Audretsch is a Distinguished Professor, the Ameritech Chair of Economic Development, and Director of the Institute for Development Strategies at Indiana University. His research has focused on the links between entrepreneurship, government policy, innovation, economic development and global competitiveness. Ranked 21st most cited scholar in economics and business between 1996-2006 he has also been recognized as being among the 60 most important economists of all time. He is author of Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth and The Entrepreneurial Society. He is co-founder and co-editor of Small Business Economics: An Entrepreneurship Journal. He was given the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research by the Swedish Foundation for Small Business Research in 2001. Most importantly his genuine passion and enthusiasm for entrepreneurship and small business radiates and inspires all those he meets.