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 Journalist, 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 CEO, 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