Olaf J. Groth, Ph.D.
Dr. Olaf J. Groth serves as CEO of Cambrian and Professor for Global Strategy, Innovation, and Economics at Hult International Business School.
He serves on the advisory boards of Fortune 100 energy company Phillips 66 and automotive AI startup Caruma Technologies and has also advised Bechtel, Chevron, NASA, and Q-Cells. He has built new ventures, strategies, and government relationships as an executive at Boeing, Qualcomm, and Vodafone and a senior consultant at Monitor Group.
Dr. Groth is a member of the Global Expert Network at the World Economic Forum, a Visiting Scholar for Innovation at UC Berkeley’s Roundtable on the International Economy (BRIE), and a Fellow at the Lab-Center for Competitiveness at Grenoble Business School. He has served as a judge for the GE’s ecomagination challenge and Senior Fellow for Innovation at the Institute for Business in the Global Context at Tufts University’s Fletcher School.
Dr. Groth speaks frequently on changes and disruptions in the global economy, especially those related to innovation, AI, autonomy, the Internet of Things, and the 4th Industrial Revolution. He has published in HBR, HBR France, Financial Times and Huffington Post blogs, Harvard Business Manager Deutschland, HBR Italia, Today’s CFO and Thunderbird International Business Review, World Financial Review and European Business Review journals, and Hult Business School Publishing. Currently, he is co-authoring a book on the human, organizational, and societal implications of AI with Dr. Mark J. Nitzberg.
Dr. Groth holds Ph.D. and MALD degrees in international affairs with concentrations in business, economics, technology, and negotiation from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and MAIPS and BA degrees with a focus on economics from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He has studied negotiation at Harvard, economics at Georgetown, and finance at UC Berkeley.
Mark J. Nitzberg, Ph.D.
Principal & Chief Scientist
Dr. Mark J. Nitzberg is currently Executive Director of the Center for Human Compatible Artificial Intelligence as well as head of strategic outreach for the Berkeley AI Research Lab at the University of California, Berkeley.
Most recently Dr. Nitzberg was Director of Computer Vision Products at A9/Amazon following their acquisition of The Blindsight Corporation, maker of assistive technologies for low vision and active aging, where he was founding CEO. An entrepreneur, scientist, and seasoned organizational leader, Dr. Nitzberg has built companies and products in the areas of computer vision, machine learning, financial portfolio optimization, workflow efficiencies, online commerce, development aid, data capture, analytics, film, and theatre.
Dr. Nitzberg began studying AI with Marvin Minsky as a stowaway student at MIT in the “expert systems” wave of the early 1980’s, and wrote his Ph.D. on Computer Vision and Human Perception in 1991 under David Mumford at Harvard University.
Editor in Chief
Dan Zehr is an award-winning business journalist whose breadth of reporting spans most major industries and geographies. He currently covers the economy and finance for the Austin American-Statesman, his second stint at the Central Texas newspaper. Sandwiched between his two tours at the Statesman, Zehr co-authored or edited five books, including works on digital marketing, social media strategies, and consumer market opportunities in the Arab League countries and in rural parts of other developing economies.
Since graduating from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in May 2000, Zehr has covered Walmart, Dell and a variety of other public companies and their related industries, as well as state government, economic development, utilities regulation, and technology. In addition to the Statesman, his work has appeared in the New York Times, the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, the Seattle Times, and many other publications. He has won multiple awards and was a finalist for the Society of American Business Editors and Writers’ national Best in Business award. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Erin, and their two children.