Dr. Shailendra Vyakarnam
Dr Vyakarnam is Director of the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship at Cranfield.
He is presently Co-Founder and Director of AcceleratorIndia, Chaiman of KisanHub and on the Advisory Board of Smart Vineyards, both in the agritech sector.
Dr Vyakarnam is Trustee of The GEN Initiative. He is Senior Member of Darwin College and Resident Senior Member of Wolfson College. He specializes in areas of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, Technology commercialization and Business Growth.
Dr Vyakarnam worked in industry for several years before completing his MBA and PhD at Cranfield. He has combined academic, practitioner and policy interests to provide advice to governments and on the development of entrepreneurial ecosystems, technology commercialization and entrepreneurship education. He has mentored entrepreneurs and held non-executive directorships of small firms in addition to developing growth programs for SMEs over several years. From 2003 to 2015 he focused on the development of practitioner-led education for entrepreneurship at the University of Cambridge, Judge Business School, Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning.
Dr Vyakarnam was awarded "Best Entrepreneurship Professor" at the 2nd Asian Business Schools Awards in 2011. In 2012 he was elected to the prestigious European Academy of Science and Arts. He was on the faculty of Cranfield School of Management for 10 years before taking up a Chair in Enterprise at Nottingham Business School. He has held Visiting Professorships at University of Reading and University of Aarhus, the Indian Institute of Science and the American University of Cairo.