Section 8: About the Authors and Acknowledgements
World Economic Forum Team:
Michael Drexler is a Senior Director at the World Economic Forum based in New York, where he oversees the community of institutional and private investors. He joined the Forum after nine years at Barclays, where he most recently was Managing Director and Global Head of Strategy, Commercial/Investment Banking and Wealth Management. At Barclays, he also held positions in Principal Investments and Finance as well as Chief of Staff to the Chairman. He joined Barclays Capital in 2002 from McKinsey & Company. Prior to that, Drexler was an academic researcher at Stanford University. He holds a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Oxford and an MSc in Electronic Engineering from the Technical University at Munich.
Stanford University Team:
Professor George Foster (Project Co-Leader)
George Foster is the Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Management at the Graduate School of Business and a STVP faculty affiliate, Stanford University, USA. His research and teaching areas include entrepreneurship, sports business management and globalization. He directs the Executive Program for Growing Companies at Stanford University and the Stanford-Endeavor Leadership Program. Foster was the Director of the Enterprise Ireland/Stanford University Leadership for Growth one-year executive programme for Irish CEOs and their management teams. Over 100 Irish CEO’s and their companies participated on this program. Foster is the author of many books and reports, over 50 published articles and more than 70 cases. He has won multiple research, teaching and alumni awards. Foster interacts extensively with leading groups in the entrepreneurship and sporting sectors and regularly brings more than 50 outside executives to co-teach at his Stanford classes each year. He has been a board member of multiple early-stage companies. He holds a BEc and MEc from The University of Sydney, a PhD from Stanford University, and honorary doctorates from University of Ghent, Belgium and University of Vaasa, Finland. Foster has participated at multiple meetings of the World Economic Forum, including the Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, the Annual Meeting of the New Champions in China, the Indian Economic Summit, and the Global Agenda Council meetings in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. He has Chaired and is currently a member of the Global Agenda Council on Fostering Entrepreneurship. He also led the 2011 World Economic Forum report on Global Entrepreneurship and the Successful Growth Strategies of Early-Stage Companies.
Carlos Shimizu (Project Co-Leader)
Carlos Shimizu is an instructor at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He has provided course assistance on the Stanford-NFL Player’s Career Transition Program and lectured on the Stanford-Endeavor Leadership Program. In addition to teaching at the Business School, Shimizu is also a researcher, co-author, and project manager for publications in Global Entrepreneurship, Sports Management, and Sports Marketing. He was a member of the research team for the 2011 World Economic Forum report on Global Entrepreneurship and the Successful Growth Strategies of Early- Stage Companies. He has previously worked as Senior Analyst and Account Manager with the Education Marketing team at Quinstreet – a public, performance-based marketing firm in the San Francisco Bay Area. He holds an undergraduate degree in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University and is a Master’s candidate in Financial Analysis at the University of San Francisco.
Steve Ciesinski is a vice president and general manager with SRI International, responsible for the company’s commercial and international business development. His team leads SRI’s popular Innovation Programs, which teaches SRI’s Five Disciplines of Innovation best practices to leaders of government, university, and corporate groups throughout the world. He is also a faculty member at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, where he teaches courses on entrepreneurship and management. Ciesinski has developed a special interest in innovation and entrepreneurship in developing countries as well as mature economies. Previously, Ciesinski held senior positions at successful venture capital-funded companies, Applied Materials, Octel Communications, and Resumix. He has also held positions at Procter & Gamble; Booz, Allen & Hamilton; and Earlybird Ventures. He has served as a board member and advisor to numerous early-stage companies. Ciesinski is a trustee and past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Union College. He is also past Chairman of The President’s Cabinet at California Polytechnic State University. He is a graduate of Union College with a double major in Electrical Engineering and Modern Languages, and received an MBA from Stanford University.
Professor Antonio Davila
Professor Antonio Davila heads the Entrepreneurship department as well as the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center at IESE Business School. He is also a professor in the accounting and control department. He teaches courses in innovation management, entrepreneurship, management accounting and control, and sports management at the master, doctoral, and executive education levels. Before coming to IESE, he was a faculty member at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University after receiving his doctorate from the Harvard Business School. He has taught innovation and entrepreneurship around the world including Oxford University in England, HEC Lausanne in Switzerland, and CEIBS in China. His work has been published in journals such as Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, Journal of Business Venturing, and Research Policy. He has received IESE’s research award three times and his dissertation was distinguished by the American Accounting Association. His latest article in California Management Review received the Accenture Best Paper Award, 2010. The Spanish government awarded him the Ramon y Cajal scholarship that recognizes his work. He was also finalist for the McKinsey Best Paper Award from the Strategic Management Society. He was a member of the research team for the 2011 World Economic Forum report on Global Entrepreneurship and the Successful Growth Strategies of Early-Stage Companies.
Professor Syed Zahoor Hassan
Professor Syed Zahoor Hassan is a Professor at Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB) at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). He has served as the Dean of SDSB and also Vice Chancellor of LUMS. He has also served as Associate Dean of Executive Education and Director Accreditation. His current areas of teaching and research are Management of Technology and Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Operations Management and Family Business. He has published in international journals and also contributed book chapters. Professor Hassan has also published several cases on innovations in emerging economies. He has also developed and successfully delivered customized programs for senior executives, especially in the telecom sector. Over the years, he has mentored and guided many successful startups. As a founding charter member of TiE chapter in Lahore, Pakistan, he has played a key role in promoting entrepreneurship and innovation. Hassan holds two masters and a PhD degree from Stanford University.
Professor Ning Jia
Professor Ning Jia is an associate professor of accounting and associate director of the business case center at Tsinghua University, School of Economics and Management, People’s Republic of China. Jia’s research and teaching focuses on the growth and valuation of entrepreneurial companies. She has published a number of articles in top international and Chinese journals and is the leader of several research projects sponsored by the National Natural Science Foundation of China. Her teaching at Tsinghua includes doctoral seminars in capital market research, corporate finance and valuation. She also teaches on the Women Entrepreneurship Track Program at Tsinghua University and the Executive Program for Growing Companies at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. She was a member of the research team for the 2011 World Economic Forum report on Global Entrepreneurship and the Successful Growth Strategies of Early-Stage Companies, and has written a number of cases on management practices of Chinese and Non-Chinese companies that are distributed through Harvard Business Publishing. Jia holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota and a doctorate from the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.
Sandy Plunkett is a thought leader in entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems. She has more than 20 years experience in the international technology sector as a commentator, consultant, venture capitalist and startup company professional. She is an Industry Fellow, Entrepreneurship at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Business School; an Investment Committee Member of Australian Venture Fund, Tank Stream Ventures; and an advisor to the Silicon Valley VC firm, Bullpen Capital, a leading micro-VC fund focused on Internet-driven startup companies.
Plunkett has written extensively on digital transformation and entrepreneurship issues for media and was a contributing author to the 2011 World Economic Forum report: Global Entrepreneurship and the Successful Growth Strategies of Early Stage Companies. She is an advisor to startups, corporations and governments on innovation-driven strategies and disruptive technologies and markets. Plunkett has extensive experience in both Australia and Silicon Valley. Her early Australian experience includes business journalism in transformative ICT industries which she then broadened to include interviews and coverage of leading CEO ‘s and the strategies of global technology companies. She has led teams in both the investment side of venture capital in Australia and Silicon Valley and on the investee company level (Intertrust).
Ernst & Young Team
Maria Pinelli is the Global Vice Chair of Strategic Growth Markets for EY Global. She oversees EY’s business unit that is the world leader in advising, guiding and recognizing entrepreneurs and high-growth companies. She advises clients who are focused on accelerating growth and achieving market leadership. Having more than 25 years of experience providing professional services to both private and public companies, Maria has led more than 20 IPOs in three continents. Maria has briefed members of the G20 the World Economic Forum, the London Stock Exchange, the US Senate Banking Committee and the US Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as European Union and African governments, on the trends that are driving global activity in the IPO market, entrepreneurship and innovation, and economic growth. Maria is truly passionate about supporting entrepreneurs and is heavily involved in creating a support network for such business enterprises and founded the Strategic Growth Forum which convenes high-growth companies to share insight and expertise of the market. She also supervises EY’s renowned Entrepreneur Of The Year® program worldwide and founded EY’s Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ program in 2008, designed to accelerate the growth of high-potential female entrepreneurs. Maria has a degree in Commerce and French (Hons) from McMaster University and has participated in the Executive Education programs at Harvard and the Kellogg School of Management. Maria is a Fellow, Chartered Accountant, CPA, ACA, CA, Chair of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and Member of the Steering Committee for the World Economic Forum.
John has over 15 years of business leadership, professional services and business start-up experience. John is currently a Manager at Ernst & Young, LLP in its Strategic Growth Markets group where he is leading entrepreneurship initiatives in partnership with the World Economic Forum. While at Ernst & Young, John also worked on several global merger integration projects. Prior to joining EY, John has successfully built and led several entrepreneurial ventures including BragStats, Best of Our Town, USA, and Velocity Sports Performance. John was selected as a finalist for the Technology Entrepreneur of the Year by the HR Technology Council. John has an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia and a BS in Commerce from the McIntire School of Business from the University of Virginia.
Rebecca Hiscock-Croft is a Senior Strategic Analyst with global accounting and consulting firm Ernst & Young in New York, United States. She focuses on entrepreneurship and capital markets for the firm’s Strategic Growth Markets practice. Prior to joining Ernst & Young, Rebecca was a Senior Economist at investment bank Macquarie. She holds a Master’s Degree in Financial Econometrics from the University of New South Wales, Australia, and has undergraduate degrees in International Business and International Relations from the University of South Australia.
Michelle McLenithan is a strategy and operations consultant at Ernst & Young. Over the past nine years with EY, Michelle has led initiatives focused on entrepreneurship, business development, cross-border business operations, digital platforms, and benchmarking. Outside of EY, Michelle volunteers as a professional advisor to emerging entrepreneurs in the markets of New York City (through NYPACE) and Washington DC (through NFTE). Prior to Ernst & Young, Michelle filled multiple roles at a technology start-up, ultimately seeing the organization and key product through acquisition (by Wolters Kluwer and E*Trade, respectively). Michelle holds a Master’s degree from Rutgers University in Entrepreneurial Management and has completed Stanford University’s leadership program: Scaling Fast Growth Companies in Global Markets. Michelle was the Ernst & Young consultant on the World Economic Forum’s New Models in Entrepreneurship initiative, working in close collaboration with Stanford University and Endeavor Global on this report.
Linda Rottenberg is Co-founder and CEO of Endeavor, a nonprofit organization that is transforming economies around the globe through high-impact entrepreneurship. With offices in twenty countries, Endeavor supports over 500 entrepreneurial firms that collectively command US$ 6 billion in annual revenue and provide over 225,000 people with high-quality jobs. Rottenberg is considered one of the world’s most dynamic experts on entrepreneurship and emerging markets, having appeared on TIME’s 100 “Innovators for the 21st century” and Forbes’ “Impact 30.” She currently serves as an advisor to ABRAAJ Capital, a leading private equity investor in global growth markets. Rottenberg is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and identical twin daughters.
As the Director of Endeavor Insight, Rhett Morris leads Endeavor’s research on high-impact entrepreneurship and emerging markets, directs the measurement of Endeavor’s impact and provides analytical support for Endeavor’s internal operations. Before joining the Endeavor Global team, Rhett worked as a consultant at Bain & Company. There, he was engaged on a variety of projects focused on international growth strategy development, customer segmentation and acquisition, and organization redesign. He first worked with Endeavor as a volunteer while living in Buenos Aires in the fall of 2009. His previous work experience also includes serving as the confidential assistant to the mayor of Baton Rouge, LA. Rhett earned an MBA from Vanderbilt University in 2007 and a bachelor’s degree in History from Louisiana State University in 2003.
Diane Lee is a Technical Resource Analyst at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. She explores ways in which faculty can use technology to improve their teaching and research. She was the Project Administrator for the 2011 World Economic Forum Report on Global Entrepreneurship and the Successful Growth Strategies of Early-Stage Companies. Lee holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Additional Acknowledgements and Attribution:
SRI Education Division:
- Mimi Campbell, Senior Technical Writer/Editor
- Ron Orpitelli, Programmer/Analyst
SRI Center for Technology in Education:
- Christine Korbak, Research Social Scientist
- Bladimir Lopez-Prado, Research Data Coordinator
- Christopher Makler, Director of Education Technology Production
- Luisana Sahagun, Research Data Assistant
- Gucci Trinidad, Education Researcher
- Harrison Caudill, Software Consultant
- Juliet Bailin
- Maya Dadoo Gonzales
- Andrea Vasquez
- Nicole Caballero
- Betsey Coleman
- Barbara Daines
- Darya Gilani
- Luana Dias Gomes
- Andrea Gray
- Paige Gonye
- Wei Ling Heng
- Marten Lai
- Yuri Namikawa
- Claudia Thieme
Stanford Team Assistance:
- Ali Arat, Abraaj Capital
- Hamish Hawthorn, ATP Innovations
- Yinglan Tan, Sequoia Capital
Stanford University Funding:
The Stanford Team gratefully acknowledges the generous support from both the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (CES) and the Center for Global Business and the Economy (CGBE) at the Graduate School of Business and the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED).