ACERE 2024 Keynote Speakers

🎙 Professor Shaker A. Zahra: Immerse yourself in the expertise of Professor Shaker A. Zahra, a distinguished figure in entrepreneurship research. Beyond his extensive knowledge in the field, Professor Zahra earned the prestigious Global Entrepreneurship Research Award in 2014. Don’t miss the opportunity to attend his captivating keynote address and engage in enlightening workshops.

Prof. Shaker A. Zahra is the Robert E. Buuck Chair of Entrepreneurship and a Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. He has held various leadership roles, including department chair, Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship Director, and Academic Co-Director of Carlson Ventures Enterprises. Dr. Zahra’s extensive academic career includes positions at Babson College, Georgia State University, and the University of Twente in the Netherlands. His research focuses on corporate and international entrepreneurship, particularly within the science and technology global industries, and encompasses areas like social entrepreneurship and family firms in technology. He has published widely in esteemed journals and has been recognized with the 2014 Global Award For Entrepreneurship Research. Prof. Zahra is a Fellow of several prominent organizations, a sought-after keynote speaker, and an accomplished educator with extensive teaching experience across various programs and countries. He has also been a consultant to major global technology-based companies.

🎙 Professor Dean Shepherd: Get ready to welcome a true luminary! Professor Dean Shepherd, the Ray and Milann Siegfried Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Mendoza College of Business, Notre Dame University, focuses on decision-making, resilience, and learning from experimentation. Professor Shepherd offers unparalleled insights as a fellow of the Academy of Management and a recipient of numerous awards. Connect, learn, and thrive through his workshops and keynote speeches.

Dean Shepherd holds the esteemed position of the Ray and Milann Siegfried Professor of Entrepreneurship at Notre Dame University’s Mendoza College of Business. His expertise lies in entrepreneurship, focusing on decision-making processes to capitalize on cognitive resources, navigating challenges resiliently, and learning from experimentation and failures. Dean is a recognized Fellow of the Academy of Management and has received honorary doctorates from prominent institutions like Jonkoping University, Technical University of Munich, and Lulea University of Technology. Within the Academy of Management’s Entrepreneurs Division, he has been honored with awards including the “Dedication to Entrepreneurship Award,” the “Mentor Award,” and the “Foundational Paper Award” twice. Dean has an extensive publication record, having authored over 20 books and 180 articles in leading management and entrepreneurship journals, earning him more than 75,000 citations on Google Scholar. In 2022, he received the “Foundation Paper” award from the Academy of Management, adding to his notable accolades.

🎙 Professor Matthew Grimes: Meet a trailblazing visionary from Cambridge Judge Business School, Professor Matthew Grimes. As Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Journal, Professor Grimes is a respected authority in entrepreneurship research. His remarkable background and recognition from various awards promise an inspiring experience that will broaden your horizons.

Professor Matthew Grimes is an accomplished academic who currently holds the role of Associate Editor for the esteemed Academy of Management Journal. He contributes to the academic community through his editorial responsibilities on various journals including Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, and Journal of Business Venturing. His previous editorial roles include Entrepreneurship, Theory, & Practice, and the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. Prior to obtaining his PhD, Professor Grimes garnered valuable experience as an Associate Director for Research at CEB (now Gartner), spanning locations like Washington DC, London, and New Delhi. His academic journey included positions as an Assistant Professor at the University of Indiana’s Kelley School of Business (2015-2018) and the University of Alberta School of Business (2012-2015). Notably, he held the titles of Visiting Scholar at the University of Sydney Business School (2015) and International Research Fellow at Oxford University’s Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship (2015-2018).

🎙 Professor Per Davidsson: We’re honoured to have the 2023 Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research winner, Professor Per Davidsson, on board! Brace yourself for interactive sessions with this distinguished scholar, where you’ll gain invaluable insights and enrich your conference journey.

Professor Per Davidsson the Talbot Family Foundation Chair in Entrepreneurship at the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (ACE) in the QUT Business School (Management). Per is especially known for his extensive research on start-up and growth of firms as well as the societal well-being and job creation effects of those activities. He has published over 90 peer reviewed articles in scholarly journals as well as a large number of books, reports, and book chapters. With over 42,000 citations (Google Scholar, April 2022) he is one of the best cited scholars in entrepreneurship globally. He has led several major research programs including the Comprehensive Australian Study of Entrepreneurial Emergence (CAUSEE), the largest study of business start-ups ever undertaken in Australia. Per was an elected Officer of the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management for the 2007-12 period and served as its Chair in 2010/11. He has served as Associate Editor for three of the leading scholarly journals in entrepreneurship and currently serves on the  editorial boards for several other journals. He is also an award-winning mentor. Several of his disciples have become internationally successful researchers in their own right, and two of them have become Vice Chancellors (Presidents) of universities in their respective home countries.

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Important Dates


Abstract submission: 

15 July to 30 September 2023

Notification of acceptance: 15 October 2023

Full Paper submission: 15 November 2023

Final Paper Acceptance Notification: 15 December 2023

Early Bird Registration: 15 December 2023 to 31 December 2023

Late Registration: 1 January 2024 to 15 January 2024

Conference Dates: 5-9 February 2024

PDWs, Educators’ Forum, Industry Forums, and Doctoral Consortium Dates and Deadlines will be updates as soon as they are confirmed.


As a first-time participant and a new doctoral student just 6 months in, the conference has been extremely useful for me in terms of my own personal learning and in meeting new, liked-minded individuals. I would definitely encourage more of my friends to apply the conference in the future.

Participant in 2023 Edition of ACERE