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Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, The University of Edinburgh

Professor Richard T Harrison has been appointed Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Edinburgh. He was previously Director of the Management School at Queen's University Belfast (2006-2012), where he was academic lead on the development of new Management and Postgraduate and Executive Education Centre facilities and initial Director of the Leadership Institute at Queen's (2012-13), the University's executive education delivery channel. Prior to that he held the Dixons Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at University of Edinburgh, and has held senior academic positions at Aberdeen, Ulster and Queen's. He has extensive experience in research, programme development, executive education and consultancy/advisory work in entrepreneurship (particularly early stage finance and business angels, technology transfer and business development) and in strategic leadership development nationally and internationally (eg US, Canada, Malaysia, China, Australia), and is a regular speaker at national and international practitioner conferences and workshops.

Richard's research interests straddle the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership and strategy. Current themes and projects include entrepreneurship and venture development; business angel finance and early stage risk capital; technology transfer and academic entrepreneurship; entrepreneurship and public policy in economic development; entrepreneurial learning; and strategic leadership in entrepreneurial contexts (including family businesses).  He is founding co-editor of Venture Capital: An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance.

Chair in Strategic Management & Organisation, The University of Edinburgh

Professor John Amis has been appointed Chair in Strategic Management & Organisation at the University of Edinburgh Business School.  He will join the School in July 2013.

Prior to joining the University, John was in the Department of Management at the University of Memphis.  He held several administrative positions including Chair of the Fogelman College of Business & Economics Masters Sub-Council, a body that oversaw all MBA and taught Masters degrees in the College.  He was also Director of an annual Study Abroad programme.

He has been a runner-up for the annual Academy of Management Journal 'Best Paper' award, and has also won Best Paper awards at the annual meetings of the Academy of Management (Organizational Development & Change division), Western Academy of Management, and Southern Management Association.  He has received a number of teaching awards including the University of Memphis' Distinguished Teaching Award.  He sits on several Editorial Boards, including Academy of Management Review, Organization Studies, and Journal of Management Inquiry, and is an Associate Editor at Journal of Change Management.  He has carried out consulting assignments, sponsored research projects, and Executive Leadership Development programs with various firms, including Fortune 500 US companies, FedEx and AutoZone.

John's research interests centre on issues of organisational and institutional change. In addition to two books, John has had over 50 journal articles and book chapters published, delivered over 80 refereed conference and invited presentations, and has organised several conferences, conference streams, and symposia.  John's work has been published in journals that include Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, American Journal of Public Health, Human Relations, Organizational Research Methods, and Journal of Change Management

Professor of Earth Systems Modelling, Newcastle University

Professor András Bárdossy has been appointed to the Water Resource Systems Research Laboratory at Newcastle as Professor of Earth Systems Modelling. András has worked on hydrology, geohydrology, water resources planning and has published on subjects including network design; aquifer management, sediment deposition, rainfall simulation, atmospheric circulation patterns, downscaling, extreme precipitation, nitrogen leaching, and the effect of land-use change on hydrological modelling.

In his work, he used and developed tools like Kriging, multi-objective optimisation and fuzzy-rule based accounting for uncertainty. In 2006 András was Henry Darcy Medallist (European Geosciences Union) “for his valuable contributions to statistical hydrology and water resources management.”