Visiting Scholars

IBI hosts visiting scholars, visiting postdoctoral scholars, and visiting student researchers from international universities who are sponsored by IBI faculty and pursue research in entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology management.

To apply for the program visiting scholars need to secure a sponsor who is a tenured or a tenure-track member of the Berkeley-Haas faculty. Information about the program, its benefits, application, sponsorship, funding and fees is available at

Below is a list of IBI’s current visiting scholars and a summary of their current research if available.

Current Visiting Scholars:

Aaen Thuesen, MathiasMathias Aaen Thuesen
Sponsored by Henry Chesbrough

Mathias Aaen Thuesen is a Fulbright Fellow from Aarhus University, Denmark. His research focuses on forms of knowledge creation in knowledge ecosystems, with a particular interest in the practices of collaboration across organisational boundaries. He is currently writing his PhD dissertation in Knowledge Communication from Aarhus School of Business, from which he also received his bachelor’s degree in Marketing & Management Communication and his Masters in Corporate Communication. He has a background in the pharmaceutical industry in the United Kingdom, but his research spands both product and services at an international scale. Mathias is a recipient of many prestigious international and danish scholarships, such as the Fulbright Scholarship and the Confederation of Danish Enterprise’s Scholarship in recognition of his exceptional scholarship, outstanding leadership and contribution to the innovation of the danish export markets. His visit at the Institute for Business Innovation at Haas School of Business supports his exploration of Open Innovation as a form of collaborative knowledge co-creation in contexts of ecosystem business models.

De Marco, Eleanora ChiaraEleanora Chiara De Marco
Sponsored by Henry Chesbrough

Chiara is Ph.D. candidate in Management of Innovation at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa, Italy), currently visiting researcher at Haas School of Business (UC Berkeley, CA-US). Her research interest focuses on Open Innovation and the support to decision makers on innovation policy for small business in Europe. Chiara investigates the drawbacks of implementing strategies of Open Innovation in public and private R&D (i.e. from Open Science to the Open Innovation).Before starting her Ph.D., Chiara worked at the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research as Junior Advisor to the Ministry on Innovation Policy and Technology. Chiara graduated in Law and she owns two Master degrees, respectively in Diplomatic Studies and International Relations. She has several studying and working experiences abroad, mainly in Europe and the US.

Donghui, MengMeng Donghui
Sponsored by Henry Chesbrough

Research Topic:
Open Innovation and Absorptive Capacity in Latecomer Countries: An Empirical Study on Automotive and High Speed Train Industries in China.

Li, WeiWei Li
Sponsored by Henry Chesbrough

My name is Wei Li, and I am a doctoral student at Northeastern University in China. I have got my Master Degree of Economics at Northeastern University in 2014. But before I started my economic research and got my master degree, my major was industrial design which belongs to the category of art. At present, My research interest lies in two areas, the first is vertical relationship issues in industrial organization and antitrust economics, with particular attention to R&D under the frame of vertical relationship, buyer power and vertical restraints which mainly including slotting allowance, exclusive dealing and resale price maintenance. My second research topic is two-sided market theory.

Leih, SohviSohvi Leih
Sponsored by David Teece

Sohvi Leih is a postdoctoral scholar working on strategic management, particularly the role of dynamic capabilities in the competitive performance of business enterprise.  Her research on strategic management includes work on the cross-border transfer of organizational practices and on the management of intangibles such as knowledge and reputation. She has received the Best Reviewer Award, Best Symposium Awards from the Academy of Management in 2011, and various research grants from Oxford University and Said Foundation. She is also a recipient of the 2006 Youth Innovation Fund, an internal competition among staff at the World Bank to recognize and fund the most innovative projects. Prior to receiving her doctorate in management studies at Oxford, she worked at the World Bank in Washington DC on poverty reduction for low-income countries.

Frédéric Le RoyFrédéric Le Roy
Sponsored by Henry Chesbrough

Frédéric Le Roy is Professor in Strategic Management at the University of Montpellier and Montpellier Business School, France. He is director of Montpellier Research Management – Strategy Group and director of the Master Consulting in Management. He published many research articles and several books. His current research relates primarily to coopetition strategy. Besides, he develops research on entrepreneurship and strategy in high-tech industries. Among his recent publication ‘Coopetition: winning strategies for the 21st Century”, 2010, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar (with Yami S., Castaldo S. and Dagnino G.B.)

Subodh, ManavManav Subdoh
Sponsored by Soloman Darwin

Manav Subodh is the Executive Director of Hypershift, one of the first corporate accelerators in India based on lean startup methodology and is a Founding Board Member of 1M1B (1 Million for 1 Billion), a global initiative to activate a million people to create jobs and innovations to impact a billion people. He was featured in Forbes as “The Man Who Will Help 1 Billion People”. Earlier, Manav worked for Intel corporation and led Intel’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship agenda in over 30 countries including the Intel CEO inspired Corporate Innovation initiative on Wearable computing. Manav has also worked for Ernst and Young (EY), Hughes and QAI.

Past Visiting Scholars:

Ahmed, MohiMohi Ahmed
Fujitsu, Japan
Sponsored by Henry Chesbrough

Dr. Mohi Ahmed is Senior Director of Open Innovation Program at Fujitsu. He is currently based in San Francisco Bay Area. Mohi was named as one of the world’s key “idea practitioners” in Thomas H. Davenport and Laurence Prusak’s book What’s the Big Idea? Mohi has been a visiting scholar at Harvard Business School in Boston and Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo. He has a PhD in Communications from Simon Fraser University, Canada. His current research topic is: Open (Innovation and Marketing) Platform for Doing Well by Doing Good.

Fukushima, Eishi  Eishi Fukushima  
Hosei University, Japan
Sponsored by Henry Chesbrough

Eishi Fukushima is a Professor in Business Administration since April 2010 to date in the Faculty of Business Administration, Hosei University. He holds a Ph.D. in Commerce and Management from Hitotsubashi University (2000). He has conducted historical industry research about the development process of businesses in emergent era in Japan. His fields of interest include renewal of firm strategy, innovation process inside and between organizations, dynamism of emergence and transformation of industries, and history of management thought. His current research topic involves a study of firms’ efforts to refocus businesses in relation with innovation against environmental change.

Neil KayKay, Neil

Edinburgh and Strathclyde Business Schools, Scotland
Sponsored by David Teece

Professor Neil Kay is visiting the Institute to July 2015. He is the author of five books on the economics of corporate strategy and innovation, including his PhD thesis, “The Innovating Firm” (St Martins Press); and “Pattern in Corporate Evolution” (Oxford University Press).  He has also published numerous articles in these areas, most recently in Industrial and Corporate Change, Research Policy, and Organization Studies.  He has held several visiting faculty positions including University of California, Irvine (twice), European University Florence, and the University of Queensland.  He is currently working on a book “A Systems Theory of the Firm” at the Institute, including other projects.

Kim, SohyeongSohyeoung Kim
Cisco Systems, Inc. , South Korea
Sponsored by Henry Chesbrough

Sohyeong Kim is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation.  Her research focuses on how a business ecosystem is created, evolved, and sustained over time in the lens of open innovation.  The industries she studies includes culinary services and electric vehicles.  She has B.A. in Psychology from Korea University, and M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University, and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley.


Moszoro, Marian Marian Moszoro
IESE Business School, Poland
Sponsored by Pablo Spiller

Marian Moszoro earned his PhD in Economics from the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH). In 2005-2006, he was appointed Undersecretary of State and Deputy Minister of Finance of Poland, the youngest ever in that position. He was also Chairman of Bank BGK that specializes in servicing the public finance sector, Chairman of the Export Insurance Policy Committee, and member of more than 10 government committees. In 2009-2011, he was a visiting scholar at Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley under Nobel laureate economist Oliver Williamson.

Prof. Moszoro’s research encompasses three areas: (a) project finance and public-private hybrids, (b) public contracts, scrutiny, and political economy, and (c) governance, risk perception, and asset pricing. He has published four books, several book chapters and journal articles, and more than 15 business case studies. He has lectured and presented his research at: Yale University; University of California, Berkeley; Duke University; University of Southern California; University of Maryland; George Mason University; IESE, Barcelona; Université Paris-Sorbonne; Université Paris-Dauphine; Technische Universität Berlin; The World Bank, Washington, DC; London School of Economics; IAE, Buenos Aires; FGV, Sao Paulo; and the National Bank of Poland, Warsaw.

Zobel, Ann-Kristin, Visiting Post-DocAnn-Kristin Zobel
Maastricht University, Netherlands
Sponsored by Henry Chesbrough

Ann-Kristin received her Bachelor degree in ‘International Business’ and her Master degree in ‘Business Research’ at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Subsequently, she continued in Maastricht with her dissertation research on ‘Open Innovation: A Dynamic Capabilities Perspective’ at the School of Business and Economics. During her studies, she spent some time abroad as a visiting student at Simon Frasier University (Vancouver) and as a visiting researcher at University of California (Berkeley). As of July 2013, Ann-Kristin works as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Institute for Business Innovation.

Ann-Kristin’s main research interests are open innovation, dynamic capabilities & processes, as well as intellectual property rights & contracts.