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John Kao Speaks at Biennial Congress of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics

Halifax, May 29, 2012 – The World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) welcomes John Kao to its biennial congress, Driving the Global Economy, co-hosted by ACCC and Nova Scotia Community College.

Dubbed “Mr. Creativity” and “a serial innovator” by The Economist, John Kao is a leading authority on innovation, organizational transformation and emerging technologies. Over the past two decades, John has been a trusted advisor to senior leaders of both public and private sector organizations in the development of innovation strategies and capabilities. He has advised the governments of Finland and Singapore on their innovation strategies, for example, as well as leading firms such as Nike, Intel, and BASF.

Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Innovation, John is known especially for his practical and pragmatic approach to “getting innovation done,” hence his favorite nickname, “the innovation sherpa.” His article on the globalization of innovation, published in the Harvard Business Review, was named one of the magazine’s “most popular” of 2009.

John is also a serial entrepreneur, an angel investor in emerging technology companies, and a Tony-nominated producer of film and stage. He was producer of the Broadway play, Golden Child, production executive on Sex, Lies and Videotape, and executive producer of Mr. Baseball. A jazz pianist at heart, he spent the summer of 1969 playing keyboards for rock legend Frank Zappa.

Colleges play a lead role in strengthening regional capacity to innovate by helping businesses and community organizations compete more effectively through new and improved products, processes and services.

“As countries grapple with the need to enhance innovation and productivity, the enormous potential that exists between colleges and their industry and community partners will become increasingly important. John is a terrific resource to identify those critical linkages for the Congress audience in Halifax, and we are delighted to have him share his insights with us,” said James Knight, ACCC President and CEO and Chair of WFCP.

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