Research Team

Esmaeilzadeh Holding / Research Team


EHAB firmly believes in the importance of conducting research, which fuels our unwavering commitment to advancing the frontier of knowledge. As a testament to our dedication, we have assembled a research team comprising individuals with diverse expertise and backgrounds. The team members are as follows:  

Viktor Ström

Viktor Ström, a Postdoc Researcher at the Unit for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Gothenburg, obtained his doctorate in March 2024 in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship from the same institution. His work is part of the Swedish Research Council Distinguished Professors' Research Program entitled “Knowledge-intensive Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: Transforming society through knowledge, innovation and entrepreneurship”, led by Professor Maureen McKelvey. Viktor is also a member of the Centre on Knowledge-Intensive Innovation Ecosystems (U-GOT KIES). His research spans the domains of M&As—entrepreneurship—resilience, as well as the vital interplay between academia and industry.

Pontus Braunerhjelm

Pontus Braunerhjelm is a Swedish Professor in national economics at the department of industrial economics and organization (INDEK) at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and professor at the department of industrial economics at Blekinge Institute of Technology, BTH. He is also a Research Director at Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum. For many years, he has researched issues related to entrepreneurship, innovation and small business and their importance for industrial dynamism and economic growth.

Nima Sanandaji

Nima Sanandaji is the president of the think tank European Centre for Entrepreneurship and Policy Reform. He is a Swedish author who holds a PhD from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, in Stockholm and is a former research fellow at the Centre for Policy Studies in London. He has published over 30 books on innovation, entrepreneurship, women’s career opportunities, crime prevention, preventive social work, the history of enterprise, and the Nordic welfare states.

Johan Gärdebo

Johan Gärdebo is a Swedish historian and research fellow of Clare Hall (2023–2026) and associate of the Cambridge Centre for History and Economics. He received his doctorate from KTH Royal Institute of Technology and have been a researcher at MIT, Linköping University and Uppsala University. His research concerns the history and politics of climate knowledge, as well as political philosophy. Johan writes frequently on the topic of intellectual diversity and is currently involved in developing and implementing EHAB’s No Bullshit Policy.