Jan Jonker is professor of Sustainable Entrepreneurship at the Nijmegen School of Management at Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands). In his home country he has been listed for seven years in a row among the Top-100 most influential ‘Green’ Dutch people. His research focuses on transformational trends in society, the development of (new) business models and how these developments are related to organisational change and societal transition. His approach is often based on crowdthinking, which implies engaging with large groups of people in specific research projects in order to explore and possibly solve issues as a collective endeavour. As a consequence many people consider him a kind of ‘academic activist’, wanting to create change and to have impact. He did a TEDx in 2015 on the central concepts he is working, which you can see here: link. He is author of over 30 books among which the 2014 bestseller on New Business Models, now also available as an ebook in English. More and more he now focuses on a new generation of business models for the circular economy.
Nikolay A. Dentchev
Nikolay A. Dentchev is Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and at KU Leuven, Belgium. He holds the Solvay Business School Chair of Social Entrepreneurship at VUB, with founding partners Close the Gap, Kuwer Belgium and Euroclear. In addition, Nikolay does also coordinate NV Actief at KU Leuven, a participation company in support of student entrepreneurs in collaboration with KBC, Trividend and Unizo. Currently, Nikolay's research interests are related to social entrepreneurship, sustainable business models, the role of governments in CSR, and the implementation of CSR strategies.
Niels Faber has been an active researcher on social sustainability since 2002. As a researcher, he is affiliated to the Nijmegen School of Management (NSM) at Radboud University Nijmegen (RU – Holland). Additionally, he is lecturer at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen (Holland). His research focuses on knowledge management, forms of organizing, and decision-making in relationship to sustainability. He has authored over 50 publications including books, chapters, scientific papers, and conference papers. He currently focuses on emerging forms of organizing for sustainability and sustainable decision-making.
Florian Lüdeke-Freund is a senior research associate at the University of Hamburg, Germany. He is a research fellow at the Centre for Sustainability Management (CSM), Leuphana University, and the Governing Responsible Business Research Environment at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. His research deals with sustainable entrepreneurship, sustainable business models, and innovation. As well as publishing numerous journal articles and book chapters on these topics, he has co-edited an Organization & Environment special issue on ‘Business Models for Sustainability’. Florian founded www.SustainableBusinessModel.org as an international research hub addressing sustainability, business model, and innovation topics. Florian is an active member of the Strongly Sustainable Business Model Group at OCAD University, Toronto, Canada. He has been a visiting researcher at the Universities of St. Gallen (Switzerland) and Stellenbosch (South Africa).
Romana Rauter is a specialist in the field of Innovation and Sustainability Management. She works as an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Systems Sciences, Innovation and Sustainability Research at University of Graz. She received her doctorate in Social and Economic Sciences with a thesis addressing the topic of inter-organisational knowledge transfer between research organisations and SMEs. She was a Visiting Scholar at the Nijmegen School of Management at the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands, in 2014. Her current main research interests include open innovation, sustainable innovation, new and sustainable business models, strategic sustainability management and knowledge transfer.