Professor Patricia Greene

Babson College, Massachusetts

D09081323 Patricia G. Greene holds the Paul T. Babson Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies at Babson College where she formerly served as Provost (2006-2008) and Dean of the Undergraduate School (2003-2006). Her current assignment at Babson is as the national academic director for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative and advisor to the 10,000 Women and UK programs.

Prior to joining Babson she held the Ewing Marion Kauffman/Missouri Chair in Entrepreneurial Leadership at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. At UMKC she helped to found KC SourceLink, the Entrepreneurial Growth Resource Center (EGRC) , the Business and Information Development Group (BRIDG), and the Entrepreneurial Effect.

Dr. Greene’s research focuses on entrepreneurial resources. She is a founding member of the Diana Project, a research group focusing on women entrepreneurs. In 2007 the Diana Project was awarded the SFS-NUTEK Award, given to recognize those who produce scientific work of outstanding quality and importance related to entrepreneurship. Dr. Greene’s most recent book is the edited volume The Development of University-Based Entrepreneurship Ecosystems: Global Practices (with M. Fetters, M. Rice and J. Butler).

Greene is a federal appointee to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Small Business Development Centers. Prior to becoming a professor she worked primarily in the health care industry.

Jacob Hill

The Lazy Camper

D09081308 Young entrepreneur Jacob Hill, 20, is well known in the business community for the success of his innovative new invention, The Lazy Camper; a complete outdoors kit with everything in one bag from £69.99, perfect for festivals.

Jacob is also studying for a degree in Enterprise Development at the University of Huddersfield; a course which is endorsed by Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis. But unlike his peers, he isn’t just learning about getting a business off the ground; he’s actually doing it.

In recent weeks Jacob has secured £180k worth of investment, taken on a team of six people and landed a contract to be a main sponsor of one of the UK’s leading music events; V festival. He has become the first student to have a fully staffed office in the University’s 3M Buckley Innovation Centre, a hub for start-up businesses.

He is approaching the end of his second year and was named Student Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 in the University’s Awards. Most recently, he met Prince Andrew HRH and was presented with one of 10 inaugural Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Awards for Yorkshire.

Jacob has experience in motivating audiences of all ages. Regularly speaking at schools, colleges and stadiums. At IEEC2013 Jacob will be keen to share his passion for business and his experience of a university enterprise programme with delegates.

Pieter Spinder

Knowmads, The Netherlands

D09081331 “What we need is more people who specialize in the impossible.” Theodore Roethke

Pieter is a facilitator and lecturer at University of Applied Sciences Amsterdam. He co-founded KaosPilots Netherlands, and is initiator and tribe leader at Knowmads Business School Amsterdam. He lives in Haarlem with artist Ruti, children Jelte, Meïra and Ya’ara, and is a hardcore Saab 900 Classic driver. Co writer of the book Knowmad Society.

His talk was about the student in the centre of the learning, starting with the passion of the student, using head, heart and hands to approach their personal challenges, the challenges of others and the challenges of society. Based on un-learning, connecting to yourself, then connect to the other one and then to the world we live in. Based on the chaos complexity theory facilitating a learning environment where the students are the real owners of their learning, in a real life setting. Knowmads is not a dress rehearsal, it is real life.


Professor Nick Petford

University of Northampton

D09081361Professor Nick Petford is the Vice Chancellor of The University of Northampton. He is a former Royal Society University Research Fellow and Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge. Nick has worked in industry (BP) and on academic and commercial research projects throughout the world, most recently as a consultant to DFID (UK) and CONICYT, the National Research Council for Chile.

Nick is known internationally as a volcanologist. He has also contributed to the debate on energy usage and climate change and is currently working on a British Council-funded social enterprise project in the Niger Delta on malaria reduction and on social innovation projects in the UK.

Nick is currently a member of the Universities UK Board, Universities and Colleges Employers Association Board, the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership Board, Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership Board and the Northamptonshire Shadow Health and Wellbeing Board. He is a Director of Floodstop, a company that manufactures and sells flood defence barriers.

Professor Alan Gibb OBE

Professor Emeritus, Durham University

D09081340Allan Gibb has worked in the field of entrepreneurship with organisations in over 70 countries. He is holder of the Queen’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Enterprise and the first recipient of the European Entrepreneurship Educator’s Award.

Allan has worked in the field of Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) and Entrepreneurship development for over 30 years. His experience, interests and publications cover virtually all aspects of this field, from the development of enterprise culture at all levels in education, to business start up, survival and growth, to large company restructuring and intrapreneurship and to the training and development of all those stakeholders who impact upon the creation of entrepreneurship.

He has worked throughout the world ranging from the so-called ‘developing’ to transition and developed economies. He is well known internationally as a speaker and author. His great interest is in bridging the gap between concept and practice.

Allan has worked extensively with NCEE in the field of entrepreneurial education and leadership, including as a founder and contributor to the International Entrepreneurship Educators Programme (IEEP) and the Entrepreneurial University Leaders Programme (EULP).