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Donna Kelley

Donna Kelley is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson College, and holds the Frederic C. Hamilton Chair of Free Enterprise. Prof. Kelley is a board member of the Global Entrepreneurship Research Association (GERA), the oversight board of GEM, and leader of the GEM U.S. team. She has co-authored GEM reports on global entrepreneurship, ambitious and innovative entrepreneurs, women’s entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship education and training, and entrepreneurship in the U.S., Korea, and Africa. She is a frequent presenter on the topic of global entrepreneurship for executive, policy and academic audiences around the world. She has presented GEM at the United Nations, the U.S. State Department, the World Bank, and for many other organizations.

Prof. Kelley’s previous research focused on technology-based entrepreneurship, corporate entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurship in Asia. She has published her work in the Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice, Journal of Product Innovation Management, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Human Resource Management, and others. Her current research interests include examining the impact of policy and other ecosystem conditions on the rate and nature of entrepreneurship in a society.

Besides teaching a variety of entrepreneurship courses at Babson College, Prof. Kelley has taught seminars and courses at top universities in China and Korea, and worked in Bandung, Indonesia as a Fulbright Specialist. She received her Ph.D. in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her early career involved work as a chemist and in entrepreneurship ventures in the health/fitness, computer hardware and education fields.