Lynda M. Applegate is the Sarofim-Rock Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School (HBS) and serves as the head of the Entrepreneurial Management Unit. She also serves as the faculty chair of the HBS Owner Managed Portfolio of executive programs, which includes the Owner President Management and Key Executive programs and its newly launched Global Immersions for Business Owners. Since joining the HBS faculty, Professor Applegate has held a variety of leadership positions, including serving as the head of Field Based Learning and as co-chair of the M.B.A. program. In addition to her academic positions, Professor Applegate launched a series of entrepreneurial ventures and held a variety of leadership positions in the health-care industry during the 1970s.
Professor Applegate's current research and recent publications focus on the challenges of building new ventures and leading radical business innovation in the face of significant industry, technological, capital market, and regulatory turbulence. A second stream of research examines emerging governance models to support inter-firm collaborative innovation. She is the author of more than 40 articles, books, and book chapters, and more than 350 published case studies, online learning DVDs, and course materials. She has served on the board of trustees of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council and as a member of the Industry Advisory Board for NASDAQ and the GAO’s Executive Council for Information Management and Technology.
Bhaskar Chakravorti is senior associate dean of International Business & Finance at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He is the founding executive director of Fletcher’s Institute for Business in the Global Context. A former partner of McKinsey, a distinguished scholar at MIT's Legatum Center and Harvard Business School faculty, he was a leader of McKinsey’s Innovation and Global Forces practices and taught innovation and entrepreneurship at Harvard. In a 20-plus-year career, he has advised more than 30 companies in the Fortune 500 and worked across multiple geographies—the Americas, EU, Asia and Africa—and multiple industry sectors—high tech, life sciences, renewable energies, and consumer. He has also worked at Monitor, Bellcore (formerly Bell Labs), the University of Illinois, and the Tata Administrative Service.
Dean Chakravorti's Amazon best-selling book, The Slow Pace of Fast Change: Bringing Innovations to Market in a Connected World, was chosen among the year's best business books by multiple publications. With more than 40 articles in top-tier peer-reviewed academic journals, multiple books and articles in widely read media, e.g., Harvard Business Review, the New York Times, WSJ, Financial Times, CNN, CNBC, etc., His interviews are featured in BusinessWeek, The Economist, Fortune, WSJ, BBC, Financial Times, Fast Company, CNN, etc. He is regularly featured on public radio and has a blog on the Huffington Post. He is a regularly invited speaker at global conferences, e.g. the World Economic Forum, The Economist, Bloomberg, as well as on Capitol Hill and to a U.S. Presidential Task Force. He was born in New Delhi, India, and lives in Brookline, Mass.
Dr. Navjot Singh is the leader of the McKinsey Boston Office. He is also a leader in McKinsey’s Pharmaceutical and Medical Products Practice and Public Sector Practice. His passions include innovation, R&D, and regulatory-related topics. He works with clients across the health-care ecosystem, working with pharmaceuticals, biotechs, private equity/venture capital firms, contract research organizations, health-care providers, and regulators.
Dr. Singh has more than 11 years of experience at McKinsey, and prior to joining McKinsey, he was an R&D leader at General Electric for six-plus years. He received a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota, and an M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has a B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology. He is a co-author of numerous articles and a co-inventor on more than 15 patents.
Steven Koltai was, until September 2011, senior advisor for entrepreneurship to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the U.S. Department of State where he created the Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP). Currently, he heads his own consulting firm working in international entrepreneurship ecosystem development. He is an executive with more than 30 years of business experience in entertainment (Warner Bros), entrepreneurship (Coronet, today known as SES-Astra, the world's largest private television satellite system, and Event411), investment banking (Salomon Bros), and management consulting (McKinsey & Company).
Mr. Koltai was a founding board member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, founding chair of the Entertainment Technology Center at the USC School of Film and Television, and a long-time member of the Council on Foreign Relations (where he also served as an International Affairs Fellow). Currently, he is a board member of Babson Global, Advancing Girl's Education (AGE) Africa, and the Maine Center for Entrepreneurship Development (MCED). Previously, he was chair of the Literacy Network of Greater Los Angeles and now serves as a founding member of the Literacy Awards Program of the Library of Congress. Mr. Koltai's Tufts connections are numerous. He received both his B.A. (1976) and M.A. (1978) from Tufts and Fletcher, he serves on the board of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, the board of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies Program, and, previously, the Board of Overseers of the School of Arts and Sciences and the Center for Media Studies.