

Dept. for Children, Schools and Families, UK Govt

Ian has led the DfES/DCSF Work Related Learning and Enterprise Unit since July 2003. Job purpose: ‘Guide and develop Ministers’ policies on enterprise education, work-related learning, and business links with schools, working intensively with a wide range of external delivery partners’. Ian leads the £400m enterprise education strategy. His remit includes employer partnership with schools, work experience, teacher placements in business, and business mentoring. Latest focus is on 14-19 reform – especially WRL, enterprise and employability skills in the new Diplomas.
Previous jobs included Implementation Team leader for infant class size reduction; ‘first contact’ with newly-created local education authorities; Prince’s Trust Volunteers Director of Government Relations; ‘Millennium Bug’ protection in LAs and schools (that went well..); child protection policy; Private Secretary to Secretary of State.
Born 1956; economics graduate, career civil servant since 1979. No kids, one cat. Favourite things include: living in Ladywell, London; food and drink, reading, travel, watching rugby, cricket, football (Spurs), music (mostly rock); and his wife Angela Overington, who ‘does’ policy on the school curriculum.
Despite his sedentary lifestyle nowadays, Ian is Vice-Chairman of the London Management Board of the Civil Service Sports Council – voluntary work organising sporting and recreation opportunities for civil servants in London (and, from time to time, in the Caribbean – well, someone has to do it).

Dr. Maurits van Rooijen

Executive Vice-President, University of Westminster

Dr Maurits van Rooijen is executive vice-president of the University of Westminster, London. His main responsibilities include international strategy, institutional development.
Dr Van Rooijen joined the University of Westminster in 1993, after previously working at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and in an academic position at his alma mater, Utrecht University.
In 1998 he had a sabbatical to take up the position of acting PVC (executive vice-president) of the Victoria University, Melbourne and from 1999-2005 a part-time secondment was arranged with Leiden University for similar position.
He has held academic visiting and honorary appointments in the UK (Hull, Cambridge, University of London), USA (University of Pennsylvania), Europe (Bergen, Hanover, Vienna) and China (GDUFS and Beijing Union University). His academic publications are in the field of sustainable town planning and he produced a large number of publications in the public history domain.
In September 2007 Dr Maurits van Rooijen is expected to become president of the Compostela Group of Universities, a very large consortium of universities. He is also vice-president of the European Access Network, an organisation dedicated to underrepresented groups in Higher Education and vice-president of WACE, an international organisation based in Boston, USA, dedicated to work-integrated learning. Other international organisations he is involve in include Global Fellowships Program (Washington DC), Inruda (role of universities in developing areas, based at UCLA, California), Japan-Europe Cultural Foundation (Osaka, Japan), EAIE (Amsterdam).

Tim Campbell

Founder, Bright Ideas Trust

Tim Campbell became the first person to win ‘The Apprentice’. The experience has inspired him to achieve greater things and motivate others. Apart from the male grooming business to be launched later this year, he has set up The Bright Ideas Trust (B.I.T.) – an initiative to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs. His goal is to raise at least £1 million annually to fund new businesses and promote entrepreneurial enterprises run by disadvantaged young people who have ideas but don’t know how to put them into practice.
He personally set aside early ambitions to be a DJ and pool champion as well as a motorcycle GP racer. He eventually buckled down and secured a good education, supported financially by working for London Underground Limited in a variety of positions for seven years. This helped pay for his first degree in psychology. He later went on to post graduate study of human resource management.
He learned many of his people skills as a station assistant working on platform duty and was finally a Marketing & Planning Project Manager when the television opportunity came his way. Tim was about to launch into business on his own when he saw the advertisement for the BBC television reality show ‘The Apprentice’ which eventually changed his life. He became a Project Director of a subsidiary of Amstrad plc – developing, marketing and managing the sales of a new health and beauty product.
He did well and was expected to rise further in the business. Therefore, it was a tough decision leaving the comfort zone of Amstrad where he was highly regarded. It was a surprise to many when he announced he was giving up his £100,000 a year job to start a male grooming business as well as a The Bright Ideas Trust.
The enterprise also has the backing of the Conservative Party. Opposition Leader David Cameron, MP admires Tim’s spirit of adventure and grounded approach.

Allan Gibb

Professor Emeritus, University of Durham England

Allan Gibb, former chair and Director of the Small Business Centre at Durham Business School, has been engaged in the field of Entrepreneurship and Small Enterprise development for over 30 years. He has worked in over 80 countries around the world, has been adviser to many governments, governmental organisations and non- government entities and has worked with all of the major international development organisations. He has wide expertise ranging from the field of education at all levels, to small and medium business creation, development and internationalisation, to large company restructuring and intrapreneurial development. He has published widely on issues ranging from enterprise education to entrepreneurial restructuring and management development. He has been actively engaged in the training and education of entrepreneurs, staff of agencies of all kinds and government officials. A major area of his work is focused upon the development of the entrepreneurial capacities of individuals and the design of entrepreneurial organisations.

David Clews

Subject Centre Manager Brighton University Faculty of Arts and Architecture

David Clews is a registered architect and has worked in Higher Education since 1987. He has designed and delivered and directed undergraduate and postgraduate courses at University of Kingston, London Metropolitan University and University of Brighton. He has been a reviewer and visiting lecturer at schools of architecture and design throughout the UK and in Finland, India, Japan, Malaysia, and the Philippines. He is an Independent assessor for the Architects’ Registration Board and a member of the Visiting Board of the Royal Institute of British Architects and has been an external examiner at The Bartlett School of architecture, UCL and currently at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design and University of Kingston School of Architecture and Design. He is an executive member of the Design Educators’ Association (DEED) and of the Group for Learning in Art and Design (GLAD). In 2004 David become manager of the Higher Education Academy Art, Design, Media Subject Centre (ADM-HEA). The Subject Centre is currently completing a major research project examining entrepreneurship education in art, design and media in UK Higher education. The Creating Entrepreneurship report will be published in October 2006 and make recommendations for the development of entrepreneurship education in art design and media to government and key agencies. The project is supported by several agencies including NESTA and NCGE.

Bob Handscombe

UKSEC Board Member

Bob Handscombe is currently Director of the White Rose Centre for Enterprise, an organisation that catalyses entrepreneurial activity across the White Rose Universities (Sheffield, Leeds and York). He is also chairman of UK SEC (the national network of enterprise centres). For many years he has been involved in teaching, research and consultancy in the Management School at Sheffield.
He is a PhD Chartered Engineer. His career began in UK industry where he had experience of management and international technology transfer. From this he developed his interests in enterprise and technology transfer first at Salford University and then at Sheffield where his office was involved with research collaborations, setting up of business units and spin out companies and the identification, protection and exploitation of new technology.
He has made numerous enterprise study visits to US and European centres and presented papers at international conferences in Europe and USA. His latest book, about managing change and written with Eann Patterson of Michigan State University, is entitled ‘the entropy vector’.

Prof Paul D. Hannon

Director of Research and Education, NCGE

Paul is a graduate entrepreneur and has helped shape enterprise and entrepreneurship support and development in the UK during the past 20 years. He is a successful creator and innovator of local support initiatives for enterprise and entrepreneurship stimulation for 6 years in the private and public sectors. Paul is also an experienced entrepreneur with 10 years as the co-owner/director of a small growing firm in the food industry.
Paul is currently Director of Research and Education at the newly formed National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship to encourage more UK graduates to seriously consider creating their own new ventures, and to support UK Universities in creating entrepreneurship opportunities for their students and alumni. Paul is a member of the EU expert group on entrepreneurship education in higher education; the first Vice-President for Entrepreneurship Education at the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship; the UK’s first Professor of Incubation and Enterprise at the University of Central England, Birmingham; the first Kredietbank Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at Limburg University in Belgium; and a successful academic at Durham University for 8 years researching and developing new and innovative approaches to enterprise and entrepreneurship.

Ian Robertson

Chief Executive, NCGE

Ian founded and led a learning/technology company in 1989 after leading a research project into the use of new technology in learning in the mid 80’s. He also lectured in Computer Science at University whilst setting up the business. In 1991 he won Britain’s biggest business enterprise competition – Flying Start – live on television from 1300 companies. Ian went on to expand the business in Europe, Latin America and several locations in Asia and between 1997 and 2002 raised in excess of £15m. Working in Asia, Latin America and Europe for the past 15 years, he lived in Asia for over 7 years; the last 4 in Japan and in 2001 negotiated, set up, and was Chairman and CEO of a joint venture with Sony. The joint venture was personally launched by Noboyuki Idei (then CEO of Sony Corporation) at the British Embassy in Tokyo.
Ian also set up a technical support operations in Hong Kong and Thailand to service the other companies. During the 90’s the UK part of the company sponsored over 300 schools to acquire Language College status as part of the Government’s Specialist Schools Programme.

Ian was also one of 12 Asia Pacific Advisers to the UK Government on trade. In returning to the UK in 2004, as a shareholder and director of the various companies, Ian was invited to become the founding Chief Executive of the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship which aims to embed a culture of entrepreneurship in higher education.