Wim Naudé

Wim Naudé is Professor of Economics at Cork University Business School, University College Cork, Ireland. He is also a Visiting Professor in Technology, Innovation, Marketing and Entrepreneurship at RWTH Aachen University, Germany, and a Research Fellow at the IZA Institute of Labor Economics in Bonn, Germany. In addition, he is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg, within the South African Research Chair in Industrial Development.

Most recent past positions include an endowed Chair at Maastricht University, an Honorary Professorship at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance and a Visiting Professorship at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Between 2012 and 2018 he served as Dean of the Maastricht School of Management. Wim has also been Senior Research Fellow at UNU-WIDER, Senior Associate Member at St. Antony’s College, Oxford, and a Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford.

As a member of the liberation movement in South Africa, Wim served for 5 years as an elected councilor for the African National Congress (ANC) in the first democratic local government in the country (2000-2006). South Africa's finance minister appointed him to the Council of Statistics South Africa in 2005.  His research is concerned with how entrepreneurship and technological innovation impact on development, trade and growth, using data science. His most cited work is a chapter on entrepreneurship and development in the Oxford Handbook of International Development (which contains a foreword by Amartya Sen) and an article on entrepreneurship and human development in a special issue of the Journal of Public Economics edited by Thomas Piketty. He has been associate editor of Small Business Economics, and Guest Editor of the Journal of Development Studies, Oxford Development Studies, Journal of International Development and Journal of Conflict Resolution. He has consulted widely for virtually all the global development organizations on the developmental implications of entrepreneurship and technological innovation, most recently for the World Trade Organization’s World Trade Report on Digitization and Trade.

Wim Naudé studied at North-West University, South Africa and at the University of Warwick, UK, where he was the recipient of the Shiv Nath Prize in development economics.

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