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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

Edward Jung

Founder & CEO

Imran Sajjad

Staff Accountant

Yan Sheng

Senior Vice President, Head of China

John Kim

IT Manager

Doug Loy, Ph.D.

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Shivani G. Ludwig, Ph.D

Innovation Development Manager

Andy Tolton

Public Relations and Marketing Manager

Cassandra Schwartz

Product Marketing Manager

Christian Czernich

Innovation Banking and Development

Yi Lan Chen

Research Coordinator

Jake Fagan

Senior Product Designer

Connor Timmerman

Senior Analyst | Network Platform

Soleil Brisbane

Employer Branding Specialist

Ernst Stöttinger

Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Anton Orlich

Partner, Innovation Banking and Development

Ramakrishnan Vaidyanathan

Director | Innovation Banking and Development

Alyssa Moore, MBA

Senior Marketing Manager

Jussi Westergren

Senior Advisor

Harvey Hung

Project Coordinator

David Kraft

Global Head of Innovation Services

Shiloh Stuart

Software Engineer

Chris Buntel

Vice President | Singapore

Kelly Romano

Managing Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Emma DeMaris

Marketing Intern

Glenn Edens

Partner, Innovation Banking and Development

Joshua Montgomery

Software Engineer

Dan Cook

Vice President, Growth & Scale Group

Jacob Harvey

Accounting Manager

Brian Yen


Graeme Weston

Vice Chairman and Managing Partner, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

Kaori Iguchi

Office Manager

Chris Petersen

Software Engineer

Laura Vowles

Executive Assistant

Masanobu Katoh

President | Xinova Japan

Matthew Holloway

Vice President of Products

Ken Poppe

Managing Director | Innovation Development and Banking

Sara Telfer

Senior Product Designer

Madeline Song

Managing Director

Jimin “Eva” Kim

Office Administrator

Nadia Savin

Senior Analyst

Ken Pawlak

Managing Director

Adam Holiber

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Kayo Ikegami

Operations Analyst

Patrick Ennis

Chief Technology Officer

Wolfgang Meyers

Software Engineer

Sharat Reddy

Chief of Staff to Founder & CEO

Matthew Ritchie

Senior Product Designer

Ken Tallo

Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Duncan Mowatt

Senior Product Designer

Rafidah Binte Md Aidi

Project Coordinator

Naoki Bessho

Innovation Development Manager

Jorma Ollila

Executive Chairman

Grace Kang

Accounts Payable Specialist

Mai Huong Tran


Maggie Ng

Vice President

Leesa Murphy

Payroll & Benefits Analyst

Arra Ardona

Sr. Product Manager

Yongsung Kim

Chairman Korea & SEA

Olivia Armstrong

Project Manager

Todd Kenck

Chief Financial Officer

Jose Chacon

Finance Manager

Paul Payne

Architect | Network Platform

Michelle Axelrod

Office Manager

Mark Klopp

Business Development Consultant

Andre Lee

President | Innovation Development & Banking

Grace Fox

HR Generalist

BK Lee

President Korea

Dan Dongil Kim

Executive Vice President of Finance

Raine Hermans

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Ryan Canfield

Software Engineer

Travis Murdock

Vice President of Marketing

Stacey Ravetta

General Counsel

Jordan Bundy

Software Engineer

Cate Yochum

Software Engineer

Jake Cannon

Senior Technical Support Engineer

Rahul Das

Vice President

Vlad Dabija

Technical Fellow

Amy Greime

Vice President | Finance & Accounting

Christopher Ruehs

Software Engineer

Vivek Ramakrishnan

Managing Director

Dana Lindquist

Data Scientist

Clariz Adelle Mariano

Software Engineer

Brad Roberts Ph.D.

Global Head of Network Platform

Nicole Underwood

HR Director

Nick Milanovich

Director | Innovation Services Group

Eliot Baker

Programs and Content Manager

Emmanuel Gomez

Principal Engineer

Stephen King

Entrepreneur in Residence

Chip Murray

Partner, Innovation Banking and Development

Molly Kent

Software Engineer

Brett Hertzberg

Legal Consultant

Maynard Kang

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Andrew McLain

Product Manager

Madan Prabhu

Director | Innovation Services Group

Evelyn Miles

Office Manager

Chal Davidson

Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Kevin Williams

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Scott Needham

Country Head of Australia and New Zealand

Gerald Toh

APAC IT Manager

Daniel Edenhofer

Software Engineer

Seth Miller

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Mark Buchthal

Software Engineer

Darrel Rhea

Managing Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Isaac Pek

Innovation Development Manager

Yang-Won Jung

Senior Director | Innovation Services Group

Liron Porat

Innovation Program Director

Jon Gleasman

Senior Product Designer

Ted Leung

Vice President of Engineering

Sally Flaxman

Contract Manager

Kevin Crommelin

Product Manager

Matt Ferguson, PhD

Vice President of Network & Technology

Rapha Goyran

Software Engineer

Hsiu-Wu (Jason) Guo

Innovation Development Manager

Wyatt Antoine

Information Technology Intern

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