IN OUR FAR-RANGING CONVERSATION AT SANTA FE INSTITUTE, I WAS INTERESTED IN BOTH DR. KRAKAUER'S SCIENTIFIC INSIGHTS AND HIS INSIGHTS AS A LEADER OF A WILDLY CREATIVE AND HIGHLY EFFECTIVE ORGANIZATION.
David Krakauer is President and William H. Miller Professor of Complex Systems at the Santa Fe Institute. His research explores the evolution of intelligence on earth. This includes studying the evolution of genetic, neural, linguistic, social and cultural mechanisms supporting memory and information processing, and exploring their shared properties.
Krakauer served as the founding Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, the Co-Director of the Center for Complexity and Collective Computation, and Professor of mathematical genetics all at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Krakauer has been a visiting fellow at the Genomics Frontiers Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, a Sage Fellow at the Sage Center for the Study of the Mind at the University of Santa Barbara, a long-term Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and visiting Professor of Evolution at Princeton University.
In 2012 Dr. Krakauer was included in the Wired Magazine Smart List as one of 50 people "who will change the World."
In 2016 Krakauer was included in Entrepreneur Magazine’s visionary Leaders advancing global research and business.
Robert C. Wolcott is the Co-founder and Executive Director of the Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN), a Clinical Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and formerly a visiting professor at the Keio Business School (Japan). He is managing partner at Clareo, a global growth strategy consultancy.
In 2003, Wolcott co-founded the KIN with Kellogg Marketing professor Mohan Sawhney to provide business leaders with platform to share ideas, challenges and solutions. Since 2008, the KIN Global conference has expanded the community to leaders in government, non-profits, academia, the arts and defense.
Wolcott's book, Grow From Within: Mastering Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation (McGraw-Hill), co-authored with Michael Lippitz, provides frameworks and tools for new business design and ongoing internal innovation programs. His work has been featured in several publications, including MIT Sloan Management Review, strategy+business, The Wall Street Journal, Advertising Age, BusinessWeek, The Financial Times and The New York Times. Rob is a frequent speaker on innovation, corporate entrepreneurship and global prosperity at events worldwide.
Wolcott has served as an advisor to NORDEN, the Nordic Innovation Center, Nordic Council of Ministers and on the advisory board of GE’s Innovation Accelerator. He is also an active angel investor in enterprises such as crowdfunding leader Indiegogo, student loan innovator Lumni and healthcare data and analytics providers SA Ignite and ClearCare Online.
Wolcott has been awarded "Teacher of the Year" from Kellogg’s EMBA program in 2013, 2014 and 2015. He holds a BA in European and Chinese History and an MS and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Management Science from Northwestern University.