Vinton G. Cerf
Michael J. Gelb
Michael G. Jacobides
Professor, Blavatnik School of Government, Univ. of Oxford;
Executive Director, Institute for New Economic Thinking, Oxford Martin School
Eric Beinhocker is a Professor of Public Policy Practice at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. He is also the Executive Director of the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the University’s Oxford Martin School. INET Oxford is a research center devoted to applying leading-edge interdisciplinary approaches to issues including financial system stability, innovation and growth, economic inequality, and environmental sustainability. Beinhocker is also a Supernumerary Fellow in Economics at Oriel College, an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute, and a Visiting Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Central European University in Budapest.
Prior to joining Oxford, Beinhocker had an 18-year career at McKinsey & Company where he was a partner and held leadership roles in McKinsey’s Strategy Practice, its Climate Change and Sustainability Practice, and the McKinsey Global Institute. Beinhocker writes frequently on economic, business, and public policy issues and his work has appeared in the Financial Times, Bloomberg, The Times, the Guardian, The Atlantic, Newsweek, Democracy, and he is the author The Origin of Wealth: The Radical Remaking of Economics and What It Means for Business and Society. Beinhocker is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the MIT Sloan School, and is originally from Boston, Massachusetts.
VP Global Talent Management, Steelcase
Laurent Bernard is vice president of Global Talent Management for Steelcase Inc., the global leader in the office furniture industry. Steelcase delivers a better work experience to its customers by providing products, services and insights into the ways people work. Its portfolio includes architecture, furniture and technology products.
For more than 30 years, Laurent has worked in human resources helping employees to maximize their full potential. He joined Steelcase in 1998 in Europe as HR Director for International and in 2002, he moved to the United States and in his role, he oversees Steelcase inc global talent development pipeline and build strong, human-centric programs that support employees and work toward sustaining Steelcase culture.
Corporate culture is his passion.” An organization’s culture is the one thing a competitor cannot replicate, and It is my personal and professional belief that human resources can inform and enhance an organization’s corporate culture, thus making it more competitive in the marketplace”.
Laurent has a law degree from the University Paris 2 and an International MBA from the ESCP Europe Business School. In 2010, he added an additional degree from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Before joining Steelcase, Laurent was European HR director for BOC/Ohmeda , HR director for Computervision France and Belgium and worked as an HR manager for Schlumberger/ Oce Graphics.
Born in Landau, Germany, Laurent currently resides in Grand Rapids with his wife, Brigitte, and they are the parents of three children.
Deputy Dean, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, London Business School
Julian Birkinshaw is Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Deputy Dean at the London Business School. He is a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the Academy of Social Scientists (FAcSS) and the Academy of International Business.
Julian is a recognised expert on innovation, entrepreneurship and renewal in large corporations. He has written fourteen books, including Fast/Forward, Becoming a Better Boss, Reinventing Management, and Giant Steps in Management, and over ninety articles in such journals as Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Strategic Management Journal and Academy of Management Journal.
He is regularly quoted in international media outlets, including CNN, BBC, The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, Bloomberg Business Week and The Times, and he speaks regularly at business conferences in the UK, Europe, North America and Australia. In 2015, he was ranked 43rd on the Thinkers 50 list of the most influential management thinkers in the world.
ulian has PhD and MBA degrees in Business from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, and a BSc (Hons) from the University of Durham. He has been on the faculty at London Business School for eighteen years, and is currently Deputy Dean (Programmes) and Director of the Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Stockholm School of Economics, 2009.
Julian is co-founder with bestselling author Gary Hamel of the Management Innovation Lab (MLab), a unique partnership between academia and business that seeks to accelerate the evolution of management. He is very active as a consultant, speaker, and executive educator to many large corporations, including Arup, Bayer, BMW, Deloitte, IBM, Novo Nordisk, Petrofac, Rio Tinto, Roche, Tata, Toshiba, UBS, and Unilever.
Founder & CEO, The Practice of Innovation; Former CEO of Siri Inc.
Curt Carlson in an internationally recognized innovator and thought-leader on the practice of innovation. As CEO of SRI International in Silicon Valley from 1998 to 2014, SRI became a global model for the creation of high-value innovations, such as HDTV, Intuitive Surgical for robotic surgery, and Siri on the iPhone. Carlson’s new company, Practice of Innovation, works with companies, governments, and universities to improve innovative performance. He served on President Obama’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, he is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Singapore, and he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering study to develop improved U.S. R&D and innovative outcomes.
Carlson wrote, with William Wilmot, "Innovation", a BusinessWeek Top-10 Business Book. The process described is now used by companies, universities, and government agencies worldwide.
His teams have won two Emmys, one for HDTV and one for optimized satellite broadcast imagequality. He won the Otto Schade Prize for Display Performance and Image Quality from the Society for Information Display.
Carlson received his B.S. degree in physics from WPI as a member of Tau Beta Pi. His M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are from Rutgers University.
President & Co-Founder, Pixar
Vinton G. Cerf
VP and chief Internet evangelist, Google
Vinton G. Cerf has served as vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google since October 2005. In this role, he is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies to support the development of advanced, Internet-based products and services from Google. He is also an active public face for Google in the Internet world.
Cerf is the former senior vice president of Technology Strategy for MCI. In this role, Cerf was responsible for helping to guide corporate strategy development from the technical perspective. Previously, Cerf served as MCI’s senior vice president of Architecture and Technology, leading a team of architects and engineers to design advanced networking frameworks including Internet-based solutions for delivering a combination of data, information, voice and video services for business and consumer use.
Widely known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet," Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. In December 1997, President Clinton presented the U.S. National Medal of Technology to Cerf and his colleague, Robert E. Kahn, for founding and developing the Internet. Kahn and Cerf were named the recipients of the ACM Alan M. Turing award in 2004 for their work on the Internet protocols. The Turing award is sometimes called the “Nobel Prize of Computer Science.” In November 2005, President George Bush awarded Cerf and Kahn the Presidential Medal of Freedom for their work. The medal is the highest civilian award given by the United States to its citizens. In April 2008, Cerf and Kahn received the prestigious Japan Prize.
Prior to rejoining MCI in 1994, Cerf was vice president of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI). As vice president of MCI Digital Information Services from 1982-1986, he led the engineering of MCI Mail, the first commercial email service to be connected to the Internet. During his tenure from 1976-1982 with the U.S. Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Cerf played a key role leading the development of Internet and Internet-related packet data and security technologies.
Vint Cerf served as chairman of the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from 2000-2007. Cerf also served as founding president of the Internet Society from 1992-1995 and in 1999 served a term as Chairman of the Board. In addition, Cerf is honorary chairman of the IPv6 Forum, dedicated to raising awareness and speeding introduction of the new Internet protocol. Cerf served as a member of the U.S. Presidential Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) from 1997 to 2001 and serves on several national, state and industry committees focused on cyber-security. Cerf sits on the Board of Directors for the Endowment for Excellence in Education, the Americas Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), CosmosID, StopBadWare, the Gorilla Foundation and the Intaba Institute (for the Deaf). Cerf also sits on the Board of Associates of Gallaudet University. He serves on the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Advisory Committee and serves as Chair of the Visitors Committee on Advanced Technology of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. He also serves as 1st Vice President and Treasurer of the National Science & Technology Medals Foundation. Cerf is a Fellow of the IEEE, ACM, and American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Engineering Consortium, the Computer History Museum, the Annenberg Center for Communications at USC, the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering, the American Philosophical Society, the Hasso Platner Institute and is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering. In 2011, he was made Distinguished Fellow of the British Computer Society.
Cerf is a recipient of numerous awards and commendations in connection with his work on the Internet. These include the Marconi Fellowship, Charles Stark Draper award of the National Academy of Engineering, the Prince of Asturias award for science and technology, the National Medal of Science from Tunisia, the St. Cyril and St. Methodius Order (Grand Cross) of Bulgaria, the Alexander Graham Bell Award presented by the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf, the NEC Computer and Communications Prize, the Silver Medal of the International Telecommunications Union, the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal, the IEEE Koji Kobayashi Award, the ACM Software and Systems Award, the ACM SIGCOMM Award, the Computer and Communications Industries Association Industry Legend Award, installation in the Inventors Hall of Fame, the Yuri Rubinsky Web Award, the Kilby Award , the Rotary Club International Paul P. Harris Medal, the Joseph Priestley Award from Dickinson College, the Yankee Group/Interop/Network World Lifetime Achievement Award, the George R. Stibitz Award, the Werner Wolter Award, the Andrew Saks Engineering Award, the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, the Computerworld/Smithsonian Leadership Award, the J.D. Edwards Leadership Award for Collaboration, World Institute on Disability Annual Award and the Library of Congress Bicentennial Living Legend medal. Cerf was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in May 2006. He was made an Eminent Member of the IEEE Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) honor society in 2009. In 2010 he received a Lifetime Webby Award. In February 2011 he was named a Stanford Engineering School “Hero” for his work on the Internet and received a lifetime achievement award from the Oxford Internet Institute. In December 1994, People magazine identified Cerf as one of that year's "25 Most Intriguing People."
In addition to his work on behalf of Google and the Internet, Cerf has served as a technical advisor to production for "Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict" and made a special guest appearance on the program in May 1998. Cerf has appeared on television programs NextWave with Leonard Nimoy and often co-hosted World Business Review with Alexander Haig and Caspar Weinberger. Cerf also holds an appointment as distinguished visiting scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he is working on the design of an interplanetary Internet. Cerf holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Stanford University and Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from UCLA. He also holds honorary Doctorate degrees from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich; Lulea University of Technology, Sweden; University of the Balearic Islands, Palma; Capitol College, Maryland; Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania; George Mason University, Virginia; Rovira i Virgili University, Tarragona, Spain; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York; the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands; Brooklyn Polytechnic; Marymount University; the University of Pisa; the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications; Tschingua University, Beijing, China; the University of Zaragoza, Spain; the Technical University of Cartagena, Spain; the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain; Bethany College, Kansas; the Moscow State University of International Relations and the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology.
His personal interests include fine wine, gourmet cooking and science fiction. Cerf and his wife, Sigrid, were married in 1966 and have two sons, David and Bennett.
Co-Founder & VP Engineering, Viv Labs; Co-Founder, Siri Inc.
Currently, Adam Cheyer is co-Founder and VP Engineering of Viv Labs, a startup simplifying the world by providing an intelligent interface to everything. Previously, Adam Cheyer was co-Founder and VP Engineering at Siri, Inc., a company aimed at fundamentally redesigning the face of the consumer mobile experience. In 2010, Siri was acquired by Apple, where Mr. Cheyer became a Director of Engineering in the iPhone/iOS group. Mr. Cheyer is is also a Founding Member and Advisor to Change.org, the premier social network for positive social change, and a co-Founder of Sentient Technologies.
Before starting Siri, Adam Cheyer was a Program Director in SRI's Artificial Intelligence Center, where he served as Chief Architect of the CALO/PAL project, an ambitious effort to create a next-generation personal cognitive assistant that learns and self-improves "in the wild" (e.g. with no code changes). Cheyer's team was responsible for integrating state-of-the-art AI technologies from 25 research institutions, universities, and commercial companies, into a functioning system that can provide user value and pass a set of yearly SAT-like tests.
Mr. Cheyer was VP of Engineering at Dejima (acquired by Sybase), where he was responsible for managing Dejima's engineering staff, technology strategy, and for guiding the company's product development in the areas of accelerated mobile search for enterprise and consumer applications.
As VP of Engineering at Verticalnet (NASDAQ: VERT, acquired by BravoSolution), Mr. Cheyer was responsible for development organizations delivering products for consortium marketplaces, private markets, and extended enterprise solutions. Verticalnet's products included a set of integrated trading applications (auction, reverse auction, RFQ, structured negotiation), C2 Suite (an ontology-driven distributed data comprehension toolset), and OSM (a platform for managing intelligent integration throughout the connected enterprise).
Mr. Cheyer has more than 15 years experience in a variety of roles, including executive, software engineer, research scientist, consultant, lecturer, and technical manager. A pioneer in the areas of distributed computing, intelligent agents, and advanced user interfaces, he is the author of fifty-nine peer-reviewed publications and more than twenty issued patents. Mr. Cheyer has also participated on a number of Program Committees and Advisory Boards.
As Senior Scientist and Co-Director of the Computer Human Interaction Center (CHIC) at SRI International, Mr. Cheyer led a multidisciplinary team of researchers exploring web services, distributed knowledge, and pervasive computing. While at Bull S.A., he was lead developer and architect for NOEMIE, a configuration expert system used to manage Bull's line of 30,000 hardware and software products worldwide. Mr. Cheyer received his bachelor's degree with highest honors from Brandeis University and his master's degree with an "outstanding master's student" award from UCLA.
Michael J. Gelb
Creative thinking pioneer and executive coach
Michael J. Gelb is the world’s leading authority on the application of genius thinking to personal and organizational development. A pioneer in creative thinking, accelerated learning, and innovative leadership, he leads seminars for DuPont, Merck, Microsoft, Nike, Roche, and YPO, bringing over 35 years of experience as professional speaker, seminar leader, and organizational consultant to his diverse, international clientele.
One of 14 books on creativity and innovation, his international best seller “How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day“ has been translated into 25 languages and has appeared on the Washington Post, Amazon, and the New York Times best seller lists.
Winner of a 1999 Brain Trust Charity’s “Brain of the Year” award and a 2003 Batten Fellowship from University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business, Michael was director of creativity and innovation leadership for the Conscious Capitalism Institute, and codirects the Leading Innovation Seminar at Darden with Professor James Clawson. A former professional juggler, certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, and fifth-degree black belt in aikido, he has created many best-selling audio programs and coauthored books with chess grandmaster Raymond Keene and Sarah Miller Caldicott, great grandniece of Thomas Edison.
Executive Chairman of Wamda Group, Founder of Aramex
Fadi Ghandour is the Executive Chairman of Wamda Group, a platform that invests, nurtures and builds entrepreneurship eco-systems across the Middle East and North Africa.
Fadi is also the Founder of Aramex, one of the leading global logistics companies. Fadi spent the first 30 years of his work life as CEO of Aramex, building the company, making it the leading emerging market logistics company, employing over 15,000 people working in over 250 offices in 90 countries. He took the company public twice, first on Nasdaq making it the first company from the Arab world to do so, then on Dubai Financial market. He continues to be active on the Aramex board.
Fadi is a serial entrepreneur. In his career, he was involved with founding, investing and launching tens of companies and non-profits, ranging from digital tech, hospitality, fitness & wellness to security.
Passionate about impact and social entrepreneurship, Fadi founded and chairs Ruwwad for Development, a private‐sector led community empowerment platform that helps marginalized communities, across several countries in the MENA region, overcome marginalization through activism, civic engagement, education and financial inclusion. He has also co-founded and continues to support Al-Riyadi, one of the leading not-for-profit sports clubs in Jordan.
Fadi also served and continues to serve on several global and regional boards of companies, education institutions and non-profits.
Executive Chairman, Tupperware Brands
Mr. E. V. Goings, also known as Rick, has been the Chairman of Tupperware Brands Corporation since October 1997. He was Chief Executive Officer at Tupperware Brands Corporation from October 1997 to May 09, 2018. Mr. Goings served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Tupperware Brands Corporation since March 1996. Mr. Goings has decades of business experience and considerable skills in senior management at corporate and business unit levels with publicly-owned direct-to-consumer marketers of name brand consumer products, including beauty products, on a global basis, in addition to having served on boards of other public companies. Prior to Tupperware, he worked with Avon Products Inc. from 1985 to November 1992, where he held a number of senior management positions including President of Avon Germany, Group Vice President & Senior Operating Officer in the Pacific Rim and President of Avon USA. He served as Chairman at Business Executives for National Security. Mr. Goings has been a Director of Tupperware Brands Corporation since 1996. He served as a Director of SunTrust Bank N.A., and Premark International, Inc. He served as a Director of Reynolds American Inc. from July 30, 2004 to February 6, 2007 and Circuit City Stores Inc. from March 2004 to June 2005. He served as a Director of R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company since February 22, 2008. He serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Mr. Goings served as the National Chairman of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. He is a participant of the World Economic Forum (WEF), a member of the Board of Executive Advisors for the Yale School of Management's Chief Executive Leadership Institute and a member of the Florida Council of 100. In 2010, Mr. Goings was recognized by the President of the French Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy, with the distinguished decree of Knight of the Legion of Honor in recognition of his long term dedication to the role of women in developing countries and children's causes. The People's Republic of China recognized Mr. Goings with the Marco Polo Award in Beijing for his visionary leadership and his significant role in China's economic development. Additionally, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America honored him with their highest award, the Herbert Hoover Humanitarian Award, for his outstanding leadership as their National Chairman. Mr. Goings was educated at Guilford College and served in the U.S. Navy on the Destroyer, USS Power.
Executive Director, MIT Leadership Center, MIT Sloan School of Management
Hal Gregersen is executive director of the MIT Leadership Center and a senior lecturer in leadership and innovation at MIT Sloan School of Management. A Thinkers50 globally ranked management thinker, he is the author of the Harvard Business Review article “Bursting the CEO Bubble” and co-author of The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators. Gregersen is also the founder of the 4-24 Project, an initiative dedicated to rekindling the provocative power of asking the right questions in adults so they can pass this crucial creativity skill onto the next generation. Putting his insight into practice, he is co-creator (with Sam Abell) of Leadership and the Lens: Learning at the Intersection of Innovation and Image-Making, an executive education experience through MIT Sloan Executive Education in association with Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.
Professor, London Business School;
Director of the Management Innovation eXchange
Gary Hamel is one of the world’s most influential and iconoclastic business thinkers. He has worked with leading companies across the globe and is a dynamic and sought-after management speaker. Hamel has been on the faculty of the London Business School for more than 30 years and is the director of the Management Innovation eXchange (link is external).
Hamel has written 17 articles for the Harvard Business Review and is the most reprinted author in the Review’s history. His landmark books have been translated into more than 25 languages. His most recent bestsellers are The Future of Management and What Matters Now. In these volumes, Hamel presents an impassioned plea for reinventing management and lays out a practical blueprint for building organizations that are “fit for the future.”
Fortune magazine describes Hamel as “the world’s leading expert on business strategy,” and the Financial Times calls him a “management innovator without peer.” Hamel has been ranked by The Wall Street Journal as the world’s most influential business thinker and is a fellow of the Strategic Management Society and of the World Economic Forum.
Hamel’s groundbreaking concepts such as “strategic intent,” “core competence,” “industry revolution,” and “management innovation,” have changed the language and practice of management in organizations around the globe.
Hamel’s work inside of organizations has been equally pioneering. Highlights include:
- Building one of the world’s first “idea markets” inside a global energy leader.
- Using crowdsourcing to help a European high tech company build a game-changing strategy.
- Orchestrating a comprehensive effort to turn a venerable durable goods manufacturer into one of the world’s most innovative companies.
- Helping a leading Korean company re-engineer its management practices around the principles of openness, community and meritocracy.
- Designing and deploying an online platform that allowed the employees of a top fashion house to share and develop ideas for strengthening their company’s core values.
- Developing innovation tools and platforms that have helped companies around the world de-commoditize mature industries and accelerate growth.
- Running an online “hackathon” in which more than 1,700 senior executives collaborated to reinvent the HR function.
In his work, Hamel has led transformational efforts in some of the world’s most notable companies and has helped to create billions of dollars in shareholder value.
Hamel is one of the world’s most sought-after management speakers on the topics of strategy, leadership, innovation and change.
Digital Anthropologist and author
Rahaf Harfoush is a Strategist, Digital Anthro-pologist, and Best-Selling Author who focuses on the intersections between emerging technology, innovation, and digital culture. She is currently working on her third book entitled “Hustle & Float,” about our contemporary work culture and the realities of a post-work society. Her second book, “The Decoded Company: Know Your Talent Better Than You Know Your Customers,” was a NYT and USA Today Best Seller, and winner of a Gold Axiom Award.
Formerly, Rahaf was the Associate Director of the Technology Pioneer Programme at the World Economic Forum in Geneva where she helped identify disruptive-startups that were improving the state of the world.
Rahaf is the founder of Red Thread Inc., Think Tank and Special Projects Agency that supports organizations in transforming digital trends into strategic opportunities. She teaches “Innovation & Emerging Business Models” at Sciences Po’s MBA program in Paris. She was recognized a top future thinker by the Hay Literary Festival and as a Young Global Shaper by the G20 Think Tank Summit. Rahaf is also named a Young Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum and a Rising Talent by the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society.
CEO, Infineon Technologies Austria
Editor-in-chief, Harvard Business Review
Adi Ignatius is Editor in Chief of the Harvard Business Review Group, where he has led the transformation of HBR, HBR.org, and HBR’s book-publishing unit. He launched HBR’s Future Economy Project last year to affirm the publication’s commitment to ambitious sustainability goals. Prior to joining HBR in 2009, Mr. Ignatius was the No. 2 editor at TIME.
He is the editor of two books: President Obama: The Path to the White House and Prisoner of the State: The Secret Diaries of Premier Zhao Ziyang. Both made the New York Times Bestseller List.
Mr. Ignatius lived and worked for nearly 20 years overseas. He was Editor of Time’s Asian edition and earlier served as Beijing Bureau Chief and Moscow Bureau Chief for the Wall Street Journal.
Michael G. Jacobides
Professor of Strategy
London Business School
Michael G Jacobides holds the Sir Donald Gordon Chair of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at London Business School, where he is Professor of Strategy. He is Academic Advisor to the Boston Consulting Group, Visiting Scholar at the New York Fed, and Visiting Fellow at Cambridge. A frequent keynote speaker, he engages in corporate, industry, and broad-appeal events such as TEDx and the Global Drucker Forum, and works with companies as they adjust to a shifting environment, and. He studies industry evolution, new business models, value migration and structural change in firms and sectors, and looks at how digital ecosystems transform the business context. He teaches strategy, innovation, transformation and turnarounds, and works on thought leadership with consultants such as McKinsey, IDEO, Accenture, PwC and Deloitte, and on strategy with corporates such as Santander, Zurich, CS, Airbus, Lufthansa, Vodafone, Nokia, DeBeers, Burberry, MerckSerono and the NHS. He advises disruptive start-ups and established firms alike, and has worked with policy makers in Europe and the US. He has visited Harvard, NYU, Cambridge, Imperial, Bocconi and Wharton, where he obtained his PhD, after studying at Athens, Cambridge and Stanford. His work has appeared in the top academic journals such as SMJ, AMJ, AMR, OrgSci and Industrial & Corporate Change, where he is a co-Editor, as well as HBR and FT, and appears on CNN and BBC. On policy, he has worked with the UK parliament (on the future of financial services), the European Council (on innovation in Europe) and has spearheaded RedesignGreece. He served on the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum, where he is the Academic Lead on the Digital Ecosystems project, and has presented in the Davos Annual meetings.
CEO, WLJ Advisors
Senior Editor, Harvard University Press
Julia Kirby has been with Harvard Business Review for over a decade and in that time worked with hundreds of expert authors to bring their ideas to the magazine’s managerial audience. Marketing management and strategy are particular areas of interest; she stays on top of the issues facing marketers in leading firms and seeks out new academic research with important managerial implications. She is also the author of a book (with Christopher Meyer) on how the rules of capitalism will change as the center of gravity of global commerce shifts to emerging economies: “Standing on the Sun: How the Explosion of Capitalism Abroad Will Change Business Everywhere“
Entrepreneur and Business Model Innovator, Co-Founder Strategyzer
Alexander Osterwalder is an entrepreneur, speaker and business model innovator. He is co-founder of Strategyzer, a leading SaaS company that helps organizations develop new growth engines, better value propositions and powerful business models via online applications and facilitated online courses.
In 2015 Alex won the strategy award by Thinkers50, called the “Oscars of Management Thinking” by the FT, and ranks #15 among the leading business thinkers of the world. In 2013 he won the inaugural Innovation Luminary Award by the European Union.
Alex is lead author of the 2 best-selling books “Business Model Generation” and “Value Proposition Design”. USA Today named Business Model Generation among the 12 best business books of all times. The German edition was named Management Book of
the Year 2011. Fast Company Magazine named it one of the Best Books for Business Owners in 2010.
He invented the Business Model Canvas, a strategic management tool to visualize, challenge and (re-) invent business models. Leading organizations and start-ups around the world use it. He is a frequent keynote speaker at Fortune 500 companies and has
held guest lectures in top universities around the world, including Wharton, Stanford, Berkeley, IESE, MIT, KAUST and IMD.
Chief Curator EkStep Foundation
Sanjay has 28 years of diverse global experience including leadership roles in strategy, digital platforms, design, management consulting and leadership development. Since 2016, he is developing Societal Platform Thinking, a systemic method to resolve
complex societal challenges with speed, at scale, sustainably (societalplatform.org). He is a Strategic Advisor to EkStep Foundation, eGov Foundation, Avanti Finance, Advaith Foundation and Mantra4Change.
Passionable about mentoring young entreprenurial talent, he advises the startups incubated by Fundamentum Partnerships (fundamentum.co.in), a scale investment fund, Edumentum (edumentum.org), an education leadership incubator and N/Core
(ncore.thenudge.org), a not-for-profit incubator. He is an Innovation Advisor to Unleash (unleash.org), a global innovation lab for Sustainable Development Goals.
Sanjay joined Infosys in 2000. Along with Co-Founder and CEO, Nandan Nilekani, he established a systematic multi-horizon strategy planning and execution framework to scale the then $400 Million IT Services business. For the next 10 years, he developed
the annual plans for growth and profitability which served as a strong foundation for Infosys to scale to $7 Billion in annual revenues. In 2010, Infosys won the Force of Ideas Award from Corporate Strategy Board, USA, for its unique planning methods.
Over 16 years at Infosys, Sanjay managed many complex business transformations. His Balanced Scorecard based strategy execution approach led Infosys to become the 1st IT Services company globally to win the Hall of Fame Award in 2007. He enjoys being a guest faculty at Harvard Business School during courses on Balanced Scorecard led by Prof. Robert Kaplan. During his tenure at Tata Sons (1998-2000), he developed the Tata Business Excellence Model based on the MBNQA, USA.
In early 2011, Sanjay articulated 7 key trends triggered by emerging technologies. He took these to 100 global enterprises over 12 months and helped them develop strategic responses to the imminent digital disruption / opportunity. He incubated and scaled new lines of business in Cloud, Big Data and Mobility from early stage to a growing and profitable $ 250 Million business over 3 years. Over 2015-2016, he leveraged Design Thinking to identify significant digital disruptions and develop / execute transformation programs with more than 50 global corporations.
Sanjay incubated a new enterprise digital platform business for Infosys. As Founder CEO of EdgeVerve, a wholly owned subsidiary of Infosys, Sanjay launched 6 digital platforms for Digital Marketing, Omni-channel Commerce, Customer Service, Distribution, Procurement and Credit Finance. A first in the Indian IT Services industry, he carved out a viable software product startup with innovative practices in product R&D and talent development.
As Chairman and Managing Partner, Sanjay led a $635 Million Management Consulting business at Infosys. The operations covered 20 countries across US, Europe, LATAM, Asia Pacific and India, serving 450+ clients. Under his leadership, in partnership with
Stanford d.school, USA, Infosys Consulting embraced Design Thinking in a very significant way. As a practitioner of Design Thinking, he has personally mentored more than 50 strategy and design engagements with global corporations.
When Infosys Leadership Institute was established in 2001, Sanjay pioneered the Leaders Teach program. Over 16 years, he developed 400+ leaders in areas such as strategy, competitiveness, scalability and resilience. He has been a guest faculty at
global management schools and has been engaged with global strategy fora such as the World Economic Forum in developing global scenarios for 2025.
Professor of Practice at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
Rafael is the first Professor of Practice at the University of Oxford. He directs the award-winning Oxford Scenarios Programme, is Academic Director of the Oxford Networked Strategy Lab, and is one of the world’s leading experts on scenario planning. As a researcher and advisor, Rafael has worked extensively with NGOs, corporations, inter-governmental organisations, governments and think tanks. He has authored several books and many scholarly papers, and sits on the editorial boards of three scenario planning journals.
Rafael holds a PhD from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and master’s degrees from York University in Toronto and Oxford.
Prior to coming to Oxford, Rafael was part of Shell’s scenarios team and Professor of Management in HEC in Paris. He is fluent in French, Spanish, and English and he has worked on all continents.
Expertise: Scenario planning, Interactive and networked strategy, Aesthetics and business
Founder, Future Today Institute
Amy Webb is a quantitative futurist. She is a professor of strategic foresight at the NYU Stern School of Business and the Founder of the Future Today Institute, a leading foresight and strategy firm that helps leaders and their organizations prepare for complex futures. Founded in 2006, the Institute advises Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, government agencies, large nonprofits, universities and startups around the world. Amy was named to the Thinkers50 Radar list of the 30 management thinkers most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led and was won the prestigious 2017 Thinkers50 RADAR Award. Amy’s special area of research is artificial intelligence, and she has advised three-star generals and admirals, White House leadership and CEOs of some of the world’s largest companies.
Amy is the author of three books, including The Big Nine: How The Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity (PublicAffairs/ Hachette, March 5, 2019), which is a call-to-arms about the broken nature of artificial intelligence, and the powerful corporations that are turning the human-machine relationship on its head. Her last book, The Signals Are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe Is Tomorrow’s Mainstream (PublicAffairs/ Hachette, December 2016), explains Amy’s forecasting methodology and how any organization can identify risk and opportunity before disruption hits. Signals is a Washington Post bestseller, was selected as one of Fast Company’s Best Books of 2016, won a 2017 Gold Axiom Medal for the best book about business and technology and was one of Amazon’s best books 2016. Signals has been released in multiple international editions and has been translated into a number of languages. Her bestselling memoir Data, A Love Story (Dutton/ Penguin 2013) is about finding love via algorithms. Her TED talk about Data has been viewed more than 6 million times and has been translated into 32 languages. Data is being adapted as a feature film, which is currently in production.
Amy is a Fellow in the United States-Japan Leadership Program and a Foresight Fellow in the U.S. Government Accountability Office Center for Strategic Foresight. She was a Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, and her research received a national Sigma Delta Chi award. Amy was also a Delegate on the former U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission, where she worked on the future of technology, media and international diplomacy.
Amy writes extensively about artificial intelligence, emerging technology, digital media and the impacts/ opportunities they present. She is the tech columnist and a contributing editor at Inc. Magazine, and she writes a column about the future of technology for The Nikkei (Japan). She regularly contributes to a number of publications all over the world, which include the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Wired, Fortune, Mother Jones and others. Amy’s future forecasting work has been featured in the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, CNN, NPR, and more. Her research has also been cited in several academic papers.
For the past 15 years, Amy has been dedicated to helping inform and shape the future of journalism. She is a member of the accreditation council of the ACEJMC, where she is helping to recalibrate accreditation standards for journalism and communication programs throughout the country. She is chairing a committee to develop a new, international digital certification program. Every year, Amy lectures about the future of media and technology at Harvard University as well as a number of universities worldwide, which have included Institut d'études politiques de Paris, Tokyo University and National University of Kyiv. She was a David Letterman Distinguished Professional Lecturer at Ball State University in 2016.
Amy serves on a script consultant for films and shows about artificial intelligence, technology and the future. Most recently, she worked on The First, a sci-fi drama about the first humans to travel to Mars (airing on Hulu and Channel 4). She is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and has served as a Blue Ribbon Emmy award judge.
Amy originally attended the Jacobs School of Music to study classical clarinet and served on the Board of Directors for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She holds a B.A. in political science, game theory and economics from Indiana University and an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She also earned Nikyu Certification in the Japanese government-administered Language Proficiency Test. In addition, she earned the rank of Shodan (first-degree black belt) in Aikido, but a serious accident during training a few years ago forced her to retire. She lives in Baltimore and in New York City.
Partner at The Innovation Architects and author
Based in New York, Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg is an author, speaker, and lecturer on the topics of innovation and problem solving.
His first book, "Innovation as usual", was published by Harvard Business Review Press and came out in five languages including Chinese. The book shares how leaders can help their people be more innovative as an integrated part of their regular work.
His second book (forthcoming) shares how a method called reframing can help you find new solutions to your toughest problems. The method was described in his recent HBR article "Are you solving the right problems", and Thomas’s workshop on the topic has been used by companies such as Microsoft, Cisco, UBS, Citigroup, Time Warner Group, Wall Street Journal and the United Nations.
Prior to his business career, Wedell-Wedellsborg served for four years as an officer and infantry platoon commander with the Danish Royal Guards. Originally from Denmark, he holds an MA in Media Science from the University of Copenhagen and an MBA from IESE Business School.
CEO of 20-first and author
Avivah Wittenberg-Cox is CEO of 20-first, a leading international gender-balance consultancy. 20-first works with top management at some of the world’s best-known companies to identify the business opportunities of gender balance and how to achieve them. She has written a number of best-sellers in the field, including One Key to Gender Balance, Four Phases to Women’s Careers, Seven Steps to Leading Gender-Balanced Businesses, How Women Mean Business, and Why Women Mean Business: Understanding the Emergence of Our Next Economic Revolution, which won the Manpower Business Book of the Year award. Her most recent book is a more personal take on the consequences of gender balance at home: Late Love: Mating in Maturity.
Avivah speaks on leadership, marketing and talent management, and dual career issues across the globe, writes for FORBES and Harvard Business Review and lectures at HEC Business School. She is Founder and Honorary President of GlobalPWN.net, an international professional women’s network. Canadian, French and Swiss, she has been recognized by ELLE Magazine as one of the TOP 40 Women Leading Change. She lives in London with her sculptor husband and is occasionally visited by her two, globe-trotting, gender-balanced children, a son and daughter.
Senior Advisor, Tencent Holdings Limited
Arthur is a hybrid professor, intertwining his career between academic and corporate worlds. As a professor, he had taught at the University of Michigan and China Europe International Business School. As a corporate executive, he served as Chief Learning Officer and subsequently Chief HR Officer of Acer Group from 1998 to 2002. Reporting directly to the Chairman & CEO, he worked closely with the top management team to radically transform Acer to meet the challenges and opportunities of new business realities. Since 2008, he takes on the role as Senior Management Advisor of Tencent Holdings and sits on the Executive Leadership Committee. In this capacity, he supports and facilitates organizational innovation and leadership development within Tencent and its key strategic partners such as JD.com, DiDi, Meituan Dianping, and 58.com.
At CEIBS, his outstanding teaching has been repeatedly recognized through numerous awards like “Outstanding Teaching Award”, “Most Favorite EMBA Professor Award”, and the most prestigious “CEIBS Medal for Teaching Excellence”. He founded the Center of Organizational and People Excellence (COPE). To help enterprenuers and CEOs systematically build organizational capability based on his proprietry diagnostic framework, he is also founder and president of Y-Triangle Organizational Learning Oasis with 100+ members in the last seven years.
Author of a dozen of books and numerous articles, Dr. Yeung research interests focus on building organizational capability for strategic implementation, globalization of Chinese firms, growing talent for business growth, and leading large-scale organizational transformation. He had received research awards from two leading human resource associations in the United States: Yoder-Heneman Personnel Research Award presented by the Society of Human Resource Management (1989) and Best Research Paper of the Year by the Human Resource Planning Society (1995). In 2002, he also received the Gold Book Award jointly presented by Ministry of Economic Affairs and Chinese Management Association in Taiwan. Dr. Yeung also serves as Global Editor (Asia-Pacific) for Talent and Strategy Journal (USA), ex- associate editor (1995-2006) and current editorial board member of Human Resource Management Journal (USA), editorial board member of Harvard Business Review (China), Human Relations Journal (U.S.A.), and Thunderbird International Business Review (U.S.A.).
In addition to research and teaching, Dr. Yeung has also been involved in training and consulting projects for numerous major corporations in Asia and North America, including Acer, Alibaba, Applied Materials, Bank of China, China Mobile, China Steel, CNOOC, Ford Motors, Hewlett-Packard, ICI, ICBC, ING Antai, Inventec, Lenovo Group, Philips, TSMC, TCL, and United Microelectronic Group. He also serves as board director for five corporations, one not-for-profit organization, and advises CEOs of several leading Chinese firms.
Due to his contribution in executive education, Dr. Yeung was recognized in 1999 by “Business Horizon” magazine in the U.S. as one of the next-generation “Executive Development Guru.” In addition to teaching at CEIBS, he teaches regularly in executive programs in association with Harvard, INSEAD, and Michigan. He also chairs the Regional Judge Committee for selecting “Best Employers in Asia” sponsored by Hewitt.