Wim Naudé is Professor of Business and Entrepreneurship at Maastricht University, Visiting Professor at RWTH Aachen University and Academic Visitor at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. He is also a Research Fellow at the IZA Institute of Labor Economics, a Research Fellow at the Africa Study Centre at the University of Leiden and a Research Affiliate at ISDC.
His research is broadly concerned with the role of entrepreneurship, innovation and technology in economic development, and how this is mediated by institutions, trade, geography and human nature. Currently he is working on the impacts of artificial intelligence on development, growth and security, and on the consequences of the 4th Industrial Revolution for development. He is the author of more than 50 scientific articles and have edited five volumes for Oxford University Press on entrepreneurship, industrialization, fragile states and structural change. His most cited work is a chapter on entrepreneurship and development in the Oxford Handbook of International Development (which contains a foreword by Amartya Sen) and an article on entrepreneurship and human development in a special issue of the Journal of Public Economics edited by Thomas Piketty. He has been associate editor of Small Business Economics, and Guest Editor of the Journal of Development Studies, Oxford Development Studies, Journal of International Development and Journal of Conflict Resolution. He has consulted widely for virtually all the global development organizations on the developmental implications of entrepreneurship and technological innovation, most recently for the World Trade Organization’s World Trade Report on Digitization and Trade.
Wim was previously Dean of the Maastricht School of Management, Senior Research Fellow at UNU-WIDER and Research Officer at the Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford. As a member of South Africa’s Liberation Movement, he served as elected councillor during the 1990s and early 2000s in the first democratically elected local government in South Africa. He also served as a council member of Statistics South Africa, as a nominee of the South African Minister of Finance. He studied at North-West University, South Africa and at the University of Warwick, UK, where he was the recipient of the Shiv Nath Prize in development economics.