Short Bio -Dr Alex Maritz

(Dcom, MBA, BCom, MIMktM, CHed) is the Chair in Entrepreneurship at La Trobe Business School in Melbourne, Australia. He is the Vice-President of the International Association of Organizational Innovation (IAOI), and has been actively involved in the International Conference of Organizational Innovation (ICOI) since inception. His particular value add is a theory for practice based perspective, based upon his background as Executive Director for international corporations such as Sony Playstation, Glaxo SmithKline, Boots Pharmaceuticals and Blockbusters. (UP), and specialises in franchising, entrepreneurship and strategic sales/marketing.

With an international reputation as a leader in entrepreneurship and innovation education, Alex has won many international research, engagement and teaching awards. He is the recipient of a Stanford Technology Ventures Scholarship, Australian Learning and Teaching Citation, USASBE International Entrepreneurship Education Finalist, Vice-Chancellors Engagement Award and Faculty Excellence Awards in Learning and Teaching and Research. He has procured in excess of $ 3 million in external research funding, published over 50 journal articles, in excess of 200 other scholarly peer reviewed articles and supervised over 24 higher degree research students to completion. Current research, learning and teaching and engagement activities include senior entrepreneurship, international Visiting Professor roles, online entrepreneurship education development, enhancement of the entrepreneurial university and cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship education initiatives.