Henry Chesbrough – Open Innovation Seminar, May 28, 2014

Organised by Prof. Marko Torkkeli (LUT)

Hosted by the European Investment Bank and supported by AMCHAM, Prof. Marko Torkkeli (LUT) proudly invites you to the Open Innovation Seminar featuring the keynote speaker Henry Chesbrough, the "Godfather of Open Innovation". Chesbrough's keynote speech will deal with “Open Innovation: Insights and foresights”.

His talk will address how to effectively make use of unused ideas, the fundamentals of a successful open innovation strategy, and the future of open innovation. The event will also be an opportunity for the audience to ask direct questions from the open innovation guru.

The event is co-organized by Lappeenranta University of Technology where Chesbrough is nominated as Visiting Honorary Professor.



28.05.2014 (17.00-)


European Investment Bank, 100, Bd Adenauer L-2950 Kirchberg


Participation in the event is free of charge and open to the general public, but early registration is required. Note: We are expecting a large number of representatives from industry, public bodies and academia, therefore, we encourage registering as soon as possible. As the number of seats is limited, we reserve the right to close registration before May 23, 2014, and to wait-list those who sign up after registration has closed.

Feel free to sign up, but note that registration will be confirmed only after receiving a formal notification. Please also note that there is a restriction of the number of participants per organisation.


17.00 Welcome Address
17.10 Director Thomas Barrett, EIB "European Financing for Innovation"
17.25 Prof. Marko Torkkeli, Lappeenranta University of TechnologyOI_Lux_2014_Torkkeli.pdf
17.40 Prof. Henry Chesbrough, University of California at Berkeley Luxembourg Prez May 2014.pdf
18.30 Panel discussion moderated by Prof. Marko Torkkeli
19.15 Networking cocktail


Prof. Henry Chesbrough
Mr. Marc Hemmerling (ABBL)
Mr. Thierry Goniva (IEE)
Dr. Anne-Laure Mention (Public Research Centre Henri Tudor / OI-Net representative)
Mr. Bror Salmelin (European Commission) Salmelin_UNTITLED.pdf
Dr. Gunnar Muent (European Investment Bank)
Dr. Benoit Duez (Goodyear) 

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Henry Chesbrough is the originator of the term "open innovation," authoring the 2003 award-winning book of the same name. His insights into open innovation models have revolutionized the world of research and development and created new landscapes of business development and innovation strategy. Chesbrough's latest work "Open Services Innovation: Rethinking Your Business to Grow and Compete in a New Era" (Jossey-Bass, 2011) focuses on innovation models that can drive transformation and growth.

Beyond authoring several highly acclaimed books, Chesbrough also serves as Executive Director of the Program in Open Innovation at Berkeley's Haas Business School, which focuses on conducting research, publishing articles and developing teaching materials around open innovation. Before his work at Berkeley, he was an assistant professor of business administration and the Class of 1961 Fellow at Harvard Business School.

His academic work has been published in Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, Sloan Management Review, Research Policy, Industrial and Corporate Change, Research-Technology Management and more. He is the author of more than 20 case studies on companies in the IT and life science sectors, available through Harvard Business School Publishing.

Prior to his academic career, Chesbrough spent 10 years in various product planning and strategic marketing positions in Silicon Valley companies. He worked for seven of those years at Quantum Corporation, a leading hard disk drive manufacturer and a Fortune 500 company. Previously, he worked at Bain and Company. Chesbrough holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley, and MBA from Stanford University and a BA from Yale University, summa cum laude.

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