About Me


Phd. Economics, Phd Science, BA

Born and raised in Russia, previously worked in business and academia in Russia and since 2001 reside in the UK.
I am an enterprising, creative researcher, lecturer, and a practitioner with diverse work experience and variety of skills such as business and research project management, problems solving, persuasive communication, and IT proficiency. In my capacity as a consultant at TACIS & A.T.Kearney Project “Enterprise Support Centre” I managed projects on restructuring local post-privitased industrial enterprises. Over 20 years of my professional career I have started up, developed & directed a number of SMEs, assisted in the creation of a dozen of new firms, as well as managed consulting projects on the business development of new firms.


2009 – 2010 NCGE
International Enterprise Educator Programme

2005 – 2006 University of Huddersfield
Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development (Higher Education Practice)

Oct 2000 Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University

July 2001 International Teachers Programme New York, USA

May 2000 The Central European University, Curriculum Recourse Center
Session «International Management» – curriculum development «Preparing Entrepreneurs for Challenge of Transition Economy» Budapest, Hungary

Aug 1999 The Central European University, System Laboratory Workshop «Change Management Thinking» business simulation software package «Ithink» Budapest, Hungary

1998-1999 The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Knoxville, USA
Visiting Scholar – Fulbright/Junior Faculty Development Program Expanding knowledge and experience of modern concepts in a broad range of business topics


PhD (awarded Grade A) in Science, Technology and Innovation Management 2008
The Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester
Thesis title: Determinant of University Spin-off Process: Evidence from a Russian University
PhD in Economics, 1993 The Ural State Technical University, Ekaterinburg, Russia
Thesis title: Economic Evaluation of Environment Protection Activities of Industrial Enterprises (the Case of Aluminium Industry)
BA (with distinction) in Enterprise Management and Planning, 1987
The Ural State University of Economics, Ekaterinburg, Russia


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (recognition reference 30751)
Fellow of the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education (NCEE)
Accredited trainer, SimVenture, Entrepreneurship Business Simulation Game


July 2013 – EnACT: Enterprise Action Consulting & Training Ltd present Founder, Managing Director

  •  Manage the company’s activities and projects.
  •  Conducted quality audit of the EU funded ERASMUS+ project (on going) on capacity building.
  • Initiated and managed project Enhancing Entrepreneurship and Research Capacity for the University Students and Staff funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
  • As a part of the project I designed and delivered workshops for students, staff and local SMEs on design thinking, effectuation and entrepreneurship education pedagogy.
  • Undertook impact research on entrepreneurship education and university-based entrepreneurship support mechanisms.
  • Provided evaluation of entrepreneurship capacity building for research spin-offs
  • Provided training and consultancy to SMEs including design thinking, creative problem solving, and business model innovation


Feb 2015 – Sheffield University School of Management present Associate Lecturer

  • Contributed to the delivery of UG modules: Business Strategy, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Contributed to the design and the delivery of PG modules: Creating Entrepreneurial Venture; Entrepreneurship and Change; Management Enquiry
  • Supervise MBA and MSc dissertations
  • Contributed to the British Academy research project on the impact of Big Data for SMEs growth and competitiveness


Apr 2015 – Leeds University Business School Feb 2018 Associate Faculty

  • Supervise Undergraduate and Master’s final dissertation projects
  • Contribute to the assessment of entrepreneurship modules.


Manchester Business School July 2010 Visiting Teaching Fellow – Present MBS WorldWide MBA programme

  • Co-delivered the Global Events & Leadership workshop
  • Supervise final MBA projects


June 2002 – EPSRC Researcher (part-time)
Oct 2002 Project: Assessing and enhancing creativity in the new product development process

  • Designed statistical methods of data analysis with SPSS
  • Created and implemented an innovative solution in analysis of the relationship between creativity and structure in the new product development process.


Aug 2002, Teaching Assistant
Aug 2003, Linklaters Graduate Training Programme
Aug 2004 Assisted with running Business Strategy Game
Sep 2004 – Huddersfield University Business School
Feb 2014 – Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship Final Year tutor (Sandwich)



  • Designed, delivered and assessed undergraduate modules: Entrepreneurial skills and Planning; Business Planning for Enterprise; Business Policy, Creativity and Innovation for Business
  • Designed MSc Entrepreneurship and contributed to Master in Enterprise (MEnt)
  • Designed and delivered modules for MSc International Business
  • Supervised up to 30 students dissertation projects (BA and MSc) per year
  • Act as a year tutor to sandwich students providing pastoral support and care



  • Carried out an investigation of career choices among business and non-business students (in collaboration with VU University Amsterdam);
  • Secured funding from T&L Funds of the University of Huddersfield for project Using Gaming in Enterprise Education.
  • Secured funding from the EEUK and managed project Enterprise and Entrepreneurship for
    Postgraduate Research Students
  • Supervise PhD students to completion
  • Initiated and managed a bid worth £1.3 M. for TEMPUS project ELITE: Enabling Learning Innovation Through EntrepreneurshiP



  • Managed research projects within Innovation Vouchers scheme
  • Managed an international project on staff development training for a Russian university
  • Provided consultancy services to companies located at 3M Buckley Innovation Centre


July 2000 – Institute of Sociology & Economics, Ekaterinburg, Russia
Sep 2001 – The Ural State Vocational Pedagogical University Senior Lecturer, Associate Dean (Research),

  • Designed, developed, delivered and assessed modules: International Business, Strategic Management Essentials of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
  • Contributed to the updating of the content of the graduate programme
  • Developed and implemented a strategy for the school research activities
  • Developed a case-study on technology-based start-up for Case Study Writing Competition, was awarded the First Prize
  • Supervised up to 10 student graduate (under and post-graduate) projects per year.
  • Undertook survey on motivations and obstacles for entrepreneurship in the city of Ekaterinburg


Jan 1997 – A.T.Kearney, Ekaterinburg, Russia
Aug 1998 “Enterprise Support Centre”Senior Business Consultant

  • Searched for and negotiated with prospect clients. Signed contracts.
  • Managed consulting projects for local post-privatised enterprise on time and within budget:
  • Developed a competitive strategy for a leading telecommunication company. Did a feasibility study and achieved a credit agreement with City Bank for USD 5M to implement the strategy.
  • Developed a business plan for a local brick mill with a budget of DM 700K. Secured German investors and suppliers for the project
  • Adopted A.T. Kearney training materials and delivered workshops for senior and middle managers of the local industrial enterprises
  • Developed a framework of financial restructuring of formerly state-owned enterprises. Design course materials and facilitated workshops on development and introduction of systems of cost & cash management, financial controlling and managerial accounting to CEOs of SOE.
  • Developed an internal system of evaluating the profitability of consulting projects to ensure projects completed within a budget


July 1993 – The Ural State University of Economics, Ekaterinburg Russia
July 2000 Fellow, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer Deputy Head of Department in charge of educational provision

  • Supervised the Department curriculum development and educational provision
  • Designed, developed, delivered and assessed modules such as International Business, International Management & Strategy (several times were nominated as “The Best Teacher of the Year” by the student body)
  • Supervised up to 10 full-time graduation projects per year, up to 20 courseworks per year for undergraduate and graduate student
  • Developed a report for the regional government on the state of small entrepreneurship in the city of Ekaterinburg


Journal Articles:

Williams, D., & Tsiteladze, D. (2019). Effectiveness of regional biotechnology clusters to support innovation activities: case of biotech cluster in Russia. Global Business and Economics Review, 21 (3-4), 409-426.

Kokovikhin, A., Ogorodnikova, E., Williams, D., & Plakhin, A. (2017). Institutional Factors in the Evaluation by the Entrepreneur of Municipality Investment Climate. Economy of Region, 1(1), 80-92.

D.Williams (2015) The Impact of SimVenture on the Development of Entrepreneurial Skills in Management Students, Industry and Higher Education, 29 (5), pp 379-395

K. Smith, D.Williams, N.Yaseen, I. Pitchford (2014) Enterprise skills and training needs of postgraduate research students, Education + Training,56 (8/9), pp 745-763

D.Williams, A. Kluev (2014) Entrepreneurial University: Evidence of the changing role of universities in modern Russia’, Industry and Higher Education, 28 (4), pp 271 – 280

D. Williams, K. Smith, N.Yaseen, I. Pitchford (2013) ‘Evaluating the state of enterprise training for post-graduate researchers in the UK’ Education + Training, 55 (8/9), pp 849-867

D. Williams (2012) ‘Russia’s innovation system: reflection on the past, present and future’ International Journal of Transition and Innovation Systems, 1 (4), pp. 394-412.

Lekhova G., Akhmetova D., and Selyuleva O. (2003) Development of Innovative Firms: success stories and their problems, Innovation, vol.11-12, p.32-45


Book Chapters

Williams, D, and Tsiteladze, D. (2016). “Assessing the Value Added by Incubators for Innovative Small and Medium Enterprises in Russia. In Phan, P.H, Mian. S.A. Lamine. W. (Eds)”Technology entrepreneurship and business incubation: Theory• Practice• Lessons Learned. Imperial College Press. pp. 151-178.

D. Williams (2013) ‘Building support infrastructure for technology-based businesses: What emerging economies can learn from the Western experience?’ In: New Technology-Based Firms in the New Millennium. Bingley, UK: Emerald. pp. 183-196.

Akhmetova, D. and Lekhova, G. (2005) The Role of International Cooperation in University Technology Transfer in During, W., Oakey, R., Kauser, S. (Eds) New Technology-Based Firms in the new Millennium Volume IV


Conference papers:

D. Williams, A. Bedny, N. Terlyga “Evaluation of Institutional Factors Shaping Entrepreneurial University: A Tale of Two Universities and Regional Development in Russia”, ECIE, September 2015

K. Smith, D. Williams, N.Yaseen, I. Pitchford ‘Enterprise Skills and Training Needs of Postgraduate Research Students’, ISBE, Cardiff, November 2013

D. Williams ‘Skolkovo Innovation Cluster: Innovation Giant or Colossus with Feet of Clay’, Proceedings of International Conference for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development ICEIRD, Istanbul, June 2013

D.Williams, A. Kluev ‘Entrepreneurial University: Evidence of the changing role of universities in modern Russia’, University-Industry Interaction Conference, Amsterdam, May 2013

Williams, D. (2008, June) University spin-offs: founder’s human capital and firms’ growth pattern, paper presented at the ICSB World Conference, Halifax, Canada

Akhmetova, D. (2005, June) Assessing the Problems and Needs of Technology-Based Academic Spin-off Firms: Case of a University in the Russian Federation, paper presented at the 4th Global Conference on Business and Economics, Oxford, UK

Akhmetova, D (2005, May) Evaluation of organisational factors affecting university spin-off process, paper presented at New Technology-based Firms Conference, Manchester, UK

Akhmetova, D. (2004, May) Academic spin-off companies in the Ural region of the Russian Federation: their origin and characteristics, High Technology Small Firms Conference, Twente, Netherlands

Akhmetova, D. (2002, June) The Role of International Cooperation in University Technology Transfer, Small Technology-based Firms Conference, Manchester, UK


Advisor, the American Council for International Education and New Eurasia Foundation, project EURECA (Enhancing Universities Research and Entrepreneurship Capacity).

Enterprise Associate, National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education


Russian – Native;

English – Fluent