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David Kraft

Global Head of Innovation Services

Business Bio  LinkedIn Profile

I was once asked, what do you want to do for a living.” Perhaps they were expecting to hear a more defined career, such as engineer or teacher, but my only response was, solve problems.” At the time, solving problems was not precisely a job someone studied for, but it did focus my attention to ask questions and challenge the status quo in all subjects that I applied myself to.  

 
With a slightly ambiguous career direction, I began to tackle challenges found in distance learning education, socio-economic barriers to internet access and improving software for online learning (all pre-YouTube!) at The Evergreen State College.  There I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and later applied these solutions with the Digital Bridge Technology Academy.
 
As part of the dotcom boom (and bust), I journeyed through a few non-starters as a developer and later as a project manager, working on problems in advertising and media.  Finding a unique opportunity in banking (Washington Mutual/JPMorgan Chase), I began working on a broader set of legal and risk challenges that required a blending of technology, program management and business strategy to solve.
 
After 20 years’ experience solving challenges across many industry sectors, within start-ups and Fortune 500 firms, I’ve gained a great appreciation for the complexity of innovation, the desire for simple solutions, and the mythology of quick fixes. Along the journey, I picked up an MBA, Project Management certification and training in six sigma, lean start-up and design thinking.
 

As the Head of Xinova’s Innovation Services Group, I have the great privilege of working with teams of brilliant people, dedicated to tackling some of the world’s most difficult challenges.  Together, we partner with clients, innovators, developers, entrepreneurs and others to solve problems through innovation and collaboration.  Turns out there is a career for problem solvers!

 

Our Team

Wolfgang Meyers

Software Engineer

Ramakrishnan Vaidyanathan

Director, Innovation Programs

Kelly Romano

Managing Director | Innovation Programs

Shivani G. Ludwig, Ph.D

Innovation Development Manager

BK Lee

President Korea

Kevin Williams

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Graeme Weston

Vice Chairman and Managing Partner, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

Paul Levins

Co-Founder

Eliot Baker

Programs and Content Manager

Nicole Underwood

HR Director

Mark Klopp

Business Development Consultant

Alyssa Moore

Director of Marketing

Kayo Ikegami

Operations Analyst

Ernst Stöttinger

Partner | Innovation Programs

Ted Leung

Vice President of Engineering

Madan Prabhu

Director | Innovation Services Group

Yongsung Kim

Chairman Korea & Asia

Brian Yen

Consultant

Harvey Hung

Project Coordinator

Jessica Roberto

Technical Program Manager

Hsiu-Wu (Jason) Guo

Innovation Development Manager

Brett Hertzberg

Legal Consultant

Stacey Ravetta

General Counsel

Jordan Bundy

Manager, Software Engineer

Kaori Iguchi

Office Manager

Al DeNooyer

Innovation Business Development Representative

Jose Chacon

Finance Manager

Sharat Reddy

General Manager, Marketing & North America Sales

Naoki Bessho

Innovation Development Manager

Raine Hermans

Managing Director, Innovation Programs

Doug Loy, Ph.D.

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Sara Telfer

Senior Product Designer

Soleil Brisbane

Marketing Specialist

Kyle Dowling

Director of Innovation Partnerships

Imran Sajjad

Staff Accountant

Laura Vowles

Executive Assistant

Brad Roberts Ph.D.

Head of Strategic Partnerships Xinova & CEO Arcnet

Masanobu Katoh

President | Xinova Japan

Jimin “Eva” Kim

Office Administrator

Clariz Adelle Mariano

Software Engineer

Rob Dhat

Vice President of Innovation Partnerships

Ken Tallo

Partner | Innovation Programs

Mai Huong Tran

Consultant

Rafidah Binte Md Aidi

Project Coordinator

David Kraft

Global Head of Innovation Services

Dan Dongil Kim

Executive Vice President of Finance

Amy Greime

Vice President | Finance & Accounting

Maggie Ng

Chief of Staff to CEO

Chal Davidson

Director

Sherri Richman

Innovation Business Development Representative

Todd Kenck

Chief Financial Officer

Yan Sheng

Senior Vice President, Head of China

Stephen King

Entrepreneur in Residence

Michelle Axelrod

Office Manager

Glenn Edens

Partner, Innovation Programs

Ken Pawlak

Managing Director

Yi Lan Chen

Research Coordinator

Nick Milanovich

Director | Innovation Services Group

Edward Jung

Founder & CEO

Chris Petersen

Software Engineer

Jorma Ollila

Executive Chairman

John Kim

IT Manager

Grace Fox

HR Generalist

Patrick Ennis

Chief Technology Officer

Scott Needham

Country Head of Australia and New Zealand

Matt Ferguson, PhD

Vice President of Innovation Services

Seth Miller

Managing Director, Innovation Programs

Madeline Song

Managing Director

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