Our research fellows at the Institute for Development Strategies include scholars, policy makers, and entrepreneurs who are shaping how places perform and identifying what needs to be done to make them better.
We provide a forum for discussion, as well as collaboration on research projects and publications. We invite influential leaders and emerging leaders to join our Institute.
Aly earned her Ph.D. degree in entrepreneurial psychology from the University of Erfurt in Germany. She focuses her research activities on entrepreneurial behavior, emotions, and mindset, as well as customer/user-experience design concepts. She founded the Institute of Entrepreneurial Emotional Education & Research with Prof. Audretsch in 2021. She is a consultant for nascent entrepreneurs helping them implement lean-startup strategies, design thinking, user-experience design & usability principles, in addition to offering them emotional transformational coaching and emotional education. She was selected by Microsoft Egypt in 2015 and 2016 to mentor fresh graduates for employability and entrepreneurship.
Kogod School of Business: American University, Regional Innovation Chair and Associate Professor (USA)
Research interests: Geographic clusters; disruptive technologies; clean technologies; new venture performance; international entrepreneurship; entrepreneurship in emerging economies, social entrepreneurship
University of Augsburg (Germany), Director of Global Business Management
Research interests: Links between corporate governance in family and entrepreneurial firms, innovation, public policy, education and innovation systems, financial constraints and regional and global competition
University of Augsburg (Germany), Assistant Professor at the Chair of Management and Organization
Research interests: Corporate governance and innovation in family firms, female and immigrant entrepreneurship, public policy
Sebastian Aparicio, M.Sc, M.Phil Aparicio is pursing an International Doctorate in Entrepreneurship & Management (IDEM) at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain. His research interests include: entrepreneurship, institutional Economics, economic growth, economic Development, applied Econometrics, and system dynamics.
Kathrin Bischoff, MScBA Bischoff is a Ph.D. candidate in sustainable entrepreneurship at the University of Wuppertal where she is involved in research and teaching activities in entrepreneurship education, sustainable entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, and stakeholder management.
Farzana Chowdhury, Ph.D. Chowdbury successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation at O'Neill in the summer of 2015. Her research focuses on the impact of corruption on entrepreneurship and social welfare.
Ludvig Levasseur, Ph.D. Ludvig Levasseur serves as a post-doctoral researcher at Oklahoma State University Spears School of Entrepreneurship. His research interests are time perspective, alertness, mixed methods, family business, and venture capital. He received his Ph.D. in Management from PSL-Université Paris-Dauphine.
Hugo Menendez, MPA Menendez graduated from O'Neill with his MPA in May of 2016. During his time at O'Neill, he served as a graduate assistant at the IDS, as well as Director Audretsch’s teaching assistant. He currently serves in the Office of Education Innovation, in the Indianapolis Mayor's Office, as the Financial Performance Analyst. His responsibilities include monitoring and evaluating the financial performance of Mayor-sponsored charter schools.
Christina Theodoraki Theodoraki is a PhD candidate at the University of Montpellier, funded by the Labex Entrepreneurship in the School of Business. Her teaching areas are Management, Business Plan, and Entrepreneurial Support. Her areas of research include entrepreneurial ecosystems, entrepreneurial support, and inter-organizational strategies with a focus on business incubators.