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WICED Expert Panel

We are privileged to enjoy the support of global community experts and academics

The Women’s International Centre for Economic Development Expert Panel is chaired by Professor Alison Price, and enjoys the support of a distinguished collection of leading experts and academics, each highly respected in their field.

The current WICED Expert Panel comprises the following (click on each name for a brief biography):

professor Alison Price  (WICED Chair)

Alison brings a wealth of experience in enterprise and education to the board, with over a decade of enterprise teaching and curriculum development behind her, including the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) entrepreneurial programme at Sloan Management School.Alison was Head of Enterprise Education at Leeds Metropolitan University where she was involved in directly supporting graduates to start-up business. She also provided academic leadership for the HEFCE funded Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, the "Institute for Enterprise", as well as the DTi programme "Science Enterprise Challenge" for the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. She is currently Director of Educator Development at the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship (NCGE)

Alison is a passionate advocate of women's enterprise and has published widely on enterprise education and small business development.

Dr Haya Al-Dajani

Haya Al-Dajani is presently a lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management at the University of East Anglia. She founded and chairs UEA’s Women, Research and Enterprise Forum (WREF). Her primary research focus is on the inter-relationship between women's empowerment and enterprise engagement.

Before joining the University of East Anglia, Haya worked at Strathclyde University and Bath University in the UK and at Chestnut Hill College (Philadelphia) and California State University - Stanislaus as a Senior Fulbright Scholar. She began her career as a researcher and consultant to a number of international organisations operating in Jordan including UNICEF, UNIFEM, USAID, ILO, and the US Peace Corps. In 1994, she co-founded the Middle East Centre for Human Studies in Amman - Jordan's first private sector organisation offering research, training and consultancy services to women-led non-profit organisations.

Dr Naomi Birdthistle

Naomi Birdthistle is the director for the MBS in International Entrepreneurship Management at the University of Limerick. She is also a visiting professor to Helsinki School of Economics on the area of Entrepreneurship in the Global Economy. She is a Government of Ireland Scholar having been funded by the Irish Research Council for the Social Sciences for a two-year study examining the characteristics and personality traits of high potential start-up companies in both Ireland and the US.

Naomi is the vice-chair of Ireland's Network of Teachers and Researchers of Entrepreneurship (INTRE) and is an Independent Expert Panel member for the European Commission for Framework 7 calls. She is a member of the Family Firm Institute; an associate member of the International Family Enterprise Research Academy; a member of the European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship; the Family Business Network; the Institute for Small Business Enterprise and the Irish Academy of Management.

Professor Anne de Bruin

Dr Patrice Braun

Patrice Braun is Deputy Director and a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Regional Innovation & Competitiveness (CRIC) at the University of Ballarat, which has a focus on sustainable regional development and innovation. She is also the Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Women & Technology, one of ten globally networked not-for-profit centres to mainstream women in the knowledge economy.

Patrice's work focuses on sustainable regional development, especially the adoption of green community practices and green entrepreneurship.  She was the Ministerial appointed ICT chair for the 2007 APEC Women Leaders Network meeting and is the Australian focal point for an APEC-wide research program on Women's Participation in the Digital Economy. She is also on the Steering Committee of the International Taskforce for Women and Technology (ITF), a regional champion for the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT & Development (UNGAID), on the Advisory Group of the Latin American Centre for Women & Technology, the National Education & Employment Foundation, and a Fellow of the AMI Education Academic Panel.

Professor Tom Cannon

Tom Cannon is Professor of Strategic Development at the University of Liverpool Management School. Tom's career embraces both public and private sectors and academia. He holds Visiting Professorships in Britain, the USA and Asia and non-executive Directorships in several UK companies. He was formerly Director of Manchester Business School, as well as Chief Executive of the Management Charter Initiative and the Management and Enterprise National Training Organisation. He was the Mercer's School Memorial Professor of Commerce at Gresham College, a prestigious position in the City of London dating back 400 years.

Tom has held academic appointments in the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Asia and has strong links with policy makers across the world. He has published 24 books and almost 100 academic papers and writes regularly for The Times, Guardian and The Times Higher Education Supplement. His views on management, business and economic issues are reported frequently on TV and radio.

Professor Sara Carter

Sara Carter is Professor of entrepreneurship at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Associate Dean University of Strathclyde Business School, Visiting Professor at the Nordland Research Institute in Norway and Associate Director of the Enterprise Research Centre (a partnership of Warwick, Aston, Imperial College and Strathclyde Business Schools). Sara's research focuses extensively on entrepreneurship policy. Her work includes studies of agriculture and rural economic development; gender, entrepreneurship and finance; and rewards and lifestyles within the entrepreneurial household. She was a member of the UK Government's Women's Enterprise Task Force (2007 - 2009), recipient of the Prowess 'Women's Enterprise Researcher of the Year' Prize, and awarded OBE for services to women entrepreneurs in 2008. She is the author of Women as Entrepreneurs (Academic Press, 1992), co-editor of the Handbook of Research in Entrepreneurship in Agriculture and Rural Development (Edward Elgar, 2011) and Enterprise and Small Business: Principles, Practice and Policy (FT Prentice Hall, 3rd edition 2012) and was editor and senior editor of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice from 2006 - 2012.

Professor Patricia Greene

Patricia Greene is the F.W. Olin Distinguished Chair in Entrepreneurship at Babson College where she formerly served as Provost (2006-2008) and Dean of the Undergraduate School (2003-2006). Prior to joining Babson she held the Ewing Marion Kauffman/Missouri Chair in Entrepreneurial Leadership at the University of Missouri - Kansas City (1998-2003) and the New Jersey Chair of Small Business and Entrepreneurship at Rutgers University (1996-1998). She was a founding member of the Rutgers Centre for Entrepreneurial Management and the coordinator of the Rutgers Entrepreneurship Curriculum. In 2012 she was the recipient John E. Hughes Award for Entrepreneurial Advocacy from the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE).  Professor Greene’s current assignment is to serve as the National Academic Director for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative and advisor to the 10,000 Women program. Professor Greene's research focuses on the identification, acquisition, and combination of entrepreneurial resources, particularly by women and minority entrepreneurs. She is a founding member of the Diana Project, a research group focusing on women and the venture capital industry. Her work has been published in numerous national and international academic journals. Professor Greene serves on the national advisory board for the SBA's Small Business Development Centres and is the Vice Chair for Research for the Centre for Women's Business Leadership Board.

Professor Colette Henry

Colette Henry is Editor of the International Journal of Gender & Entrepreneurship (IJGE) and Adjunct Professor at Tromsø University Business School, Norway. From 2009 to 2012 she held the Norbrook Chair in Business & Enterprise at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), University of London. Prior to this, Colette was Head of Department of Business Studies and Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship Research at Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland. A Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA), Colette is also the former President of the Institute for Small Business & Entrepreneurship (ISBE).

She has published widely on the topics of entrepreneurship education & training, programme evaluation, gender, the creative industries and women and veterinary business. Colette’s current projects include editing a veterinary business & enterprise text for Elsevier; editing (with Professor Susan Marlow) the Routledge Masters Series in Entrepreneurship; co-editing (with Lewis, Gatewood & Watson) the next volume in the Diana Research Project (Edward Elgar) and leading a special issue on gender and entrepreneurial leadership in the Journal of Small Business Management (JSBM).

In 2010, Colette was awarded a fellowship from ISBE in recognition of her contribution to the Institute in her roles as Trustee, Executive Board Member and President. Her paper on social enterprise partnerships won both the ‘best in track’ and the overall ‘best paper’ at the 2012 ISBE Conference in Dublin.

Professor Karen Hughes

Karen Hughes is a Professor at the University of Alberta in the Department of Strategic Management and Organisation (School of Business) and the Department of Sociology (Faculty of Arts). She holds a Ph.D from the University of Cambridge.

Her research and teaching addresses the  changing economic and family roles of women, with a special interest in women's entrepreneurship and employment. She has published extensively on issues of gender, organisations and economic change, and is the author of Female Enterprise in the New Economy.

Dr. Alena Krížková

Alena Krížková is a senior researcher and a head of Gender & Sociology Department at the Institute of Sociology at the Czech Academy of Sciences. Alena also provides expertise to the European Commission as an expert on gender equality in employment and social inclusion.

She has led several research projects covering issues such as the position of women in the labour market, the occurrence of harassment and sexual harassment at workplace, work - life balance in the perspective of gender relations, social and employment policies and sources of gender inequalities in women's careers.

Alena is the author of "Life Strategies of Women and Men in the management of Entrepreneurship", co-author of "Management of Gender Relations, Position of Women and Men in Organisation" and a co-editor of "Work and Care: Changes to 'Parental Leave' in the Czech Republic and the Family Policy Context in the European Union".

Professor Susan Marlow

Susan Marlow FRSA, is Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Nottingham Hayden Green Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; she is a holder of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion, Editor of the International Small Business Journal and Fellow of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

The focus of Susan's research is on female entrepreneurship, and she has published extensively in this field and is an acknowledged international expert.

She has been a visiting professor to the US (Washington and California) to discuss her work and present to faculty and students; she is also regular contributor to the BBC.

Drawing upon her expertise, Susan has undertaken research projects for the Economic and Social Research Council, the European Union, the British Government, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and Barclays Bank. She is an Executive Board Member and Vice President of Research for the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, manager of the women's enterprise track for the annual ISBE conference; a member of Prowess (Promoting Women's Enterprise Support), a member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants Small Business Committee and Consulting Editor for the International Small Business Journal.

Professor Helle Neergaard

Helle Neergaard received her Ph.D. in international business in 1999 for her dissertation titled "Networks as Vehicles of Internationalisation" from the Aarhus School of Business. As first assistant and then associate professor at the Department of Management she became involved in a major national research project aimed at studying technology-based entrepreneurs.

Helle Neergaard is a very active researcher and has produced a large number of conference papers, journal articles and book chapters. She is a member of the board of European Council of Small Business where she heads the conference's Ph.D. consortium. She also sits on the board of the Danish Women's Museum. One pillar of her research is a strong interest in qualitative methods and is lead editor of 'Handbook of Qualitative Research Methods in Entrepreneurship'. Her other research passion is female entrepreneurs and in particular the influence of self-efficacy on women's propensity to become entrepreneurs and grow their businesses.

Professor Teresa Nelson

Teresa Nelson holds the Elizabeth J. McCandless Professor of Entrepreneurship Chair and is Director of the School of Management's Entrepreneurship Program. Her teaching, research, and consulting focuses on issues of entrepreneurship and global business, most particularly around start-up and growth company governance and top management team dynamics. She has also been engaged for more than a decade with global business issues, especially regarding China and the European Union.

Teresa has taught on five continents and travels extensively. At Simmons she teaches entrepreneurship in the MBA and Certificate in Entrepreneurship and she works with a team to assist, connect and educate women to launch businesses and social ventures.

As an affiliate of the Center for Gender in Organisations, she studies the patterns and strategies of action used by women entrepreneurs as they access venture capital. She has founded two businesses and works as an affiliate consultant with two others.

More than twice as many men than women are self employed: 14% of men, 6% of women.
source: Fawcett - The changing labour market
Women in full-time work currently earn an average of 15% less per hour than men
source: Fawcett - The changing labour market
"I think you should take your job seriously, but not yourself, that is the best combination"
source: Dame Judi Dench
In 2010, 104 million women in 59 countries started and managed new business ventures
source: GEM 2010 - Women's Report
30,000 women every year lose their jobs as a result of becoming pregnant.
source: GEM 2010 - Women's Report
"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any"
source: Alice Walker

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