Abel Diaz Gonzalez (A.A.)


Abel Diaz Gonzalez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Organization, Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the School of Business Economics, Maastricht University. He holds a PhD in Business Economics from the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB).

His research focuses on ecosystems for social entrepreneurs, and their supportive function and mechanisms. Part of his research is dedicated to investigating the supportive role and interaction of universities’ main stakeholders, processes, and activities within and across the ecosystems of social entrepreneurs. Abel has extensive field Research, Teaching, and project work in Latin America (Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Suriname, Colombia), Europe, and Africa (Congo, Uganda, Morocco, and Tunez).

Abel is also part of the board of different international associations: New Business Models (Conference Chair 2023); International Association for Business and Society (Conference Chair Elected 2025) & Social Entrepreneurship Summit (Co-founder and Co-organizer).  Abel is currently associate editor of Business and Society Review and has acted as a reviewer at various conferences and journals. He is involved in special issues in peer-reviewed journals and has acted as editor of a book series in the field of Social Entrepreneurship.

At UM, Abel coordinates four different courses in the field of Social and Sustainable Entrepreneurship, supervises master thesis students, and is engaged in the supervision of Business Consulting Projects for MBA students at UMIO.