SOLOMON DARWIN

Professor Solomon Darwin comes with broad Leadership Experience in Corporate Management & Academia. He is an international speaker recognized by governments, executives, peers and students with numerous awards for his innovative leadership and passion for teaching. He inspires students from both business and engineering disciplines teaching courses in Open Innovation, Business Models, Building Smart Cities, Scalable Smart Villages, IBM Watson and Business Models for Emerging Economies. 

As an expert in Open Innovation and Open Business Models, he is an adviser to senior executives of multinationals and government leaders in the emerging world. The list includes: Google, Genentech, Hewlett Packard, Health Net, J&J, Toyota, NHS of UK, UCSF, Royal Caribbean, Autodesk, Nestle and government entities in Mexico, China, Russia, India, Thailand, Korea, Columbia and Europe. He directs and moderates International Innovation Conferences, Forums, and chairs quarterly Chief Innovation Officer Round Tables in the Silicon Valley. 

Prior to joining Berkeley-Haas in 2005, he was an Associate Professor for 9 years at University of Southern California.

His progressive corporate leadership experience covers a span of 14 years as a Senior Executive Officer at Bank of America, First Interstate Bank and Glendale Federal Bank and Motorola. 

During summers, Solomon regularly teaches in Executive Programs at prominent international universities and institutions. To date, he has conducted workshops and programs in over 18 countries. He also serves as honorary professor at several universities in Europe, China and India. His current project include “Building Scalable Smart Villages” commissioned by state Governments in India.

He is the architect of smart village frame works in India and is known as the father of smart villages. He defines a smart village as “a community empowered by Digital Technologies & Open Innovation platforms to access global markets,” with the goal of “empowering people with access to tools, resources, real time transparent information and uninterrupted internet connectivity.” He is the author of two books on empowering the bottom of the pyramid “Smart Villages of Tomorrow: The Road to Mori” and ‘The Untouchables” stories of his family legacy of triumph over torment through entrepreneurship, education and equal opportunity.

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