World Technology Network's James P. Clark gives the opening keynote: Phase Change: Nothing Will Ever Be The Same Again.
James P. Clark
James P. Clark is founding chairman and CEO of the World Technology Network (www.wtn.net), a global association of over 1,000 of the peer-nominated, peer-elected most innovative people in science and technology elected annually through the World Technology Awards. The next Awards will be presented at the close of the 2011 World Technology Summit & Awards (WTSA), held on October 25/26, 2011, in association with TIME magazine, CNN, and Fortune, among others, in New York. Now in its tenth annual cycle, the WTSA is a two-day, global gathering of the WTN membership (primarily winners/finalists from previous World Technology Award cycles), as well as World Technology Award nominees. The WTN has also convened other global summits, including the World Energy Technologies Summit (WETS) at UNESCO headquarters in Paris in 2004, and a second WETS at the TIME & Life Building in NYC in 2010, jointly convened with TIME magazine. The WTN also convenes other smaller roundtables in cities around the world.
Educated at Wesleyan University and Cambridge University (UK), Clark has served in a wide variety of leadership roles across business, politics, technology, academia, and the non-profit sector. A serial entrepreneur, Clark's first venture, a clearinghouse for professional careers in the non-profit sector, was founded at Wesleyan University and then green-housed, by invitation, at Harvard University in the late 1980s, where Clark was appointed to the faculty. In 1992, Clark next served as Director the Non-Profit Sector & National Service in Little Rock, Arkansas, for then-Governor Bill Clinton's successful Presidential campaign. During the Presidential Transition period after the election, Clark co-developed the Presidential Transition Roundtable Series, bringing experts together to examine key issues, including Northern Ireland, Entrepreneurship, The Politics of Inclusion, and Homelessness. In 1993, he started one of the country's first Internet consulting firms, whose main client was another start-up called AOL, and which was focused on bringing online technology to the non-profit sector. In 1997, he founded the World Technology Network.
He has appeared on CNN, CNBC, BBC, and in many print publications over the years, and speaks regularly to a wide variety of audiences and has consulted to a wide variety of organizations through Cogito Strategy (www.cogitostrategy.com).