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Nicholas Davis

Head of Society and Innovation, Member of the Executive Committee

World Economic Forum (WEF)

Bio of Nicholas Davis

Nicholas Davis is Head of Society and Innovation and Member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. Originally from Sydney, Australia, he is a strategy and scenario expert with 15 years’ experience in managing a variety of projects related to understanding the complexity and uncertainty of the global business environment and developing appropriate strategic responses involving collaboration across public, private and civil society stakeholders.

As Head of Society and Innovation, Nick focuses on how innovations in technology, society and policy are combining to both exacerbate and solve a wide range of social and economic challenges. His work brings HHbrtogether expertise from entrepreneurs, multinationals, political leaders and civil society representatives to examine the impact of rapidly-shifting technological contexts on the future of social and economic systems.

Nick is a Certified Professional Facilitator through the International Association of Facilitators and Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA) in the UK. He sits on the European Commission’s expert group on Digital Entrepreneurship and is an author of journal articles, reports and other publications on innovation, entrepreneurship, social development and scenario thinking.

His approach to scenario thinking and list of publications can be found via LinkedIn, and on his intermittent blog, Managing Uncertainty.

Giuseppe Gramigna

Giuseppe Gramigna

Expert in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, Chief Economist

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Bio of Giuseppe Gramignia

Giuseppe’s work focuses on the small and medium enterprise sector. His academic research focused on how changes in the financial markets affect small business lending, and on labor migration during periods of economic transition. He later worked in the Equity Research Department of a major investment bank, where he focused on natural resource industries.

At the U.S. Small Business Administration, Giuseppe serves as the Agency’s Chief Economist, advises the Agency on economic trends affecting small businesses, and leads research on economic impact evaluations and strategic planning. He serves as the Chair of the inter-agency Subcommittee on Evaluating Business Technical Assistance Programs (E-BTAP), a group responsible for developing best practices for implementing economic impact evaluations within the U.S. Federal government. He also serves as the U.S. Permanent Delegate and Vice Chair to the OECD Working Party on SMEs and Entrepreneurship. Giuseppe works with international organizations such as APEC and ASEAN. He severs on the scientific committees of several academic institutions and publications, and is a frequent speaker on the domestic and international arena.

Before joining the U.S. Small Business Administration, Giuseppe headed the consulting firm, DASSI Corp. His other areas of interest include the construction industries, tourism, information services, and regional economic development.  Giuseppe earned a BA in economics from The State University of New York at Purchase, and a graduate degree in economics from The New School For Social Research.

During 1996 to 2001 Giuseppe served as vice president and then president of the SUNY Purchase College Alumni Association. He also served as Alumni Representative to the Purchase College Council, a gubernatorial appointed oversight body.

Prof. Kempf

Dieter Kempf

Chairman of the Managing Board at DATEV eG

President of Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media e.V. (BITKOM)

Vice-President of BDI – Federation of German Industries

Bio of Prof. Dieter Kempf

Professor Dieter Kempf is CEO of DATEV eG, Nürnberg, Germany, and has been President of the trade association BITCOM as well as Vice President of Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie (BDI) – “The Umbrella Association of German Industry”, Berlin, Germany, from 2011 -2015.  He studied business administration at the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany. Since 2005 Prof. Kempf is honorary professor for corporate taxation at  the University Nürnberg-Erlangen, Germany. Prior to 1991, he served as partner at Ernst&Young GmbH, Germany, among other assignments.

Esteban Pelayo

Esteban Pelayo

Board of Directors

EURADA

Bio of Esteban Pelayo

Esteban Pelayo (m) joined EURADA in 2015 as CEO. He started his professional career in the European Innovation Relay Center Network helping companies to establish transnational technology transfer agreements (IPR licensing) in the University of Alicante (1996-2000) and in the Regional Development Agency of Murcia (200-2004). He coordinated the network of technology centers of the Regional Development Agency (2004-2011) and he worked in the EU office of the Region of Murcia in Brussels (2011-2015). Esteban is graduated as agriculture engineer, hold a postgraduate degree in innovation management and is a Spanish certified patent and trademark attorney.

Frank Piller

Frank Piller

Professor and Head of Group

RWTH Aachen University I Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Bio of Prof. Frank Piller

Frank T. Piller is a Co-Director of the MIT Smart Customization Group at the MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, and a chair professor of management at the Technology & Innovation Management Group of RWTH Aachen University, Germany, one of Europe’s leading institutes of technology. Before entering his recent position in Aachen, he worked at the MIT Sloan School of Management (2004-2007) and has been an associate professor of management at TUM Business School, Technische Universitaet Muenchen.

Frequently quoted in The New York Times, The Economist, and Business Week, amongst others (and listed as the only German professor on LDRLB’s “Top50 Profs on Twitter” list), Frank is regarded as one of the leading experts on strategies for customer-centric value creation, like mass customization, personalization, and innovation co-creation. His group at RWTH Aachen is considered to be one of the globally leading research centers for open and distributed innovation and is supported by competitive research grants of about US$1million annually. This research has been acknowledged, for example, by a finalist nomination for the “Innovating Innovation” Award by Harvard Business Review and McKinsey for their work on implementing open innovation or the Global Co-Creation Award by PDMA (the largest professional association for product and service development) for their work on ideation contests with senior citizens. His recent research focuses on need of established corporations to deal with disruptive business model innovations and supporting organizational structures and cultures.

Based on his strong background of rigor and relevant research, Frank Piller is an acclaimed speaker at management conferences and in executive education programs around the world. He has delivered customized executive classes for many Global1000 companies, innovative startups and top business schools alike. He has been elected twice “teacher of the year” (2001 and 2006) at TUM Business School and was a recipient of the RWTH Teaching Award in 2010 and 2015, and received an award for innovation in teaching within the German Exzellenzinitiative in 2012/2013. As a member of the board of directors or scientific advisers, he works with a number of innovative technology companies to turn his research into practice.

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