National Advisory Council for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
BSc and MSc, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Engineer, entrepreneur, innovation expert. Former Vice-Provost for Innovation, University of Southern California (USC). Co-Founder, computer telephony pioneer Stylus Innovation. Founding Executive Director, MIT Deshpande Center and USC Stevens Center, spinning off 39 start-ups during tenure. Creator of first TEDx event, spawning 6,500 events worldwide so far. Contributor to Forbes. Named Champion of Free Enterprise (2010). Interests: creating new organizations and scalable models that turn ideas into maximum impact; backcountry skiing, adventure travel, skydiving, mountain biking, shark diving and authentic food.