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Connections with Leading Thinkers

Our Connections with Leading Thinkers series is a collection of interviews with academic, corporate and industry experts on cutting-edge business ideas.


As part of the Accenture Institute for High Performance’s mission to develop cutting-edge new ideas and insights, researchers often seek the views of academic leaders, business executives and industry analysts. The Connections with Leading Thinkers series captures some of those interviews, showcasing interactions and discussions with some of the world’s leading experts.

Ioannis Ioannou
Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at London Business School

Dr. Ioannou shares how businesses can enhance their agility by engaging with stakeholders outside the boundaries of the firm.

Rebecca Schindler
Research leader specializing in technology and innovation policy at RAND Europe

Ms. Schindler shares how the Internet of Things will affect society, business and the economy.

Ian Goldin
Professor of globalization and development and director of the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford

Mr. Goldin talks about the ways in which businesses and society will have to balance the risks and opportunities associated with the IIoT.

Julian Birkinshaw
Professor of Strategic and International Management and Director of the Management Lab at the London Business School

Dr. Birkinshaw shares how businesses can enhance their agility by engaging more effectively with stakeholders.

Gary Hamel
Co-founder and Director of the Management Lab

Mr. Hamel shares how organizations can respond better to risks and opportunities by engaging with their wider ecosystem.

Fernanda de Negri
Fernanda de Negri is the director for Studies and Policies for Innovation, Regulation, and Infrastructure at the Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea), a think tank linked to the Brazilian Planning Ministry.

Ms De Negri discusses the merits and shortcomings of Brazil’s innovation policies.

Carlos Arruda
Carlos Arruda is a professor of Innovation and Competitiveness and the Director of the Innovation Center at Fundação Dom Cabral (FDC), a business school. He is also FDC’s Associated Dean for Business Partnership.

Professor Arruda discusses the problems that must be surmounted to boost innovation in Brazil’s economy.

Lourenço Bustani
Lourenço Bustani is co-founding partner of Mandalah, an innovation consultancy that seeks to help clients boost both their profitability and their contribution to people and the planet.

Mr. Bustani analyzes difficulties hindering innovation in Brazil’s economy and discusses potential solutions.

Bruno Moreira
Bruno Moreira is a director at Inventta, an innovation-focused consultancy based in the São Paulo area. He is also a partner at Grupo Instituto Inovação, which includes Inventta alongside Inseed, a capital management firm, and TroposLab, an innovation lab.

Mr Moreira analyzes the difficulties preventing Brazilian companies from collaborating in their innovation efforts, and points to possible solutions.

Antonio Botelho
Antonio Botelho is director and former CEO (2011-14) of Gávea Angels, an angel investment group in Brazil, and professor of Innovation Policy and Entrepreneurship at the Rio de Janeiro Institute for University Research (IUPERJ), a postgraduate unit of University Cândido Mendes.

Professor Botelho discusses roadblocks to entrepreneurship and collaborative innovation in Brazil—and ways to overcome them.

Gustavo Caetano
Gustavo Caetano is the CEO of Samba Tech, a start-up that has become the largest online video platform in Latin America. He is also a founder and former president of the Brazilian Association of Start-Ups.

Mr. Caetano discusses opportunities and challenges for innovative start-ups in Brazil.

Otaviano Canuto
Otaviano Canuto is an Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in whose Board he represents Brazil and casts the votes of eleven countries in total.

Mr. Canuto discusses the structural hurdles slowing innovation in Brazil’s economy, and points to possible solutions.

Rafael Navarro
Rafael Navarro is the executive in charge of innovation management at petrochemical giant Braskem, a collaborative innovation champion.

Mr. Navarro discusses innovation from the point of view of a highly innovative, large Brazilian company.

Frank Bobe
Francis Bobe is Entrepreneur in Residence at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University and Founding CEO of SpringLeaf Therapeutics, Inc.

Mr. Bobe discusses the role of digital technology in enhancing the growth of industrial clusters.

Adam Kingl
Adam Kingl is the Executive Director of Learning Solutions for Executive Education at London Business School

Mr. Kingl discusses the role of digital platforms in enabling innovation.

Steve Crumb
Steve Crumb is the Executive Director of the GENIVI Alliance—a non-profit industry alliance committed to driving the broad adoption of an in-vehicle infotainment open-source development platform.

Mr. Crumb discusses collaborative innovation in the automotive industry.

Sarah MacDonald
Sarah MacDonald is the Executive Vice President at MassBio

Ms. MacDonald discusses the role of digital technology in enhancing the growth of industrial clusters.

Jayson Pankin
Jayson Pankin the Founder and CEO of the AutoHarvest foundation—a non-profit digital platform for innovators in advanced manufacturing

Mr. Pankin discusses open innovation on digital platforms.

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