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:

Gong, JenJen Gong
Sponsored by Toby Stuart

Jen Gong holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. Her post doc appointment with Professor Toby Stuart seeks to conduct research on the opioid epidemic in the United States. The epidemic claims over 40,000 lives per year, and approximately 2 million Americans have an opioid use disorder. Prescription opioids are one part of this epidemic; Jen’s research uses machine learning methods with large healthcare datasets to better understand variations in prescription opioid use, even for individuals with similar health conditions. In particular, Jen is interested in using machine learning to characterize subpopulations of individuals who are prescribed opioids, enabling finer-grained evaluation of interventions and policy initiatives.

Bez, Sea MatildaSea Matilda Bez
Sponsored by Henry Chesbrough

Sea Matilda Bez began her postdoctoral researcher position at UC Berkeley on open innovation between competitors after she completed her Ph.D on “Strategizing and Managing Coopetition”. Her Ph.D. thesis investigated a successful coopetitive project that generated 100 billion dollars. Her research describes how competitors can share their core competitive advantage transparently and even teach each other how to become stronger. This approach seems counter-intuitive and stands in contradiction with the traditional strategic approach of keeping firms’ core competitive advantage secret. Now, she is investigating Artificial Intelligence Technologies. Indeed AI holds great promise for raising the quality of people’s lives and can be leveraged to help humanity address important global challenges such as climate change, food, inequality, health, and education.

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.

Zhang, RuihanRuihan Zhang
Sponsored by David Teece

Ruihan Zhang is a Ph.D. candidate at School of Economics and Management, Harbin Engineering University (Harbin, China), currently visiting researcher at Haas School of Business (UC Berkeley). Her fields of interest include Innovation Management, Technology management, Dynamic capabilities, Coopetition, as well as Technology evolution in high-technology industries. She is currently writing her PhD dissertation in “Research on Formation Mechanism and Simulation of High-technology Industry’ Dominant Technology from Multi-level Perspective”. During her studies, she has participated in Research Work of the National Natural Science Fund Projects and Provincial Social Science Fund Project of China and done international conference presentations in China and America.

Jiang, JieJie Jiang
Sponsored by David Teece

Jie Jiang is a Ph.D student from Intellectual Property School of Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China. Her research interest focuses on intellectual property (IP) management, especially the strategic management of patents. Jie also develops research on technology innovation. Her current work focuses on the role of patent management in the process of enterprise technology innovation, and how to make patent strategy contributing to the innovation efficiency. Before her Ph.d, Jie received her master degree in Intellectual Property and Information Law from King’s College London, UK. She got her bachelor degree in law from China University of Political Science and Law. Currently, she is a visiting researcher at Haas School of Business.

Pundziene, AstaAsta Pundziene
Sponsored by David Teece

Asta Pundziene is a full professor in Strategic management and organisational psychology in the School of Economics and Business, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania. She has more than 15 years of experience in executive management of research and innovation at Universities. She is a Founding Editor of the Baltic Journal of Management. Asta is active in EU H2020 research projects and International networks. Her current research is related with dynamic capabilities and competitiveness of the digital health programs as well as manifestation of dynamic capabilities of the technological SMEs across countries that are innovation leavers vs moderate or low innovators.

Fischer, WernerWerner Fischer
Sponsored by Henry Chesbrough

Werner Fischer is currently a visiting scholar at the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation at the Haas School of Business. His research focus is on creating shared value through open business model innovation and digital transformation. He graduated in Business Studies and Economics (B.Sc.) from the University of Konstanz, Germany, and in Technology Management (M.Sc.) from the Braunschweig University of Technology, Germany. Having a strong interest in Open Innovation and socio-economic sustainability, he studied at UC Berkeley in this field as part of his master program and spent one year in rural India as director of research for the smart village program, which was developed at UC Berkeley. There, he researched and consulted with state governments and private sector on how to solve prevalent pain points of rural India through business model and technology innovation.

Qifeng, ZhaoZhao Qifeng
Sponsored by David Teece

Zhao Qifeng is a PhD candidate major in Economics at School of Economics, Renmin University of China. He got a Master’s degree in Economics from Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harbin Engineering University. His research mainly focuses on corporate innovation from the view of capital market. Up to now, Zhao has published several papers on corporate innovation.

Past Visiting Scholars:

Holgersson, MarcusMarcus Holgersson
Sponsored by Henry Chesbrough

Dr. Marcus Holgersson is a visiting scholar at Institute for Business Innovation at Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. He is visiting from the department of Technology Management and Economics at Chalmers University of Technology where he is Assistant Professor. His research generally deals with the strategic management of intellectual property (IP), especially within contexts of open innovation. For example, he studies IP management in innovation ecosystems, the role of IP in venture capital financing, and how to manage IP when open innovation collaborations are closed or terminated (including the so called IP disassembly problem). Dr. Holgersson has previously been a visiting scholar at University of Gothenburg and at Stanford University.

Le Roy, FrédéricFrédéric 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.)

Schuler, DennisDennis Schuler
Sponsored by David Teece

Dennis is a Ph.D. student at the Department of Management, Technology and Economics at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. His research focuses on innovation-related topics in buyer-supplier relationships such as R&D spillovers and problem-solving interdependence. Prior to pursuing his Ph.D., he obtained a Master’s degree in Management, Technology and Economics from ETH Zurich and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). During his studies, he gained international experience as a research assistant at the Global Advanced Manufacturing Institute in Suzhou, China, a KIT-affiliated project bureau, and working experience in industrial engineering in the German automotive industry.

Li, YanYan Li
Sponsored by David Teece

Yan Li is a PhD candidate at University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on what capabilities are required for business model innovation and eco-efficiency. She also works on dynamic capability and industrial symbiosis. Yan got her MPhil degree in Nuclear Energy at University of Cambridge and obtained herBEng degree in Mechanical Engineering at Fudan University, China.


Liang, MeiMei Liang
Sponsored by Henry Chesbrough

Dr. Mei Liang is a Postdoc of School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, and Associate Research Fellow of Research Center for Technological Innovation, Tsinghua University, China. Mei Liang focuses his research on Open Innovation and Responsible Innovation, and combines these research topics with Chinese economic and institutional transitions contexts. He is the first scholar to introduce and promote responsible innovation in management research field in China. Mei Liang’s current research focuses on open innovation evolution of China’s high-speed railway industry and open innovation on China’s University-Industry collaboration. Up to now, Mei Liang has published more than 20 papers on Chinese top-level academic journals and international conference, and has submitted papers on top academic journals in global innovation research field. In addition, he has hosted one national-level research project of China and done international conference presentations in China, America, United Kingdoms, Japan and Finland.

Moser, DanielDaniel Moser
Sponsored by Henry Chesbrough

Daniel Moser is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Technology Management (ITEM) at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. His research focus lies on open platforms, ecosystem innovation, open innovation, and business model innovation. Currently, he is a visiting scholar at Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. Before, Daniel was a research associate at the ITEM and part of multiple research projects with leading European firms. Previous to his PhD studies, he received his master’s degree in Business Innovation from the University of St. Gallen.

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.

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.

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.