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Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business presents a unique program – “Leaders for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Kazakhstan”

Dates: July 27-28th 2016

Target Audience: Leaders within organizations tasked with developing entrepreneurship and Innovation within Kazakhstan, Successful Entrepreneurs and Maecenas.

Purpose: This program is designed to take a candid look at the opportunities and challenges of developing the entrepreneurship and innovation within Kazakhstan. With the guidance of Jon Fjeld, Professor of the Practice of Management, and Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Duke University participants will engage in casework that explores the fundamental principles of entrepreneurship and innovation, how these principals may apply within your organization or institution, and more broadly within Kazakhstan. The program of the “Creating leaders for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Kazakhstan” seminar is designed by the strategic partner of Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

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The seminar spans one and a half days with the first day focused on exploring antecedents for creating an entrepreneurial environment through casework, breakout sessions, lecture, and discussion. The group will discover how entrepreneurial preparedness, resources and services, institutions, and culture enable (or inhibit) entrepreneurship and innovation.
The second day is devoted to developing concrete ideas and actions to advance entrepreneurship and innovation. The discussion will apply the learnings from the first day resulting in a realistic view on new things that can be done, and some old things that should (or need to) be undone.
The participants in this seminar are all key leaders of organizations dedicated to furthering entrepreneurship and innovation in Kazakhstan from both the public and private sector. The seminar presents a unique opportunity for these leaders to address the possibility of creating and sustaining an entrepreneurial environment in Kazakhstan, led by a thought leader in entrepreneurship.

Speaker

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Jon Fjeld

Professor of the Practice of Management, Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business
Jon Fjeld has spent over twenty years in marketing, engineering and general management in start-ups and public companies, as well as five years in academia.
From December, 2000, until July, 2004, he served as vice president of engineering for Align Technology in Santa Clara, CA. Between 1995 and 2000, he served as CEO of two RTP venture backed firms: Geomagic, a 3D software company and NetEdge Systems, a data networking equipment company. Prior to that, Fjeld spent 13 years at IBM, where he served in a number of management and executive positions within the networking and software business units. He began his professional career as an assistant professor in the philosophy department at Duke University.
Fjeld holds a Ph.D. and MA in philosophy from the University of Toronto, an MBA from Duke University, an MS in computer science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a BA in mathematics and philosophy from Bishop’s University.