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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Andrew Kakabadse Head Mentor Future of Sustainability
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Andrew Kakabadse Head Mentor Future of Sustainability

Based at Henley Business School, UK

Andrew Kakabadse is one of the world’s leading experts on top teams, boardroom effectiveness and governance practice. His top team database covers 21 nations and his board studies span 14 countries. His most recent book is Bilderberg People: Elite Power and Consensus in World Affairs(2011), which tackles the subject of power networks.

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2013 Ranking: #45
2011 Ranking: #44

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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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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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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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