Marcelo Amaral holds a B.Sc. in economics, and M.Sc. and D.Sc. in industrial engineering from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and did postdoctoral studies at University of São Paulo (USP). He was visiting scholar at North Carolina State University (NCSU) and visiting researcher at Research Triangle Park in the USA. Marcelo is a specialist in project management oriented to technology innovation, certified by the International Association of Innovation Professionals. He worked from 1999 and 2006 in organizations like the Electric Energy Research Center (CEPEL), Rio de Janeiro State Federation of Industries (FIRJAN) and Center for Mineral Technology (CETEM). Marcelo was an entrepreneur, as part owner of companies such as CAN Eventos, AMG Research & Project, Rio BMF (Mr. Quandt), and iSzabo Consulting. He worked also as a consultant to companies and government agencies in the field of regional development projects. Since 2006, he has been a professor in the Department of Business Management of the Institute of Human and Social Sciences (ICHS), a unit of Fluminense Federal University (UFF) and also a member of the Graduate Program in Management (PPGA), Graduate Program in Public Management (PROFIAP) and Doctoral Program in Administrative Law. From 2009 to 2010, he worked at the International Institute of Triple Helix in Madrid, Spain, where organized the Eighth Triple Helix Conference. From 2011 to 2014 he was Dean of ICHS/UFF. Currently, he is Vice- Dean and president of the Innovation Forum of UFF. As a researcher, Marcelo has 22 years of experience as member and coordinator of research projects funded by FAPERJ, CNPq, CAPES, FAPESP and FINEP. Since 2008, he has headed the Triple Helix Research Group (www.triple- helix.uff.br) and has published more than 50 academic works, including papers in conference annals and journals and books, besides being a reviewer of journals and a member of several scientific and editorial committees. He is a member of the Honor Committee of the World Complexity Science Academy (WCSA) and Scientific Panel of the International Society for Professional Innovation (ISPIM). His research themes are in the field of innovation management, specifically on issues like business strategy, entrepreneurship, project management, industrial property rights, economic development, science, technology and innovation policy, incubators and technological parks, knowledge, and technology transfer and Triple and Quintuple Helix approaches.