Jason was born in France in 1970. He graduated from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University, where he specialized in the East Asian Region. Jason is one of the world’s leading experts in the Blue Ocean Strategy (BOS), which implies that an organization should create new demand in an uncontested market space. He worked as a researcher in various universities in 1996-2000, including the London School of Economics, after which he began working for the INSEAD international school (Fontainebleau, France). In 2003, Jason worked as Business Development Consultant at the British company McQueen Inc. He has been Head of the MBOSI (Malaysia Blue Ocean Strategy Institute) since December 2008. Jason was employed as Senior Researcher at INSEA in 2012. He is fluent in French, Spanish and Japanese.
Hiroshi Ishiguro was born in 1964 and got into robotics in the 1990s. He received his Candidate of Technical Sciences degree in 1991 from the Graduate School of Engineering Osaka University. He then worked at universities in Kyoto, California and Wakayama. He has worked at the Department of Systems Innovation in the Graduate School of Engineering Science at Osaka University since 2003, as well as managing a group of laboratories named after him at the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR). Hiroshi is famous for creating various humanoid robots, which can give lectures, work as secretaries, act in the theater and tend to a garden. He has received the RoboCup prize for creating the best humanoid on four occasions. He was also named as one of the “Top 100 Living Geniuses” by Synectics in 2007. He is married and has one daughter.
Geoffrey received his Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Fordham University (USA), and graduated with a Master’s degree in Physics from the University Consortium in Oak Ridge. He worked for TRW Information Networks as Director of Systems Engineering in the 1980s, developing communication networks for U.S. government bodies. Geoffrey was Network Technology Director at Sun Microsystems from 1988 to 2000. From 2000, he was on the board of directors of six high-profile companies of one of the leading venture funds in Silicon Valley, US Venture Partners, and manages an investment portfolio worth over $100 million. In 2009 he acted as an adviser to Russian venture fund Almaz Capital Partners, in 2010 he became adviser to the Skolkovo fund, and in 2012 Geoffrey was promoted to Partner of Almaz Capital Partners. He owns a range of patents in network and information technology. He likes to take nature photos with old cameras. He is a volunteer at the sheriff’s office in San Mateo (CA) and the main driver at the local marine rescue center.
John graduated from the University of Colorado, majoring in Computer science, Mathematics and Astrophysics. He then went on to work as a programmer at Amdahl Corporation. He transferred to Sun Microsystems in 1983 where he rose from manager to Vice President of Network Technologies. John became a Managing Partner of the Mohr Davidow venture fund in 1991. His investment interests are focused on the overlap between developing technologies and large markets. Since 2011, he has worked as an instructor at the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps program.
Martin was born in 1976. He founded his first business when he was 18 and has taken part in the development of over 15 startups since then. In 2002, he graduated with a Master’s in Management from Aarhus University. He then worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Co. and as business development manager at Meyerfood, a large Danish restaurant and grocery conglomerate. Martin founded the Rainmaking startup incubator in 2006 with his three best friends. He has been working on the BetterNow service since 2010, which helps businesses and individuals raise funds for charity.
He lives in Copenhagen with his wife and daughter. He is a fan of sport and running in particular. He takes eight weeks of holidays every year to travel around the world with his wife and friends.
Jordan was born in 1985. He founded his first business at the age of 19. He has studied business at the University of Notre Dame, Stanford, Grenoble Graduate School of Business, he received his Bachelor’s in Sociology from the University of Guelph, Jordan has also studied Management at the School of Business at Northwestern University and Entrepreneurship at Cambridge. He has worked as an author and editor at the aiCIO financial magazine in New York. He currently works at the Rainmaking incubator, he is also vice president in charge of business development at an online art gallery, global sales manager at a sunglasses manufacturer, co-founder of the eCamb startup accelerator and advisor to Emot.io.
Jordan lives in Toronto and works with an online entrepreneurship community with over 8,500 members in his spare time. Jordan is a member of The Sandbox Network, which is a closed community for successful people under the age of 30.
Ellen graduated with a Master’s in Biology from Columbia University (New York) in 1982. She received her Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the Sackler Institute at the NYU School of Medicine in 1987. She worked at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn from 1987 to 1990. Ellen worked with various biotechnology and medical companies in the early 90s. In 2001-2009, she supervised the study of protein biomarkers at British research company Vector Research. Ellen founded the Genspace research lab in New York in 2009. The founding principles of this non-profit organization are promoting science and freedom of information.
Steve was born in Arizona on March 1, 1967. He received his Master’s from Stanford University, where he majored in Electrical Engineering. He worked as an engineer for Hewlett-Packard in 1987-1989. In 1990-1993, Steve was employed as a consultant as Bain & Company, and worked for a brief stint in marketing at Apple and NeXT. In 1995, he teamed up with venture capitalists Timothy Draper and John Fisher, quickly becoming one of the partners and Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ). DFJ’s investment projects include Hotmail and Interwoven. Jurvetson is currently investing in Tesla Motors, a company manufacturing electric sports cars, and SpaceX, which is developing reusable rockets. Jurvetson’s parents were Estonian refugees, who fled the country during the Second World War. He was ranked 65th in Forbes’ list of top tech investors. His hobbies include model rockets and photography.
Larry started examining effective innovation in 1979. He created his own consulting company Doblin (now part of Monitor Group) in 1980. He has provided innovation consulting services for such well-known companies as American Express, Apple, BP, Citigroup, Coca-Cola, Ford, GE, McDonald’s and Shell. Larry became a board member of non-profit media company Chicago Public Media. He became a Partner of Monitor group in 2007. Larry is the author of “10 types of innovation”. He is also an avid teacher, working as a lecturer at IIT Institute of Design and the Kellogg business school from 2005. The Business Week magazine named him one of seven “innovation gurus” and listed him as one of the world’s 27 most influential designers.
Kennedy has authored or coauthored more than 80 scientific articles, including pieces for “Nature” and “Science.” He has been cited by “The New York Times,” “The Boston Globe,” “The Scientist,” “The Wall Street Journal,” and CNN.
Kennedy received his PhD from MIT in the mid-1990s. Even then, he was renowned for the work he had done in collaboration with Leonard Guarente, proving that the Sri2 protein (sirtuin) modulates aging. Sri2 research remains one of Brian’s research interests to this day.
He has taught and conducted research at educational institutions in the US and China. He has acted as a consultant for pharmaceutical and biomedical companies.
At the end of 2012, on behalf of the Buck Institute, he signed a memorandum to make its collaboration with the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology official.
Andy is an American entrepreneur, investment banker, venture capitalist and research analyst. He founded Velocity Capital Management in 1996, initial investments of $100 million had grown to $1 billion by 2001. Andy publishes articles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Wired, Forbes, and other well-known publications. He authored the book “Eat People” in 2011, which “every businessman should read” according to Forbes’ Rich Karlgaard. He is also author of the bestsellers “Wall Street Meat” (2003), “Running Money” (2004) and “The End of Medicine” (2006).
Manfred graduated with a Ph.D. from the Institute of Microbiology at the Goethe-University Frankfurt. In 1981, he started working for Degussa AG (on of the world’s leading chemical companies and part of Evonik Industries AG). From 1993 to 1996, he helped found Fermas (Slovakia), an international joint venture for producing amino acids. Manfred became Director of Biotechnical Project Development at Degussa. In 2001-2004, he managed Degussa’s investments through the Burrill & Company venture fund. In 2004-2009, he was involved in conducting business assessments of biotechnology projects. Manfred became Vice President of Evonik Industries in 2009 and Chief Adviser of the CLIB2012 German biotechnology cluster in 2012.