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Raine Hermans

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

My fascination with What’s Next got me into a lot of trouble as a student in economics. I built predictive models that led me into the unknown, a place shunned by my corner of academia. “Who do you think you are?” demanded several important professors. Looking backward at What Happened was the right way to approach economics, and I was doing it all wrong. But the unknown called to me, and I kept generating future-focused data. My work eventually found its way to like-minded academics, who thought my pursuit of What’s Next was not blasphemous but exemplary, as validated by my invitation to work first at ETLA, the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy, and then at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. I haven’t looked back since.

My student experience taught me a valuable lesson: doing new things can be really hard. Dangerous, even. But it’s also necessary for accomplishing something valuable and important. My life’s work has thus been helping organizations envision the future and its potential disruptions, and to accept that innovation is worth the price and the risk.

I’ve spent my career developing tools that help others do new things in new ways. At Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation, I headed the unit for lead markets, forecasting market disruptions and encouraging companies to enter emerging ecosystems. We matched buyers’ needs and sellers’ methods by creating programs that enabled innovators to develop new solutions, or new applications for old solutions. Utilizing a diverse array of skills, contexts and disciplines, we deployed DARPA-style playbooks that helped partners venture into the unknown and a future that could be achieved via actionable steps. I continued this approach with Fira Group, a major player in the construction industry where I’ve been working after Tekes.

I believe in systemic innovation driving market disruptions. My dissertation consisted of five essays composing a theoretical spectrum of international trade, macroeconomics, finance, knowledge management and economic forecast simulations. Revealing the truth, I found, requires a systemic view, which is achieved by stepping on toes while exploring multiple knowledge domains.  We experts tend to have tunnel vision, but my perspective permanently broadened when I was tasked with valuating a biotechnology venture that provided company information so dense and opaque as to be indecipherable. Rapidly forming an interdisciplinary team, we unraveled the venture’s strands one domain at a time, and accomplished in two days what would have taken half a year for me to do alone.

Our Team

Dana Lindquist

Data Scientist

Liron Porat

Innovation Program Director

Nicole Underwood

HR Director

Alyssa Moore, MBA

Senior Marketing Manager

Brian Yen


Glenn Edens

Partner, Innovation Banking and Development

Grace Kang

Accounts Payable Specialist

Raine Hermans

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Duncan Mowatt

Senior Product Designer

Edward Jung

Founder & CEO

Imran Sajjad

Staff Accountant

Ernst Stöttinger

Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Matthew Ritchie

Senior Product Designer

Madeline Song

Managing Director

Jimin “Eva” Kim

Office Administrator

Yang-Won Jung

Senior Director | Innovation Services Group

Molly Kent

Software Engineer

Cassandra Schwartz

Product Marketing Manager

Kelly Romano

Managing Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Dan Cook

Vice President, Growth & Scale Group

Clariz Adelle Mariano

Software Engineer

Mark Klopp

Business Development Consultant

Emmanuel Gomez

Principal Engineer

Michelle Axelrod

Office Manager

Amy Greime

Vice President | Finance & Accounting

Joshua Montgomery

Software Engineer

Yongsung Kim

Chairman Korea & Asia

Andy Tolton

Public Relations and Marketing Manager

Ken Tallo

Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Chris Petersen

Software Engineer

Rapha Goyran

Software Engineer

Daniel Edenhofer

Software Engineer

Travis Murdock

Vice President of Marketing

Laura Vowles

Executive Assistant

Todd Kenck

Chief Financial Officer

Jake Cannon

Senior Technical Support Engineer

Rob Dhat

Account Executive

Nick Milanovich

Director | Innovation Services Group

Ken Pawlak

Managing Director

Patrick Ennis

Chief Technology Officer

Soleil Brisbane

Employer Branding Specialist

Leesa Murphy

Payroll & Benefits Analyst

Rahul Das

Vice President

Jussi Westergren

Senior Advisor

Jose Chacon

Finance Manager

Dan Dongil Kim

Executive Vice President of Finance

Jordan Bundy

Manager, Software Engineer

Paul Payne

Architect | Network Platform

Brad Roberts Ph.D.

Global Head of Network Platform

Bo Garcia

Account Executive

Mark Buchthal

Software Engineer

Masanobu Katoh

President | Xinova Japan

Shiloh Stuart

Software Engineer

Sara Telfer

Senior Product Designer

Katerina Baranyuk


Maggie Ng

Chief of Staff to CEO

Graeme Weston

Vice Chairman and Managing Partner, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

Eliot Baker

Programs and Content Manager

Kayo Ikegami

Operations Analyst

Rafidah Binte Md Aidi

Project Coordinator

Kaori Iguchi

Office Manager

Wolfgang Meyers

Software Engineer

Wyatt Antoine

Information Technology Intern

BK Lee

President Korea

Kevin Williams

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Kevin Crommelin

Product Manager

Chal Davidson

Director, Revenue & Program Management

Hsiu-Wu (Jason) Guo

Innovation Development Manager

Grace Fox

HR Generalist

Sharat Reddy

General Manager, Marketing & North America Sales

Darrel Rhea

Managing Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Jacob Harvey

Accounting Manager

Jessica Roberto

Technical Program Manager

Madan Prabhu

Director | Innovation Services Group

Andrew McLain

Product Manager

Seth Miller

Managing Director, Innovation Services

Stephen King

Entrepreneur in Residence

John Kim

IT Manager

Ted Leung

Vice President of Engineering

Doug Loy, Ph.D.

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Maynard Kang

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Jake Fagan

Senior Product Designer

Adam Holiber

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Ryan Canfield

Software Engineer

Chip Murray

Partner, Innovation Banking and Development

Cate Yochum

Software Engineer

David Kraft

Global Head of Innovation Services

Mai Huong Tran


Scott Needham

Country Head of Australia and New Zealand

Christopher Ruehs

Software Engineer

Yi Lan Chen

Research Coordinator

Matt Ferguson, PhD

Vice President of Network & Technology

Olivia Armstrong

Project Manager

Connor Timmerman

Senior Analyst | Network Platform

Ken Poppe

Managing Director, Revenue & Program Management

Emma DeMaris

Marketing Intern

Shivani G. Ludwig, Ph.D

Innovation Development Manager

Andre Lee

President | Innovation Development & Banking

Jorma Ollila

Executive Chairman

Naoki Bessho

Innovation Development Manager

Nadia Savin

Business Intelligence Analyst

Harvey Hung

Project Coordinator

Stacey Ravetta

General Counsel

Brett Hertzberg

Legal Consultant

Yan Sheng

Senior Vice President, Head of China

Jon Gleasman

Senior Product Designer

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