Mentors

Mentors
The Future Ideas winners have the exclusive opportunity to interact with the world's biggest thinkers and to learn from them. The team includes our six head mentors who have been ranked by Thinkers50 as one of the top 50 management and leadership thinkers in the world, and we are extremely proud to present them to you!

Mentors

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Amy C. Edmondson Head Mentor Future of Health
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Amy C. Edmondson Head Mentor Future of Health

Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School

Amy C. Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School. The Novartis Chair was established to enable the study of human interactions that lead to the creation of successful business enterprises for the betterment of society.    Edmondson’s research examines leadership, learning and innovation in teams and organizations, and has been published in more than 70 articles in scholarly journals and books. She has studied and consulted with teams and leaders in organizations including hospitals, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, financial services, government agencies, and consumer products. Her emphasis is on teaming – the activities of collaborative work across boundaries – rather than on stable team structures.

In 2003, the Academy of Management’s Organizational Behavior Division selected Edmondson for the Cummings Award for outstanding achievement in early mid-career, and in 2000 recognized her article, “Psychological safety and learning behavior in work teams,” with the annual award for best published paper in the field, which she also received in 2012 for her article with James Detert, “Implicit theories of voice.” Her article, “Why Hospitals Don’t Learn from Failures: Organizational and Psychological Dynamics That Inhibit System Change” received the 2004 Accenture Award for significant contribution to management practice. Her books – Teaming: How organizations learn, innovate, and compete in the knowledge economy (Jossey Bass, 2012) and Teaming to innovate (Jossey-Bass 2013) – translate her research into practical advice for managers. In 2011 and 2013 she was selected to the biannual Thinkers50 list of influential thinkers in management. In 2014, Edmondson was awarded the Doctorem Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate) by Maastricht University in The Netherlands.

Before her academic career, Edmondson was Director of Research at Pecos River Learning Centers, where she worked with founder and CEO Larry Wilson to design and implement organizational change programs in a variety of Fortune 100 companies. In the early 1980s, she was Chief Engineer for architect/inventor Buckminster Fuller, and her book A Fuller Explanation (published by Birkhauser 1987; Van Nostrand Reinhold 1998, and Emergent World 2009) clarifies Fuller’s mathematical contributions for a non-technical audience. Edmondson received her PhD in organizational behavior, AM in psychology, and AB in engineering and design from Harvard University.

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2013 Ranking: #15
2011 Ranking: #35

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Richard Florida Head Mentor Future of Design
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Richard Florida Head Mentor Future of Design

Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School

Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School, Richard Florida is an “urbanist”, as well as a commentator on creativity and innovation. Fast Company described him an “intellectual rock star.” He is the author of The Rise of the Creative Class and is a senior editor for The Atlantic.

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2013 Ranking: #25

 

We asked Richard to answer a few questions for the Future Ideas community. Enjoy his comments and insights!

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Daniel Pink Head Mentor Future of Community
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Daniel Pink Head Mentor Future of Community

Author, Journalist, Speechwriter, Political Aide, Capturer of the Business Zeitgeist

Author, journalist, speechwriter, political aide, capturer of the business zeitgeist, Daniel Pink’s books include Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working for Yourself (2001) and Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (2009). His 2012 book, To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Persuading, Convincing, and Influencing Others was shortlisted for the 2013 Thinkers50 Best Book Award.

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2013 Ranking: #13
2011 Ranking: #29

 

We asked Dan to answer a few questions for the Future Ideas community. Enjoy his comments and insights!

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Stans Kleijnen Area Director at Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency
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Stans Kleijnen Area Director at Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency

As Area Director for the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) based in the West Coast office of the NFIA in San Francisco, Stans Kleijnen assists companies in Silicon Valley to establish or expand their European operations in the Netherlands.

Ms. Kleijnen has a strong background in the High Tech industry and brings with her 20+ years of working extensively with Silicon Valley companies.

Prior to joining NFIA, Ms. Kleijnen headed up her own company Orange Canopy, Inc. specializing in Executive coaching and Management consulting. Before that, she worked at Sun Microsystems for over 13 years. Most recently she was the Vice-President of Market Development Engineering working closely with Sun’s software partners worldwide. Previously she played a critical leadership role on the team that developed the Java platform.

Earlier in her career, Stans worked in the Netherlands at Philips Electronics and in Italy at the European Community Research Centre. She earned a Bachelor’s in Computer Science from Computer Science College (HIO) in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

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Dr Puspalata Pattojoshi Dean of School of Applied Sciences and Professor of Physics at KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, India
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Dr Puspalata Pattojoshi Dean of School of Applied Sciences and Professor of Physics at KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, India

Puspalata Pattojoshi is serving as the Dean of School of Applied Sciences and Professor of Physics at KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, India. Apart from regular teaching and research components, she is responsible for establishing a Living Laboratory at the home Institution to undertake relevant research activities of an interdisciplinary nature. She is active in open innovation area involving science and technology dissemination and capacity building in the rural belts of India. A member of IEEE and other professional organizations, she also serves as the honorary member of some philanthropic units in India and USA. Her work also has been featured in the 2012 & 2013 who’s who in the world.

She obtained her Ph.D. in Physics from Utkal University, India, followed by a Master of Business Administration from Xavier Institute of Business Management, Bhubaneswar, India; with a number of awards to her credit.

As a part of her administrative responsibilities, she was actively associated with British Council, USIEF, IUCEE, EWB, SPEED, FICCI and also spoken to students and conferences in Australia, Canada, Finland and had visited various Universities in UK as a British Council delegate.

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