Who will teach me?
Who will teach me?
Hein Roelfsema
Utrecht University
Prof. dr. Hein Roelfsema, who created this course, is the Leading Researcher in the field of entrepreneurship at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE University). He chairs the Dutch Centres for Entrepreneurship as well as the Global Entrepreneurship Network in the Netherlands and Europe. In Russia, he further teaches entrepreneurship at Innopolis University. He is also an Associate Professor for International Entrepreneurship at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.
Rob Swartbol
Ambassador of the Netherlands to Russia
Rob Swartbol is the ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Russian Federation in Moscow since 2019. He was previously appointed to embassies in, among others, Washington, Jakarta and Bratislava and was Director-General of International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Hague.
He holds a master's degree in International Relations from Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Erik Stam
Utrecht University
Erik Stam is Professor of Strategy, Organisation & Entrepreneurship and Dean of the Utrecht University School of Economics. Next to this he is Faculty Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Utrecht University, and founding board member of the Utrecht University Strategic Research Theme Institutions for Open Societies. He held positions at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the University of Cambridge, the Max Planck Institute of Economics (Jena, Germany), and the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR). He has been visiting professor or scholar at institutes such as the University of Cambridge, Hitotsubashi University (Tokyo), Indiana University at Bloomington, Institute of Industrial Economics Stockholm, Leibniz Universität Hannover, University of Oxford, Tel Aviv University, University of Turku, and Zhejiang University (Hangzhou).
He is a leading scholar on entrepreneurial ecosystems. His broader research interests cover the societal and organisational contexts of entrepreneurship and the relation between entrepreneurship and economic development. He has (co-)authored more than hundred books, book chapters, and articles in a variety of disciplines, including economics, geography, business/management and public administration. He is editor of the journal Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. Next to his scientific work he often engages with governments, start-ups and corporates on innovation and entrepreneurship. He has served many Ministries in the Netherlands and other countries, the European Commission, the OECD, the G20, and the World Bank. He is on the advisory board of several public and private sector entrepreneurship organisations.

Aard Groen
University of Groningen's Centre for Entrepreneurship
Prof. dr. Aard Groen holds a full professor position on entrepreneurship and commercialisation at the University of Groningen, where he also holds the position of Dean entrepreneurship. Founder of University of Groningen Centre of Entrepreneurship. Until beginning of 2020, Groen also held a full professor position on Innovative Entrepreneurship and in 2001 co-founded NIKOS Centre of Entrepreneurship at the University of Twente. He holds an honorary position at the Thapar University in India. Groen received his master in public administration at the University of Twente and his PhD in business administration at the University of Groningen. Dr. Groen is a leader in designing successful entrepreneurship accelerators and university entrepreneurship education programs, in the Netherlands, and internationally in countries such as Russia, India, China. His research focuses on knowledge intensive entrepreneurship in start-ups and existing ventures across a range of advanced technology sectors. His keynotes on university-industry collaboration, technology commercialisation, key competencies for entrepreneurship, and leveraging networks for business development are featured at international conferences and symposia. Prof. Groen teaches on innovation, entrepreneurship, marketing and business development and is adviser to several startups and growing companies and in advice/selection committees for example for EIT-Manufacturing, NWO Netherlands Science Foundation. Dr. Groen has written extensively on developing start-up and enterprise, scale businesses by leveraging industrial and international networks. Please follow the link to see his publications, if interested. http://bit.ly/1jhj5Iq
Ilse Matser
Windesheim University of Applied Sciences
Prof. dr. Ilse A. Matser is Professor of Family Business at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences where she also serves as director of the Dutch Centre of Expertise in Family Business. The Dutch Centre of Expertise in Family Business develops new knowledge and insights through practice-oriented research. Knowledge valorisation to students, family business owners and their advisors is another important pillar of the centre. Also, Ilse is the chair of the Global board of the STEP Project. The STEP Project is a global applied research initiative that explore the entrepreneurial practices of business owning families through quantitative and qualitative research, founded in 2005.
Nancy Bocken
Maastricht University, TU Delft, HOMIE start-up
Prof. dr. Nancy Bocken is Professor in Sustainable Business at Maastricht Sustainability Institute (MSI). She is also visiting professor The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University, Sweden, TU Delft, Netherlands, and Lappeenranta Lahti University of Technology (LUT), and Fellow at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). Apart from that, she is a co-founder of a circular start-up called "HOMIE".
Nancy's research interests lie within Sustainable Business Management and Practice field. Before going into academia, Nancy held positions in the logistics, banking and consulting sectors. Nancy holds a PhD from the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, which was funded by Unilever.

Martin Luxemburg
Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship
Martin Luxemburg is the director of Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship, one of the leading centres for entrepreneurship in Europe. With 4 full professors and 30+ academic trainers on entrepreneurship, the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship offers actionable executive entrepreneurship training and innovation programmes to corporates and governments, and well as to starting entrepreneurs.
Further, Martin Luxemburg, as a partner at the Unknown Group, a global innovation agency, unlocks future business potential by internal and external venturing.

Arkady Dvorkovich
Skolkovo Foundation
Arkady Dvorkovich is Chairman of the Skolkovo Foundation. He holds a master's degree in Economics from Duke University, USA and a master's degree from New Economic School, as well as an undergraduate degree in Economics from Lomonosov Moscow State University. He is also the President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE). Before joining Skolkovo, he worked as an expert in the Expert Group of Russia's Ministry of Finance, then was the Head of the Economic Expert Group of Russia's Ministry of Finance. He served as an Adviser of the Minister of Economic Development and Trade in Russia and as a Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade. He was the Head of the Presidential Experts' Directorate of the Presidential Executive Office and Aide to the President of the Russian Federation. He also served as Deputy Prime Minister of Russian Federation and was appointed to a government commission on modernising Russia's economy and innovative development.
Alexey Parabuchev
Moscow Agency of Innovations
Alexey Parabuchev is the CEO of Moscow Agency of Innovations. He started his career in innovation in 1999 as a lead specialist at Moscow Centre of Experiment and Innovation. He then joined Institute of Advancement Studies as a project manager and after that headed a lab at Institute for Innovation Strategies in General Education. He led projects at the Innovation Development Department of the Energy Forecasting Agency and also was headed Future Development Department, as well as the deputy CEO, and later the acting CEO of Innovation Development Center under the Department of Science, Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship of Moscow. He graduated from Rostov State University (cum laude) where he majored in Culturology. He also holds a master's degree from Central European University (CEU).
Alexey Nikolayev
Russian Venture Company Department, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT)
Prof. dr. Alexey Nikolayev is an Associate Professor at Russian Venture Company Department of Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT). He has over 25 years of IT industry experience, working for such companies as Samsung Electronics, Intel Corporation, Align Technology. The focus of his work has been on Research and Development, Academic Relations, Startups Acceleration, Innovations and Entrepreneurship Education, Corporate Innovations fostering, and New Products Design among other areas.
Dr. Nikolaev created and introduced a series of project and team-based courses (so-called "anti-courses") that use active learning format, Customer Development and Lean Startup methodologies to provide engineering, design, and managements students towards hands-on and real-world innovations and entrepreneurship projects design experiences. He is also the author of a Coursera MOOC (massive on-line open course) on new hi-tech products design and marketing. Through his work, Alexey brings to Academia practical expertise for new technical startups and products launch, industry-university-startups collaboration models, as well as the most recent technological and hi-tech markets trends. Alexey delivers courses and extracurricula activities at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Moscow State University, and Skoltech, also in Moscow.
Alexey graduated from Moscow State University with a PhD in Physics, and University of California, Berkeley with Executive Education in Product Management, Lean Startup, Innovations and Entrepreneurship Education. He authored over 60 publications in Russian and world-wide scientific journals.
Vadim Galeev
Innopolis Special Economic Zone
Vadim Galeev is Deputy Director General of Innopolis Special Economic Zone. He got his undergraduate degree at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School and then obtained his master's degree from the University of Exeter Business school, both in the UK.
In 12 years, he has built his career from project manager of innovative Technopark called "Idea" to Deputy General Director of Special Economic Zone "Innopolis". His responsibilities include investor acquisition, marketing and strategic development of the Special Economic Zone. During his successful leadership, companies like Alfa bank, S7, X5 retail group, Magnit and others became residents of SEZ Innopolis. Marketing department held major IT industry events like Digital Industry of Russian Federation and IT festival "Stachka". A number of resident consortiums were formed in the technological areas like Smart City and Industry 4.0.
During 2019, investments in SEZ "Innopolis" has doubled. At the moment, there are 115 resident and partner companies creating more than 3000 jobs in Innopolis city. Also, Innopolis won fDi economic zone of the year specialism award in IT and Industry 4.0 in 2019.
Ksenia Podoynitsyna
Eindhoven University of Technology and JADS
Ksenia Podoynitsyna is an Associate Professor of Data-Driven Entrepreneurship at JADS, the Joint Graduate School of Tilburg University and Eindhoven University of Technology. She also serves as the Program Director of the master program "Data Science and Entrepreneurship" at JADS. Her research focuses on business models and ecosystems for data-driven and sustainable businesses, and employs a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods. Combining scientific rigor with practical relevance, Ksenia is keen on doing research together with managers and entrepreneurs, which resulted in a number of research and teaching initiatives funded by the EU, EIT KIC InnoEnergy, Philips, and CZ Insurance among others. She co-developed two tools that allow to map, design and analyse business models and ecosystems, and that were explicated in publications in Long Range Planning and Journal of Cleaner Production. Ksenia has furthermore published in leading entrepreneurship and management journals such as Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and California Management Review among others. Ksenia got her PhD from Eindhoven University of Technology (2008) and her dissertation was nominated for the prestigious Heizer dissertation award of the Entrepreneurship division of the Academy of Management.
Olga Belousova
University of Groningen Centre for Entrepreneurship
Prof. dr. Olga Belousova is an Assistant professor at the University of Groningen. Her research interests include new venture creation processes in both independent and corporate contexts. She is involved in teaching courses on innovative entrepreneurship, new venture creation, business diagnosis, and international entrepreneurship.
Olga earned her PhD at the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium). In her doctoral research, she investigated the entrepreneurial behaviors of actors in a large industrial company, from different managerial levels at different moments of developing a new corporate venture.
Olga is also an active contributor to the work of the University of Groningen Centre for Entrepreneurship (UGCE) which is focused on applied research and education on entrepreneurship as well as on the commercialisation of the university's scientific and technical knowledge. At the UGCE, Olga co-developed an extracurricular course on entrepreneurship and VentureLab North, an accelerator program for knowledge intensive growth-oriented business development. Her research is looking into corporate entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial mindset, and new theories of entrepreneurship.
Olga Belousova has a MSc degree in entrepreneurship and marketing from Humboldt University in Berlin (Germany) and a MSc degree in strategic management from the State University – Higher School of Economics in Moscow (Russia).
Alexey Menn
Begin Capital
Alexey Menn is the managing partner at Begin Capital ($30m VC fund), investor for 22 global startups in Russia, Europe and the US. Prior to Begin Capital, Alexey worked for 12 years in Private Equity funds across Europe (including: Meinl Bank, SI-CP, Invest AG, Sberbank Capital) and participated in 35 M&A deals with total volume over $3.5bn. Graduated from HSE University in 2010.
Alexander Smotritskiy
WiseSoil startup
Dr. Alexander Smotritskiy has research background in experimental physics with main scope of his post-doctorate work in thermophysical properties of superheated fluids. Later, Alexander shifted research focus to the energy-efficient organic waste recycling & wastewater treatment. Results of his research are reflected in 8 patents and 3 patent applications. In 2014 Alexander co-founded Bioenergy LLC aiming to bring to the market WiseSoil technology for multi-staged substrate pretreatment for the biogas plants and biorefineries. Such pretreatment allows accelerated waste processing and higher biogas yield simultaneously. So far, company has pilots and references in the US, Czech Republic, UK, Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, Russia and Finland.
Efim Kolodkin
"BASH Today" Agency
Graduated in 2014 specialising in Management. He got a double degree at MGIMO and Nancy Business School in France and became a master in International Management. After graduation, he studied Urban Management and Development at the Institute of Urbanism at the University of Erasmus in Rotterdam, the Netherlands (IHS, Erasmus University), received a Master of Science (MSc) diploma, defended his thesis on "The influence of the creative class on socio-spatial transformation of former industrial in Moscow" (from 2008 to 2017). In 2015, together with partners, he founded Bash Today, which is a service that helps people book venues for their events. In 2019, Efim Kolodkin was included in the rating of General Director magazine.