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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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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Rita McGrath Head Mentor Future of Technology
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Rita McGrath Head Mentor Future of Technology

Associate Professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Business

Rita McGrath is an associate professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Business, and an expert on strategic business growth in uncertain environments.

McGrath won the 2013 Thinkers50 Strategy Award; and her most recent book, The End of Competitive Advantage: How to Keep Your Strategy Moving As Fast as Your Business (2013) was shortlisted for the Thinkers50 Best Book Award. In it, she convincingly sounds the death knell for competitive advantage, arguing that strategy and innovation are converging.

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2013 Ranking: #6
2011 Ranking: #19

Winner: 2013 Thinkers50 Strategy Award

Shortlisted: 2013 Thinkers50 Book Award
Shortlisted: 2011 Thinkers50 Strategy Award

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

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Michael Moore Guest Lecturer with Mooresults
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Michael Moore Guest Lecturer with Mooresults

Michael is an IT professional who specialises in agile software development, business analysis, and sustainable design.  With more than 20 years experience in industries such as software consulting, telecoms, retail, government and banking, he has recently turned his attention to the education sector as a lecturer at Hogeschool Utrecht and learning platform designer.

Globetrotting has also been a big part of his life, with towns such as Brisbane, Sandwich, Paris, London, and Amsterdam, all being former addresses. Since 2008 however, Utrecht, in the middle of the Netherlands has tamed his restless spirit with its historic charm and growing vibrancy around his favourite subjects of learning, technology and sustainability.

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Marco D’Agata Senior Procurement Officer for hospital and policlinical pharmacy at Achmea
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Marco D’Agata Senior Procurement Officer for hospital and policlinical pharmacy at Achmea

Currently Marco is Senior Procurement Officer for hospital and policlinical pharmacy at Achmea. Having previously worked  for the Dutch Institute of Rational Use of Medicine, he has an extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry and innovation in the field.

Marco turns unlikely ideas into inspiring healthcare projects.

Within his specialties are: proposal writing, project development, idea generation (speaker, sessions), novel alliances, healthcare innovation, business development, funding.

The topics he is interested in are: high-cost medicines, biologicals, biosimilars, hospital & policlinical pharmacy, healthcare procurement, pharmacy contracting.

Others: “opens doors that remain closed to most of us”

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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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