Keynote speakers

Ute Stephan

Professor Ute Stephan from Aston Business School will inspire you to think about the topic of "Social capital and social and commercial entrepreneurship".

Ute Stephan is a Professor at Aston Business School and the Director of the Aston Centre for Research into International Entrepreneurship and Business.She holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Marburg (Germany), is a certified social skills trainer, and worked as a consultant and trainer for private, public and third sector organisations. Ute’s research focuses on the relationships between culture, institutions and entrepreneurship, both social and commercial entrepreneurship. 

Yvette Baggen a postdoctoral researcher from Utrecht University will discuss the topic that shows the connections between “Entrepreneurship and social capital".

Yvette obtained a bachelor’s degree in educational sciences at Utrecht University. Thereafter, she obtained the master’s degree Educational Design and Consultancy at Utrecht University cum laude. In 2012, Yvette started her career as an educational consultant and trainer at ICLON, Leiden University. Her work for ICLON was directed towards consultancy and training activities related to (for instance) blended learning and assessment for teachers, management teams, and administrators in higher education institutions. Next, in 2013, she started her PhD trajectory, which was part of the European funded LLLight’in’Europe research project, at Wageningen University & Research at the Education and Competence Studies group. Currently, Yvette is working for the Department of Education at Utrecht University as a postdoctoral researcher and teacher on the topic learning in organisations.

Professor Garett Jones from George Mason University will share his thoughts about IQ and wealth and its role in productivity and economic growth.

Garett Jones is Associate Professor of Economics and BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism at the Mercatus Center, George Mason University. Previously he held the positions of assistant professor at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville and visiting scholar at the University of California, San Diego. His research interests include macroeconomics, monetary economics, and the microfoundations of economic growth. Prior to earning his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, San Diego, Garett earned a BA in history from Brigham Young University, a Master of Public Administration degree from Cornell and an MA in political science from UC Berkeley.