Xavier Unda Galarza​

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Xavier Unda Galarza


Bachstraße 18k, Room 2.05A




Curriculum Vitae 


  • 01- 05/17           Faculty Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
  • 09/14 – til date Adjunct professor for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy, National Polytechnic School, Ecuador
  • 09/13 – 09/16   Researcher and Lecturer of Introductory Economics, Market Research and Marketing courses, Polytechnic Salesian University, Ecuador
  • 03/10 – 02/12   Product Marketing– Financial Services Banco Pichincha, Ecuador   
  • 07/11 – 01/12   Lecturer of Market Research, Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador 
  • 06/09 – 09/09   Market Research Intern (MBA summer internship) RAMPF Giessharze GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
  • 08/08 – 05/09   Graduate Assistant, School of Business Administration, University of Mississippi , USA
  • 06/06 – 05/08   Regional Sales Supervisor, Candlecross S.A, Pharma Industry, Ecuador


  • 2019-23 PhD(c) Graduate College 'The Economics of Innovative Change', Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany.
  • 2018 Case Method Teaching Seminar, Harvard Business Publishing, Harvard, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
  • 2019 Certificate Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
  • 2012-13Master’s Degree of Economics, University of Sydney, Australia.
  • 2008-9 Master’s Degree of Business Administration (MBA), University of Mississippi,  USA.
  • 2004-7  Commercial Engineer, specialization in Marketing, Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador
  • 2004-6  Specialization in Business Law, Private Technical University of Loja – Ecuador
  • 2003-4  Commercial Engineer, specialization in Finance, Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador   Equivalent to Bachelor’s
  • 2003      Certified Public Accountant, Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador


  • 2019      Awarded DAAD grant program for doctoral research
  • 2012-13 Senescyt Excellence Scholarship, merit based full grant from Ecuador’s government most important academic exchange program.
  • 2011      Awarded Senescyt Scholarship “Convocatoria 2011”, decided to decline to apply to the “Excellence Scholarship”
  • 2008-9 Fulbright Scholar, Award based on academic and leadership merits, United States Department of State.
  • 2009      University of Mississippi, MBA summer international scholarship and internship program.
  • 2009     Scholarship for studies in Germany, Office of International Exchange, “Germany: History, Technology and Business Culture”, Hochschule Nürtingen –Geislingen. 
  • 2008-9  John N. Palmer Assistantship Recipient, University of Mississippi
  • 2008      Gamma Beta Phi Honors Society Member, invitation/award based on scholastic ranking at the University of Mississippi, (www.gammabetaphi.org)


  • Congruity of the perception of the innovation driven entrepreneurial ecosystem and of technology transfer intentions of academics, with Uwe Cantner and Holger Graf
  • Radiating, a key process of universities in knowledge networks, with Stefano Basilico


  • National and Regional Innovation Systems
  • Innovation Driven Entrepreneurship Ecosystems
  • Science and Technology Policy
  • Firm Technology Strategy
  • Knowledge Networks
  • Technology Transfer and Technology Trajectories