Time Session
13:30 – 14:00 Registration and Networking
14:00 – 14:05 IntroductionProfessor David Gann CBE, Head of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group, Imperial College Business School
14:05 -14:35 Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index: Methodology and overviewProfessor Zoltan Acs, George Mason University and Chief Economist, US Small Business AdministrationDownload presentation
14:35 – 15:00 Creating an Entrepreneurial nation: Using the GEDI for policy designProfessor Erkko Autio, QinetiQ-EPSRC Chair, Imperial College Business SchoolDownload presentation
15:00 – 15:35 Encouraging Entrepreneurship: The OECD PerspectiveDr Jonathan Potter, Senior Economist, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development, OECDDownload presentation
15:35 – 16:00 Refreshments and networking
16:00 – 16:30 Entrepreneurial Profile of the UK: Analysis and policy recommendationsProfessor Saul Estrin, Head of the Department of Management, London School of EconomicsCarol Gaddum, Research Assistant, London School of Economics

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16:30 – 17:10 Panel discussion: Designing an Entrepreneurial BritainProfessor Zoltan Acs, George Mason University
Professor Saul Estrin, London School of Economics
Professor Erkko Autio, Imperial College Business School
László Szerb, Associate Professor, University of Pècs
17:10 – 17:15 Conclusions

Speaker biographies

Professor Zoltan Acs

Acs Zoltan J. Acs is founder and president of The Global Entrepreneurship and Development Institute (GEDI) and one of the principal investigators behind the Index. Dr. Acs is also a professor at George Mason University, chief economist of the United States SBA Office of Advocacy, and visiting professor at Imperial College Business School.

Professor Erkko Autio

Dr. Erkko Autio is the Research Director of GEDI. In this capacity he manages a global staff of research professionals and a research agenda using the GEDIndex, partnering with select organizations, clients, and policy makers in order to better understand economic and policy challenges and opportunities. Professor  Autio is the QinetiQ-EPSRC Chair and Director of the Doctoral Programme at Imperial College London Business School.

Professor Saul Estrin

Saul Estrin is a Professor of Management and Head of the Department of Management at The London School of Economics and Political Science. His areas of research include labour and industrial economics, transition economics and economic development. He is best known for his work on privatisation, competition and foreign direct investment. He was formerly Adecco Professor of Business and Society at London Business School where he was also the Research Director of the Centre for New and Emerging Markets.

Carol Gaddum

In summer 2010 Carol Gaddum completed her MSc in Management at the London School of Economics. After having worked in the investment banking division of Deutsche Bank for six months, she recently joined the LSE Department of Management as research assistant.

Professor David Gann CBE

David Gann CBE, CEng FICE is head of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group at Imperial College Business School. David leads a large portfolio of research in collaboration with firms in design, manufacturing, engineering, construction, ICT services and healthcare industries. He advises government and industry organizations on research, development and innovation. He is a trustee and board member of the Institute for Sustainability and a member of the panel for the Independent Review of IP and Growth.

Dr Jonathan Potter

Jonathan Potter joined the OECD as a Senior Economist in 1997 where he is responsible for the entrepreneurship policy development activities of the OECD Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Programme within the Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development. He is currently working on publications on the role of higher education institutions in fostering entrepreneurship and on the evaluation of SME and entrepreneurship policies. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge, where has also acted as Affiliated Lecturer and Research Officer.

László Szerb

László Szerb is an associate professor at the University of Pécs where he is director of the Public Policy Research Centre at the Faculty of Business and Economics. Szerb has been leading the Hungarian Global Entrepreneurship Monitor team since its establishment in 2001. He is also a leading member of the GEDI nonprofit organization responsible for the further progress of the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index. Presently, he is working together with Zoltan Acs about the new edition of the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index 2012. The GEDI research is the main focus of Szerb’s Fulbright scholarship at George Mason University starting in April 2011.