Conference committees

In addition to the ‘traditional’ steering and scientific committees, several other committees have been created in order to bring together people with expertise on the Silicon Valley ecosystem and on Stanford University technology transfer process, as well as several sponsoring organizations both on- and off-campus for the benefit of TH9.

1. Steering Committee

Role: Overall direction of conference planning

ChairDr.  Keith Devlin, Executive Director, H-STAR, Stanford University


  • Prof. Henry Etzkowitz, Senior Researcher, H-STAR Institute, Stanford University and Visiting Professor at School of Management, Birkbeck, London University and Edinburgh University Business School, UK.
  • Dr. Marina Ranga, Senior Researcher, H-STAR Institute, Stanford University and Visiting Fellow, School of Business, Management and Economics, Sussex University, UK.
  • Charles “Chuck” House, Executive Director, Media X, H-STAR Institute, Stanford University
  • Dr. Martha Russell, Associate Director Media X, H-STAR Institute, Stanford University
  • Mei Lin Fung, Chairperson of the Board, Institute for Service Organization Excellence, Palo Alto US.

2. Scientific Committee


  1. Consultation on the conference sub-themes;
  2. Evaluation of abstracts and applications for thematic workshops;
  3. Possible contribution to shaping up some of the plenary and parallel sessions and session chairing;
  4. Selection of relevant papers for journal special issues;
  5. Dissemination of conference information.

Chair: Dr. Marina Ranga, Senior Researcher H-STAR Institute, Stanford University, and Visiting Fellow, School of Business, Management and Economics, Sussex University, UK.


  1. Marcelo Amaral – Professor, Fluminense Federal University, Brazil
  2. Thomas Andersson – President and Chairman of the Board, International Organization for Knowledge Economy and Enterprise Development (IKED), Sweden
  3. Mats Benner – Professor, Director Research Policy Institute, Lund University, Sweden
  4. Annick Castiaux – Professor, Louvain School of Management, Namur, Belgium
  5. Frank Cave – Director, Science Enterprise Program, Lancaster University Management School, UK
  6. Fernando Osorio Chaparro – Universidad del Rosario, Consejo Nacional de Acreditación (CNA), Bogotá,  Colombia
  7. Michael R. Clouser – School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, UK
  8. Mariza Costa Almeida – Assistant Professor, Triple Helix Research Group Brazil-THERG/ Augusto Motta University Center, Brazil
  9. Pablo D’Este – INGENIO, CSIC-UPV, Spain
  10. Davide Diamantini – University of Milano, Biccoca, Italy
  11. Dzisah, James – Assistant Professor, University of Nipissing, Canada
  12. Jerome Engel – Professor, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  13. Christiane Gebhardt – Partner, Malik Management Zentrum St. Gallen, Switzerland
  14. Devrim Goktepe-Hulten – Post-doc Research Fellow, Research Policy Institute, Lund University, Sweden
  15. Denis Gray – Professor, North Carolina State University, USA
  16. Antti Hautamaki – Professor, Director Agora Center, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland
  17. Tom Hockaday – Managing Director, Isis Innovation Ltd., Oxford, UK
  18. Liisa Horelli – Adjunct Professor, Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland
  19. John Howard – Professor, Director, Innovation and Engagement, University of Canberra, Australia
  20. Husu, Liisa – Project Manager, Hanken School of Economics, Finland
  21. Annamaria Inzelt – Director, IKU Innovation Research Centre, Financial Research Ltd. Budapest, Hungary.
  22. Andrzej Jasinski – Professor, School of Management, University of Warsaw, Poland
  23. Venni Venkata Krishna – Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
  24. Xue Lan – Professor, Tsinghua University, China
  25. Rejean Landry – Professor, University of Laval, Canada
  26. Cooper H. Langford – Professor, University of Calgary, Canada
  27. Benedetto Lepori – Director, Unit on Performance and Management of Research and Higher Education Institutions, University of Lugano, Switzerland / Science and Technology Observatory
  28. Loet Leydesdorff – Professor, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  29. Isidro de Pablo Lopez – Professor, Director Centre for Entrepreneurial Initiatives, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain
  30. Matilde Luna – Researcher, National Autonomous University of Mexico UNAM, Mexico
  31. José Manoel Carvalho de Mello – Visiting Professor, Fluminense Federal University, Brazil
  32. Tonis Mets – Head of Centre for Entrepreneurship, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Tartu, Estonia
  33. Martin Meyer  – Professor, University of Sussex, UK
  34. José Molero – Professor, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain
  35. Victor Manuel Molina Morejon – Universidad Autonoma de Coahuila, Mexico
  36. Phillippe Mustar – Ecole des Mines Paris Tech, France
  37. Yannis Pierrakis – Head Investment Research, NESTA, UK
  38. Kitipong Promwong – National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Thailand
  39. Mathias RauchDeputy Director, Fraunhofer Center for Central and Eastern Europe MOEZ, Leipzig, Germany
  40. Annika Rickne – Professor, Lund University; University of Gothenburg, The Dahmén Institute, Sweden
  41. Jari Ritsila – Leading Researcher, School of Business and Economics, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland
  42. Marli Elizabeth Ritter dos Santos – Coordinator, Technology Transfer Office,  Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul-PUCRS, Brazil
  43. Jonathan Rosen – Executive Director, Institute for Technology, Entrepreneurship and Commercialization, Boston University School of Management, USA
  44. Mohammed Saad – Professor, University of West of England, UK
  45. Luis Sanz Menéndez  – Director, Institute of Public Goods and Policies, CSIC, Spain
  46. Slavica Singer – UNESCO Chair in Entrepreneurship, Faculty of Economics, J.J. Strossmayer University of Osijek, Croatia
  47. Yuan Sun – National Institute of Informatics (NII), Japan
  48. Poh Kam Wong – National University of Singapore, Singapore
  49. Girma Zawdie – University of Strathclyde, UK
  50. Pooran Wynarczyk – Professor, Newcastle University Business School, UK

3. Program Advisory Committee


  1. Advice on the selection of sub-themes;
  2. Assistance in recruiting speakers for plenary and parallel sessions;
  3. Dissemination of conference information.

ChairProf. Henry Etzkowitz, Senior Researcher, H-STAR Institute, Stanford University and Visiting Professor at School of Management, Birkbeck, London University and Edinburgh University Business School, UK.


  1. Dr. John Tepper Marlin, Senior Staff Economist, US Senate Regional Economics
  2. Prof. Helen Lawton Smith, Head of Management Department, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK
  3. Dr. Lucia Guaranys,  Analyst, National Agency for Financing Innovation Projects (FINEP), Brazil
  4. Dr. David Nordfors,  Executive Director, Center for Innovation and Communication, Stanford University, USA
  5. Prof. David Ferguson, Chair, Technology and Society Department, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Stony Brook University, USA
  6. Dr. Calestous Juma, Professor of Practice in International Development, Kennedy School, Harvard University, USA
  7. Prof Guilherme Ary Plonski, Research Director, University of São  Paulo Center for Technology Policy and Management (PGT/USP) & President, Brazilian Association of Science Parks and Business Incubators (ANPROTEC)
  8. Dr. Ashley Stevens, Director, Community Technology Fund, Boston University and President,  Association of University Technology Managers AUTM, USA
  9. Prof. Allan Gibb, Durham University, UK
  10. Dr. Jos Leijten, Head of the Joint Institute for Innovation Policy (JIIP), Brussels, Belgium
  11. Dr. Jan Larosse, Policy Advisor, Department Economy, Science and Innovation of the Flemish government, Belgium
  12. Prof. Shelley Correll, Director, Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University, USA
  13. Dr. Caroline Simard, Vice-President of Research and Executive Programs, Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, USA
  14. Prof. Sue V. Rosser, Provost, San Francisco State University.
  15. Prof. Magnus Klofsten, Director, Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Linkoping University, Sweden.
  16. Dr. Burton H. Lee, Lecturer, Stanford School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.

4. Finance Committee

Role: Fundraising to support the conference.

Chair: Anna Uvarova, CEO 3DBin, US


  1. Andrey Kunov, Founder and CEO at Credentiality
  2. Alexander Gilman, CEO at SignalActive, Inc.
  3. Juulia Tarma, Consultant at Finnish Innovation Center, Silicon Valley

5. Silicon Valley Expert Committee

Role: This committee includes researchers and practitioners with deep expertise on the various stages and phases of Silicon Valley development, who will participate in the sessions focusing on Silicon Valley.


  1. Annalee Saxenian, Dean and Professor in the School of Information and the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley. Her most recent book, The New Argonauts: Regional Advantage in the Global Economy (Harvard University Press, 2006) explores how the “brain circulation” by immigrant engineers from Silicon Valley has transferred technology entrepreneurship to emerging regions in China, India, Taiwan, and Israel. Prior publications include Regional Advantage: Culture and Competition in Silicon Valley and Route 128 (Harvard University Press, 1994), Silicon Valley’s New Immigrant Entrepreneurs (PPIC, 1999), and Local and Global Networks of Immigrant Professionals in Silicon Valley (PPIC, 2002).
  2. Margaret Pugh O’Mara, Professor of History, University of Washington, Seattle, US. Her book Cities of Knowledge: Cold War Science and the Search for the Next Silicon Valley (Politics and Society in Twentieth Century America) (Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2005) is a comparative study of suburban/urban science cities (Stanford, California; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Atlanta, Georgia), explaining how and why one place was more or less successful than another in following the Stanford model.
  3. James Williams, Emeritus Professor at De Anza College, and President of the International Committee for the History of Technology. He authored, among things, Energy and the Making of Modern California (University of Akron Press, 1997), “Frederick E. Terman and the Rise of Silicon Valley” (1990), reprinted in International Journal of Technology Management, 16:8 (1998), and more recently, “Understanding the Place of Humans in Nature” in Illusory Boundary: Technology and the Environment (University of Virginia Press, 2010).
  4. Stephen Adams, Associate Professor of Management , Franklin P. Perdue School of Business, Salisbury University, US and Center for the American West, Stanford University. He is the author of Mr. Kaiser Goes to Washington: The Rise of a Government Entrepreneur (University of North Carolina Press, 1997), Manufacturing the Future: A History of Western Electric (Cambridge University Press, 1999) (with Orville R. Butler) and Before the Garage: Institutional Builders of Silicon Valley (in progress), a book on the institutional forces behind the development of Silicon Valley.
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