International Triple Helix Institute (ITHI)

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   Prof./Dr. Henry Etzkowitz

Professor Etzkowitz is a scholar of international reputation in innovation studies as the originator of the 'Entrepreneurial University' and 'Triple Helix' concepts that link university with industry and government at national and regional levels. As Founding President of the Triple Helix Association, he is at the centre of a unique international network of several hundred scholars and practitioners of university-industry-government relations. Henry is also the co-founder of the Triple Helix International Conference Series, which has produced a series of books, special journal issues and policy analyses since it started in Amsterdam, 1996.

He has developed several innovative concepts for university-industry-government  linkages together with colleagues in the Triple Helix Research Group at Newcastle University Business School, including: (i) the 'Professors of Practice' (half-time dual positions in high-tech firm and academia held by high-tech entrepreneurs with academic backgrounds and research interests), implemented with the support of the Regional Development Agency One Northeast as a signature feature of Newcastle Science City; and (ii) the 'Novum Trivium', a undergraduate degree program proposed as a contribution to the Bologna process, which combines a specialized academic field (e.g. science, arts, engineering, etc.), with training in entrepreneurship and innovation and a foreign language and culture.

Professor Etzkowitz is the co-author of Triple Helix: University, Industry Government Innovation (Routledge, 2017), MIT and the Rise of Entrepreneurial Science (Routledge, 2002) and co-author of Athena Unbound: The Advancement of Women in Science and Technology (Cambridge University Press, 2000), Public Venture Capital (Harcourt, 2000), and Universities and the Commercialization of Knowledge: New Dimensions for the 21st Century (Cambridge University Press, In Press). Recently he co-edited The Capitalization of Knowledge: A Triple Helix of University-Industry-Government (Edward Elgar, 2010) (with Riccardo Viale). He publishes regularly in Research Policy, Science and Public Policy, R&D Management, European Planning Studies and Minerva. 




  Chunyan Zhou, Ph.D.,  Co-Founder/Senior Researcher

Prof. Zhou is the Director and co-founder of the International Triple Helix Institute (ITHI, in Silicon Valley. After a B.S in physics and M.S. in science education, She worked with Professor Changshu Chen, both Renmin University of China and Northeastern Universities, founder of the technological innovation and technological philosophy research fields in China, receiving a Ph.D. in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy in 2000. She published From Science to Technology: the Scientific Basis in the Technological Era (Northeastern University Press, 2002), based on her dissertation; translated Stokes’ PASTEUR'S QUADRANT: Basic Science and TechnologicalInnovation, Science Press, Beijing (1999). In 86 publications since 1997, Dr. Zhou’s key contributions include the “triple helix field”, “government-pulled triple helix,” “triple helix circulation” concepts as well as “Triple Helix Twins for innovation and sustainability” (with Henry Etzkowitz). She is also co-editor Social Entrepreneurship, Springer, 2014) and co-author Triple Helix: University-Industry -Government Interactions, 2nd edition London: Routledge, 2018.

Prof. Zhou affiliated with various universities and institutes, including Tsinghua University,Shandong Academy of Science, Liaoning Institute of Education and Shenyang University, where she directed the university’s academic strategic development. In 2004-2005, she was invited to Stanford University’s Science, Technology and Society Program as a Visiting Scholar sponsored by China’s Scholarship Council She has also held visiting positions at Stony Brook University, Technology and Society Department, Engineering School; Newcastle University (Business School); Complutense University of Madrid and Mid-Sweden University. In 2005, she translated The Triple Helix: University-Industry-Government Innovation in Action, People's Oriental Publishing & Media Co.,Ltd, Beijing; 2nd edition, 2014. From 2010 to 2013, she worked for the Journal of Knowledge-based Innovation in China (Emerald) as the editor; since 2014, she has served as Associate Editor of Triple Helix journal.

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   Vivian Zhao
   M.A. in Education
   Project Coordinator  (since 01/2018)



   Tatiana Pospelova, Ph.D.

   Senior Researcher, Russia Project Manager

   Moscow, Russia

With a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Economics, Innovation Department, a Master's Degree in international business in International Business in HULT Business School (USA), in recent years Tatiana is currently holding a position of the Triple Helix Association representative in Russia as a Russian Chapter. Her main scope is to advance the scientific knowledge and practical achievements related to all aspects of the interaction between academy-industry-government for fostering research, innovation, economic competitiveness and growth. 

Before ITHI Tatiana worked on business development and strategy projects in several startup companies: Penxy and global companies, such as Intel China and Natura Brasil. Her main research activities concern the theory of the Triple Helix and Innovation Clusters and the possibility of the implementation of these concepts in developing countries.

  Annika Steiber, Ph.D, Senior Researcher & Project Manager 


Doctor of Technology with focus on management innovations and M.Sc. in industrial engineering, at the Department of Technology Management and Economics at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. Annika has an extensive industrial background and has in parallel with her research, worked for 18 years in high-tech industries as the head of business development, product management, marketing, sales, and as a management consultant. During the last 6 years, Annika has concentrated on her research on how to manage and organize for continuous innovation. Part of this research is a unique 1- year study of Google and its management model for innovation. Today, Annika is working with IMIT and Chalmers University of Technology where she works as assistant project leader in a Vinnova funded project. Annika is also a frequent well-known keynote speaker on the topic of Corporate Innovation. Further she works as an advisor to larger corporations in how to build capabilities for innovation. In her advisory services she is affiliated with Strategos Inc. an American company founded by Gary Hamel and with a cutting edge competence in the area of 'management of innovation'. Dr. Annika Steiber is a member of three different Management Boards. 

  Michael Clouser, MBASenior Researcher

Michael Clouser is an academic entrepreneur. His research interests surround the triple helix of university-industry-government interaction, innovation and the entrepreneurial university, and the supply of entrepreneurial risk finance and policy. He has experience teaching face-to-face and online courses including entrepreneurship, technology entrepreneurship, hospitality entrepreneurship, digital marketplaces, business and public policy, customer service strategy, hospitality operations, marketing, turf management, asset management, market research, venture finance, and others. He’s also spun companies out of universities and started research companies. He was the CEO of Cornell-affiliated Student Agencies Incorporated in Ithaca, New York. Run by students, the firm had 14 operating companies, $20 million in real estate assets, an incubator, and student venture fund.

Clouser has entrepreneurial and management experience from the following roles: venture capitalist with Dot Edu Ventures in Palo Alto, California; associate with the Edinburgh-Stanford Link in Edinburgh, Scotland; co-founder of internet and research firms including iLodging; business development director with GeoTouch; direct of franchise sales with Cendant; turnaround Hotel General Manager with brands such as Hampton; and instructor with eCornell.He has taught at the universities of Cornell, Edinburgh, Lynn, Trento, Stanford and Royal Roads.

Clouser holds a BS from the School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University, an MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University and an MSc from the Business School, University of Edinburgh. He is a PhD candidate with the Business School, University of Edinburgh.

    Alexander Etzkowitz


Alexander Etzkowitz is an entrepreneur and economist with experience in institutional asset management, financial    services startups and consulting. Bachelor degree in Economics from Pomona College and MBA from Columbia University. 

    Shuo Shan,
    MA Design
    Designer  (2018 - )

      Rebecca Wilbanks

      Ph.D. Candidate, Stanford University

      Research Assistant of Prof. Henry Etzkowitz(2015-2016)

Rebecca Wilbanks is a Ph.D. candidate in the Program in Modern Thought and Literature at Stanford University and holds a BA, summa cum laude, from Cornell University (biology and comparative literature). She is a recipient of the Ric Weiland Fellowship in the Humanities and Sciences (2013-2015), and a Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (2015-2016). Her areas of interest include science and technology studies, speculative fiction, and the history and philosophy of science. Her dissertation explores biotechnology’s speculative futures, drawing on participant-observation with Bay Area “biohackers” and analysis of contemporary science and science fiction. Writing about synthetic biology, a field in which many participants combine research and entrepreneurship, helped to elicit her interest in the “entrepreneurial university” and the evolving relationship between government, academia, and industry in the 21st century.

Mengnan WANG, M.S.
Intern(09.2015 -01.2017)


    Tingnting YU, M.S.




     Richard Allan Horning

 Member of the ITHI Advisory Board and attorney

Richard Allan Horning practices law as a member of the Venture Technology Group in the Silicon Valley office of Reed Smith LLP, a global law firm.  Honored by his peers as a Northern California "IP Super Lawyer" and recognized in the International Who's Who of Internet and E-Commerce Lawyers 2009 as the "most highly nominated lawyer in the US", Richard has been representing technology companies in Silicon Valley, and globally, since 1970. He works with a wide spectrum of clients, from the classic "garage-based" start-up to Fortune 500 multi-nationals. He specializes in counseling high technology companies in all stages of development on domestic and international issues, including securing, protecting and licensing intellectual property rights, international growth and development, venture capital financing, venture fund formation, supply and distribution relationships including antitrust and unfair competition considerations, and dispute resolution affecting technology driven industries. De Facto, a Finnish publication covering the Nordic legal community, labeled him "Mr. Consigliere" in recognition of his work as a close adviser to venture backed start-ups.

He has been a guest lecturer at Universities of Lausanne, Modena, UCLA, NYU, Columbia, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), University of San Francisco Graduate School of Management, Fuqua Graduate School of Business at Duke University, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Chalmers University Center for Intellectual Property (Goteborg), Webster University (Geneva), Swedish Institute of Management Executive Program (Stanford), Uppsala Executive MBA Program (Stanford), Catholic University of Argentina (Buenos Aires), International Institute for Innovation Journalism (Stanford), Center for American Legal Studies (Seoul) and the Center for International Legal Studies (Salzberg).  He has also spoken at and chaired programs at a wide variety of industry conferences, such as the RSA Data Security Conference, SD Forum, SVASE, Tech Coast Angels Forum, Central Coast Angel Network, IP Society, Silicon Valley Center for International Trade Development, Swedish Venture Capital Association, Danish Venture Capital Society, Silicon Valley Association Switzerland, Chalmers University Innovation Centre, Danish Innovation Centre, Uppsala University Innovation Centre, Innovationsbron, Finnpro, Wireless Alliance, Seoul National University Technology Innovation Network, Instituto de Tecnologia de Software (Sao Paolo), Handong Law School International Conference, California State Bar Association, Computers Freedom and Privacy Forum, ABDI, IFCLA, AIPLA, AEA, WIPO, ICC, IBA, ABA and the International Technology Law Association. 


He is a Past President of the International Technology Law Association, served on the Executive Committee of the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of California,  and has served on the Advisory Boards of Chalmers University Center for Intellectual Property, BNA Electronic Information & Policy Law Reporter, Vinnova-Stanford Center for Research in Innovation Journalism, International Institute for Innovation Journalism, MentoNet, theTechnology Innovation Network at Seoul National University, and H5 Technologies


He serves as Honorary Consul for the Republic of Estonia in Silicon Valley.

Education: University of California, Berkeley (B.A., 1966); Duke University School of Law (J.D., 1969). Law Clerk to Judge Oliver D. Hamlin, Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1969-1970.