About Us

We are entrepreneurs, industry experts, certified instructors, professors, and business professionals.
We are innovators.

Innovation is the driver of growth and continued market relevance.

We believe developing and integrating the mindsets and skillsets of innovation through experiential learning are critical not just to survive, but to grow and thrive in the 21st century.

Our Guiding Principles

Focus on Human Capital

The world’s most innovative companies are those fortunate enough to attract and retain the most innovative people.

Skillset Development

Sharpen and acquire the skills necessary for building products and services in the new digital era.

Mindset Development

Overcome the barriers to entrepreneurial thinking: fear of change, fear of failure, and fear of collaboration.

Comprehensive Integration

Create the capacity to develop and launch new solutions through a network of innovators with complementary skills.

Experiential Learning Approach

Learn while you work — Innovate while you learn

Our unique project-based approach combines world-class university produced content, facilitated workshops to develop your community, and a network of experts to help support the implementation of your ideas.

CONTENT based on world- class university produced online programs
COMMUNITY built through collaborative workshops and program facilitators
EXECUTION guided by practical experiences and our global support network

Don’t Outsource
Your Innovation

We bring the power of a global network of thought leaders and practitioners to catalyze and develop your internal innovation capacity. We believe in empowering you to solve your existing challenges while simultaneously developing the tools critical to creating new products and services that enhance your organization, deliver market value and move society forward.

Our Network

GIC LEADERSHIP

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Kamran Elahian

Chairman and Founder

Global Innovation Catalyst

San Francisco, US

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Samir Mammadov

Head of Operations

Global Innovation Catalyst

Baku, AZ

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Igor Ovcharenko

Head of Programs

Global Innovation Catalyst

Kyiv, UA

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Marilynn Ahern

Chief of Staff

Global Innovation Catalyst

San Francisco, US

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JC Velten

Chief Maverick

Innovation Lab

San Francisco, US

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Justin Warren

Production Director

Cyperus Media

Petaluma, US

SCPD FACULTY

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Ray Levitt

Academic Director

SCPD Idea to Market Program

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Mike Lyons

Adjunct Professor

Stanford University, Management Science and Engineering

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Haim Mendelson

Professor

Stanford Graduate School of Business

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Pedram Mokrian

Adjunct Professor

Stanford University, Management Science and Engineering

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Lynda Kate Smith

Lecturer

Stanford University, Department of Engineering

INDUSTRY EXPERTS

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Joe Belfore

Corporate Vice President of Essential Products and Windows 10

Microsoft

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Gibson Biddle

Former VP Product Management/CPO

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Dave Blakely

Senior VP

Developing More Disruptors at Mach49

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Jim Castelaz

Founder and Former CEO

Motiv Power Systems

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Shannon DeJong

Founder and CEO

House of Who

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Paris de l’Etraz

Professor of Entrepreneurial Management

IE Business School

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Pete Karanikas

Co-Founder

Wave Crest

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Peter Kent

Consulting CFO

Insight Business Tools

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Jeff Kuhn

Administrative Partner and Co-Founder

FLG Partners

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Geoffrey Moore

Venture Partner

Wildcat Venture Partners

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Tom O’Malley

Founder and CEO

Currnt

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Mark Radcliffe

Sr. Partner

DLA Piper

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Ali Riaz

Founder and Chairman of the Board

Attvio/Adaptiiv/Newline Ventures

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Ashmeet Sidana

Founder and Chief Engineer

Engineering Capital

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Marc Tarpenning

Co-Founder

Tesla Motors

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Hillary Wicht

Executive Voice Coach

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Johnson Wu

Serial Entrepreneur

CERTIFIED PROGRAM INSTRUCTORS

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Alexey Baboshin

Managing Partner

ISLA

Moscow, RU

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Bernard Chiira

Director

GDI Hub Led
Innovate Now

Nairobi, KE

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Amal Dokhan

CEO

GEN Saudi

Riyadh, SA

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Keith Glendon

Founder

Lucid Coast

Marquette, US

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Laith Kassis

Co-Founder

Enter Ventures

Ramallah, PS

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Rashad Khanlarov

Director

Baku State Industry and Innovation Vocational Education Center

Baku, AZ

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Chris Koehs

Managing Director

World Pension Forum

Durban, ZA

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Linda Kwamboka

Director

MFarm Limited

Nairobi, KE

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Saleh Sani

Instructor

ADA School

Baku, AZ

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Zamir Shukhov

CEO & Partner

Global Venture Alliance

Moscow, RU

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Ozan Sonmez

Network Design
Senior Expert

UNDP

Istanbul, TR

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Igor Ovcharenko

Head of Programs

Global Innovation Catalyst

Kyiv, UA

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JC Velten

Chief Maverick

Innovation Lab

San Francisco, US

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Guillaume Bazouin

Head of Open Innovation & Startup Programs

Leonard

Paris, FR

Get In Touch

Whether you are interested in joining one of our programs, fostering the development of an innovation ecosystem in your region, or contributing your expertise and mentorship to rising innovators around the world, we’d love to hear from you!