Jay Mitra is Professor of Business Enterprise and Innovation and Director of The Venture Academy at Essex Business School, University of Essex, UK. He has acted as a Scientific Adviser to the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) and is a Visiting Professor at Leuphana University in Germany and Bayero University in Nigeria. He has held similar positions at the Institute of Management Technology in India School of Management, Fudan and Jilin Universities in China, and at Bologna University, Italy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the UK. Jay Mitra also leads the International Entrepreneurship Forum (IEF) a unique network and forum for researchers, policy makers and business practitioners working on entrepreneurship, innovation and regional development.