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John Kao, Chair 

Dubbed “Mr. Creativity” and a “serial innovator” by The Economist, John is an innovation thought leader, practitioner and activist.  He is a trusted advisor to companies, startups and nations on innovation strategy, implementation, and future trends. He is chair of the Institute for Large Scale Innovation, whose i20 group is an association of 41 national ‘chief innovation officers.’  He chaired the Global Innovation Council of the World Economic Forum and is an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative, as well as part of a US-China expert panel on innovation exchange.  He is an invited contributor to as well as a director of the Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium.

John is also a “venture catalyst” who has started and invested in high technology companies and is a Tony-nominated producer of film (Sex, Lies and Videotape, Mr. Baseball) and theater (Golden Child, Flower Drum Song, Jitney).  In 1995, he chaired the Aspen Design Conference around the topic of “reinventing the relationship of design and business.”  He was recently named a Yamaha “Artist in Innovation.” 

John was a Harvard Business School professor from 1982-96.  Some 2000 students there took his elective on innovation and entrepreneurship. He authored Jamming: The Art and Discipline of Business Creativity, a BusinessWeek best-seller, and Innovation Nation, published in October, 2007 about America’s growing innovation challenge.  His training includes an MD from Yale Medical School, a residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital and an MBA from Harvard Business School.  In the summer of 1969, John was an apprentice to rock legend Frank Zappa.  

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Rod Glover, Senior Fellow

Rod joins ILSI from Melbourne, Australia to lend his expertise in Innovation Policy.  He was most recently Deputy Secretary, Innovation and Projects, in the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet.  In this role, he led work on innovation policy and the liveability of Melbourne.  In 2008, Rod was the Prime Minister’s Senior Adviser on intergovernmental relations, strategic policy and health reform.  From 2005 to 2007, Rod led the Victorian Government’s development of Australia’s National Reform Agenda and directed the Government’s strategic policy branch. Rod manages his own consulting firm, with projects including Malaysia’s economic strategy (with the Boston Consulting Group), Australia’s international economic engagement, Australia’s innovation agenda and design-driven innovation. Rod previously worked as Senior Economic Adviser to Australia’s Shadow Treasurer, and also for the Australian Treasury, the Melbourne Business School and The Allen Consulting Group.  Rod's qualifications are in economics, finance and moral philosophy.  Rod is an Executive Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand School of Government, and advises various policy think tanks.