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Nurturing a Culture of Innovation


Christian Crews (Wavepoint), James Euchner (Research-Technology Management Journal), Andrea Kates (SUMA Ventures)


  • Mr. Christian Crews, Foresight, Discovery and Ideation Practice Lead, Kalypso Consulting

    Christian Crews is the Principal of Wavepoint, a foresight and growth strategy advisory services firm. He has over 20 years of experience applying foresight to strategic innovation and growth for Fortune 500 and Global 1000 clients including PepsiCo, Goodyear, and CVS. Previously, he was the Global Foresight and Growth Lead for Kalypso LP, a $50 million innovation consulting firm. Christian has written extensively on the use of foresight for growth and innovation. In 2011 he wrote the definitive case study applying futures thinking to research and development and portfolio management (Research Foresights, in Research-Technology Management). In 2013 he led the Industrial Research Institute IRI2038 project, a multi-company exploration of the future of R&D. His use of foresight for innovation was featured in the 60th Anniversary edition of Research-Technology Management, alongside articles by Henry Chesbrough, Erik von Hippel, Robert J. Cooper, and Don Norman.

    Christian holds a Master of Science in Studies of the Future from the University of Houston – Clear Lake, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from The College of William and Mary.

  • James A. Euchner

    Jim Euchner is editor-in-chief of Research-Technology Management and Partner in Outside Insight Consulting. He previously held senior management positions in innovation leadership at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Pitney Bowes, and Bell Atlantic. Jim holds BS and MS degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Cornell and Princeton Universities, respectively, and an MBA from Southern Methodist University. He is author of a forthcoming book, Lean Startup in Large Organizations, to be published by Productivity Press.

  • Andrea Kates, Managing Partner, I-Scale, Open Innovation Gateway, Business Institute Denmark

    Andrea Kates is a Silicon Valley-based expert in moving innovation to revenue. She has 20 years of experience leading bold initiatives across sectors, in more than 20 countries. Andrea was the CEO of the SaaS company that pioneered application of the lean startup process with more than 13,000 corporate teams. She spearheaded significant transformation in mobility (Ford- US and China, GM, Audi), energy (ABB, Ecopetrol, Shell- Asia Pacific and Europe), technology (Intel, 3M, HP, Cisco); biotech/ healthcare (Atrium Health, Mayo Clinic Ventures, Roche), consumer goods (P&G), hospitality (United Airlines, Hyatt) and financial services (SuMi Trust—blockchain, Allstate, AIG, Citi). Today, Andrea advises leaders based on her masterclass series Get to Next and her bestselling book, Find Your Next, which focuses on novel leadership tools to advance innovation and transform companies. She's been a keynote speaker at TED main stage, Dubai 2020, Aspen Institute and serves on the advisory board of Copenhagen Fintech.