Jakob Stoumann is Managing Director of Oxford Research. He has worked more than a decade with regional development, clustering and innovation and has been leading a large amount of analyses, evaluations, benchmarks, and strategy development projects for both clusters and cluster policy organisations at regional, national, and international level. Jakob also heads Oxford Research’s international cluster team, he is personal member of the international cluster network and knowledge sharing association TCI and an associated partner of the national Danish cluster support function ‘Cluster Excellence Denmark’, where he is responsible for cluster management training activities. Due to his anthropological background, Jakob has deep insights in the importance of trust and interpersonal relations in the processes of business and cluster development. Also, having lead several evaluations of cluster and innovation networks related to life science, biotech and medtech, Jakob has deep insight into the framework conditions and growth conditions of the lifescience ecosystem. Before joining Oxford Research in 2007, Jakob worked for one of Denmark’s biggest business advice centres, EVU, concentrating on entrepreneurship, innovation, and SME development. He holds a master’s degree in social anthropology from University of Copenhagen and University of Barcelona.