Our Advisory Board is drawn from among premier global faculty in venture, innovation, and entrepreneurship. In addition to their general support and guidance, they ensure we stay on top of trends that are emerging from their research and writing. They conduct interviews on our behalf with industry leaders, and we anticipate collaborations that will continue to help us bring together the best of theory and practice.

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Prof. Gad Allon

Jeffrey A. Keswin Professor and Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions, The University of Pennsylvania

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Professor Gad Allon is the Jeffrey A. Keswin Professor and Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions, and the Director of the Management and Technology Program at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Professor Allon’s research interests include operations management in general, and service operations and operations strategy in particular. He has been studying models of information sharing among firms and customers both in service and retail settings, as well as competition models in the service industry. His articles have appeared in Management Science, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management and Operations Research. Professor Allon won the 2011 “Wickham Skinner Early-Career Research Award” of the Production and Operations Management Society. He is the Operations Management Department Editor of Management Science and serves on the editorial board of several journals.

Professor Allon is the co-founder of ForClass, a platform that enables professors to drive higher student engagement and accountability in their classrooms. He regularly consults firms both on service strategy and operations strategy. 

Professor Allon holds a Ph.D. in Management Science from Columbia Business School in New York and holds a B.A. and M.A. from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

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Prof. Shai Bernstein

Associate Professor in Entrepreneurial Management, Harvard Business School

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Professor Shai Bernstein is an Associate Professor in Entrepreneurial Management at Harvard Business School and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). His research focuses on financial issues related to startups and high growth firms, and their interaction with innovation and entrepreneurial activity. Prior to joining Harvard Business School, he was a faculty member at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Some of his latest research includes: Does Venture Attract Human Capital and The Creation of Evolution of Entrepreneurial Public Markets.

Professor Bernstein holds a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University.

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Dr. Leslie E. Broudo

Head of the Coller Institute of Venture and Head of Sofaer Global MBA, Tel Aviv University

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Dr. Leslie E. Broudo leads both the Coller Institute of Venture and the Sofaer Global MBA, Tel Aviv University’s flagship MBA program. 

She is a business professional and anthropologist recognized for leading high-impact change at the intersection of theory and practice. Her public and private sector roles have spanned new and established technology ventures, private equity, and university entrepreneurship initiatives. One of her latest articles (2016) is about Entrepreneurship and Social Change.

Dr. Broudo holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in both Management and Operations (including MIS and Decision Sciences), a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in Political Science and Economics at Bryn Mawr College.

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Prof. Francesca Cornelli

Dean, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

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Professor Francesca Cornelli is the dean of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She is also a Professor of finance and holds the Donald P. Jacobs Chair of Finance. 

Previously, she was professor of finance and Deputy Dean at London Business School. She directed and advanced the Private Equity Institute of London Business School, building a bridge between academia and practice by partnering with private equity leaders in London, alumni and top academics in the field. 

Professor Cornelli’s research interests include corporate governance, private equity, privatization, bankruptcy, IPOs and innovation policy. She has been an editor of the Review of Financial Studies, and previously served on the board of editors of the Review of Economic Studies and as an associate editor at the Journal of Finance. She is a research fellow at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, and previously served as a director of the American Finance Association.

In January 2016 Professor Cornelli helped create and became a board member of AFFECT, a committee of the American Finance Association designed to promote the advancement of women academics in the field of finance.

Professor Cornelli holds a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University and a B.A in Economics, summa cum laude from Università Commerciale Bocconi.

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Prof. Gary Dushnitsky

Associate Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship, London Business School

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Professor Gary Dushnitsky is an Associate Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship at London Business School. He serves as a Senior Fellow at The Mack Institute for Innovation Management at The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania). 

Professor Dushnitsky’s work focuses on the economics of entrepreneurship and innovation, and he advises corporations in the Financial Industry, FMCG, Clean Tech, and Pharma sectors. He explores the shifting landscape of entrepreneurial finance, exploring such topics as corporate venture capital, crowdfunding, and accelerators. His research appeared in leading academic journals, including Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, and Nature Biotechnology.

Professor Dushnitsky serves as the Co-Editor of the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. He received academic distinctions including the 2013 SMS Emerging Scholar Award and the 2009 Kauffmann Junior Faculty Fellowship, has been featured in Business Week, CNBC, Dow Jones News, Entrepreneur Magazine, Financial Times, and has participated at the YPO, World Economic Forum, OECD, EVCA, and BVCA.

Professor Dushnitsky holds a Ph.D. from New York University and a B.A. and M.Sc. from Tel Aviv University.

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Prof. Joshua Lerner

Jacob H. Schiff Professor., Entrepreneurial Management, Harvard Business School

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Professor Joshua Lerner is the Jacob H. Schiff Professor in Entrepreneurial Management at Harvard Business School. His research focuses on venture capital and private equity organizations, particularly policies on innovation and how they impact firm strategies. He has authored several books and publications including The Architecture of Innovation, The Comingled Code, Innovation and Its Discontents, Boulevard of Broken Dreams, The Money of Invention, Patent Capital, and The Venture Capital Cycle

Professor Lerner co-directs the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Productivity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Program and serves as co-editor of their publication, Innovation Policy and the Economy. He founded and runs the Private Capital Research Institute, a nonprofit devoted to encouraging access to data and research, and has been a frequent leader of and participant in the World Economic Forum projects and events.

He is the winner of Sweden’s Global Entrepreneurship Research Award and the Cheng Siwei Award for Venture Capital Research. 

Professor Lerner holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University’s Economics Department and graduated from Yale College with a special divisional major.

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Prof. Ella Miron-Spektor

Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, INSEAD

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Professor Ella Miron-Spektor is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, INSEAD. Her research focuses on personal and organizational factors that promote creativity, learning, and entrepreneurial success. She studies team characteristics that contribute to innovation and learning, the formation of entrepreneurial teams, strategies that enable leaders to cope with competing demands at work, and the influence of cultural diversity on creativity. 

Professor Miron-Spektor’s award-winning research studying factors that contribute to team innovation and learning has been published in top management journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Journal of Applied Psychology. 

Her work has been profiled in media outlets such as Harvard Business Review, Forbes, CBS, and NBS news. She co-organized several international conferences, including the Academy of Management Specialized Conference: From-Start-up to Scale-Up in 2018. She serves on the Editorial Review Board of Organization Science and as Guest Editor for Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes and Academy of Management Discoveries. 

Professor Miron-Spektor holds a Ph.D. from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Prof. Scott Stern

David Sarnoff Professor of Management, MIT Sloan School of Management

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Professor Scott Stern is the David Sarnoff Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and a Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management. He was previously a Professor at the Kellogg School of Management and Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. 

Professor Stern’s research explores how innovation and entrepreneurship differ from traditional economic activities, and the consequences of these differences for strategy and policy. His research in the economics of innovation and entrepreneurship focuses on entrepreneurial strategy, innovation-driven entrepreneurial ecosystems, and innovation policy and management. In 2005 he was awarded the Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship.

Professor Stern works with practitioners in bridging the gap between academic research and the practice of innovation and entrepreneurship through advising startups and other growth firms in the area of entrepreneurial strategy, as well as working with governments and other stakeholders on policy issues related to competitiveness and regional performance. He is the director and co-founder of the Innovation Policy Working Group at the National Bureau of Economic Research.  

Professor Stern holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University and a B.A. in Economics from New York University.

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Prof. Eli Talmor

Emeritus Professor of Accounting and Founder of its Private Equity Institute, London Business School

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Professor Eli Talmor is an Emeritus Professor of Accounting at London Business School and Founder of its Institute of Private Equity. He has served on the board of Governors of London Business School, Tel Aviv University and the advisory board of the African Venture Capital Association. He was previously on the finance faculty at the University of California (UCLA and Irvine), Tel Aviv University and the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania).

Professor Talmor practices venture capital and is a serial cornerstone investor and the co-founder of SunRay Renewable Energy which was acquired in Europe’s largest venture exits of 2010.

He is the co-author of Private Capital,  considered the reference book on the private equity industry. 

Professor Talmor holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.Sc. (cum laude) from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

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Prof. Moshe Zviran

Dean of the Coller School of Management, Tel Aviv University

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Professor Moshe Zviran is Dean of the Coller School of Management at Tel Aviv University, and a Professor of Information Systems. He is the Isaac Gilinsky Chair of Entrepreneurship, Technology, Innovation and Management, and serves as the Academic Director of the Eli Hurvitz Institute for Strategic Management and the Coller Institute of Venture. 

Professor Zviran’s research interests include entrepreneurship and innovation, information and cyber security, and information systems planning and policy. He has published numerous articles and authored two books on Information Systems. He is a consultant for leading organizations in Israel and serves as a board member in several companies and organizations. 

Professor Zviran held academic positions at the Naval Postgraduate School, The Claremont Graduate University, and Ben-Gurion University. 

Professor Zviran holds an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Information Systems as well as a B.Sc. degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Tel Aviv University.