2008 Summit Speakers

Kevin ManeyKevin Maney

Before joining Condé Nast Portfolio, Kevin was a senior technology writer and columnist for USA Today, but his expertise is not limited to the technology sector. He is well-versed on management and leadership issues and how great companies get built. He wrote The Maverick and His Machine: Thomas Watson Sr. and the Creation of IBM. Named one of BusinessWeek's 10 best books in 2003, the chronicle follows and analyzes how Watson built IBM from its inception in 1914 to 1956. Kevin also wrote the bestselling Megamedia Shakehout: The Inside Story of the Leaders and the Losers In the Exploding Communications Industry, which tracks the revolution in communications and its technologies.



Richard E. AlbrightRichard E. Albright, Ph.D.

Richard Albright founded the Albright Strategy Group, LLC in 2001 to work with corporations, industry groups and government organizations on roadmapping, technology futures, and integrated strategy and technology plans. Clients include government organizations and leading corporations in communications and electronics, medical technology, biotechnology, food, industrial products, and manufacturing. Dr. Albright has helped clients develop product-technology roadmaps that integrate market strategies with product development plans, science and technology roadmaps for defining future technology development and research programs, and he has pioneered the application of capability roadmapping for services. He was previously Director, Technology Strategy and Assessment at Bell Laboratories where he was responsible for development of technology strategy for Lucent Technologies. He chaired the Roadmapping Task Force of MATI (Management of Accelerated Technology Innovation), an industry and academic consortium identifying and developing best practices in technology management. Dr. Albright received the BS degree from Bradley University, the MS degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the PhD degree from Polytechnic University of New York.


Dan Berglund, BS, BA

Mr. Berglund is president and CEO of SSTI, a non-profit organization that leads, supports, and strengthens efforts to improve state and regional economies through science, technology, and innovation. SSTI is the most comprehensive resource available for those involved in technology-based economic development. Mr. Berglund has helped SSTI develop a nationwide network of practitioners and policymakers dedicated to improving the economy through science and technology. SSTI works with this network to assist states and communities to build tech-based economies, conduct research on best practices and trends in tech-based economic development, and encourage cooperation among and between state and federal programs. Prior to joining SSTI, Mr. Berglund worked as a private consultant, served as the primary author of Partnerships: A Compendium of State and Federal Cooperative Technology Programs and as the Director of Ohio's Thomas Edison Program and the Ohio Technology Transfer Organization (OTTO), Ohio's largest public/private economic development program.


Lisa BordellLisa Bordell

Lisa Bodell is the founder and CEO of futurethink, a business that offers research, tools and training to help companies better innovate today and prepare for tomorrow.

Futurethink has the largest catalog of innovation research and tools in the world. Clients such as Citigroup, Merrill Lynch and Johnson & Johnson look to futurethink for their research as well as their training and workshop services to develop new thinking styles and generate innovative ideas.

Bodell is widely recongized as a leader and pioneer in innovation -- creating a unique approach to an otherwise complicated topic. She is a seasoned keynoter, teacher and entrepreneur who has built three successful businesses. Lisa currently serves on the boards of the Institute of Direct Marketing in London, The Women’s Congress, and the Association of Professional Futurists. She is an active member of the World Future Society and the Urban Pioneer Project. She serves as a finalist judge at the annual Idea Crossing Innovation Challenge and FIT’s innovation challenge (which futurethink co-created), has taught marketing and creativity at American University, and serves as a faculty member of the American Management Association.

Bodell has appeared on FOX News, and in publications such as Crain’s, Investor’s Business Daily, Successful Meetings, Harvard Business Review, and The Futurist. Bodell earned her business degree from the University of Michigan, where she majored in business administration and marketing.


Michael BrownMichael Brown, MA, MBA

After working in the Semiconductor, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning, and Aerospace industries, Mr. Brown joined General Electric in 2000 as a business development manager at their Global Research facility located in Niskayuna, NY. Mr. Brown led external collaboration research and development efforts for Healthcare, Inspection Technologies and Bioinstrumentation.

As a Business Development Manager, Mr. Brown has helped to foster successful win-win research collaborations and partnerships between state and federal governments including the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense (DARPA, US Army, US Navy), pharmaceutical companies and many of the leading academic institutions to increase the rate of innovation and technology.

Mr. Brown has been trained in GE’s Six Sigma processes and has played a key role in developing GE’s Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) for marketing programs. DFSS for marketing is a structured, data-driven approach for assessing market needs and opportunities and developing business cases for potential programs.

In 2007, Mr. Brown joined GE Healthcare as an Enterprise General Manager of Sales, covering strategic academic accounts in North Carolina and Maryland. He has an electrical engineering degree from Northeastern University in Boston, MA, and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, NY.


Hille BrunsHille Bruns, MS

Hille Bruns is interested in how people communicate and collaborate when they come from diverse knowledge backgrounds. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate at Boston University School of Management. Her research focuses on how molecular biologists, mathematicians, computational modelers, and engineers work across their disciplines to drive innovation in the field of cancer research. Ms Bruns holds a Masters from the University of Amsterdam, where she examined how the members of a contemporary religious group developed a collective practice while maintaining different individual beliefs. As manager of community development projects in the Dutch NGO De Wijk, she recruited residents and professionals in multicultural neighborhoods to form action committees with the purpose of improving the quality of life. Ms Bruns has also held customer service positions at Dell and Nokia. To experience various cultural perspectives, she has lived and worked in Germany, France, Spain, the Netherlands, and the US and has traveled extensively in Asia. She speaks five languages.


Conrad A. Clyburn, MS

From 1997 to 2005, Mr. Clyburn served as Director of Program Integration and Planning for the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command, Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. In that capacity, Mr. Clyburn was responsible for life cycle management of more than 500 medical research and development programs, managing a budget of approximately $300 million. His responsibilities included execution of academic, government and industry programs in telemedicine, medical informatics, advanced surgical technology and imaging, bioinformatics, medical modeling and simulation, as well as biosurveillance, robotics, biomaterials, tissue engineering and nanotechnology. During his tenure, TATRC-funded programs spearheaded the development of numerous medical technologies that are now being used by U.S. troops and other federal agencies. These programs have generated hundreds of peer reviewed medical articles, invention disclosures, patent filings, and dozens of licenses that have spawned several early stage businesses.


Henry EtzkowitzHenry Etzkowitz, PhD

Dr. Etzkowitz is Visiting Research Professor in the Department of Technology and Society, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Stony Brook University. He served for many years as Director of the Science Policy Institute, SUNY Purchase. In 2006, he takes up the chair in Management of Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise at the Business School, University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne U.K. where he will serve as co-Director of the KITE (Knowledge, Innovation, Technology, Enterprise Research Centre.)

Dr. Etzkowitz is author of Triple Helix: A New Model of Innovation (Stockhom: SNS and Beijing: Peoples Press, 2005., MIT and the Rise of Entrepreneurial Science (London: Routledge, 2002). He is also coauthor of Public Venture Capital (New York: Harcourt, 2000) and Athena Unbound: The Advancement of Women in Science and Technology (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000). He regularly publishes in Research Policy, Science and Public Policy, Minerva and the Journal of Technology Transfer.

He is co-founder of the Triple Helix international conference series on university-industrygovernment relations. (Amsterdam, 1996; New York, 1998; Rio de Janeiro, 2000; Copenhagen, 2002; Torino, 2005. Singapore 2007) www.triplehelix6.com. His honors include Founding Chair of the Section on Science, Knowledge and Technology in the American Sociological Association. He has been awarded numerous research grants from the National Science Foundation and other foundations. He is a consultant to the Center for Business and Policy Studies (SNS) Stockholm, Sweden and the SUNY Research Foundation on technology transfer.


David FinegoldDavid Finegold, PhD

Dr. Finegold is the Dean of the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Prior to joining Rutgers, Dr. Finegold was a professor at the Keck Graduate Institute in Claremont, CA and at USCs Marshall School of Business. He is the author of more than 90 articles, book chapters and policy reports, and has written or edited six books, including Corporate Boards: Adding Value at the Top (with Jay Conger and Ed Lawler) and BioIndustry Ethics (Elsevier Academic Press, 2005). He consults and provides executive education and coaching to public and private sector organizations on issues about talent management and employee development, corporate governance, integrating ethics into strategic decision-making, and designing effective organizations.


Lisa GalarneauLisa Galarneau, MA

Lisa Galarneau is a doctoral candidate in New Zealand's University of Waikato Screen and Media Studies department and a researcher in the University's post-graduate games research lab. Leveraging her previous academic work in education and socio-cultural anthropology, as well as extensive professional experience in online learning design and development, her research is looking at social learning associated with virtual worlds. In addition, Lisa is an award-winning new media producer, has lectured in Mass Communication at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and acted as consultant and advisor to various commercial and non-profit organisations, including Microsoft Games User Research. She currently resides in Seattle and works for a research and consulting firm, Intrepid, while completing her dissertation, due for completion in 2008.


Jacques S. GanslerJacques S. Gansler, PhD

The Honorable Jacques S. Gansler, former Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, is the first holder of the Roger C. Lipitz Chair in Public Policy and Private Enterprise. As the third ranking civilian at the Pentagon from 1997 to 2001, Professor Gansler was responsible for all research and development, acquisition reform, logistics, advanced technology, environmental security, defense industry, and numerous other security programs. Before joining the Clinton Administration, Dr. Gansler held a variety of positions in government and the private sector, including Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Material Acquisition), Assistant Director of Defense Research and Engineering (Electronics), Vice President of ITT, and engineering and management positions with Singer and Raytheon Corporations. Throughout his career, Dr. Gansler has written, published and taught on subjects related to his work. He is the author of Defense Conversion: Transforming the Arsenal of Democracy, MIT Press, 1995; Affording Defense, MIT Press, 1989, and The Defense Industry, MIT Press, 1980. He has published numerous articles in Foreign Affairs, Harvard Business Review, International Security, Public Affairs, and other journals as well as newspapers and frequent Congressional testimonies. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.




JJerome H. Grossman, M.D., 1940-2008
Former Senior Fellow, Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government
Former Chairman and CEO, Lion Gate Management Corporation

Dr. Grossman’s principal activity was Senior Fellow and the Director of the Health Care Delivery Project. In this position at Harvard, he brought his expertise in the health care system and information technology, and his experience in community services to develop innovations and reforms in the medical care delivery system. He was Chairman Emeritus of New England Medical Center, where he served as Chairman and CEO from 1979 to 1995 and Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Grossman was a member of the founding team of several health care companies, including Meditech, a medical software company, as well as Tufts Associated Health Plan, Chartwell Home Therapies, and Transition Systems, Inc., a medical care information management company.

Named to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1984, he served as Chairman of four committees on issues concerning utilization management and guidelines. More recently he has served on the Committee for Quality of Health Care in America. He was the first IOM member to Chair a National Academy of Engineering Committee on the Impact of Academic Research on Industrial Performance, and served as Co-chairman of the NAE/IOM Workshop on Engineering and Health Care Delivery Systems. From 1999 to 2005, he was appointed to the National Academies Council on Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR). He became Chairman of the President’s Circle at the National Academy of Sciences in 2005. He also served as Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute in 1996. While at New England Medical Center, he founded The Health Institute in 1988, whose work involves research and development programs and practical applications in the area of medical outcome, functional health status, the relationship of doctors and patients, and the relationship of the health status to other non-biologic factors in society-at-large, such as income and education.

He served as a director/trustee of a number of organizations including: The Mayo Clinic Foundation, Penn Medicine (University of Pennsylvania Medical School and Health System), the Stryker Corporation, Eureka Medical, Inc., and the Committee for Economic Development. His past services include the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston from 1990 to 1997 serving as chairman from 1994 to 1997, Wellesley College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He lived in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Grossman passed away on April 1, 2008, at the age of 68.


Dr. Bernard A. HarrisDr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr., MD, MBA

Dr. Harris is President and Chief Executive Officer of Vesalius, Inc. He is an accomplished astronaut, physician and businessman. He is the first African-American to walk in space. Selected by NASA in 1990, Dr. Harris was a Mission Specialist on the Space Shuttle Columbia STS-55/Spacelab D-2 in 1993. As Payload Commander on Space Shuttle Discovery STS-63 in 1995, he served on the first flight of the joint Russian American Space Program. At the time of his retirement from NASA in 1996, he had logged more than 438 hours in space and traveled over 7.2 million miles. Equally as impressive as his space career, he has developed a broad range of business talents. Currently, Dr. Harris is president and founder of The Harris Foundation, which supports math/science education and crime prevention programs for America’s youth and president and CEO of Vesalius Ventures, a unique venture capital vehicle solely dedicated to funding the development of new technologies in order to advance the world of telemedicine.

Dr. Harris holds a bachelor of science in Biology from the University of Houston, a master of medical science from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, an MBA from the University of Houston and a doctorate of medicine from Texas Tech University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, a National Research Council Fellowship in Endocrinology at the NASA Ames Research Center and trained as a Flight Surgeon at the Aerospace School of Medicine, Brooks Air Force Base. Throughout his career, he has received numerous awards and recognition, including the election as Fellow of the American College of Physicians and is a recipient of the Horatio Alger Award.


Roland HarwoodRoland Harwood, PhD

Roland is Director of Open Innovation at NESTA (The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts in the UK). He heads up a major new program called Connect underpinned by the concept of supporting extreme collaboration that disrupts organizational, sector or geographic boundaries. He also sits on the board of Distance Lab, a research institute in the Highlands of Scotland whose mission is to invent new technologies and experiences that challenge the way we think about distance. He is passionate about connecting people and ideas into new innovation opportunities, and has experience across both the technology and creative industries.

Graduating with a PhD in Physics from Edinburgh University, he started his career as an industrial research scientist for EA Technology focusing upon imaging product development for range of Global Utility companies including EDF Energy and United Utilities. Then, at IET he was responsible for developing new media services including joint ventures with BT & IBM. Most recently, at LDA, he has worked with 100s of early stage technology companies through developing and launching a series of 3 business incubators and a launching a Venture Capital Investment Readiness program called gateway2investment London’s first Proof of Concept Seed Fund with 24 Universities. Also, for the past 10 years he has worked freelance as a music producer for Sony BMG, writing numerous soundtracks for TV and film, including for the film American Psycho and the Cosby Show.


Cheryl HayashiCheryl Hayashi, PhD

Cheryl Hayashi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of California / Riverside. She is a biologist working at the interface of phylogenetics, biomechanics, and materials science to study the architecture, structure, and function of spider silks and of other arthropods, non-silk proteins such as glues, and comparative analysis of spider silk biomechanics. Her findings, recognized by the John D. and Mary T. McArthur Foundation in the 2007 McArthur Foundation Awards, are influencing the development of biomimetic material for a variety of applications, from biodegradable fishing lines to medical sutures to protective armor cloth. Hayashi is contributing to a fundamental rethinking of arachnid phylogeny and revealing key information about spider silks to support the development of new synthetic materials.

Cheryl Hayashi received a B.S. (1988) from Yale University and a Ph.D. (1996) through a joint program with Yale University and the American Museum of Natural History. She was a postdoctoral fellow (1996-2001) at the University of Wyoming and, in 2001, joined the department of biology at the University of California, Riverside, where she is now an associate professor. Her scientific articles have appeared in such journals as Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, and the Journal of Experimental Biology.


Dave D. HoodDave D. Hood, MS, MBA, PMP

Dave D. Hood is the President of DH3 & Associates, a company that focuses on working with the US Government, industry, and academia to move new medical technology and products into commercialization. He also serves as the Senior Advisor for the Principle Assistant for Acquisition at the United States Medical Research and Material Command. Mr. Hood worked with Rockwell International and Northrop Grumman attaining senior management positions. He successfully guided the development of various sensor systems for high performance aircraft, missiles, and satellites including the stealth bomber, stealth fighter and the Global Positioning Satellites (GPS). Mr. Hood has worked with Congress and the financial community to raise capital focusing on non-dilutive funding. He holds 3 patents and has been the stimulus for more than two dozen. He published and presented in the US and Europe. He taught graduate school courses in Project Management, Business Management, Operations Management and Entrepreneurship. He is currently consulting for the US Army Surgeon General’s Medical Research and Material Command where he assists with the commercialization of promising new technologies.


Ellen L. Hughes-CromwickEllen L. Hughes-Cromwick, PhD

Ellen Hughes-Cromwick oversees the corporate economics and strategic issues group at Ford Motor Company with responsibility for the company's global automotive industry analysis and forecasts used to support planning. The group's responsibilities also include economic policy analysis, exchange rate forecasts, and other factors important to the automotive and financial sectors. Prior to joining Ford, Ellen's career included positions in banking and academia. She also served for two years as a staff economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisers. Ellen received a Masters degree in international development and Ph.D. in economics at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. She was awarded the H.B. Earhart graduate fellowship to support her graduate education, in addition to a summer fellowship at the Congressional Research Service.

Ellen is currently serving a one-year term as president of the National Association for Business Economics. Ellen serves as vice chair of the Board of Directors for the nonprofit organization called Operation ABLE that helps unemployed workers in Detroit obtain training and job placement assistance.


Sulekh C. JainSulekh C. Jain, PhD

Sulekh Jain is President of Materials and Manufacturing Technology Solutions Company and a founding partner of the Metalworking Consultant Group LLC, with over 47 years experience in metalworking process technology. He holds BS, MS and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering, and an MBA. Dr. Jain worked at General Electric Company - Aircraft Engines Division in Cincinnati, OH, for 15 years in various technical expert and managerial positions. Prior to joining GEAE, Dr. Jain was Research Group Leader at Wyman-Gordon Company, North Grafton, MA, and Technical Director and Plant Manager at C-E Beaumont, Houston, TX. At Wyman-Gordon, Dr. Jain led process development activities on isothermal and conventional forging, hot isostatic pressing of superalloy powders, and ring rolling. At C-E Beaumont, Dr. Jain was responsible for product development, quality control and product testing. He was also Production Manager in the open-die and impression-die forge shops. At GEAE, Dr. Jain was a Staff Consultant to the operating divisions on manufacturing processes such as forging, extrusion, seamless ring rolling, radial forging, heating and heat treatment. Dr. Jain has been a technical consultant to NATO in Brussels. He has ten US patents, several International Patents, over 50 technical publications and has taught and lectured at M.I.T, University of California, Berkley, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Laval University. Dr. Jain is a member of ASM International, ASME, SME, AFS, TMS and I Prod E. He was the recipient of the ASME Centennial Medal in 1980 and several awards and honors in GE including the managerial award for exceptional achievements.


Leigh W. JeromeLeigh W. Jerome, PhD

Dr. Jerome is the President and CEO of the Institute for Triple Helix Innovation, in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Institute is a federally funded non-profit organization whose mission is to "Enable the nation to realize collaborative potential for economic growth, efficiency and innovation". Dr. Jerome is a clinical psychologist with roots in both research and practice. She is a Past-President of Hawaii Psychological Association and has worked in a variety of leadership capacities with the American Psychological Association, the World Health Organization and the National Institute of Health regarding technology, telehealth and using information and communication technologies to facilitate collaboration and global eHealth. She was recently appointed by Governor Linda Lingle to the Hawaii Innovation Council.

Dr. Jerome's areas of expertise include novel eHealth technology applications; transformative learning; empathy; mind-body integration; sensors, virtual environments, social networks, multi-media technologies; communities of practice; and, the synthesis of healthcare, technology, science and the arts.

Her work has led to the development of theories and solutions for leveraging collaborative relationships, cross-cutting models of knowledge exchange and advancing and innovation within networks and community of practice; and, to the development of the Institute for Triple Helix Innovation which aims to harness and leverage the complementary expertise of academia, industry and government to facilitate new systems for innovation and novel collaborative processes that increase efficiencies, decrease costs, create new market opportunities and yield greater trust, productivity, transparency and social development.


Mary KratzMary Kratz, PhD

Mary Kratz is the head of academic information services at the University of Michigan Medical School. She is also an Advisor to the Director of the U.S. Army Medical Research Material Command, Telemedicine Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) on Broadband Medical Networks and the emerging HealthGrid.

As Internet2's initial Health Sciences chief, Ms. Kratz drew on her clinical and research experience as a Medical Technologist to foster advanced networking capabilities for the academic community. Her background in medical informatics continues to serve many communities of practice in the development and deployment of cyber-infrastructure nationally and internationally.

Ms. Kratz earned a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from Michigan State University. She completed her laboratory training at Wayne State University, received her licensures from the American College of Clinical Pathology and is a registered National Laboratory Scientist.


S. Yunkap KwankamS. Yunkap Kwankam, PhD

S. Yunkap Kwankam holds a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering, and was elected to the following American honor associations; Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical Engineering), Tau Beta Pi (Engineering) and Sigma Xi (Research). He is currently Coordinator of eHealth at the World Health Organization in Geneva where he is responsible for overall coordination of eHealth work across the Organization. In this role, he oversees a number of WHO programs on the use of ICT in health.

Dr. Kwankam’s work covers issues such as development of appropriate frameworks and tools to support policy and practice improvements in ICT-based knowledge management and sharing in countries; creation of, and support to networks to assist countries in building national capacity for effective and efficient use of ICT in their health systems; and development of the evidence base and best practices in the area. He also directs the development of new policies and their implementation and provides authoritative advice in relation to policy and procedures as they relate to eHealth.

Before coming to the World Health Organization in 2001, he was Professor and Director of the Center for Health Technology, University of Yaounde I. He has also been Chairman, Technology Commission of the National Epidemiology Board of Cameroon; member, Board of Directors, SatelLife,; IT consultant to the NLM, and consultant to UNIDO on information systems. Prof. Kwankam has published two commissioned books, numerous scientific papers and technical reports. He is Chair of the Asia-European Meeting (ASEM) Working Group on eHealth.


Daniel E. MorseDaniel E. Morse, PhD

Dan Morse is the Director of the Army-sponsored UCSB-MITCaltech Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies, and is UCSB's Wilcox Professor of Biotechnology, Biomolecular Science, Engineering and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. He received his B.A. degree in Biochemistry from Harvard, and his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He conducted postdoctoral studies in Molecular Genetics at Stanford University, and was appointed the Silas Arnold Houghton Associate Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Harvard Medical School before joining the faculty as Professor of Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry of the University of California.

His research is focused at the interface between molecular biology, biotechnology and materials science, with innovations in low-temperature nanofabrication of semiconductors for improvements in solar energy, lightweight batteries, IR detectors, ferroelectrics and bio-inspired adaptive optical materials. He recently was honored by Scientific American as one of the top 50 technology innovators of 2006 for his development of bioinspired kinetically controlled routes to semiconductor thin films and nanoparticles. He was selected the 7th Kelly Lecturer in Materials and Chemistry at the University of Cambridge and the 3M Lecturer in Chemistry and Materials at the University of Vancouver in Canada last year. Previous honors include election as a Fellow of the AAAS and the Smithsonian Institution; award of a Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health and a Faculty Research Award from the American Cancer Society; and recognition as Visiting Professor at the University of Paris and universities in Japan, Singapore and the UK. His students have received international recognition and awards in numerous symposia and international research meetings.


Andrew MunkAndrew Munk, PhD

Mr. Munk serves as Director, International Relations at Medicon Valley Alliance the Danish/Swedish life science cluster organisation. The Medicon Valley region lies in the Oresund Region, which includes the regions of Greater Copenhagen and Zealand in Denmark and Skane in Sweden. Mr. Munk is responsible for the Medicon Valley Ambassador Programme including design, fundraising, government and EU relations, as well as partner and stakeholder relations locally and internationally

Prior to joining Medicon Valley Alliance Mr. Munk held the position of Senior Trade Advisor, Health and Life Sciences for the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Denmark in Canada where he was rresponsible for establishing contacts between Danish life science companies/pharmaceutical companies and North American companies. His work also involved government lobbying activities. Dr. Munk was formerly Managing Partner at GuideStone Inc., a strategic advisory and business development firm identifying business and investment opportunities between the North American and Scandinavian biotech-, pharma- and venture capital industries.

Mr. Munk has developed an extensive network of high level contacts throughout the North American, European and Asian and has been involved in a large range on business development and financing activities with both early and late-stage companies. In addition to his fund raising activities, he has also held interim operating positions and worked closely with client companies in sourcing and pursuing technology, licensing and M&A opportunities.

In addition to his experience in the corporate world, Mr. Munk has a strong scientific background having obtained a Ph.D. (with honors) from McGill University in Montreal, Canada followed by a position as a staff scientist in the Developmental Molecular Genetics Unit at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France. He has also been the recipient of a number of awards for his research including Siemens-Elema AB Young Investigator Award from the International Society on Electrocardiology as well as a Chateaubriand Fellowship from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Munk serves on the Board of Directors of the ScanBalt Bioregion.


Steven W. PopperSteven W. Popper, PhD

Steven Popper is a co-founder and serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Evolving Logic, a firm developing software applications for government and industry to support reasoning and planning under conditions of complexity and deep uncertainty. Evolving Logic’s clients include agencies of the federal government as well as Fortune 100 corporations. He has been a RAND Senior Economist and Professor of Science and Technology Policy in the RAND Graduate School. From 1996 to 2001 he was the Associate Director of RAND’s Science and Technology Policy Institute (S&TPI.) His S&TPI work provided research and analytic support to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and other agencies of the executive branch. His recent projects include work on technical barriers to international trade for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, critical technologies, national innovation systems, and federal R&D portfolio decision-making.

Dr. Popper is currently leading a multi-year project on Middle East energy policy and has done research in the field of energy security. He is also involved in regional S&T-based economic development projects. He has been active in projects of the RAND Pardee Center for Longer-Range Global Policy and the Future Human Condition. He was coauthor of the flagship study, Shaping the Next Hundred Years, which provides a new methodological framework for considering problems raised by future uncertainty. He was also involved in projects developing science and technology and human capital development projects in Korea. His current Pardee Center work is on emerging infectious disease, human development and social security. He has published research on the economics of innovation -- particularly how organizations both public and private identify and incorporate technological change.

Dr. Popper received his Ph.D. in Economics from UC Berkeley in 1985 and a B.S., summa cum laude, in Biochemistry from the University of Minnesota in1976. He has conducted research and has served as consultant to several governments as well as multilateral international organizations such as OECD on issues of regional economic development, industrial restructuring, and technology planning. He led RAND's first Summer Institute, a week-long workshop on science, technology and U.S. economic competitiveness. Prior to joining RAND he worked as a researcher in physical chemistry and enzymology, as country account officer for Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania and Yugoslavia at Bank of America, and as consultant to the World Bank on issues of industrial restructuring in East Europe. He has also been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is the representative for the Industrial Science and Technology section on the AAAS Policy Council, and is a Charter Member of the Pacific Council on International Policy.


Brooks RobinsonBrooks Robinson, PhD

Dr. Brooks Robinson served as an economist with the U.S. Department of Commerce (USDOC) for nearly two decades. He was chief of the Government Division of the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), directing over 30 economists in measuring federal and state and local government economic activity. In addition, he served as Chief of BEA’s Income Branch, directing the preparation of income measures for the U.S. economy. During his early years at BEA, he served as an expert on national investment in structures and on construction prices. He also spent two years of his USDOC career as Director of Market Research for the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service (US&FCS) in New Delhi, India. During his second year in New Delhi, he also served as Acting Country Director for the U.S.-Asia Environmental Partnership (US-AEP). A collaborative effort between the USDOC and the U.S. Agency for International Development, US-AEP develops opportunities for U.S. firms to introduce environmental products and services into Asia. As a member of the USDOC staff, Dr. Robinson represented the U.S. on an International Task Force on the Harmonization of Public Sector Accounting, which provided recommendations for improvements to a revised System of National Accounts, which is scheduled to be released in 2008. He also represented BEA on federal interagency committees on alternative measures of material well-being and on preparing the Construction Major Group for the 1997 North American Industrial Classification System.


Jonathan J. RosenJonathan J. Rosen, PhD

Dr. Rosen is a member of the Strategy and Policy Department faculty and serves as executive director of ITEC, the entrepreneurship research center, based at the BU School of Management. ITEC provides undergraduate and graduate concentrations in entrepreneurial studies, diploma and executive education and training and international workshops and programs in economic development and commercialization strategies. Jonathan received his PhD in Biomaterials and Bioengineering from Case Western Reserve University and his MBA in Strategic Planning from Columbia University. Dr. Rosen developed advanced medical technologies for cardiovascular, neurosurgical, and spinal surgery in corporate leadership positions leading to Chief Technology Officer for the Codman & Surtleff Surgical Division of Johnson & Johnson. His entrepreneurial experience includes the founding of medical technology companies in both this country and internationally.

As director of the CIMIT Office of Technology Implementation, Dr. Rosen helped to establish collaborative research teams and support translational research programs in biomaterials, tissue engineering, optical diagnostics, orthopedics, trauma and critical care, and other leading areas of medical technology. He continues to serve as senior advisor to CIMIT, is the principal investigator for the CIMIT global health program, and is a founding board member of the Institute for Pediatric Innovation.


Rohit K. ShuklaRohit K. Shukla, MA

Mr. Shukla is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Larta Institute. The non-profit Institute, in business since 1993, currently manages one of the nation's largest innovation pipelines of companies emerging from federally funded research (NIH, USDA, NIST, DARPA), 18 top research universities and from a network of global partner nations. He has designed and led dozens of well-regarded innovation programs, including commercialization programs for federal agencies, the Venture Forum, (http://www.theventureforum.com), and foreign allies of the U.S. (including Japan, Canada, Korea, Taiwan and New Zealand, http://www.larta.org/globalbridge.asp), technology transfer programs, and education and training programs (including the well-regarded Larta University, which he started in 1997).

The tech transfer program, operating under Larta’s Network T2, a consortium of universities and research institutions, has undertaken a Kauffman- and NSF-funded effort known as the Technology Bundling Program, which seeks to “bundle” elements of technology from multiple institutions in order to derive more complete solutions for industry and the marketplace. Shukla has a Masters in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University and a Masters in Communications Arts and Sciences from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He is a frequent guest lecturer at area universities, speaks at conferences and venues around the world, and is widely quoted for his views in the media. He has been an advisor to the OECD, the State of California (he co-created California’s innovation program, CalTIP in the mid 1990’s) and the federal government on issues around innovation, commercialization, federally-funded research and entrepreneurship.