This is a preliminary overview of the keynotes. It will be updated on a regular basis.


Key-note on behalf of TNO by Peter Werkhoven, Chief Science Officer of TNO

Prof. dr. Harry Garretsen: “The funding of academic research into new business models”

Prof. dr. Harry Garretsen graduated in 1987 with honours in Economics from the University of Groningen (RUG). Four years later he received his PhD from the same university with a thesis on John Maynard Keynes and modern macroeconomics. He then worked for the Dutch National Bank and, simultaneously, was an economics professor at the Radboud University in Nijmegen and Utrecht University. In 2008 he returned to the University of Groningen and has held the chair of International Economics and Business since then. From 2011 to 2016 he was dean of the Economics and Business Administration Faculty in Groningen. Since 2015 he is director of the Centre of Expertise ‘In the LEAD’ at the same faculty, studying the effectiveness of leadership with insights from economists, psychologists and management academics.

He has always actively engaged in economic policy and policy advice. He was deputy- Crown member of the Social Economic Council (SER) between 2002-2014 and was a member of the Advisory Board and an academic partner of the National Planning Bureau (CPB). He acquired management experience as dean and as member of the Supervisory Board of the Social Housing Guarantee Fund (WSW). Currently he is a member of the Bank Council, the advisory board of the Dutch National Bank. As of February 2019, he is appointed as a board member for the Social Sciences and Humanities domain at the Dutch Research Council (NWO). During the New Business Models Conference in 2020, he will address his keynote in his capacity as NWO board member.


Prof. dr. Rick Edgeman, guest editor Journal: Sustainability

Professor & Chair – Management Department – Robbins College of Business & Entrepreneurship – Fort Hays State University

My primary interests lie at the interface of sustainability, innovation, lean enterprise methods, and business excellence. In particular I am involved in development of models for assessing and advancing progress toward Sustainable Enterprise Excellence (SEE) and Socio-Ecological Innovation (SEI).

My recent book on Complex Management Systems can be found at: Apart from my normal activities, I am in the midst of a six-course Systems Thinking Certificate through Cornell University that will be completed by December 2019 and have just completed (October 2019) a brief Design Thinking for Innovation course through the University of Virginia (via Coursera).