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Ehud Menipaz Chairman, The Ira Centre for Business, Ben Gurion University, Israel

Ehud Menipaz, currently a visiting scholar at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University, is the Solomon & Abraham Krok Chaired Professor of Entrepreneurial Management and the Founding Chair of the Ira Center for Business, Technology & Society at Ben Gurion University, Israel. He is a former senior partner with Ernst & Young International, engaged with assignments in the private and public sectors. Menipaz specializes in international business management and functional derivatives. He holds a BSc in industrial engineering and management, an MSc in operations research, an MBA in finance, and a PhD in management. His articles have appeared in The European Journal of Operations Research, International Journal of Production Research, International Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Transactions, Journal of Productivity and Quality, International Journal of Computers and Simulation, Management Decisions, Journal of Global Marketing, and International Journal of Business Performance Management. His interest in operational systems has led to several manuscripts in that area, including Essentials of Production and Operations Management, published concurrently in the USA, England, Japan, New Zealand, and Singapore. He has addressed students, faculty, and executives in the USA, Canada, the Far East, Europe, South America, and Africa. He has been involved in conceiving, and has been a member of the organizing committee and the chairman of several international scientific conferences, including “The First Regional Conference on Forging Regional Cooperation in the Mediterranean Basin” and “The International Conference of Innovation and Logistics,” all resulting in published proceedings. He serves as a referee and an associate editor for a number of international scientific journals, including the International Journal of Corporate Governance, and he is a national team leader of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) research program. He is a member of the Strategic Management Society, the Academy of Management, and the Association of International Business. Combining scientific work with community involvement, Menipaz sponsors entrepreneurship education programs associated with the Junior Achievement Award worldwide and has served as a director and CEO of several organizations. He is married, has three children and four grandchildren, and enjoys piano playing, downhill skiing, and tennis