Thierry Grange, President of the Strategic Board, Grenoble Ecole de Management, France

Wed 10/1, 9:30am – 10am EST
Forum: Cultivating Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Prof. Thierry Grange is the President of the Strategic Board at the Grenoble Ecole de Management in France, where he has been working since its beginning in 1984. He has published more than 60 articles, books or book chapters in the field of Management & Technology. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering (Technische Univ. München), Business Administration & Political Science (Grenoble Univ.) He also completed the International Teaching Program (HEC-Harvard/Boston). Before going in the academic world, he held international project management positions in the overseas construction industry. He then founded motorcycle manufacturer BFG SA (MBK). He has been elected twice at AACSB Board of Directors and served on the main AACSB Committees : Co-Chair of the Blue Ribbon Committee on Accreditation Quality, Chair of the European Advisory Council, Member of the Committee on Issues in Management Education, of the Special Committee on Global Accreditation Strategy, of the Executive Committee, of the Initial Accreditation Committee and of Finance & Investment Committee. He is presently Special Advisor to the President of AACSB for Europe and Member of the French National Business Education Degrees Accreditation Board. He has been also Member of the EFMD/EPAS Accreditation Board. He received, in 2009, Academic Achievement Award by International Association for Management of Technology and, in 2011, the Bronze Medal for Higher Technical Teaching by French National of Education Ministry. He has been awarded the Outstanding Industrial Medal (French Society for Industrial Excellence. He is also Honorary Consul of Norway and has been awarded Officer of the Royal Order of Merit.

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Mel Horwitch, PhD, Dean & University Professor, Central European University Business School

Thursday 10/2, 10 am – 11 am EST
Forum: Cultivating Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Mel Horwitch is Dean and University Professor at Central European University Business School, located in Budapest, Hungary.  He is an acknowledged expert on entrepreneurship and innovation management. He has written extensively on technology strategy, particularly with reference to knowledge-intensive sectors (e.g. services, media, information technology, and telecommunications), and global innovation. Most recently, he has focused his research and teaching on cleantech and sustainability management, innovation in emerging economies, the professionalization and globalization of entrepreneurship and nurturing innovation ecosystems.

Previously, at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, he served as Professor of Technology Management, Director of the Institute for Technology and Enterprise, Chair of the Department of Technology Management, Founding Director of the Othmer Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, and faculty director of the CleantechExecs Executive Program.

Professor Horwitch was Visiting Professor at London Business School, Professor and Founding Dean of Management at Theseus Institute in Sophia Antipolis, France, the John M. Olin Distinguished Fellow at Templeton College, Oxford University and Visiting Professor at the University of Paris-Dauphine. He has served on the MIT-Sloan School and Harvard Business School faculties. He received his AB from Princeton University and MBA and Doctorate from Harvard Business School. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand.

His publications include Technology in the Modern Corporation: A Strategic Perspective (editor and contributor), Clipped Wings: The American SST Conflict, contributor to Energy Future: Report of the Energy Project at the Harvard Business School (contributor), articles published in such journals as Management SciencePolicy Science, Sloan Management Review, Technology in SocietyJournal of Engineering and Technology Management, and Business Strategy International, and several print and Web-based multimedia cases.

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Sherif Kamel, PhD, Former Dean, School of Business at the American University in Cairo

Tues 9/30, 12pm – 1pm EST
Forum: Cultivating Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Kamel led a major repositioning of the school by adopting a multi-tier thematic approach that included entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership and responsible business.  During his tenure, he initiated the process for EQUIS, AMBA and ACCET accreditations and got the school reaccredited by AACSB in 2011.  The school became ACCET accredited in 2011; AMBA and EQUIS accredited in 2014 joining only 70 business school in the world that are triple-crowned.  In addition, the MBA program ranked top by Forbes ME in 2012 and executive education open enrolment ranked 68th by the FT in 2014.  He helped establish the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation investing in Egypt’s young promising entrepreneurs through supporting startups, business plan competitions, bootcamps, and mentorship becoming the country’s leading educational partner in the entrepreneurship ecosystem.  He also established the university’s Venture Lab becoming Egypt’s primary university-based incubator.  Kamel has a long experience as an academic leader investing in human capital, building and managing executive development institutions addressing management, governance, entrepreneurial, and leadership issues.  He was associate dean for executive education (2008-2009); director of the Management Center (2002-2008) and director of the Institute of Management Development (2002-2006).  Before joining AUC, he was director of the Regional IT Institute (1992-2001) and helped establish and manage the training department of the Cabinet of Egypt Information and Decision Support Center (1989-1992).  Kamel is an advocate of diversity, empowerment, inclusion and using a bottom-up leadership approach.  Kamel holds a PhD in Information Systems from London School of Economics and Political Science (1994), an MBA (1990), a BA in Business Administration (1987) and an MA in Islamic Art and Architecture (2013) from the American University in Cairo.  His research and teaching interests include management of information technology, information technology transfer to developing nations, electronic business and decision support systems.  His work is broadly published in IS and management journals.  He is the associate editor of the Journal of IT for Development and the Journal of Cases on Information Technology.  Kamel is an Eisenhower Fellow (2005).  He is the executive VP of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt (2012-present); board member of the Egyptian American Enterprise Fund (2012-present); and RISE Egypt (2013-present).  He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors Canada (2014-present) and Egypt-US Business Council (2013-present).  He is a founding member of the Internet Society of Egypt.

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Susan E. Siegel, CEO, GE Ventures, Healthymagination & Idea Works

Thurs 10/2, 4pm – 5pm EST
Forum: Cultivating Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Sue Siegel leads two of GE’s growth and innovation initiatives as CEO, GE Ventures & healthymagination.  GE Ventures is GE’s venture arm investing in the start-up ecosystem across the Healthcare, Energy, IT, and Advanced Manufacturing industries.  Healthymagination, is the company-wide initiative that harnesses innovation and partnership to drive better health outcomes.

Sue is a 25+-year business leader with corporate and venture capital experience.

Previously, as a financial VC, Sue led investments in personalized medicine, digital health, and life sciences at Silicon Valley-based Mohr Davidow Ventures. Before her VC years, she  dedicated 20+ years driving the growth of breakthrough technologies at Bio-Rad, DuPont, Amersham, and Affymetrix  (NASDAQ: AFFX).  As President and Board Member of Affymetrix, she built shareholder value by leading its transformation from a pre-revenue start up into a global, multi-billion dollar market cap genomics leader.

Sue has served on over two dozen private and public corporate boards.  She currently serves on the Boards of: the National Venture Capital Association, NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences-Cures Acceleration Network, Stanford Hospital Board’s IT Committee, Harvard Partners’ Innovation Advisory Board, the Cleveland Clinic’s Innovation Council, and serves on the Executive Committee of Santa Clara University’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society’s Advisory Board.  She is a President’s Circle member of the National Academies of Science, a member of YPO-WPO, Women Corporate Directors, and a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. In the bestselling business book:  Multipliers: How The Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, Sue was a featured “Multiplier”.   She was recognized as one of “The 100 Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley”.

Sue lives in Silicon Valley with her husband and her two sons.  When not working, you might find her hiking the scenic trails of Northern California.

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Scott Simon, Former Managing Director of PIMCO

Wed 10/1, 6:30pm – 7pm EST
Forum: Cultivating Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Scott Simon has thirty years of experience investing in mortgage backed securities. During his tenure at PIMCO from 2000 to 2013, he was a Managing Director and Head of Mortgage and Asset-Backed Securities Portfolio Management, a rotating member of the firm’s Investment Committee and co-head of the firm’s Private Equity style funds. Scott spearheaded PIMCO’s research and views on residential real estate starting in 2005, positioning the firm’s accounts for outperformance through the extreme housing and MBS volatility that followed.

Prior to joining PIMCO, Scott was the Co-Head of MBS Trading at Bear Stearns from 1995-1999 and Head of MBS Trading at UBS from 1989-1995. Scott spent 1984 to 1989 as a mortgage and arbitrage trader at Lehman Brothers and Goldman Sachs.  Though his role was always as a trader, he was voted onto the Institutional Investor All-America Fixed Income Research Team seven times, including first place awards for mortgage strategies and Mortgage Backed Securities.

Mr. Simon attended Stanford University where he earned a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering and a self-designed Bachelor’s Degree.

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