Exciting Announcement: Shaker A. Zahra to Be Keynote Speaker at ACERE 2024 in Sydney!

We are thrilled to announce that Shaker A. Zahra, the esteemed Robert E. Buuck Chair of Entrepreneurship and Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, will be gracing ACERE 2024 as our esteemed keynote speaker! ACERE (Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange) is delighted to have Professor Zahra on board for this prestigious event.

About Professor Shaker A. Zahra: Professor Zahra’s prolific career in academia and groundbreaking research has made him a leading authority in corporate and international entrepreneurship, with dynamic capabilities in science and technology, global industries, and social entrepreneurship. His expertise extends to entrepreneurship in family firms operating in technology industries, making his insights invaluable to entrepreneurs, researchers, and practitioners. With an extensive academic leadership background, Shaker has been the department chair for nine years, the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship Director for a decade, and the Academic Co-Director of Carlson Ventures Enterprises. He was also the Founding Co-Director of the Center for Integrative Leadership at the University of Minnesota.

Global Impact and Recognition: Professor Zahra’s research has appeared in leading academic journals, including all Academy of Management publications, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, and many others. He has authored or co-edited 12 books and conference proceedings, solidifying his reputation as a prolific researcher. Shaker is the 2014 Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research winner, a testament to his outstanding contributions to the field. Furthermore, he has received several grants, honors, and awards, including five honorary Ph.D. degrees from esteemed institutions worldwide, such as Stockholm School of Economics, Jonkoping International Business School (Sweden), Ghent University (Belgium), University of Messina (Italy), and Universidad de Olavide de Seville (Spain).

Important Dates

Full paper submission deadline: 20 November

Educational Forum/Industry Forum Submission Deadline: 10 December

Application for Doctoral Consortium: 10 December

PDWs Submission Deadline: 10 December

Registration Early-Bird Price: 21 December


ACERE 2024 Program Schedule

Doctoral Consortium (Monday 5th February all day)

Paper Development Workshops (Tuesday 6th February – 9am – 3pm)

Educators/Industry Forum (Tuesday 6th February – 9am – 3pm)

Main Conference (Tuesday 6th (from 3:30 pm), Wednesday 7th (all day), Thursday 8th (all day) – Conference begins at 3:30 pm on Tuesday 6th)

Social events

Welcome Drinks at The Old Clare Hotel, Tuesday 6th February, 5:30-7:00 PM

Gala Event and Awards at MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art)- Wednesday, 7th February, 6:30-10:30 PM

 Closing drinks at Aerial Conference Centre Thursday 8th February 5-6 PM


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