Banu Ozkazanc-Pan, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Management at the College of Management, University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is currently also Visiting Associate Professor of Engineering at the School of Engineering and Faculty at The Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship, Brown University, Providence. Her research interests are mainly in the areas of diversity and inclusion in organizations and in entrepreneurial ecosystems.
In 2016, she was the recipient of a research grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for her research studying the opportunities and challenges for women entrepreneurs in St. Louis, MO and Boston, MA. The findings from this research led to her working with the City of Boston Women Entrepreneurs initiative, start-ups, and entrepreneur support organizations in order to make Boston an inclusive city for all entrepreneurs. Currently, she is also the Director of the Early Educator Accelerator and Innovation Lab at the University of Massachusetts, Boston where she is helping support the growth of the early educator ecosystem through successful and sustainable business models. Prof. Ozkazanc-Pan’s research brings together different perspectives to provide solutions to challenges faced by individuals, organizations and policy makers in the areas of diversity, inclusion and innovation.
Her newest research project will focus on how VC’s impact the flow of resources in entrepreneurial ecosystems and is being funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.