Masters in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship

Banu Ozkazanc-Pan

Associate Professor of the Practice, School of Engineering, Academic Director of the IE Brown EMBA Program


Professor Ozkazanc-Pan is the Founder and Director of the Venture Capital Inclusion Lab at the Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship. The Lab was started in 2018 with funds from her $260,000 Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation grant examining the decision-making and network behaviors of VCs.  Recently, Banu contributed her expertise on gender and inclusion to the 2018 UN Report on “Gender Lens to the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Rights” (see RMIT 1, 2 and 3 reports). Her research has been covered in CBS Boston, NPR All Things Considered, NBC News, and Boston Magazine among other media outlets. In June 2019, Banu was invited to testify at the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship hearing to re-authorize the SBIC program to speak about the importance of women and minorities as investors and as entrepreneurs for the economy. Banu is currently Joint Editor in Chief of Gender, Work & Organization and the author of Transnational Migration and the New Subjects of Work: Transmigrants, Hybrids and Cosmopolitans. She has two forthcoming books with Cambridge University Press titled Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: A Critical Gender Perspective (2020) and A Transnational Approach to Entrepreneurial Ecosystems (2021).  Professor Ozkazanc-Pan has a PhD from UMass Amherst, an MBA from Loyola University Maryland and a B.A. in psychology from The John Hopkins University.