BIG THINKERS

Big Thinkers join us at the beginning of each cycle to offer a snapshot of the innovation landscape within a given challenge area. Thought leaders in their own fields, Big Thinkers come together to collectively identify needs, opportunities and barriers to change, informing the structure and content of LAUNCH challenge statements.


OUR BIG THINKERS

LAUNCH: SMARTER CHEMISTRY

Joe Armstrong Merck & Co
Alan Aspuru Gudzik Harvard University
Alexis Bateman MIT
Saida Benhayoune MIT
Matthew Bio Snapdragon Chemistry
John Bradburn General Motors
Boma Brown-West Environmental Defense Fund
Hubert Chaperon Zymergen
Molly Conroy Nike
David Constable American Chemical Society - Green Chemistry Institute
Linda Doerrer Boston University
Marty Dugan ANDalyze
Ben Edwards Nike
Rafael Gomez Bombarelli Harvard University
Gretchen Govoni Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC)
Laura Hoch Green Chemistry & Commerce Council
Chad Jackson US Department of State
John Jaddou Addeation
Julie Jones Advancing Green Chemistry
Eric King
Tony Kingsbury TKingsbury LLC.
Jennifer Lopez Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)
Greg Mullholand Citrine Informatics
William Patrick Newco
Mark Rossi Clean Product Action
Marc Schurger Eastman Chemical Company
Jon Smieja Steelcase
Ralph Taylor Metanoia Fund
Joel Tickner Green Chemistry and Commerce Council
Troy van Voorhis MIT
Cyrus Wadia Nike
John Warner Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry

LAUNCH: FOOD

Aedan Whyatt DFAT Papua New Guinea Desk
Becky Tsang Food Fortification Initiative
Ben Walsh Buchanwe
Brookes McTavish Elevate Australia Pty Ltd
Caleb Jarvis Pacific Islands Trade and Invest
Coral Colyer Goodman Fielder
Dave Kelly DFAT Canberra
Dorothy Mackerras Food Standards Australia and New Zealand
Ofakiokalani Tukia Tonga Ministry of Health
Jone Hawea Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises & Development
Elaine Gray USAID
Elizabeth Palu DFAT - Tonga
Geordie Fung Oaktree
Grace Muriuki The University of Queensland
Greg Gambrill Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing Company
Guy Redding Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA)
Heather Grieve DFAT - Timor-Leste
Jane Haycock DFAT - Canberra
Jennifer Mulveny Intel
Joanne Bowskill Get Kids Cooking
Joe McLean Triple P International Pty Ltd
Johann Bell Conservation International
Juliette Wittich NCDFREE
Kate Elliott DFAT - Canberra
Katrien Ghoos World Food Program
Lisa Rauter DFAT - Canberra
Losaline Ma'asi Tonga Ministry of Agriculture
Luke Simmons DFAT - Canberra
Lyn Henderson DFAT - Canberra
Lynlee Tanner Stapleton USAID
Majella Hurney Save The Children Australia
Mereia Volavola Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO)
Michael Nunan Sustainable Solutions/mSupply
Michael J. Toole Burnet institute
Andrew Judge SurfAid International
Paul O'Callaghan Caritas Australia
Natalina Hong DFAT - Solomons
Neal Mercado BioCeuticals
Nicole Gamerov SwissRe
Paul Levins Intellectual Ventures
Paulini Sesevu DFAT- Fiji
Peter Crane Mars Food Australia
Kathryn Robinson The Australian National University
Renee Salaberry Abbott
Ron Curry Interactive Games & Entertainment Associate
Shannon Ryan World Vision
Sonya Rand Coles
Filipe de Costa Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
Steve Burns DFAT - Papua New Guinea
Tom Gill DFAT - Canberra
Unjela Kaleem Nestlé Australia
Venki Sundararaman World Bank

LAUNCH: GREEN CHEMISTRY

Anastasia O’Rourke DEKRA
Andrew Watson DAI
Beth Beck NASA
Bob Saunders Bayer
Christine Jacobs LAUNCH
Clive Davies EPA
David Constable American Chemical Society
David Rejeski Woodrow Wilson Int’l Center
Dianne Poster NIST
Gustavo Delgado U.S. Department of State
James Parr LAUNCH
Jeff Hamaoui LAUNCH
Jim Hutchinson University of Oregon
Joe Hsueh Academy of Systemic Change
Joel Tickner UMass Lowell
John Frazier NIKE
Joseph Rinkevich SciVera
Julie Jones Advancing Green Chemistry
Karen O’Brien Advancing Green Chemistry
Kathy Loftin NASA
Kevin Myette Bluesign Technologies
Libby Sommer NIKE
Mark Rossi Clean Production Action and Chair BizNGO
Mary Tolikas Harvard
Monica Becker Monica Becker and Associates
Nagesh Rao US Small Business Administration
Nancy Jackson U.S. Department of State
Peter Preuss EPA
Seema Patel USAID
Sudarsan Rachudi NIST
Ticora Jones USAID

 

LAUNCH: FABRIC

Celestine Johnson Innovation Endeavors
David Levine Haas School of Business, Univ. of California, Berkeley
Edward N. Thomas NIKE
Dr. Geoff Duyk TPG Biotechnology Group
Jay Nalbach CRAiLAR
Jill Dumain Patagonia
Lorrie Vogel NIKE
Lynda Grose California College of the Arts (CCA)
Dr. Lynn Rothschild NASA
Mark Lee SustainAbility
Paul Dillinger Levi Strauss and Co.
Ryan Young Sustainable Apparel Coalition
Sam Baker Just Business
Shashi Buluswar LBNL Institute of Globally Transformative Technologies
Susan Ballati Santa Clara University, Center for Science, Technology and Society
Thane Kreiner Center for Science, Technology and Society 

LAUNCH: BEYOND WASTE

Deborah Alvarez-Rodriguez Goodwill Industries San Francisco
Mitra Ardron Natural Innovation
Jason Arambaru Re-Char
Regan Bach Irontree Consulting
John Balbach CleanPath Ventures
Dave Blakley IDEO
Felicity Carus Journalist
Ed Church Institute for Environmental Entrepreneurship
Arthur Cimento Recology
Patty Debenham Trash Free Seas Alliance
John Duffy Eleos Foundation
June Grant AECOM
Lynda Grose Goodwill
Alison Hill Vestergaard Frandsen
Kiran Jethwa Fumase
Monica Jain Manta Consulting
Bruce Klafter Applied Materials
Michael Kleeman UCSD School of International Relations
Nick Lapis Californians Against Waste
Peter Mulligan EZ*PZ
George Obrelian Project Kaisei
Jean-Louis Robadey Waggener Edstrom Worldwide
Dennis Ross Koar Energy Resources
Shally Shanker Systemic Impact
Mark Tonkin DTI-r
Jonathan Trent NASA Ames
Marnie Webb TechSoup Global
Gary Wolff StopWaste

LAUNCH: ENERGY

Sonia Aggarwal ClimateWorks Foundation
Mark Bernstein USC Energy Institute
Felicity Carus The Guardian
Michael Danaher Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Alex Dehgan USAID
Steve Eichenlaub Intel Capital
Carrie Freeman Intel
Mark Grobmyer SEAF Cleantech Deployment Fund
Jeff Haeni USAID
Matthew Helm NineSigma
Daniel Kammen World Bank
Sanjeev Krishan Global Environment Fund
Peter Lehner National Resource Defense Council
Greg Loosvelt
Colin McCormick
Department of Energy
Laura Meadors Director SK Telecom
Jacob Moss US Dept of State
Vishal Patel US Dept of State
Guy Pinjuv Carbon War Room
Shaifali Puri Scientists Without Borders
James Reuther NASA
Adam Rogers Wired Magazine
Kath Rowley Climate Policy Initiative
Kim Schilling
Robbie Schingler NASA
Jigar Shah Carbon War Room
Rob Stoner MIT Energy Initiative
Uday Varadarajan Climate Policy Initiative
Mikkel Vestergaard Vestergaard Frandsen
Cyrus Wadia The White House, OSTP
Diana Yousef Senior Advisor to LAUNCH
 
LAUNCH: HEALTH

Dr. Jeff Davis NASA
Thomas Goetz Wired
Annie Heremans Johnson and Johnson
Michael Newton Nike
Elizabeth Richard NASA
Jessica Sims US Dept of State
Mikkel Vestergaard Vestergaard Frandsen
 
LAUNCH: WATER

Khosrow Farahbakhsh University of Guelph, Engineering
Diana Yousef Senior Advisor to LAUNCH


COUNCIL

Hand-selected for each cycle, the LAUNCH Council is a multi-sector, multi-disciplinary group of thought leaders and doers from across the challenge landscape. LAUNCH Council Members offer capital, capacity, connectivity, credibility and creativity to innovators as they build and scale for impact.