Professor Sabine Brunswicker is an internationally recognized innovation researcher and thought leader with a particular interest in open innovation and innovation ecosystems. She is an Associate Professor of Innovation and Director of the Research Center for Open Digital Innovation (RCODI) at Purdue University. She is also a visiting professor at ESADE Business School, Spain. Throughout her career, Brunswicker has been contributing to the innovation landscape through various engagements with governments, firms, non-profits, entrepreneurs and citizens. Brunswicker was a founding member of IMP³rove, an international initiative of innovation management, and has been instrumental in European standardization and accreditation activities related to innovation management. Today, she is a member of the Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group (OISPG) of DG Connect, and holds further advisory and jury positions in the private and public sector.
Nick Gray has served as the Director of Strategic Projects at Dow AgroSciences since 2012 where he is tasked with driving long-term improvements to the organization and operations of one of the top three agricultural companies in the world. Throughout his 32 years at Dow AgroSciences, Gray developed a diverse background in biology, research, product development, project management, and human resources across many cultures. After working in field science and product development, he served in leadership roles in human resources in Europe for over a decade. In 2006, Gray was appointed Vice President of Human Resources where he oversaw a 40% increase in Dow AgroSciences’ global workforce and the addition of a business platform. In his current role as Strategic Projects Director, he has lead a number of initiatives designed to increase clarity and deliver speed and agility in company operations.