Keynote Speakers

Professor Colette Henry

Colette Henry is the Norbrook Professor of Business & Enterprise at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), University of London. She also holds visiting professorships at the Universities of Tromsø (Norway) and Birmingham City (UK). 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 entrepreneurship education & training, programme evaluation, women’s entrepreneurship and the creative industries. In addition to journal articles, she has published a book on Entrepreneurship Education & Training (with Ashgate); edited two books on the Creative Industries (with Edward Elgar); co-edited a book on female entrepreneurship (Routledge), and co-edited the Diana publication on ‘Women entrepreneurs and the global environment for growth’ (Edward Elgar).

Her more recent research focuses on entrepreneurship education and women in veterinary medicine. Colette is also the editor of the International Journal of Gender & Entrepreneurship (IJGE). In 2010, Colette was awarded a fellowship from ISBE in recognition of her contribution to and work with the Institute in her roles as Trustee, Executive Board Member and President.


Professor Leona Achtenhagen

Leona Achtenhagen is professor of Business Administration, with focus on Entrepreneurship and Business Development. She is head of the department 'Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Organization and Leadership' (ESOL) and assistant director of the 'Media Management and Transformation Centre' (MMTC). She received her PhD from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. She has held previous appointments at Warwick Business School, UK and the University of Bamberg, Germany.

Her main research interests concern entrepreneurial, strategic and organizational activities of growing firms, especially in the media industries. She is also very interested in entrepreneurship education. Her research has been published in numerous book chapters and journal articles.


Professor Jay Mitra

Jay Mitra is the Professor of Business Enterprise and Innovation, and Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship Research at Essex Business School, University of Essex (UK). He founded the first School of Entrepreneurship and Business, at the University of Essex in 2005, and following rapid growth helped to establish Essex Business School in 2008. Educated in India (Presidency College, Calcutta University; Jadavpur University, Calcutta) and the UK (University of Stirling), Professor Mitra trained in the private sector in the UK, worked for local government also in the UK, specialising in economic and business development, and taught at 3 other universities in the UK, before joining the University of Essex.

Professor Mitra is also the Director of the Scientific Committee on Entrepreneurship for the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) and its LEED (Local Economic and Employment) Programme, in Paris (France), and in Trento (Italy). He also leads the International Entrepreneurship Forum, a global network of policy researchers, policy makers and practitioners in the area of entrepreneurship and innovation. He has held Visiting Professorships at Fudan and Jilin Universities in China and at the Institute of Management Technology in India. Professor Mitra has written and published widely on entrepreneurship, innovation, small firm growth and internationalisation, social responsibility, technology and knowledge transfer between universities and small firms for international refereed journals, international conferences and seminars. Professor Mitra has worked with UNIDO, UNCTAD, the OECD, the European Commission, and a range of universities, industry players and government agencies in numerous countries in Europe, Asia, the US and Latin America. His particular interests are in the areas of: (1) New venture creation, (2) Entrepreneurship and regional development, (3) Innovation and small firms; and (4) Small firm internationalisation. His most recent publication, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development, has just been published by Routledge.

Inga Koster

“True fruits – From Student Project to Market Leader” (BMBF-research-project, in German). The True fruits GmbH, Market leader in the area of smoothies, is the Winner of the German Start-up Prize 2009.