Alpheus Bingham, Ph.D. (Waltham, MA), board member and co-founder of InnoCentive, Inc., founded several open and networked organizations, including YourEncore, Coalesix, Maaguzi, Indigo Biosystems, Seriosity, and Chorus. A Visiting Scholar at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, he serves on the boards of Fast Track Systems and Collaborative Drug Discovery. He spent 25+ years at Eli Lilly in R&D and related roles.
Donald deBethizy is founder, president, and chief executive officer of Targacept, Inc. Using new computational drug discovery technologies and focusing on novel biological targets, Targacept is developing therapies for numerous central nervous system disorders such as ADHD, Alzheimer's, anxiety, depression, and pain. Targacept was spun out of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco in 2000, raising record levels of first- and second-round venture financing along the way. For his leadership in founding Targacept, Ernst & Young recognized Dr. deBethizy as an "Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year" in 2002.
Michael Lord is Associate Professor of Management and Director of the Flow Institute for International Studies at Wake Forest's Babcock School of Management. His work focuses on expansion into emerging markets, high-tech acquisitions and spinouts, global strategy, and venture creation.
Dr. Lord has served as director of the China portion of Babcock's East Asia Management Program. He is a member of the Strategic Management Society, the Academy of Management, the Academy of International Business, and the Southern Management Association, among other organizations, and received Babcock's prestigious teaching award in 2001. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Inder Sidhu is a Silicon Valley senior executive with a career spanning three decades in the technology industry.
He has spent twenty years helping build Cisco from $1 billion to $50 billion in annual revenue, most recently as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Planning for Worldwide Operations. Inder has co-led Cisco’s highly profitable $16 billion Enterprise business and its fast-growing $7 billion Emerging Countries business. Additionally, he has served as the Vice President and General Manager for Worldwide Professional Services, Vice President and General Manager for Advanced Engineering Services, and Vice President for Strategy and Business Development for Cisco Services.
In his journey, Inder has also been a consultant with McKinsey & Company, an engineer with Intel, and an entrepreneur with a successful Silicon Valley start-up.
In 2010, Inder authored The New York Times bestseller Doing Both: Capturing Today’s Profit and Driving Tomorrow’s Growth.
In 2013, Inder was honored to be the commencement speaker at his alma mater, the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania.
Inder channels his passion for education by guest lecturing at Harvard Business School, Stanford University, the Wharton School, and the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
He serves on the Graduate Executive Board of the Wharton School and on the Board of Directors of Goodwill of Silicon Valley.
Inder is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a Master's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India.
Dwayne Spradlin (Waltham, MA), President/CEO of InnoCentive, led Hoover’s Inc., was President/COO of Starcite, Inc., and directed PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ E-Business and Emerging Technology practice.
Jeffrey Wager is founder and managing member of CPP Advisors, an innovation-focused advisory and consulting firm. CPP structures and facilitates strategic transactions to support clients' innovation commercialization needs, including venture investments, licensing deals, partnerships, M&A, and spinouts. Dr. Wager's advisory and consulting practice focuses on the life sciences and spans the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Previously, he led due diligence and investment management activities for leading venture firms in the U.S. and Japan. Dr. Wager continues to serve as an advisor or board member for many of the organizations he has advised or helped found.
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LUKE WILLIAMS is an international authority in disruptive thinking, and in the practice of innovation as a leadership capability. He holds a faculty appointment at New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business, where he is Executive Director of Entrepreneurship and Founder of the W.R. Berkley Innovation Lab. As Clinical Associate Professor of Marketing at NYU, he teaches one of the most popular electives for business students in both New York and Shanghai.
Williams is the inventor of 30+ U.S. patents and has designed more than 100 products in industries ranging from transportation to finance, and healthcare to consumer electronics. He is a fellow at frog design, one of the world’s most influential product strategy and design firms. His instruction on innovation has been sought by many of the world’s largest corporations and most agile startups.
Williams has addressed the UN General Assembly on the future of entrepreneurship; facilitated innovation workshops for the World Economic Forum; lectured in 21 countries, and has been featured in media ranging from Bloomberg BusinessWeek and Fast Company to The Wall Street Journal.