New THA Members July 2016 – November 2016

We are pleased to welcome and present new THA members joining our Association between July and December 2016.
The THA membership is growing constantly and can now rely on an international base of more than 150 individuals and organizations, from five different continents, and including university, scientific-research institutes, incubators, science parks, private companies and governmental institutions representatives.
We are delighted to see our Network is attracting not only individuals but more organizations eager to fully exploit the learning, networking and promotional opportunities that the THA offers to its affiliates.
We hope to maintain this momentum and to see universities, research centers, innovation intermediaries, companies and government institutions joining us as organizational members, to help sustain our open access policy and share our efforts in building, disseminating, and transforming into practical achievements the Triple Helix theories and models.
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Organisational Members

Royal College of Art
Kensington Gore London SW7 2EU UNITED KINGDOM
Contact : Tatiana Schofield, Head of Knowledge Exchange
*email address protected*



The Royal College of Art (RCA) is the highest ranking university in art and design in the world.
In 2015 and 2016 the QS World University Rankings placed the RCA at the top of the list in art and design globally. RCA is the most research intensive university in art and design in the UK.
In 2014 the Research Excellence Framework rated 77% of the RCA’s research, and 100% of its research impact and research environment, as ‘world-leading’ and ‘of international excellence’.
Founded in 1837, the RCA houses six Schools in Architecture, Communication, Design, Humanities, Fine Art and Material.
It is a postgraduate university educating over 1,500 graduate students from sixty countries every year.
Its twenty-four programmes span architecture and interior design, visual communication and information experience, product design, vehicle design, engineering design, service design, ceramics and glass, fashion, jewelry, textile, historical studies, critical writing, curating, painting, sculpture, photography and printing.
The RCA has a unique cross-disciplinary expertise in world-leading research and design-driven technological innovation to contribute to the global economy and address global challenges, using design-led, creative and human-centred approaches
and developing new products, technologies, services, and business models. It works across disciplines, sectors and contexts, exploring how art, design and creativity converge with engineering, social sciences and culture, public space and urban futures, material and textiles, information experience and experimental animation, new product development and organisational strategies.


helice-5-3-4-sept-dec-2016_page_43_image_0001German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) Im Neuenheimer Feld 280 Baden-Württemberg 69120 GERMANY
Contact: Professor Josef Puchta, Administrative Director *email address protected*


More than 450,000 people are diagnosed with cancer each year in Germany. Cancer is a disease that poses enormous challenges, because every cancer is different and its course can vary immensely from one patient to the next. To perform research into cancer is the task of the German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungs Zentrum, DKFZ) according to its statutes. DKFZ is the largest biomedical research institute in Germany and a member of the Helmholtz Association of National Research Centers. In over ninety divisions and research groups, more than 2700 employees of which more than 1200 are scientists, are investigating the mechanisms of cancer, identifying cancer risk factors, and trying to find strategies to prevent people from getting cancer. They are developing novel approaches to make tumor diagnosis more
precise and treatment of cancer patients more successful.
In 2008, a special distinction was the Nobel Prize in Medicine awarded to Professor Harald zur Hausen, who discovered that human papillomaviruses (HPV) cause cervical cancer. In 2014, for a second time a researcher at the DKFZ was awarded the highest distinction in science: Professor Stefan W Hell was awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his pioneering work in the field of ultra high resolution fluorescence microscopy.
Cancer Information Service (KID) staff offer information about the widespread disease of cancer for patients, their families, and the general public. The Center is funded by the German Federal
Ministry of Education and Research (90%) and the State of Baden-Württemberg (10%).
Science is a ‘high-performance operation’ which requires an efficiently structured research center. The scientific divisions and working groups are assigned to seven Research Programs. The core facilities support researchers in all routine tasks. The management departments report directly to the Management Board of DKFZ. The administrative departments support employees in all matters relating to human resources, finance and purchasing. The boards of DKFZ advise the Management Board on scientific, research-political and financial matters. The Alumni Association establishes networks between former and current DKFZ scientists to promote scientific exchange beyond their work at DKFZ.

Individual Members

Christian Haslan

Aalborg University and Technical College Gistrup Aalborg – DENMARK
*email address protected*

Christian Haslam is currently a PhD student in the Department of Communication and Psychology at Aalborg University in Denmark, where he studies student-driven innovation. In this capacity, he spends a lot of time designing and running various innovation workshops targeting students at all levels; from primary school to university, and spanning many fields of study. His work is co-financed by the Tech College Aalborg, where he has been employed for the past ten years as an educator, teaching software development in vocational programs and developing curricula at institutional, and occasionally, national level. During this time, he has developed a special interest in the Scandinavian forms of vocational training and education which is reflected in his research. Christian holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science and Humanities, also from Aalborg University. Prior to becoming
interested in education he worked in the private sector for over ten years, designing and implementing software solutions for the offshore industry.
Areas of interest in TH research Educational Innovation, Student-driven innovation, education – industry knowledge transfer, interdisciplinary educational programs.


National Research Tomsk
Polytechnic University Tomsk RUSSIA
*email address protected* (THA Chapter Russia)

Work in the area of social sciences and humanities.
Areas of interest in TH research
The entrepreneurial university, innovation systems, and university-industry interaction.


Institute for Management for Innovation and Technology Gothenburg SWEDEN
*email address protected*

I am an American, who grew up in NY but now live and work in Sweden for the past twenty-five years. I have been developing my work for over thirty years as a Gestalt (Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, OSD program 1984), and Organisational Psychologist (Columbia University (1981), Fielding Institute (1989) working as an action researcher, developer, educator, activist and innovator. Throughout my career i have been curious about and dedicated to enhancing awareness (using action research), development (by mobilizing stakeholders) to learn and create conscious relations and ways of working (forming learning alliances) in order to create changes, improvements and innovations identified and prioritized by the alliance. I have been testing, developing and applying these models and methods of working in over fifty countries, cultures and contexts around the world. Knowledge, action research, and innovations generated are areas that include: 1) redefining the university’s role in society and in innovation systems -‘innovative university programs’; 2) exploring and ensuring the well-being, human rights and integration of migrants and the systems and stakeholders around them – for personal and relation development, for employment, new business development, citizenship, and for ageing with dignity; 3) designing and driving a (Master level) course ‘mobilizing stakeholders for sustainable development’ – using action learning, research and stakeholders in Universities to explore and develop interventions in local and regional issues, such as: university’s role in society, renewable energy, environmental changes, well-being, democracy, integration and human rights, and 4) developing, testing and validating a diversity sensitive well-being model, method, and measures for assessing, understanding, improving and supporting well-being as migrants age in second homes.
Areas of interest in TH research
Action research, analysis, design, developing of models and methods for mobising stakeholders; facilitator for assessment and change for individual/team/group/organisation/society/innovation system development.


Maastricht School of Management (MSM) Maastricht THE NETHERLANDS
*email address protected*

Huub Mudde LM MSc is a Senior Project Consultant and Lecturer in Institutional Entrepreneurship at the Maastricht School of Management (MSM), and holds an MSc in Sociology from the Wageningen Agricultural University, The Netherlands. Currently, he is pursuing his PhD at Maastricht University on ‘Entrepreneurial universities in developing countries’. He is manager of several multi-year education and research programs, and a team leader and expert in several agribusiness projects in Indonesia, Palestine, and Ethiopia, and was responsible for a national leadership and management capacity development program in Ethiopia. He is advisor and trainer on partnerships, project management, dialogue, communication planning, vision development and fund raising for organizations working in the area of international relations. Before working for MSM, Mudde was coordinator of Euforic, Europe’s Forum on International Cooperation, and worked at the Information Department of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Areas of interest in TH research
Entrepreneurial universities, multi-stakeholder partnerships, leadership, emerging economies and developing countries.


Innoventually srls de Wetstraat 13 bis THE NETHERLANDS
*email address protected*

Adriano La Vopa is a physicist with a specialisation on Earth Observation and satellite data processing. He has an international Masters degree in Nanotechnologies (and business administration), and has extensive experience in the technology transfer arena, and masters innovation management processes. He worked along with SMEs, startups and multinationals to support their innovation strategies by use of new technologies. He is an expert technology broker, a scout and a consultant, supporting companies in planning and executing their growth strategies. He has a sound knowledge of processes, tools, methods and ways to empower the hidden innovation potential of any company.
Areas of interest in TH research
Innovation in general and the connection with the business world.


Lepsiustraße GERMANY
*email address protected*

Areas of interest in TH research
Entrepreneurship, startup, and financing.


Grenoble Ecole de Management / Politecnico di Milano Milan ITALY
*email address protected*

Michele Coletti is a teacher and advisor on innovation management and policy, MBA in Management Consulting, and MSc in Technology and Innovation Management.
Areas of interest in TH research
Innovation systems.


University of Strathclyde – Glasgow
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Sheffield Business School at Sheffield Hallam University Sheffield UNITED KINGDOM
*email address protected*

Dr Fariba Darabi is a Senior Lecturer in International Business at Sheffield Business School, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, who teaches at all university levels mainly Masters and Doctorate. Fariba as well as being an academic, has a wealth of experience of working with SMEs, and family businesses overseas. Her research interests and publications are in the field of SMEs and University Business School Collaboration, Trust in U-I Collaboration, ‘SMEs Entrepreneurship and Innovation’, ‘Sustainability of Youth Entrepreneurs in Africa’, and ‘Family Businesses Sustainability and Research Methods’. She supervises doctoral students, and is actively involved with academic research bodies such as the British Academy of Management, where she is a committee member, Secretary of the Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group, and a member of Methodology SIG.
Areas of interest in TH research
SME-Business School collaboration: the role of trust.


Dublin Institute of Technology Dublin IRELAND
*email address protected*

Anthony Buckley is Assistant Head, School of Marketing in the College of Business at the Dublin Institute of Technology. Tony holds a PhD in management from Lancaster University (UK). His research interests are in the enterprise (entrepreneurship and SME) domain, with particular emphasis on innovation and enterprise policy development and evaluation.
Areas of interest in TH research


Zhejiang University 866 Yuhangtang Road CHINA
*email address protected*

Mosi Weng is a PhD Candidate at Zhejiang University, China. He is currently a visiting student researcher at the Center for Studies in Higher Education, UC Berkeley. His research interests focus on academic entrepreneurship, and higher education management. He has a concentrated record of research and publications, his previous work on entrepreneurial transformation of universities in China, which was published in the XinhHua Digest (top journal in China), won him a National Scholarship and the Zhejiang University Annual Top Ten Students’ Academic Achievement Award.
Areas of interest in TH research
Entrepreneurial University.


VUZF University of Finance, Business and Entrepreneurship Sofia BULGARIA *email address protected*
(THA Chapter Greece)

Associate Professor Evgeni Evgeniev, PhD Vice-Rector for European Projects and Further Education, VUZF University of Finance, Business and Entrepreneurship, Sofia, Bulgaria, is one of the authors of Bulgaria’s Smart Specialization Strategy (3S) and Sofia’s 3S. He is actively collaborating with the Ministry of Education and Science аs a Member of the Working Group to develop the National Research Strategy 2025, and with the Sofia Tech Park JSC as a Member of the Scientific Expert Committee. Dr Evgeniev is also a Member of the Monitoring Committee for the Sofia 3S under the Mayor of Sofia Municipality. As a former Private Sector Development Specialist at the Europe and Central Asia Region of the World Bank (2007-2015), he authored reports and provided advisory support in the area of innovation, business regulation, and access to finance in countries, like Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan and Poland, among others. He teaches courses in Global Strategic Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Public Policies and Business Regulation, and International Financial Organizations. He served as visiting lecturer in 2003 and 2006 at the Central European University (Budapest), and at the Korean Development Institute School of Public Policy and Management (Seoul) in Fall 2014. Dr Evgeniev has authored over thirty scientific publications in refereed journals and published three books. His recent academic research has focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, and technological commercialization.
Areas of interest in TH research
Innovation, entrepreneurship, technological commercialization, and knowledge triangle collaboration.


Av Universtaria 1801 PERU
*email address protected*

Professor and researcher.
Areas of interest in TH research
Mathematics and statistics.


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Mariam Al Zarouni holds a BSc degree in Chemical Engineering Minor in Engineering Management Engineer, Strategic Research.


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McMaster University Ottawa CANADA
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I obtained my BA (Hon) in Economics and Political Science from McMaster University, and my Master of Public Policy (MPP) from the University of Saskatchewan, specializing in Innovation Policy. I am currently pursuing PhD in comparative public policy at McMaster University. My research focus is on innovation parks and centers of excellence in Canada, Australia and the UK.
Areas of interest in TH research
Innovation parks, university-industry linkages, networks, commercialization, superclusters, organizational decision making, and comparative innovation policy


University of Massachusetts
*email address protected*

University of Massachusetts Boston, PhD in Public Policy, and from September 2014 to present Northwestern University, MS in Project Management from January 2012 to June 2013 University of Science and Technology, Beijing, BS in Economics from September 2007 to June 2011.
Areas of interest in TH research
Innovation and Bayh-Dole Act.


University of Nairobi
KENYA *email address protected*

Dr Tonny K Omwansa holds a PhD in Information Systems and is a faculty member at the School of Computing and Informatics, University of Nairobi. He is the co-author of the book ‘Money, Real Quick: Kenya’s disruptive mobile money innovation’. Besides teaching, he coordinates the innovation activities at the University of Nairobi, including running a technology accelerator program, managing the annual Nairobi Innovation Week, and designing innovation courses. He is the Director of the C4DLab, the innovation and incubation lab of the University of Nairobi. Dr Omwansa has conducted extensive research and consulting work on ICT, Innovation, financial inclusion, mobile transactions and information systems in various countries resulting in numerous products, publications and reports.
Areas of interest in TH research
Design, adoption, and impact of innovative low-cost appropriate technologies in developing countries.


UNIRIO – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro State Rio de Janeiro BRAZIL
*email address protected*

Chemical Engineer MSc, Information Science Dr Technology of Chemical and biochemical processes
Areas of interest in TH research
Entrepreneur university.