Michel Bernasconi graduated from SKEMA Business School (1975). He holds a Doctorate degree in Business Strategy from the University of Aix-en-Provence (1985) and an HDR (2007), and has 25 years of experience in strategy and new business creation.
He is currently the director of the Faculty and Research at SKEMA. He had previously other management positions: Associate Dean for the Master program (ESC) (1994-1999) and director of Executive Education (2003-2004).
Michel Bernasconi is one of France's specialists in the high-tech start-up field, in which he has been working extensively in both business and engineering schools. His research has been published in books and academic reviews in France, the UK and the USA. He was President of the French Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, a research association (2008-2010). At SKEMA, he developed a set of activities on entrepreneurship. He initiated the MSC in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, developed incubators on the French campuses, and recently launched an ambitious partnership with a Chinese Incubator (Xian Jiaotong-SKEMA) in Sushou. He was the founder of the High-Tech Entrepreneurship Center who developed numerous projects in Entrepreneurship.
He has extensive experience in teaching entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship and new business creation, in particular in Executive Education. More specifically, he is in charge of the program Coup de Pousset, a successful seminar on intrapreneurship dedicated to big companies which last from more than 10 years. He is a member of Sophia Business Angels, an investor club that invests in high-tech companies in France and in Europe.