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The Goldman Endowment

The Goldman Family

In 2001 the Goldman family made an endowment to Newcastle University Business School to commemorate the life and work of David Goldman, founder and Chief Executive of the North East’s iconic software company, the Sage Group plc.

David had played a leading role in transforming the economic fortunes of the North East region.

The Goldman Endowment has enabled the School to establish two positions, both designed to stimulate entrepreneurship and foster innovation within the North East of England.

The David Goldman Visiting Professorship is a 12-month appointment, awarded each year to a leading entrepreneur or business leader from within the region who will be able to provide inspiration and motivation to budding entrepreneurs and business leaders.

The role involves working with the School to provide leadership and mentoring to students and faculty, and also delivering the David Goldman Annual Business School Lecture.

Also funded under the endowment is the David Goldman Chair of Innovation and Enterprise, based within the Business School.

David Goldman’s son Daniel, Managing Director of the growth capital firm Goldrock, sees the endowment as a fitting tribute to the work of his father.

He said: "The Goldman Endowment at Newcastle University Business School was created not only as part of an enduring legacy to the memory of my father but more importantly to affect real change.

"He felt strongly that education and business could powerfully combine to make the North East a region that could sustain healthy economic growth.

"Led by our mother, the Goldman family feel strongly about affecting real change on the ground. By providing a platform for an experienced entrepreneur in the form of the annual visiting professorship we can provide a valuable portal between the two worlds of business and academia for the benefit of both."

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David Goldman

David Goldman Visiting Professor

Herb Kim is the 2019 David Goldman Visiting Professor of Innovation and Enterprise

Newcastle University Business School is delighted to introduce Herb Kim as the 2019 David Goldman Visiting Professor of Innovation and Enterprise.

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Herb is best known as the Founder of the long-running Thinking Digital Conference as well as the Founder and Host of TEDxManchester, TEDxLiverpool and TEDxNewcastle.

In addition to this, Herb is a former Board Director for Tech City UK and the Founding Chairman for Tech North. He is a Board Trustee for the Sage Gateshead and a Governor for the Liverpool Life Sciences UTC.

Over the next year, Herb will work with the Business School to create learning opportunities and events aimed at organisations, students and staff. This is to better understand the power of compelling communication and narrative in developing innovative enterprise and leadership abilities.

Professor Sharon Mavin, Director of the Business School, said:

“I’m delighted to welcome Herb to the Business School as this year’s Goldman Professor.

“Herb will work with us on our vision for the Future of Work, Leading on Leadership and embed the school’s global graduate attributes which recognise the value of combining research-led education, technology and the ‘soft power’ of leadership and innovation skills.

“Technology and effective communication can unlock ideas and shape innovative solutions to help organisations prepare for how work and workplaces are changing. This is a huge part of what the Thinking Digital conference is about, and its phenomenal success is down to Herb’s vision and energy.

“I’m looking forward to Herb sharing his insights and experience with students and inspiring them to become future entrepreneurs and innovators.”

Herb has been a long-time supporter of the digital industries across the North East and Northern England. Continuing the work of Goldman Professor Alison Shaw, he’ll work to extend and embed networks between the Business School community and the northern tech sector, encouraging innovation and enterprise.

Previous David Goldman Visiting Professors

  • 2018 Alison Shaw
  • 2017 Anthony Thomson
  • 2016 Harry Swan
  • 2015 Ammar Mirza
  • 2014 Lucy Armstrong
  • 2013 Roy Sandbach
  • 2012 James Timpson
  • 2011 Tom Maxfield
  • 2010 Will Dracup
  • 2008 Tony Trapp
  • 2007 Fiona Cruickshank
  • 2006 Paul Callaghan
  • 2005 Chris Thompson
  • 2004 Mark I’Anson
  • 2003 Paul Collard
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Chair of Innovation & Enterprise

Professor Savvas Papagiannidis is the David Goldman Chair of Innovation and Enterprise.

He said: "My aspiration for the David Goldman Chair of Innovation and Enterprise role is to make an impact by leading the development and delivery of the innovation and enterprise agenda of the Business School, nurturing in the process sustainable relationships with internal and external stakeholders."

Savvas is a graduate of Newcastle University's Physics Department, where he studied for a BSc Honours and a PhD in Theoretical Physics. He has also completed:

  • a second Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA)
  • a Masters in Education (Practitioner Enquiry)
  • a Masters in International Studies
  • a PG Certificate in Academic Practice

His research interests revolve around e-business and its various sub-domains, digital innovation and entrepreneurship.

More specifically, his research aims to inform our understanding of how e-business technologies affect:

  • the social and business environment
  • organisational strategies
  • business models

and how these are implemented in terms of functional innovations.

His work puts strong emphasis on innovation, new value creation and exploitation of entrepreneurial opportunities, within the context of different industries.

Apart from the impact that the Internet and related technologies can have on businesses, he is also very much interested in the impact such technologies can have on individual users.

View Savvas' full profile.

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