The Global Innovation Summit features expert speakers across many fields of innovation: business, government, entrepreneurship, academia, social impact, the creative arts, and others.  However, unlike a typical conference, the format is hands-on, informal, and interactive. The vast majority of the sessions will take place without a formal stage, and none will involve tedious presentations. Instead, sessions will be unscripted, casual, and in-the-round, to foster a highly engaged discussion. Every single attendee at the Summit will have the opportunity to speak visibly, share ideas, and take action. We promise an eclectic, interesting, and vigorous mixture of dialogue and doing.

 Kamran Elahian   Chairman,  Global Catalyst Partners

Kamran Elahian

Chairman, Global Catalyst Partners

 Nancy Pfund   Founder and Managing Partner,   DBL Investors

Nancy Pfund

Founder and Managing Partner, DBL Investors

 Fadi Ghandour       Founder and Vice Chairman,  Aramex

Fadi Ghandour

Founder and Vice Chairman, Aramex

 Mary Kay Magistad   J  ournalist , BBC & Public Radio International

Mary Kay Magistad

Journalist, BBC & Public Radio International

 Abigail Noble   Head,  Impact Investing Initiatives at World Economic Forum   

Abigail Noble

Head, Impact Investing Initiatives at World Economic Forum

 

 Dr. Sakena Yacoobi   CEO,  Afghan Institute of Learning   

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi

CEO, Afghan Institute of Learning

 

 Loren Feldman   Entrepreneurship Editor,  Forbes

Loren Feldman

Entrepreneurship Editor,
Forbes

 Prafull Anubhai   Chairman,  Ahmedabad University

Prafull Anubhai

Chairman, Ahmedabad University

 Bridget Russo   Marketing Director,  Shinola and Bedrock Manufacturing

Bridget Russo

Marketing Director, Shinola and Bedrock Manufacturing

 Ahmed Alfi   Founder , Sawari Ventures

Ahmed Alfi

Founder, Sawari Ventures

 Thomas Guevara   Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regional Affairs, Economic Development Administration,    US Department of Commerce

Thomas Guevara

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regional Affairs, Economic Development Administration, US Department of Commerce

 Chid Liberty   CEO,  Liberty & Justice

Chid Liberty

CEO, Liberty & Justice

 Megan Kachur   Creative Development of Ideation,  Walt Disney World

Megan Kachur

Creative Development of Ideation, Walt Disney World

  Maryann P. Feldman      Heninger Distinguished Professor,  Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Maryann P. Feldman

Heninger Distinguished Professor, Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  Cathy Clark     Director   ,   CASE i3 at Duke University

Cathy Clark

Director, CASE i3 at Duke University

 Rick Beyer   President Emeritus,  Wheeling Jesuit University

Rick Beyer

President Emeritus, Wheeling Jesuit University

 Ade Mabogunje, Ph.D.   Senior Research Scientist,  Stanford University

Ade Mabogunje, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist, Stanford University

 Jason Baron   Head portfolio manager for Social Investment Strategies,  U.S. Trust

Jason Baron

Head portfolio manager for Social Investment Strategies, U.S. Trust

 Mark Newberg       Managing Director,         5 Stone Green Capital

Mark Newberg

Managing Director, 5 Stone Green Capital

 Jessica Loman   Director, Operations & Impact,   Toniic

Jessica Loman

Director, Operations & Impact, Toniic

 Miguel Granier   Managing Director,   Invested Development     

Miguel Granier

Managing Director, Invested Development 

 

 Johanna Posada   Founder & Managing Director,   Elevar Equity LLC    

Johanna Posada

Founder & Managing Director, Elevar Equity LLC

 

 Todd Johnston   Process Design & Facilitation Lead,  The Value Web 

Todd Johnston

Process Design & Facilitation Lead, The Value Web 

 Jennifer Tescher   President & CEO,   Center for Financial Services Innovation

Jennifer Tescher

President & CEO, Center for Financial Services Innovation

  Maggie Hsu     Director of Marketing & External Relations   ,  Downtown Project

Maggie Hsu

Director of Marketing & External Relations, Downtown Project

 Joe Sterling   Head of Consulting,   T2 Venture Creation

Joe Sterling

Head of Consulting, T2 Venture Creation

 Rachel Chong   CEO,    Catchafire

Rachel Chong

CEO, Catchafire

 Gary Whitehill   Founder & CEO,   BURST

Gary Whitehill

Founder & CEO, BURST

 Victor W. Hwang   CEO and Co-Founder,   T2 Venture Creation

Victor W. Hwang

CEO and Co-Founder, T2 Venture Creation

 Cynthia Muller   Director of Impact Investing,   Arabella Advisors

Cynthia Muller

Director of Impact Investing, Arabella Advisors

 David Fransen, Ph.D.      Chair,   2015 Waterloo Innovation Summit

David Fransen, Ph.D.

Chair, 2015 Waterloo Innovation Summit

 Kumardev Chatterjee      Founder and President,   EYIF

Kumardev Chatterjee

Founder and President, EYIF

 Greg Horowitt   Co-Founder & Chief Evangelist,   T2 Venture Creation

Greg Horowitt

Co-Founder & Chief Evangelist, T2 Venture Creation

 Jeff Finkle   President & CEO,   International Economic Development Council

Jeff Finkle

President & CEO, International Economic Development Council

 Adiba Barney   CEO,   SVForum

Adiba Barney

CEO, SVForum

 Iain Klugman       CEO,  Communitech

Iain Klugman

CEO, Communitech

 Paul Breloff   Managing Director,  Venture Lab at Accion

Paul Breloff

Managing Director, Venture Lab at Accion

 Arjan Schutte   Founder & Managing Partner,   Core Innovation Capital

Arjan Schutte

Founder & Managing Partner, Core Innovation Capital

 Andrew Farquharson   Co-founder,  VentureHealth and InCube Ventures

Andrew Farquharson

Co-founder, VentureHealth and InCube Ventures

 Chinenye Mba-Uzoukwu     Managing Director/CEO of InfoGraphics Nigeria and GrandCentral

Chinenye Mba-Uzoukwu

Managing Director/CEO of InfoGraphics Nigeria and GrandCentral

 Ben Thornley   Director of Insight,   Pacific Community Ventures

Ben Thornley

Director of Insight, Pacific Community Ventures

 Conrad von Igel      Director,  Centro de Innovación UC,   Anacleto Angelini

Conrad von Igel

Director, Centro de Innovación UC, Anacleto Angelini

 Jayson Yuan   Managing Director,  CircleUp

Jayson Yuan

Managing Director, CircleUp

 Jeanine Becker   CEO,  Collaborative Leadership Consulting  www.jeaninebecker.com

Jeanine Becker

CEO, Collaborative Leadership Consulting www.jeaninebecker.com

 Mark Hatch   CEO and Co-founder,  TechShop

Mark Hatch

CEO and Co-founder, TechShop

 Michael Lesnick   Founder and Senior Partner,  Meridian Institute

Michael Lesnick

Founder and Senior Partner, Meridian Institute

 Mir Imran   Founder and Chairman,  InCube Labs, LLC

Mir Imran

Founder and Chairman, InCube Labs, LLC

 Nasir Ali  Entrepreneur, Early Stage Investor and Startup Ecosystem Builder

Nasir Ali

Entrepreneur, Early Stage Investor and Startup Ecosystem Builder

 Natalie Sweeney   Senior Business Innovation Strategy Consultant,  Highmark

Natalie Sweeney

Senior Business Innovation Strategy Consultant, Highmark

 Pablo Salazar Rojo   Managing Partner,  Nxtp.Labs

Pablo Salazar Rojo

Managing Partner, Nxtp.Labs

 Per Fredrik-Ilsaas   Director,  Government of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative

Per Fredrik-Ilsaas

Director, Government of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative

 Raul Pomares   Founder,  Sonen Capital

Raul Pomares

Founder, Sonen Capital

 Soody Tronson   Founder and Principal,  STLGip, Technology Law Firm

Soody Tronson

Founder and Principal, STLGip, Technology Law Firm

 Ursula Oesterle   Head,  Swisscom Outpost,

Ursula Oesterle

Head, Swisscom Outpost,

 Walid Bakr    Director,  The Abraaj Group

Walid Bakr

Director, The Abraaj Group

 Wanny Hersey   Founding Superintendent/Principal,  Bullis Charter School

Wanny Hersey

Founding Superintendent/Principal, Bullis Charter School

 Wayne Li   Oliver Endowed Professor of Design and Engineering,  Georgia Tech and  Director,  The Innovation & Design Collaborative

Wayne Li

Oliver Endowed Professor of Design and Engineering, Georgia Tech and Director, The Innovation & Design Collaborative

 Allen Taylor   VP, Global Network,  Endeavor Global

Allen Taylor

VP, Global Network, Endeavor Global

 Isabel Alvarez-Rodriguez   IDB-Youth Network Coordinator,  Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)   

Isabel Alvarez-Rodriguez

IDB-Youth Network Coordinator,
Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)

 

 Earl Robinson   Principal,  RLMcCall Partners   

Earl Robinson

Principal, RLMcCall Partners

 

 Emily Mochizuki Lutyens   Co-CEO,  Legworks

Emily Mochizuki Lutyens

Co-CEO, Legworks

 Juan Quintero  C EO,  Ruta N Corporation

Juan Quintero

CEO, Ruta N Corporation

 Bill Tobin   Partner  ,   Strayer Consulting Group

Bill Tobin

Partner, Strayer Consulting Group

 Eric Ball   Senior VP & Treasurer  ,  Oracle

Eric Ball

Senior VP & Treasurer, Oracle