ACERE 2024 Keynote Speakers and Panelists

Meet Professor Sophie Bacq, an influential figure in social entrepreneurship renowned for her pioneering research and dedication to driving positive societal change through entrepreneurial actions. Join us to gain insights from her visionary perspectives at ACERE 2024.

Professor Sophie Bacq is a distinguished figure in social entrepreneurship and change, renowned for her extensive research and expertise in addressing intricate social and environmental issues through entrepreneurial actions. Her influential work spans various levels of analysis, encompassing individuals, organizations, and communities, making her a leading authority on creating positive societal impact through entrepreneurship. Notably, her forthcoming book explores the concept of civic wealth, shedding light on how diverse coalitions of citizens can collaborate to nurture thriving and resilient communities. With a career transcending borders, she has been invited as a keynote speaker at prestigious international conferences, including the International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC), the European University Network on Entrepreneurship (ESU), and the Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Professor Bacq’s commitment to advancing entrepreneurship knowledge is evident through her editorial roles in renowned journals, where she contributes significantly to the field’s growth and development. Join us at ACERE 2024 to hear from Professor Sophie Bacq and gain invaluable insights into the dynamic world of social entrepreneurship from a true visionary in the field.

🎙 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 47,000 citations (Google Scholar, April 2023) 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.

Exciting Update: Finalizing Professor Moren Levesque’s Attendance at ACERE 2024!

We’re thrilled to share a fantastic update with all our ACERE 2024 attendees! We are in the final stages of confirming Professor Moren Levesque’s attendance as our keynote speaker for the conference. Moren’s insightful research in entrepreneurial decision-making and their innovative use of mathematical models have garnered significant recognition. Focusing on the pivotal role of individual actions in shaping entrepreneurial outcomes, Moren’s work has redefined our understanding of this dynamic field. What sets Moren apart is their innovative use of mathematical models of decision-making, a rarely explored avenue in entrepreneurship research. Drawing from disciplines such as physics, engineering, economics, sociology, and psychology, Moren showcases how these models can provide profound insights into the entrepreneurial landscape. Their groundbreaking research has earned them accolades, including the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division’s Dedication to Entrepreneurship Award and the International Journal of Operations and Production Management’s Outstanding Paper of the Year runner-up title. Stay tuned for the official confirmation, and get ready to be inspired by Moren’s groundbreaking insights at ACERE 2024. This promises to be a conference highlight you won’t want to miss! Keep an eye on our updates for the official announcement, and mark your calendars for an exceptional experience at ACERE 2024!

Join us in welcoming a pioneer scholar in the family business, Lorraine M. Uhlaner, PhD,

Lorraine M. Uhlaner, Ph.D., is a distinguished Professor of Management specializing in entrepreneurship and family business. Her extensive research contributions in these fields have significantly enhanced our understanding of various aspects of entrepreneurship, innovation, corporate governance, and family-owned firms. Lorraine M. Uhlaner pursued her academic journey with dedication and holds degrees in psychology and organizational psychology. She earned her A.B. in Psychology with cum laude honors from Radcliffe College, Harvard University, in 1973. Subsequently, she completed her M.A. in Organization Psychology and a Drs. degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1976. In 1980, she obtained her Ph.D. in Organization Psychology from the same university, providing the foundation for her academic career. As a Professor of Management, Lorraine M. Uhlaner specializes in Entrepreneurship and Family Business. Her research interests span a wide range of topics, including the influence of corporate governance on innovation and financial performance in privately-owned firms, the impact of culture and institutional variables on entrepreneurship activities, and the antecedents of corporate social responsibility and sustainable entrepreneurship, particularly in SMEs and family-owned businesses. Lorraine M. Uhlaner’s notable contributions to academia include several research publications in prestigious journals, shedding light on critical aspects of entrepreneurship and family business. Her work has enriched the knowledge base in these fields and continues to benefit scholars, students, and industry professionals alike.

We are thrilled to announce that Prof. Karl Wennberg will deliver a keynote speech and mentor paper development workshops at the ACERE 2024 Conference!

Karl Wennberg is a distinguished Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics, renowned for his extensive contributions to entrepreneurship, organizational diversity, and innovation policy. With a wealth of experience and expertise, he brings a unique perspective to academia. Karl Wennberg serves as a senior editor at Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice and has previously held the role of field editor at the Journal of Business Venturing. Additionally, he has lent his expertise to special issue editing for prestigious journals like Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal and Strategic Management Journal. His influential work has found its way into numerous esteemed publications, including Management ScienceJournal of International Business StudiesSmall Business EconomicsAcademy of Management PerspectivesResearch PolicyJournal of ManagementLong Range PlanningProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and in 10 books. We are honoured to have Karl Wennberg as a keynote speaker and workshop co-chair at ACERE 2024, where his insights and knowledge will undoubtedly enrich our conference and provide valuable guidance to our participants. Don’t miss the opportunity to engage with this distinguished scholar!

We are thrilled to introduce Professor Danielle Logue as one of our distinguished keynote speakers for ACERE 2024!

Professor Danielle Logue is the Director of the Centre for Social Impact UNSW (CSI UNSW) and holds the esteemed position of Professor of Innovation and impact at UNSW Business School. Her research focuses on exploring the intersections of innovation and social impact within the business world. Danielle’s extensive portfolio delves into a wide array of organization and management theories, shedding light on how enterprises and markets engage in social innovation processes. Her recent projects delve into groundbreaking topics such as impact investing, civic crowdfunding platforms, social stock exchanges, social impact bonds, and social enterprises. Throughout her career, Danielle has led significant external research contracts, collaborating with organizations such as the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Department of Social Services, and the Wayside Chapel. She has been recognized with an ARC DECRA and currently serves as a Chief Investigator on an ARC Discovery Project focused on impact investing markets and gender equality. Professor Logue’s research has been published in esteemed journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Annals, Organization Studies, and Human Relations. Her latest book, ‘Theories of Social Innovation,’ stands as a testament to her expertise in the field. Danielle’s academic journey has seen her in visiting positions at renowned institutions such as Judge Business School at Cambridge University, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Oxford, IAE Business School in Argentina, and Stanford University. She completed her Doctorate of Philosophy and Master of Science at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Notably, Danielle Logue brings a wealth of professional experience in industry and innovation policy, business, and international development. Her past roles include contributions to organizations like the World Bank and Australian Federal and State Departments of Industry. We are honored to have Professor Danielle Logue as a keynote speaker at ACERE 2024, where her expertise promises to enrich our conference discussions and inspire all attendees. Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting event!

Important Dates

  • Abstract submission: 15 July to 15 September 2024 
  • Notification of acceptance to conference: 15 October 2024 
  • Full Paper Submission: 15 November 2024 
  • Final Full Paper Presentation Acceptance Notification: 15 December 2024 
  • Early Bird Registration: 15 December 2024 to 31 December 2024 
  • Late Registration: 1 January 2025 to 15 January 2025 
  • Conference Dates: 10-14 February 2025
  • Venue: Deakin University, Deakin Downtown   


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