Former Team Members

Nettra Pan

Postdoctoral Researcher

Nettra joined ENTC in 2013 as a doctoral student and defended her thesis in 2018. She holds an M.A. from the Institute of Political Studies in Paris (Sciences Po) and a B.A. from Columbia University where she studied International Public Management and Political Science, respectively. Nettra’s research focuses on investor decision-making, business model design, opportunity identification, and social entrepreneurship.

Sharon Tal-Itzkovitch


In addition to her role as Executive Director of the Entrepreneurship Center at the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology), Sharon pursued her doctoral studies under the co-supervision of Prof Marc Gruber. Sharon’s research looked at startups’ market entry decisions and their consequences on firm performance and flexibility. She completed her Ph.D. in December 2013. Together with Prof Marc Gruber, Sharon co-created the ‘Market Opportunity Navigator’- a business tool that helps innovators in setting their market opportunity strategy, and co-authored the complementing book ‘Where to Play’. She gives lectures and workshops on a regular basis to students and start-ups dealing with high-tech marketing.

Argyro Nikiforou

Postdoctoral Researcher

Argyro (Iro) was at ENCT from 2013 to 2017. She holds a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship from the Athens University of Economics and Business, an MPhil in Innovation, Strategy and Organisation from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Decision Sciences from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Argyro’s research focuses on “entrepreneurship by the unemployed”, business model design, opportunity identification, and networks.

Emmanuelle Fauchart

SNF Researcher

Emmanuelle joined ENTC in November 2013 as a part-time research associate. She is also an Associate Professor at the University of Strasbourg in France since September 2013. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Her research focuses on how the identity of firm founders affect the type of entrepreneurial action they engage in and the type of firms they create. Emmanuelle has published her research in several leading journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, and Organization Science.

Peter Vogel

Postdoctoral Researcher

Peter joined ENTC in May 2009. He holds a M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering as well as Biomedical Engineering from the ETH Zurich, Switzerland as well as the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA. He earned his Ph.D. under the supervision of Professor Marc Gruber in August 2013. In his thesis Peter investigates “entrepreneurship by the unemployed” in an international study collaborating with the school of labor and employment relations at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Peter is the founder of Jobzippers as well as The Entrepreneur’s Ship. See his full profile on LinkedIn.

Dr. Carina Lomberg

Post-doctoral Researcher

Carina Lomberg earned her doctoral degree from the E-Business and E-Entrepreneurship Research Group at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. In her thesis she studied entrepreneurial creativity of employees. Carina’s current research is focused on the individual level of corporate entrepreneurship, experimental settings, and creativity. Carina Lomberg is now Assistant Professor at the University of Berne.

Melvin Haas

Doctoral Student

Melvin Haas finished his PhD at ENTC CDM in 2013. He holds a masters degree in mechanical and industrial engineering from the RWTH Aachen, Germany. Melvin’s research focuses on “entrepreneurship by the unemployed”. He was part of the research collaboration between ENTC and the school of labor and employment relations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jana Thiel 

Doctoral Student

Jana Thiel finished her PhD at ENTC CDM in 2012 and currently works as a postdoctoral researcher at ESADE in Barcelona. Her research interests include entrepreneurship, innovation and technology commercialization.

James D. Thompson

External Doctoral Student

James pursued his doctoral studies under supervision of Prof. Marc Gruber. His research focuses on social entrepreneurship. James is also currently directing the Wharton Societal Wealth Program.