ThinkTank Speakers

These are the speakers from all our ThinkTanks.

Dr. Anne Lusk – Research Scientist – Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Lusk’s research has focused on comfortable and safe environments that will motivate women, children, seniors, parents with children on their bicycles, and individuals of color, with lower incomes, and from the world to bicycle. She has over 36 years of experience designing, permitting, and funding bicycle facilities and delivering keynotes, consulting, and conducting research on bicycle facilities.

Dr. Charlotte Yeh – Chief Medical Office – AARP Services Inc.

Dr. Charlotte Yeh is the Chief Medical Officer for AARP Services, Inc. In her role, Dr. Yeh works with the independent carriers that make health-related products and services available to AARP members, to identify programs and initiatives that will lead to enhanced care for older adults. Dr. Yeh has more than 30 years of healthcare experience – as a practitioner and Chief of Emergency Medicine at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and Tufts Medical Center, as the Medical Director for the National Heritage Insurance Company, a Medicare Part B claims contractor, and as the Regional Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Boston.

Danielle Duplin –  Global Launch Director  – AGENCY

Danielle D. Duplin, President, FreeWind Productions, is an award-winning public speaking coach and strategic event curator, and innovation catalyst. Danielle combines her unique background in software engineering, executive leadership, and ideas theater to help clients inform, inspire, and influence their audiences. Previously, Danielle served as co-founder of TEDxBoston, an inaugural producer for HUBweek, and Vice President, Innovation and Technology at Fidelity Investments for 26+ years.

Danielle currently serves as an advisor for the Federal Reserve Bank Working Cities Challenge, and a mentor for startups in MassChallenge and the FinTech Sandbox. Danielle’s latest venture is co-founder and Global Launch Director of AGENCY: Worldwide Innovation for Living Longer and Aging Better; premium coworking space at CIC international hubs + high-touch programming + concierge ecosystem connections to amplify the work of age-tech innovators.

David Morgan – President & CEO – Future In Sight

David Morgan is the President & CEO of Future In Sight, a New Hampshire based nonprofit that transforms the lives of children and adults who are blind or visually impaired through a range of education and rehabilitation services. David is also a member of the Board of Trustees for Boston Architectural College and VisionServe Alliance. As a Vice President for Perkins School for the Blind David led the development of new assistive technologies including the Perkins SMART Brailler that reimagined how children can learn braille. His efforts were recognized with a range of patents and awards including the President’s Export Achievement Award, various Design Awards, and Innovator of the Year by SBANE and MassMEP. David also worked in industry and high tech for 20-years in engineering, product development, and manufacturing, most recently as President of a Dutch Semiconductor Firm.

Dyan Finkhousen – Director of Open Innovation & Advanced Manufacturing – General Electric

Dyan leads GE’s GeniusLink group, a global innovation service provider helping clients improve speed and performance by leveraging expert market methodology. The GeniusLink Expert Operating System delivers domain on demand. With over 21 million experts in their network and over $6 billion in business impact delivered, the group optimizes work with a better division of labor and intelligent automation. A consistent leader in the design and scaling of expert network business models – GeniusLink was awarded the prestigious 2015 Berkeley-Haas Innovation Award for Business Model Transformation; the 2016 Innovation Champion Award; 2017 Edison Innovation Gold Award, and 2017 Synthesize Business Innovation Impact Award.

Prior to this role, Dyan served as GE’s Asset Optimization Software Marketing Leader – leading the launch of the GE Predix brand and coaching business teams on the development and commercialization of GE PredixTM Industrial Internet services. A 22-year GE veteran, Dyan has held executive marketing and product management roles in GE Capital businesses, delivering global strategy, marketing, sales, operational execution, and breakthrough business results. Before joining GE, Dyan led Corporate Marketing for Transamerica Distribution Finance until its acquisition by GE in 2004. Dyan is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with an M.B.A. Degree in Marketing and Finance. She also holds a B.F.A. degree from Ohio University.

Dr. Gerry Fine – Executive Director – Innovate@BU

Dr. Gerry J. Fine is professor of the practice, director of the Engineering Product Innovation Center (EPIC) and executive director of Innovate@BU. Prior to his appointment at Boston University, Fine was president and CEO of SCHOTT North America, Inc. from 2008 until 2011. Dr. Fine was responsible for the overall strategic direction of the 16 production facilities and 3,000 employees of SCHOTT NA. His portfolio of businesses included solar, electronic packaging, advanced optics, lighting and imaging, and pharmaceutical packaging. During his tenure, SCHOTT NA revenues increased more than 50%. In addition to his duties at SCHOTT NA, he also served on the board of directors of six private companies.

Dr. Fine started his career at Corning in 1985 as a research scientist in the research and development division and served as manager, consumer products development from 1990–1992. He held management positions for Corning Asahi Video Products and was named deputy general manager-advanced display products in 1995. He was named vice president and general manager–photonic technologies division in October 1997. In December 2000, Dr. Fine was named executive vice president–photonic technologies. This division manufactured and sold optical components to the telecommunications industry. He was also previously a professor in the Department of Manufacturing Engineering at Boston University from 2003 until 2007, specializing in product and business development.

Emily Shea – Commissioner on Affairs of the Elderly – City of Boston

Emily K. Shea has been serving as Commissioner on Affairs of the Elderly for the City of Boston since April 2011 and was re-appointed by Mayor Martin J. Walsh in January 2014. The Commission serves as Boston’s Area Agency on Aging and Boston’s Council on Aging. In her role as Commissioner, she launched Age-Friendly Boston, a collaborative initiative focused on making Boston an even better place to live and to age. Commissioner Shea has fostered numerous partnerships throughout the city of Boston and the state of Massachusetts to improve the quality of life for older adults.

Prior to her work at the City, Ms. Shea’s work focused on meeting the needs of older adults as the Executive Director of Windsor House Adult Day Health Programs and President of the Massachusetts Adult Day Health Association, then as Executive Director of the Robert Wood Johnson funded initiative the Boston Partnership for Older Adults, and finally in her most recent role as Director of Elder Services for Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), Boston’s anti-poverty agency. Ms. Shea received her MSW, MPH and Certificate in Gerontology from Boston University and her BA from St. Michael’s College.

Jose Manuel dos Santos – Head of Design & User Experience – Signify/Philips

Jose has also been very involved in and passionate about design education and entrepreneurship. Among other initiatives, he started a network of talented Portuguese industrial designers, and co-founded a non-profit organization dedicated to young entrepreneurship. He has been a guest speaker at numerous industry events speaking on design and design thinking, taught design to designers and non-designers at a higher education level, and has been a jury member at several design schools and competitions. Jose is a creative individual that works in partnership with business executives to translate and mediate design value into business ventures.

Kate Tooke – Senior Associate – Sasaki

Kate is a licensed landscape architect and senior associate within Sasaki’s urban studio, where she focuses on waterfronts, urban parkland and the intersection between communities and environment. She leads Sasaki’s research initiative on outdoor playscapes, and has been instrumental in the design and evaluation of several custom adventure playscapes. Prior to discovering landscape architecture, Kate taught math and science in the Boston Public School system: her passion for inspiring and empowering urban youth now infuses all aspects of her work as a landscape architect. She holds a Masters in Education in addition to a Masters in Landscape Architecture. Kate earned the 2011 National Olmsted Scholar award, the highest honor of the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF), for her work on urban schoolyards, and has since served on LAF’s board of directors.

Kristian Kloeckl – Designer & Associate Professor – Northeastern University

Kristian Kloeckl is Designer and Associate Professor at Northeastern University in the Department of Art + Design and the School of Architecture. Prior to coming to Northeastern, Kloeckl was a faculty member at the University IUAV of Venice and a research scientist leading the Real Time City Group at the MIT Senseable City Lab as part of which he established the lab’s research unit in Singapore. There, he and his team pioneered a data platform and data visualization research initiative that brought together real time data from Singapore’s key public and private urban systems operators. Kristian has led research initiatives in partnership with entities such as AT&T, SNCF, Audi, Changi Airport, New England Conservatory and in his professional practice has worked on projects for JCDecaux, Viacom, Herman Miller, Migros, among others.

Kristian’s work probes the boundaries of interaction design in the context of today’s hybrid cities and investigates the role of improvisational frameworks for design. He has published extensively on these issues in international publications and his work has been exhibited at venues such as the Venice Biennale, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Vienna MAK, the Singapore Art Museum. Kloeckl is a frequent speaker at international conferences and has amongst others presented at the Montreal World Design Summit, Hybrid City Conference, Platform Strategy Executive Symposium at MIT Media Lab, World Bank SDN Forum, Red Dot Design Museum Singapore, Austrian Innovation Forum in Vienna, ICA Conference in Taipei, and eGov Global Exchange in Singapore.

Dr. Monique Fuchs – AVP Innovation + Entrepreneurship & Founder, Accelerate – Wentworth Institute of Technology

Monique is currently Associate Vice President, Innovation + Entrepreneurship at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Monique founded Accelerate, Wentworth Innovation + Entrepreneurship Center in 2012 to create a more relevant model of education and to prepare talent for the ever changing work environment. The center serves a blueprint to evolve the strategic direction and expand the innovation agenda organization-wide. In addition to her experience and influence within the innovation and entrepreneurship realms, she supports educating the public about the impact of design and innovation in everyday life, education, and workplaces as an advisory council member at the Design Museum Boston.

Nondini Naqui – Former President & CEO – Society of Grownups

Nondini Naqui is the former President and CEO of the Society of Grownups, a learning initiative that’s dedicated to opening up the conversation around money while engaging Millennials around this taboo topic. She led the initiative from it’s early phases of incubation at IDEO, through launch and then ran the business for the past 3 years. She is well versed in building start up brands from the ground up. At the Society of Grownups she was able to garner extensive PR and Media attention (195+ publications), and they were a finalist for Spike TV’s Funniest Commercial of 2015 won the 2015 Webby award and the Boston Globe’s Best of the New 2015. She also received the Ten Outstanding Young Leader award from the Boston Chamber of Commerce in 2016.

Her career is varied across Marketing, Digital Product Management and Strategy functions, and she’s worked across different industries (Consumer Goods – KRAFT, Financial Services – ING DIRECT and social- co-founder Ethiopian Empowerment Initiative). She knows how to build and lead interdisciplinary teams including technology, product management, front end retail, consumer insights, and Brand. Since a strategic consolidation of the Society of Grownups business into the parent company MassMutual she’s been consulting for international Fortune 500 companies and exploring what’s next.

Robin Lipson – Chief of Staff & Chief Strategy Officer – MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs

Robin is the Chief of Staff and Chief Strategy Officer for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, the state agency that promotes the independence, empowerment and well-being of older adults, individuals with disabilities, and their caregivers. With projections over the next 15 years that 1 in 5 Massachusetts residents will be over the age of 65, Robin works on key initiatives to support what people want most—to age in their community. She has been the lead staff person supporting Governor Charlie Baker’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts and has serves on the Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative, the backbone organization driving much of the age and dementia friendly work in MA.

Robin is a seasoned healthcare executive and brings 40 years’ experience working extensively at the intersection of healthcare strategy, policy and implementation. She has held significant leadership roles in the public, not-for-profit, and private sectors, including Deputy Director of the Massachusetts Medicaid Program, the first-ever Vice President of Strategic Planning for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Managing Director at SBV Consulting (a subsidiary of a cutting edge eldercare company), Vice President for Partnership Development at Rise Health and was also an Executive-in-Residence at AVIA, a provider led innovation accelerator, focused on helping providers deliver better care and greater value at lower cost. She has also applied her experience by consulting with health care and other not for profit organizations on their strategic, planning, organizational, and business development needs. She worked with the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation on Roadmap to Coverage, widely recognized as one of the key drivers in creating a climate to pursue health reform and passage of a first in the nation health access reform law. Robin has a BA from Connecticut College and a MBA in Health Care Management from Boston University.

Toby Patel – Director of Community Engagement – Rendever

Toby Patel first discovered his passion for helping others while working as an intern at the local emergency department in high school, which eventually led to a leadership role as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). In college, he became fascinated with the use of technology to improve lives. This led him to study the use of virtual reality as an alternative to traditional exposure therapy for veterans, police officers, and firefighters with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Eventually, Toby fell in love with mission-driven applications of technology, which drove him to join the Rendever team. At Rendever, he works hand-in-hand with senior living communities to encourage seniors to continue enjoying their passions and exploring the outside world through virtual reality.

Tom van Arman – Founder & Director – Tapp

Tom moved to Amsterdam as a traditional architect and urban planner who uses information technology in his designs. He develops, builds and manages smarter systems for today’s mobile society by using open and user-generated data to create blueprints for a sustainable future. Tom is the Co-founder Amsterdam Innovation Exchange Lab, and director of Tapp – an award-winning agency that helps local governments and industries solve urgent problems with the latest rapid prototyping techniques, technologies by utilizing local maker communities. Tom is a regular lecturer at Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Vrij Universiteit, and Amsterdam Smart City, and on the board of Appsterdam.