Academic Co-Directors of the Entrepreneurship Centre
Research associates & assistants
Dr Konstantinos Ladas is a Research Associate at the Entrepreneurship Centre, Cambridge Judge Business School. He served as project manager on the relationship of technology and innovation for the School’s Executive Education division. Previously he was head of network strategy – responsible for the fixed network – at OTE the incumbent telecom operator in Greece. He has more than 20 years’ experience in a broad range of high-level management positions in telecommunications and has served as adviser to the CEO responsible for technology selection and collective labour agreements negotiations.
Dr Ladas holds an MPhil in Technology Policy from Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, and a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA. He has authored several papers in electromagnetics, mathematics and business journals.
Dr Keivan Aghasi
Before joining Cambridge Judge Business School, Dr Aghasi held a research fellow position at University of Sussex, where he joined Intrapreneurship Hub, a collaborative research initiative between the School of Business, Management and Economics at the University of Sussex, Renmin University of China, and SDA Bocconi School of Management in Italy. Hub provides a platform to share the latest research findings and offers industry partners customised research projects, confidential analyses and metrics to assess corporate entrepreneurial performance. In his position, he developed a survey aiming at understanding how established companies adopt and apply different mechanisms such as startup programmes (accelerators and incubators), corporate venturing, and acquisition to support innovation, and growth, and instigate self-renewal.
Dr Aghasi obtained his PhD from a double degree programme funded under the Erasmus Mundus programme by the European Commission hosted at Politecnico di Milano, Italy, and the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, in 2016. In his thesis, he investigated the determinants behind the turnover of the acquired top managers in acquisition of small high-tech firms which are mainly entrepreneurial ventures. In addition, he worked at the European Commission and national funded projects related to understanding the challenges of growth for European entrepreneurial ventures as the driver of innovation in various sectors including high-tech, knowledge intensive, and cultural creative industries.
Keivan is a research associate at the Entrepreneurship Centre. He received his PhDs from Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden). His areas of research revolve around unravelling and alleviating the challenges of growth and transformation of startups into viable businesses as well as measuring the impact of structured support programmes (e.g. accelerators and incubators) in the startup ecosystem. Keivan has participated and been consulted in several European Commission and national funded projects related to understanding the challenges of growth for SMEs as the driver of innovation in various sectors including high-tech, knowledge intensive, and cultural creative industries.
Interim Deputy Director, Master of Studies in Entrepreneurship Programme
Research Associate, Entrepreneurship Centre
Monique’s research includes the study of entrepreneurial teams, entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurship and gender; and the use of sociological approaches to broaden our understanding of entrepreneurial activity. Monique leads the EVER project which is a longitudinal qualitative study of the teams within Accelerator Cambridge. This project aims to understand the strategic decision-making of early ventures and how teams pivot over time. She is also currently working on a project exploring the impact of gender on entrepreneurship in the gaming industry.
Previously, she worked on the design and implementation of a survey-based tool to measure the impact of entrepreneurial education (as part of multiple EU-funded projects) and remains passionate about understanding how research can improve the delivery and impact of entrepreneurship education to educate the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Her original background is in Archaeology having completed a BA and MA in Archaeology at the University of Nottingham and taken part in excavations across Europe. Monique also has a PhD from the University of Cambridge and her thesis focused on applying philosophy to archaeology to look at the nature of knowledge creation of the past. This has given her the opportunity to bring new insights into the field of entrepreneurship and she is particularly interested in issues around gender, social theory and philosophy. Alongside her research, Monique is also a tutor and teaching associate on the Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship.
Her research interests include entrepreneurial teams, entrepreneurial strategy, gender, entrepreneurship education and application of sociological approaches.