Program Director,

Edward Rubesch has a mixture of practical and academic entrepreneurial experience. In Thailand, he has founded four companies which he recently sold. He runs an accelerator and innovation development program with MIT’s Enterprise Forum and is the Program Director of the Innovation Driven Entrepreneurship Center at the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce.

Ed uses his 30 years of innovation experience to build innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems in developing regions. He partners with MIT to develop the technology entrepreneurship ecosystem with the government of Thailand. The accelerator that he designed and runs for teams across Southeast Asia selects high potential teams to visit MIT and the San Francisco area every year.

Ed was originally educated as a mechanical engineer, receiving Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received a Master of Management degree from a program offered jointly by the Kellogg School of Northwestern University, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and Chulalongkorn University. He completed his Ph.D at Thammasat University in Bangkok, with a study of border entrepreneurs in the Greater Mekong Subregion. He is interested in technology development in the developing world, and informal distribution channels in developing countries, which are always led by entrepreneurs who by necessity create innovative and impact solutions in challenging environments.