GIMI Think Tank

The GIMI Think Tank is a weekly virtual forum composed of GIMI ambassadors, Certified Training Partners, and other experts to share knowledge around innovation and promote collaboration

Participants are Innovation leaders from industry, government, and academia

Representatives come from 5 continents and more than 25 countries

Standard agenda is sufficiently flexible to cover a range of innovation topics

Online program meets weekly on Wednesdays at 9:00 am (EST)


  • Create a fluid, agile and solid community of innovators around the world who assist in solving big and bold challenges
  • Create awareness around innovation and GIMI framework
  • Share valuable and cutting edge knowledge from distinguished speakers among the community and to the interested audience
  • Promote GIMI partners and recruit potential partners who embrace the GIMI framework and advance innovation in their countries

Topics covered

Paul van Son

Carolina Strobel

Sesha Pratap

Steve Wyatt​

Sean Sheppard

President at Dii Desert Energy

Operating Partner / COO Redpoint eventures

Partner at Brahma and at Maxos Studio

Professor at University of Bath School of Management

Managing Partner at U+

Innovations have made renewable energy the market winner

Fast-growing venture-capital industry in Brazil

Reinvent business models, create new marketplaces, and engage customers

Skills, capabilities, and mindsets required to thrive in the 4th Industrial Revolution ‘4IR’

Silicon Valley exits, invested in 140+ startups across 3 VC funds. What we learned from building 90+ ventures

Rachid Yazami

António Alvarenga

Valentina De Matteo

Dr. CJ Meadows

Tapfuma Musewe

Founding Director & CTO at KVI Holdings

Founder of ALVA R&C and International Foresight Expert

Professor/Researcher at University of Bologna

Thought leader on tomorrow’s innovation

Executive Director at Afrifursa

Addressing major lithium-ion battery issues for electric mobility and beyond

Make better decisions, improve strategy definition or policymaking, and spur innovation breakthroughs

How to design resilient corporate environments through innovation knowledge

Why Design-Thinking Startups Succeeds Better and Attracts More Funding

Fintech Innovation in Africa: impact and growth

Dan Dodson

Manish Shah

Willem-Jan Jacobs

Bradley Andrews

Joshua Ngoma

System Director, Digital Health and Innovation at UNC

Food Industry Executive

Sales Director at Living Tomorrow

President Worley – UK, Nordics, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia

Founder & Chief Enabler at EARN

Innovation in Healthcare

 Food Ingredients Innovation

Creating a vision of how we will live and work in the future

Global trends and frontline insights from the European Energy Transition

Developing young African agripreneurs through modern and smart agriculture

Agostinho Almeida

Joanna Prieto

Rafael Obando

Damarys Zampani

Dr. Ai Addyson- Zhang

Chief Innovation Officer at Ecopetrol

Co-CEO of Geek Girls Latam

Head of East Coast and LATAM Partnerships at HubSpot

Strategic Growth Executive, President & Founder of

Education Disruptor – CEO and Founder at Classroom Without Walls

Science, technology, and innovation as a catalyst for sustainability

 Systemic approach to Sustainable Development Goal: 5 Gender Equality

The funnel is dead: Meet the flywheel

Resilient infrastructure with energy & water security

To Disrupt or be Disrupted: What’s Next in Education

Jonathan Reichental, PhD

Hassan Al-Brahim

Rizzo Hahn

Jessica Day

Joel Litman

Founder of Human Future

Executive Director at Civil Service and Government Development Bureau in Qatar

Managing Director at Accenture

Co-founder at IDEASCALE

President and CEO at Valen’s Research

Making Data Work For Your Organization

Unified Customer Experience

Industry 4.0 – The trends, opportunities, and risks for the future

Leverage the collective intelligence of networks to create new business value

The at-home revolution is in full swing and explains 80% of what’s happening in the stock market

Andre Do Valle

Tunde Akindele

Ahmad Moradi

Founder do Wallet & Rig Squared

Director of Strategy and Innovation at Verizon

CEO & Founder of Netstairs

Soon, all assets, like your house, your cash, will be tokenized, and earning interest

Will your industry be disrupted by 5G?

Web Real-Time Communications with AI Streaming Video is the genesis of an insightful transformation


Florin PAUN​

TVG Krishnamurty

Louise Kelly​

Johannes Jarl

Rogério Bohn

Chief Science & Partnership Officer at RAFAUT Group

Mentor an advisor

Professor of Management and Leadership at University of La Verne

Executive Director at Innovation 360 Group

Global Mentor

New tool to hybridize the market pull approach with technology push while innovating

Why continuing education for the educated is urgent in this 21st century?

A flexible leadership style for innovation – from ambidexterity to women’s leadership

How working systematically with innovation management by assessing your teams from a 360-degree

Innovation in Family Business to generate innovative actions for traditional conservative family businesses

Manuel Mendes

Nicholas Haber

Alxander Haneng

Mohab Anis

Omar Saucedo​

Global Director at Boston Innovation Gateway

Director STEM and CTE at Certiport

SVP Innovation Partnerships at Posten and Bring

CEO at Innovety

Microsoft Techspark Community Manager

Understand why innovation is key for a successful international business market expansion

Digital Skills and Entrepreneurship: Driving Prosperity Through Certification

How did a 375-year-old postal service become Norway’s most innovative company?

Driving Innovation by Assessing Your Intellectual Assets

The U.S. Mexico Border innovation opportunities Power hub

Sid Benraouane

Rodolfo Cremer

Beatriz Daza

Mike Hatrick

Tony Ulwick

Chair of the US ISO Working Group on Innovation Management

Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at European Business and Digital School 

CEO of MacondoLab

Group Director IP Strategy and Portfolio at Volvo Trucks Technology

Strategyn Founder and CEO, Inventor, Author, and Innovation Thought Leader

Innovation management and ISO perspective

Innovation for education in the 21st Century

At MacondoLab, everything is possible: bringing ideas to life with the power of innovation

Chasing Innovation, why innovation programs fail, and what we should do about that

Taking the Guesswork Out of Innovation

Maria Cristina Córdova

Guillermo de Haro

Henry May

Johan Persson

Nicola Winter

Co-founder of Relaci & Founder at Innfiltrados

Interim Vice Dean, Graduate Programs at IE School of Science and Technology

Cofounder & CEO at Coschool

Partner at Rhubarbs

Member of the ESA astronaut reserve, pilot, speaker and Engineer

Collaborative Innovation: The standard way to innovate in the coming years

From Stoicism to Complex Problem Solving. How Data and People will save the world

Edumoción – an innovative bet to change education in LatAm

How maps changed how we approach innovation and strategy

Innovation, resilence and new leadership from Air and Space World

Nic Palmarini

Josep Miquel Piqué

Kevin Pang

Julius Bautista

Carlos Marquerie

Director at NICA

President – Triple Helix Association

Vice President of Business Development at Qnergy

Principal, Strategic Partner Engagements at Amazon Web Services

Vice Dean of Technologies at the Alfonso X University (UAX), Director of Liquid Innovation Lab

Yesterday, today was tomorrow (Ageing, our best opportunity)

Orchestration of Innovation Ecosystems: The Pacts of Innovation

From Dinosaur DNA to Methane Abatement: Innovation as a 3-ball Collision

Accelerating Growth and Innovation through the Cloud

Innovation Ecosystem: AI-based Competitive Route Map

Kristen Anderson

Ken Merkel

Steffen Gackstatter

Carlo Saveiro & Domenico Caprioli

Alice Chung

Advisor at StretchDollar

Chief Executive Officer at Unlimit

Partner at Roland Berger

Director of the CREST & Scientific Director of NEXT4

Sr. Analytics Manager, Genentech

Why startups win, and how any organization can capture some of the startup advantages

Kickstarting a transformational culture 

Best-practice Corporate Startup Engagement

Unified Customer Experience

How to utilize limited resources to harness/preserve innovative efforts

Carolina Duran

Latin America Program Director at Building Markets

Small Business Powering the World

State of Innovation in Countries

Salim Berbache

Carlos Arruda

Isuru Subasinghe

Truls Berg

Roberto Melo

Partner at Ucotra Consulting

Associate Professor at Fundação Dom Cabral and member of Salesforce Brasil

Co-Founder & CEO at Serendipity in Research and Innovations

Founder & Leader Open Innovation Lab of Norway

President at Escala Latam

How is the maturity of Moroccan SMEs evolving in terms of innovation? 

What is going on in Brazil to scale innovation in the corporate environment?

State of innovation in Japan and strategy to enter the market as GIMI 

State of innovation in Norway and why is the Open Innovation Lab of Norway leading the way forward

State of innovation in Panama and how to generate scalable entrepreneurial growth in Lata

Alberto Arvizu

David Fernández

Massimo Andriolo

Rolan Garcia

Benny Shlick

Director of Academic Services at Tecnológico de Monterrey

CEO and Founder at TDM Internacional

Principal at IXL Center Italy

CEO and Founder at Embiggen

Founder and Managing Director at Innovation Without Borders

Tecnológico de Monterrey developing an Innovation Ecosystem with GIMI

The innovation map in Mexico and the BIG challenges to be faced within digital transformation

Italy was a cradle of innovation … and now?

The Future of Corporate Innovation in the Philippine

Israel’s innovation recipe cannot be copied, it is an integration of culture, flexibility, directness, openness and self-confidence

GIMI IP and progress

GIMI Impact

Leadership Program

Ron Jonash

Alice Garavito

Juie Yao Cooper

Erila Haska & Grayson Bass

Hitendra Patel, Manuel Mendes & Ron Jonash

Senior Consultant at IXL Center

Innovation Consultant at IXL Center

Senior Director at IXL Center

A certified course designed to empower high school students to build a more compassionate and innovative society

Experience of IXL developing 1584 leaders in Brazil to create their leadership journey and get certified by GIMI

Applying Innovation 4.0 approaches to accelerate new solutions for Aging and for Sustainable Green Hydrogen with Innovation Olympics

Successful experience in scaling up to support thousands of SMEs, building innovation capabilities and developing an innovation ecosystem for driving growth in Colombia

Uplifting small and underserved businesses and how growth through the 2x program

Hitendra Patel

Carolina Chitiva

David Chung

Hitendra Patel

Innovation Guru & CEO at IXL Center

Director of Business Development at IXL Center

Chairman of Hong Kong Innovation Management Institute

Innovation Guru & CEO at IXL Center

Case studies and learning using AI in a strategic innovation process

INNOVA LATAM 2022, a successful strategy to drive innovation ecosystem collaboration

A unique partnership model with universities to co-organize different types of programs

Leadership program: how we can build the best version of ourselves 

Unleash your team's Innovation Potential for Successful Results

Identify the Right People for Innovation Teams and Bridge Talent Gaps for Growth with a Clear Development Plan