Ruta Aidis, PhD – Founder and CEO
Ruta has more than 20 years’ experience teaching, researching, consulting and publishing in the area of comparative entrepreneurship development, gender, institutions and public policy. She is a female entrepreneurship expert, an engaging speaker and data-driven analyst consulting on numerous entrepreneurship and gender related initiatives worldwide. Dr. Aidis has been a trailblazer in created new policy oriented measurement tools creatively filling data gaps. She spearheaded the creation of the first ever female entrepreneurship index, the ‘Gender-Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (GEDI)’, sponsored by Dell, in 2013. The 2014 Gender-GEDI Index was updated and expanded to include 30 countries. Also, in 2013, she created the first index that monitors gender equality and women’s empowerment in the environmental arena, the Environment and Gender Index (EGI) for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The EGI includes 72 countries and was launched at the UNFCCC COP19 convention in Warsaw, Poland. In 2015 she led the development of the Global Women Entrepreneur Leaders Scorecard, created by ACG Inc and sponsored by Dell. The Scorecard was launched in Berlin on June 30. 2015.
Dr. Aidis holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Maryland, an MA degree in International Development from the Institute for Social Studies in The Hague, the Netherlands and a PhD is in Economics from the Tinbergen Institute and the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
Professor Katrin B. Anacker, Senior Consultant – Statistical Analysis
Katrin is an Associate Professor at George Mason’s School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs. She is the North American Editor of the International Journal of Housing Policy, the Review Editor of the Journal of Planning Education and Research and the editor of the book The New American Suburb: Poverty, Race, and the Economic Crisis (Ashgate, 2015). Her research interests are housing, housing and urban policy, race and public policy, real estate markets, economic demographics, statistical methods, qualitative methods, and research writing.
Dr. Anacker’s work has been published in the Journal of Urban Affairs, Housing Policy Debate, Housing Studies, the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, the International Journal of Housing Policy, Urban Geography, and Housing and Society. Her work has been supported by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Urban Land Institute, Center for Urban and Regional Analysis at The Ohio State University, Lambda Alpha International, and the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy.
Professor Anacker received a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University in 2006. Before joining GMU she was a Post Doctoral Fellow and Research Assistant Professor at the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech in Alexandria, VA where she served as Co-Editor of the academic journal Housing Policy Debate. She was also a Fulbright Fellow in 1997/98 at The Ohio State University.
Julie Weeks, Senior Consultant – Female Entrepreneurship
Julie is one of the world’s leading experts in the field of women’s enterprise development, with experience in both the private and public sectors in the areas of research, public policy and program management. She is an accomplished oral and written communicator, with proven ability to translate data and complex information into clear, concise, and actionable knowledge.
Weeks has over 30 years experience in research, public policy, and communications. For three years, she served as Executive Director of the National Women’s Business Council, a federally-funded bipartisan policy advisory body created by the U.S. Congress to serve as an independent voice of women’s entrepreneurship and an advisor to the President, U.S. Congress and the U.S. Small Business Administration on women’s entrepreneurship issues.
In addition, Weeks spent nine years as the Director of Research and Managing Director of the Center for Women’s Business Research, a nonprofit organization that conducts research among women business owners and their enterprises. She has served as Deputy Chief Counsel for Statistics and Research at the U.S. Small Business Administration, and Vice President for Research and Public Policy at two market research firms.
Weeks serves on the board of the Global Banking Alliance for Women, and serves on the advisory board of WEConnect International, and the editorial advisory boards of Enterprising Women magazine and the International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship.
Weeks has a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan, and a Master’s degree from that same institution in Political Science with a concentration in research methodology.
Currently, Weeks is the President and CEO of Womenable, a for-profit social enterprise that works to enable women’s entrepreneurship worldwide by improving the systems – laws, policies, programs and research-based knowledge – that support women’s enterprise creation and growth.
Norris Krueger, Senior Ecosystem Architect
A former tech entrepreneur, Norris is currently a widely sought after global expert and scholar in Entrepreneurship Education and Entrepreneurial Ecosystems. He is a leading scholar, engaging speaker and passionate champion of entrepreneurship and entrepreneur-led economic development. Dr. Krueger has consulted for numerous international agencies including the OECD and the EU. He is also deeply connected to leading international entrepreneurship organizations including UP Global, the Kauffman Foundation, ICSB, the Academy of Management and the World Entrepreneurship Forum. An experiential educator, Dr. Krueger has won numerous best practice awards for his teaching and training activities. He continues to be an innovative entrepreneurship scholar working on integrating new research areas such as neuro-entrepreneurship to improve entrepreneurship education and development.
Dr. Krueger holds a PhD in Entrepreneurship from the Ohio State University and a BA with Honors in Quantitative Social Science, also from Ohio State. Dr. Krueger has also studied physics and social science at the California Institute of Technology.
Sam is working to advance high priority technology development through innovative public-private partnerships. He has advised policy makers and business leaders in national science policy, and co-founded the Innovation Financing Roundtable, a nonprofit focused on catalyzing R&D funding using the tools of structured project finance.
Sam holds a BA in Economics from William & Mary.
Monique DiCarlo, Design Specialist
Monique holds a degree in Design from the Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.