3-min: PETER SCHWARTZ Co-founder and Chairman, Global Business Network
3-min: CHINEDU ECHERUO Chairman and Founder, Hopstop.com
3-min: KEVIN SURACE Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Serious Materials
3-min: HERMANN HAUSER Partner and Co-founder, Amadeus Capital Partners
The Ideas Economy is an online forum that convenes experts from around the world on the subjects of innovation, intelligent infrastructure, information, and human potential.
Based on a series of live events from The Economist, The Ideas Economy attracts a community of active participants from business, government, non-profits and the academy who are interested in collaborating to solve global challenges, develop new ideas, and contribute to human progress.
Chinedu Echeruo is a partner, and head of Principal Investing at Constant Capital, a West-Africa based investment bank. Prior to joining Constant Capital, Mr. Echeruo founded two U.S.-based internet companies; HopStop.com and Tripology.com. Tripology.com was acquired in 2010 by Rand McNally and is now owned by USA Today. HopStop was acquired by Apple in 2013. He was also named Black Enterprise Magazine's Small Business Innovator of the Year and listed in the magazine's Top 40 under 40. Before his entrepreneurial career, Mr. Echeruo worked for AM Investment Partners, a USD $500 million volatility-driven convertible bond arbitrage hedge fund. Prior to completing his M.B.A., he spent several years in the Mergers and Acquisitions and Leveraged Finance groups of J.P Morgan Chase where he was involved in a broad range of M&A, financing and private equity transactions.He holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and B.S in finance and accounting (honors) from Syracuse University.
Dr. Hermann Hauser is co-founder of Amadeus Capital Partners Ltd.
Peter Schwartz is co-founder and chairman of Global Business Network (GBN), a unique membership organization and worldwide network of strategists, business executives, scientists, and artists based in Emeryville, California.
Established in 1988, GBN specializes in corporate scenario planning and research on the future of the business environment. From 1982 to 1986, Schwartz headed scenario planning for the Royal Dutch/ Shell Group of Companies in London. His team conducted comprehensive analyses of the global business and political environment and worked with senior management to create successful strategies.
Before joining Royal Dutch/ Shell, Schwartz directed the Strategic Environment Center at SRI International. The Center researched the business milieu, lifestyles, and consumer values, and conducted scenario planning for corporate and government clients.
Schwartz is the co-author of both The Long Boom, and When Good Companies Do Bad Things: Responsibility and Risk in an Age of Globalization. Schwartz is also the author of The Art of the Long View: Planning for the Future in an Uncertain World. This seminal publication on scenario planning has been translated into Dutch, Portuguese, and Chinese.
Schwartz also co-authored Seven Tomorrows: Toward a Voluntary History with James Ogilvy and Paul Hawken in 1982, and The Emergent Paradigm: Changing Patterns of Thought and Belie with James Ogilvy in 1979. He has published and lectured widely and served as a script consultant on the films War Games and Sneakers. Schwartz received a BS in aeronautical engineering and astronautics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Kevin Surace is chairman and chief executive officer of Serious Materials.
Futurist Peter Schwartz makes a pitch for how businesses can make the most out of advancements in science and technology. He argues that humanity is on the brink of a scientific revolution comparable to the early 20th century, which gave rise to relativity, quantum theory, modern genetics and other world-changing technologies.