USA Speakers

Judith Cone

Vice President of Kauffman Foundation


Judith Cone leads development of the Foundation’s overall entrepreneurship strategy and oversees all entrepreneurship programming and operations. She heads the Foundation’s knowledge propagation team and Kauffman Campus Initiatives. Since joining the Foundation in 1993, Cone has been responsible for developing and growing a variety of national entrepreneurship initiatives, including the FastTrac entrepreneurship training programs, the award-winning EntreWorld Web site, and a number of adult entrepreneurship programs. Prior to joining the Foundation, Cone co-founded two management consulting firms with national clients such as AT&T, General Motors, and many global pharmaceutical firms. She started her career as a learning disabilities teacher, where she observed first-hand the effects of poverty on children’s academic achievement. Cone has a bachelor’s degree from William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo. with areas of concentration in education and psychology, and a master’s degree in education from the University of Kansas.

About the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation works with partners to encourage entrepreneurship across 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. More information about the Kauffman Foundation is available at


Paul Magelli

UIUC College of Business
Director, Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership Development


Paul J. Magelli Snr. was educated at the University of Illinois. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law, honoris causa, by the University of Bristol, UK in 2003 and upon completion he was awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship and named to the first class of American Council of Education (ACE) Fellows. He returned to Illinois as Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences and was promoted to Associate Dean and Director of Budgets. He later served as Dean, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Wichita State University before being named Vice President for Academic Affairs, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa.

Concurrently, he served as President of the National Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) before joining Metropolitan State College of Denver as President and later served as President, Parkland College, Champaign, Illinois. More recently, he served as Assistant Dean of the MBA program and Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois. During his terms as an Academic Officer, he was Chief Investigator of nearly $50 million in grants for academic program development.

Paul collaborated with Dr. Paul O’Prey to establish the Bristol Enterprise Centre, where he remains as a Board Director. BEC is one of the most successful centers in the U.K. that manages intellectual property for four different institutions in Southwest England. Paul founded and is currently Executive Director of OSBI Consulting, the largest fee-for-service graduate student managed consulting firm in the College of Business at the University of Illinois that specializes in training students in technology commercialization. Paul is also Director of the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the University of Illinois and Scholar in Residence at the E. Marion Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, Missouri. At present, Dr. Magelli serves as a retained consultant for Deloitte Consulting, Intellectual Property Management; and on numerous boards of technology-based firms.


Michael W. Fountain, PhD, MBA

Director, USF Center for Entrepreneurship
John & Beverley Grant Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship, USF College of Business Administration
Professor, Industrial & Management Systems Engineering, USF College of Engineering
Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine, USF College of Medicine


Dr. Fountain currently serves as the Director of the University of South Florida’s (USF) university-wide Center for Entrepreneurship which delivers both the Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and the Master of Science Degree in Entrepreneurship in Applied Technologies. He holds faculty appointments across the Colleges of Business Administration, Medicine and Engineering where he develops curriculum and research programs in Entrepreneurship. Under Dr. Fountain’s direction the Center for Entrepreneurship has developed national and international prominence as evidenced by national awards in 2004, 2005, and 2006. He is the Chairman and CEO of Darkstar Information Company, LLC , which is a USF technology spin-out company. On a national level, he is the Director of the National Consortium for Life Sciences Entrepreneurship, member of the Educational Advisory Board for the Center for Venture Education, and is a past Entrepreneur in Residence at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Dr. Fountain has focused the past twenty-five years on creating, financing, growing and harvesting life sciences companies. He has successfully patented and commercialized numerous innovative medical and diagnostic products for the domestic and international marketplace. He has demonstrated leadership in new business formation by having created, managed and grown seven new ventures, three of which are publicly traded companies.


Anthony M. Mendes, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership


Dr. Tony Mendes, Executive Director of the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership (AEL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is an acclaimed entrepreneurial educator who formerly served as Director of College Initiatives at the Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, Missouri. There he managed a program grant portfolio of $30 million at over 200 colleges and universities. Many of the Collegiate programs that Dr. Mendes initiated have received national prominence including; The Kauffman Campuses program, the National Consortium for Life Science Entrepreneurship, the National Consortium for Entrepreneurship in the Liberal Arts and the Kauffman Faculty Scholars program. He also was the grant officer for numerous entrepreneurship organizations including; USASBE, the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization and The Academy of Management.

In his role with the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Dr. Mendes is responsible for the integration of entrepreneurship curriculum in all of the academic units of the university. He is responsible for developing and delivering curricular and co-curricular initiatives targeted to faculty, student and administrative interests.

Dr. Mendes holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and an MBA from Rockhurst University. Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, Dr. Mendes was founder and president of Mendes and Associates, a private consulting company, located in Kansas City, Missouri. He also spent 13 years with AT&T as director of training and development where he was successful in securing resources needed to build and implement nationally recognized initiatives.


UK/EU Speakers

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 entitities 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.


Maud Skaringer

Entrepreneurship Unit Enterprise Directorate General EC


An economist by training and in the European Commission since 1995, Ms Maud Skaringer is currently working to promote successful entrepreneurship and to improve the business environment for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). She is focussed on fostering entrepreneurial mindsets, especially through the education system, and on training and skills, in particular for small business owners and managers. She is also responsible for the Commission’s work in relation to administrative procedures for setting up a business in the Member States. In addition, she contributes to the SME-related reporting in the Lisbon Growth and Jobs strategy context, being responsible for two countries (Denmark and Sweden) as well as for horizontal SME policy aspects in line with her current responsibilities. During 2000-2004, Ms Skaringer was responsible for coordinating the implementation of the European Charter for Small Enterprises. Endorsed by the European Council in 2000, this Charter calls upon the Member States and the Commission to take action in ten key areas to support small businesses. Prior to working in enterprise policy, Ms Ska”ringer worked as a desk officer in the area of regional policy. During 1996-1999 she was responsible for a number of programmes in Sweden as well as several Interreg programmes in the Nordic region.


UK Contributors

Cliff Allan

Deputy Chief Executive Higher Education Academy


Cliff Allan took up his Deputy Chief Executive role on 2 May 2006. Prior to that, Cliff was the Director of Programmes with the Academy.
Prior to the Academy’s incorporation, Cliff was the Programme Director of the Learning and Teaching Support Network (LTSN) which was established by the UK HE funding bodies to promote excellence and transfer good practices in learning and teaching.
Before taking up his LTSN role in February 2000 Cliff was Head of Teaching and Learning Policy at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) where he worked for over 7 years developing and implementing funding policies to support learning and teaching, widening participation in HE, continuing education and graduate employability.
Cliff’s role at HEFCE was preceded by several years working for the Polytechnics and Colleges Funding Council (PCFC) a body which later merged with the Universities Funding Council (UFC) to form HEFCE. He has also worked as a management consultant, primarily in the further and higher education sectors. Having started his working life as a lecturer in International Relations and Politics he moved into working for several Third World Development Agencies/Charities, primarily developing public policy and educational programmes. He returned to the HE sector in 1989, when he joined the newly established PCFC.


Carol Arlett

Centre Manager for the Higher Education Academy Engineering Subject Centre


Carol Arlett is the Centre Manager for the Higher Education Academy Engineering Subject Centre located at Loughborough University and is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Centre. She has worked at the Centre since it was established as LTSN Engineering in January 2000. She graduated with a degree in Physics from Southampton University and now has over 14 years’ experience of working in higher education. In her current role she managed the Centre’s ‘Entrepreneurship in Engineering Education’ project, funded by the DfES in 2004, which produced teaching materials for engineering academics as well as case studies to illustrate methods used to teach entrepreneurship and enterprise to engineers.


Martin Binks

Professor of Entrepreneurial Development, Director of the University of Nottingham Institute for Enterprise and Innovation (UNIEI) and Deputy Director of Nottingham University Business School.


Martin has an established research background in the area of SMEs and their relationship with banks. Provision of advice and consultancy to HM Government ministries and the Bank of England. He is the Associate Editor of ‘Technology Analysis and Strategic Management’. Martin’s growing research focus is on Entrepreneurship Education, knowledge and technology transfer and also on regional economic development including the establishment of electronic on-line business surveys, such as the UK Business Barometer ( and the UK Business Advisers Barometer (


Ralph Brown

Projects Officer

Ralph Brown joined PALATINE in March 2003, as Projects Officer.
Ralph managed the HEFCE funded CAREER Project (2003-4) on graduate employability and the DfES funded Performing Arts Creative Enterprise (PACE) Project (2004-5), which focused on ways of further developing and enhancing the teaching of entrepreneurial skills in the performing arts.
Ralph has recently obtained Higher Education Academy funding for CoLab – a collaborative arts enterprise project and also a grant from the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship (NCGE) for a project mapping enterprise and entrepreneurship in dance higher education.
Recent publications in this field include ‘Performing Arts Creative Enterprise: approaches to promoting entrepreneurship in arts higher education’, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, vol.6, no. 3, 2005, Performing Arts Entrepreneurship (Lancaster: Palatine, 2004, ISBN 1-904190-67-7) and a policy paper for the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship.
Ralph is currently preparing a chapter on ‘Promoting Entrepreneurship in Arts Education’ for Entrepreneurship in the Creative Industries — an international perspective, edited by Dr. Colette Henry and Dr. Kate Johnston, to be published in 2007.


Simon Brown

Director for Enterprise Teaching and Learning

Simon has been a lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University since 1990. Before then he worked in industry as a research physicist, product developer, innovator and manager within a start up business. He is partially responsible for the appearance of silver embossed holograms on credit cards amongst other things that resulted from his time at Applied Holographics PLC.
During his time at Sheffield Hallam, Simon has been involved in developing a number of academic undergraduate degree programs which achieved the 24/24 rating when assessed by the QAA. Simon has built and equipped an industry standard silicon processing facility that continues to offer unparalleled training for students and personnel from the industry. Simon continues to teach and has developed a number of modules that introduce students to enterprise and business development.
Today Simon is seconded for half his time to the University’s Enterprise Centre to extend the teaching of enterprise across the University. Recently Simon led a successful bid to establish a prestigious Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning to develop employability and enterprise in Sheffield Hallam University graduates.
Simon is ideally placed to guide budding entrepreneurs and has been involved in running summer schools to help young entrepreneurs for six years now.


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.


Pauline Kneale

Director of the White Rose CETL Enterprise Zone at the University Leeds


Pauline Kneale is Professor of Applied Hydrology with Learning and Teaching in Geography at the University of Leeds. She is one of the Leeds ProDeans for Learning and Teaching and a National Teaching Fellow.
Aside from her work in the field of water quality, flooding and neural network modelling, Pauline has a strong interest in teaching transferable skills to undergraduate Geographers and embedding employability in the curriculum. Understanding the motivations and skills of students and staff is another area of interest and Pauline is very involved in making Personal Development Planning a really effective process with a special interest in encouraging personal reflection as part of PDP. Pauline is an enthusiastic advocator of intrapreneurship, entrepreneurship and enterprise and has contributed a great deal of work in this area with particular emphasis on teaching enterprise in the curriculum. Pauline has been appointed Director of the White Rose CETL Enterprise Zone at the University of Leeds. Further details and resources are available at the University of Leeds staff profile webpage for Pauline Kneale.


Bob Handscombe

Chairman of UK SEC and Director of White Rose Centre for Enterprise


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’.


Professor Paul D. Hannon

B.Sc., M.Sc., FRSA, MILT
NCGE Mapping Study for England


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. Sony has now sold its share and the company is preparing for a Japanese listing in 2008.

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 – now franchised – 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 Advisors 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 make enterprise and new businesses a core part of University and graduate culture.


Emma Hunter

Entrepreneurship Champion, Liverpool John Moores


Emma has worked for over 10 years in Higher Education business support working within the employability agenda.

As Director of Business Bridge, she headed a team across three universities’ careers departments that placed students in business development roles within local SMEs. After leaving this post she took up the challenge of building a new project from scratch – Student Enterprise, which aims to change the way that students and staff at LJMU view entrepreneurship and self-employment. This has been a tremendous success with 800 students actively participating in enterprise activities, 26 young Enterprise Graduate Programme Companies formed and 14 new start-ups supported.

Emma works within the Business Development Centre at LJMU, which is a central service team supporting the 6 faculties of the University.

As part of her role as Entrepreneurship Champion, she has responsibility for:

  • Working with the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship to ensure that LJMU is up to date with the national agenda on entrepreneurship
  • Working with academics to embed entrepreneurship into the curriculum
  • Working with Young Enterprise North West to deliver their programmes to LJMU students
  • Acting as tutor for a CPD unit in graduate development designed to support business start up for LJMU graduates
  • Ensuring that excellent links are maintained with local and regional business support agencies
  • Delivery enterprise workshops to students Working directly with students to protect and develop their business ideas and plans


Alison Price

Head of Enterprise Education, Institute for Enterprise


Alison Price is Head of Enterprise Education at Leeds Metropolitan University, providing academic leadership for the HEFCE funded Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, the “Institute for Enterprise”.

Alison has over a decade’s experience of enterprise teaching and curriculum development which has been enhanced by US experiences gained from MIT entrepreneurial programme at Sloan Management School.

Most recently, she worked within Business Start-Up @ Leeds Met directly supporting graduates to start-up business and prior to that, she was engaged with the DTi programme “Science Enterprise Challenge” for the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York, stimulating entrepreneurial approaches to programme development and teaching materials.

Alison has published within the field of strategic management, corporate social responsibility and small business development. Her most recent research and consultancy has included projects for National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship; Higher Education Academy/ DFES; and the Small Business Service. She is currently working on several book chapters to promote enterprise education.


International Contributors

Dr Thomas Cooney

Good Practice Ireland


Dr. Thomas Cooney is Director of the Institute of Minority Entrepreneurship at the Dublin Institute of Technology. He is also a Board Member of the European Council for Small Business (ECSB), Chairman of Ireland’s Network of Teachers and Researchers of Entrepreneurship (INTRE), and a member of the European Commission Expert Group on Entrepreneurship Education. He has researched, presented, and published widely on the topic of entrepreneurship, including editing two books – ‘New Venture Creation in Ireland’ (with Shane Hill) and ‘Irish Cases in Entrepreneurship’. He is currently finishing editing a book targeted at owner-managers entitled ‘Managing A Growing Business in Ireland’ which is due for release in 2007. He has also edited a Special Edition of the International Small Business Journal (June 2005) and is currently editing a Special Edition of the Irish Journal of Management on the topic of Entrepreneurship in Ireland. Additionally, he is a trainer, mentor, and consultant to many Irish SME’s, and more recently has been quite active in the media.