Olaf Groth

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PhD, International business relations, technology management & policy, political economy. , Tufts University - Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Dr. Olaf Groth is a Global Professor of Management, Strategy, Innovation & Economics and the Discipline Lead for Strategy, Innovation & Economics at Hult International Business School. Professor Groth is the founder and CEO of Emergent Frontiers Group LLC, which advises senior executives internationally on global innovation trends, strategy, ecosystems and commercial diplomacy, primarily in digital, energy, transportation and infrastructure domains. He has 20 years of experience in executive and advisory roles with Q.Cells North America, Monitor Group, Qualcomm, Boeing, Vodafone, AirTouch, and a transportation data start-up. Prof. Groth is Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley’s Roundtable on the International Economy and a Fellow at the Lab Center for Competitiveness at Grenoble Business School. He also is a member of the Bay Area Economics Institute Research Council and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Prof. Groth frequently gives Hult thought-leadership a voice by speaking and moderating innovation-related events, and by publishing in HBR, HBR France, FT and Huffington Post blogs, Harvard Business Manager Deutschland and HBR Italia magazines, Today’s CFO and Thunderbird International Business Review magazines, World Financial Review and European Business Review, as well as Hult’s own public webinars.

In the past, Prof Groth was a Sr. Fellow for Innovation at the Center for Emerging Markets Enterprise at Tufts University’s Fletcher School, a judge for GE Ecomagination, adviser at the Pacific Cities Sustainability Initiative, and co-chair of the Pacific Council Energy & Environment Committee.

Prof. Groth is a Member of the Global Innovation Advisory Board at Phillips66 (Fortune 100). Prof. Groth holds Ph.D., M.A.L.D., M.A.I.P.S. and B.A. degrees in International Affairs with concentrations in business, economics, technology and negotiation from the Fletcher School and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. His dissertation focussed on the industrial development strategies of South Korea and Taiwan. He also studied negotiation at Harvard, trade economics at Georgetown University and finance at UC Berkeley.

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