Manchester Institute of Innovation Research

Advisory board

The Manchester Institute of Innovation Research Strategic Advisory Board is composed of six individuals from the UK and abroad with a high level of reputation and experience in their field.

The three academic members represent the three Institute pillars of economics, management and policy, while other members represent industry, policy and the third sector. The purpose of the Advisory Board is to advise on:

  • The research activities and strategies of the Institute, commenting on the overall direction, complementarities, gaps, relevance and excellence.
  • The visibility, positioning and networking of the Institute in the key global, national and regional academic communities it represents and engages with.
  • The societal, policy, management and economic impacts of the Institute and its related contract and networking activities.

Members of the Advisory Board

Léopold Demiddeleer is currently Vice President of the New Business Board of Solvay, a large chemical company based in Brussels, Belgium and President of the Board of EIRMA (European Industrial Research Management Association). He has been active as a member of the EC Advisory Council on Fuel Cells and sits at the Board of Venture funds and start-up's in Europe, US and Korea. Léopold has a PhD in Physical Chemistry from Brussels University. He started his career in 1976 teaching mathematics and physics and joined Solvay in 1981. From 1981 to 2001, Dr. Demiddeleer was responsible for several research and development initiatives in catalyst, high performance materials and global polyolefins. In 2001, Dr. Demiddeleer was appointed New Business Development Director. He was recently appointed as Member of the Technology and Society Branch of the Belgian Royal Academy of Science.

Amanda Brooks has been the Director of Innovation since September 2013. Her responsibilities include creating a good environment for innovation and supporting the innovation ecosystem, for example through Innovate UK and NPL (for which she is currently the interim chair). Previously Amanda led on industrial strategy and growth policy for two years, was Deputy High Commissioner and Director of Trade and Investment in Singapore for four years, and led the UK's effort on multilateral and regional trade negotiations for three years. Amanda also chairs a small start-up charity, providing the patient voice in local healthcare. She has an MBA from Imperial College. You can follow her on Twitter - @AmandaBrooksBIS

Stefan Kuhlmann is Chair of the Department of Science, Technology, and Policy Studies (STəPS) a member of the university’s Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies’ (IGS), and leader of the Twente Graduate School programme “Governance of Knowledge and Innovation”. Stefan is a member of a number of professional or academic associations in the area of research and innovation policy analysis, including founding President of the European Forum for Studies of Policies for Research and Innovation (Eu-SPRI Forum). During the last two decades he has analysed science, research and innovation systems and public policies, focusing on the dynamics of governance. Until summer 2006 he was managing director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems Innovation Research (ISI), Germany, and Professor of Innovation Policy Analysis at the Copernicus Institute, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. Stefan is editorial board member of a range of journals and co-editor of Research Policy, the highest impact journal in the field of research and innovation studies.

Professor Stephen Roperis Associate Dean (Academic Policy and Practice), Professor of Enterprise, Director of the Centre for SMEs, Warwick Business School. Stephen Roper joined WBS in the Enterprise Teaching Group and Centre for SMEs in January 2008. Prior to joining WBS, Stephen was Professor of Business Innovation at Aston Business School and before that he was Assistant Director of the Northern Ireland Economic Research Centre, Belfast. Until recently Stephen was a member of the ESRC Research Committee and is currently a member of the UK Committee of the Regional Science Association and a fellow of the Academy of Social Science. Stephen’s major research interests are in enterprise growth and development, diversity and business performance, innovation, regional development, and industrial policy evaluation. Previous projects have been supported by the Economic and Social Research Council, the EU, the British Academy, and the Royal Irish Academy as well as a number of government departments in the UK, Ireland, US and Israel. He has acted as a consultant for (among others) the Northern Bank, RSA Insurance, Royal Mail, MoreThan4Business, London Development Agency, the East Midlands Development Agency, Forfás (Dublin), Enterprise Ireland, Scottish Enterprise, Invest Northern Ireland, NESTA. Working with the OECD and the EU Stephen has conducted a number of studies focussed on SMEs and innovation policy in the Western Balkans. He is a consulting editor of the International Journal of Small Business.

Maureen McKelvey is Professor at the University of Gothenburg and currently director of RIDE research center, R&D, Innovation and Dynamics in Economies. Her research focuses on the “Economics of Innovation”, including the broader societal and political contexts for innovations. Increasingly, she works at the intersection of “Economics of Innovation” and “Innovation Management” because firms are such crucial agents of change for innovations. Much of her research has focused around “radically new” innovations, “search for innovations” and “emerging innovations”. Maureen´s work has proceeded both through empirical and theoretical contributions. Some work involves the longer term effects of innovation opportunities on industrial dynamics whereas other works has focused on or the effects of different types of innovations on employment and economic growth. In terms of technological fields, she has primarily conducted studies involving the economic dynamics of modern biotechnologies/ biosciences. Other knowledge fields/industrial sectors which PhD students or she have worked on, and sometimes s compared to biotechnology, include open source software and mobile telecommunications.

Hilary Sutcliffe is the Director of MATTER, a think tank which devotes its time to ‘Bringing Responsible Innovation to Life’. MATTER’s acts as a catalyst, bringing stakeholders together to consider and develop solutions to the complex problems around the governance and social, ethical and environmental aspects of innovation.The current focus of Hilary’s work is on the responsible use of emerging technologies in business and policy - particularly concerning nanotechnology and synthetic biology in food, pharma and consumer products.In addition to joining the External Advisory Board of MIoIR, she also serves on the External Strategic Advisory Board of the University of Michigan Risk Science Centre, the Governance Working Group of the UK Synthetic Biology Leadership Forum and is Chair of the Advisory Board of ResAgora, an EC project exploring the development of a Responsible Innovation Framework for Europe. She was previously a member of Amnesty International Business Group and a non-executive director of EIRIS, the Ethical Investment Research Service.


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