Wim Naudé is Visiting Professor in Technology, Innovation, Marketing and Entrepreneurship at RWTH Aachen University, Germany; Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg. He is also a Fellow of the African Studies Centre, Leiden University, the Netherlands and an AI Expert at the OECD's AI Policy Observatory, Paris, France.

Previous positions include Full Professor and Chair in Economics at University College Cork, Ireland; Full Professor in Business and Entrepreneurship at Maastricht University, the Netherlands; Visiting Professor Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, UK; Senior Research Fellow at UNU-WIDER, Finland; and Research Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Oxford, UK.

His past research dealt with the role of entrepreneurship in catch-up growth and development; particularly in the contexts of geography, and industrial-trade policies. His current research is concerned with the "meta-problem of the 21st century": stagnation. This refers to the decline in entrepreneurship and innovation, and the potential de-globalisation of trade.

One possible way out of stagnation is Artificial Intelligence (AI). As such his research is also trying to answer the question: “Can ever-smarter Artificial Intelligence (AI) re-invigorate innovation and entrepreneurship?”

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in January 2013.