Olaf is a Professor of Practice for Global Strategy, Innovation & Economics, Digital & Disruption Futures at Hult International Business School. He teaches across a global network of campuses in San Francisco, Boston, New York, London, Ashridge, Dubai, and Shanghai. He also serves as Professional Faculty for International Business & Policy and Technology & Strategy at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.
Olaf has 25 years of experience as an executive and adviser in innovation and tech focused multinationals (Vodafone, Boeing, Qualcomm), startups, and consultancies. He’s founder & CEO of Cambrian Futures and Cambrian Designs (www.cambrian.ai) which advises corporate, government, and foundation clients on deep tech disruption. Olaf is also a member of the Global Expert Network for the 4th Industrial Revolution at the World Economic Forum and a visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley’s Roundtable.
Olaf is co-author of “Solomon’s Code: Humanity in a World of Thinking Machines” and a frequent contributor to media outlets like WIRED, Financial Times, The Hill, Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, Quartz, FOCUS, Die Zeit, World Economic Forum, Huffington Post, Peter Drucker Forum, LSE, Today’s CFO, Thunderbird International Business Review, World Financial Review, European Business Review, Roubini EconoMonitor, Duke CE Dialogue, NPR, ZDF, and ARD.
Olaf holds PhD & MALD degrees in international affairs with business, economics, and technology focus from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. He holds MAIPS & BA degrees with economics focus from Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He studied negotiation at Harvard, economics at Georgetown, finance at Berkeley, and strategic leadership at the Center for Creative Leadership.