Wim Naudé was born in Pretoria and grew up in South Africa’s Free State Province. Educated at the University of Warwick in the UK, he went on to work at the University of Oxford as lecturer and research officer and was a senior associate member of St. Antony’s College, Oxford. He also served as council member of Statistics South Africa. As a development economist focusing on the role of entrepreneurship, innovation and governance in development, he has worked extensively on global challenges and opportunities as scholar, policy maker and entrepreneur. His work has contributed to and has been cited by many international agencies including the World Bank’s World Development Report 2008, the European Report on Development, 2009, The OECD’s Donor Committee on Enterprise Development, USAID’s Entrepreneurship Toolkit, and publications of UNIDO, UNCTAD, IFPRI, NORAD and others. He is currently associate editor of Small Business Economics Journal; member of the Club de Madrid’s working group on shared societies, and a member of the Households in Conflict Network. Wim is ranked amongst the top 5% of economists in the World.