The Inclusive City, 2nd Annual Fletcher-MasterCard Inclusion Forum, May 1-2, 2014

Theo Forbath

Theo Forbath is the Global Vice President of Innovation Strategy at frog. Theo is an expert in managing product innovation, business strategy and global collaboration. For the last 20 years, Theo has assisted leading technology vendors, service providers, multi-national corporations, early stage startups and NGOs in developing successful product and service strategies, transformative business models, and innovative go-to-market plans. Currently, much of Theo’s work focuses on the third wave of computing helping clients identify and capitalize on new revenue opportunities in the post-PC, post-TV world of the Internet of Everything.

Theo brings a distinctive passion for improving the human condition through the innovative use of technology, mobile communications, social networks, government and corporate leadership. During the last decade, Theo has worked to improve educational, medical, legal and professional opportunities in regions throughout the world that are still coming “online”. Theo regularly writes and speaks about the evolution of technology, along with tracking the impact of the Internet, emerging computing applications and globalization on technology adoption and product development strategies.

Theo is a member of frog’s Executive Leadership Team and leads its global consulting organization, the Innovation Strategy Group (ISG). ISG is focused on assisting clients in developing successful strategies to transform their product and service offerings, key business systems and applications into competitive global solutions. These engagements typically involve aligning successful business strategies with designing successful product, market and technology strategies. Prior to joining frog in 2009, Theo was the Chief Strategist for Wipro’s Product Engineering Services business where he also led its Global Product Strategy and Architecture Practice for six years.

Theo’s writing, speaking and thought leadership has focused on how organizations can develop a culture of innovation, on creating new business models within a data-rich world, and on understanding the impact of global collaboration on product innovation. Theo has worked with Harvard Business School and MIT Sloan School of Business on researching these areas, and his work has appeared in Fortune, Harvard Business Review (HBR), Rotman Management Journal, Design Mind, IEEE conference papers, Harvard Business School Working Papers, and in the 2006 book, Global Sourcing – Issues and Perspectives.

Theo has spoken at TEDx conferences, Mobile World Congress, given Keynotes for Innovation in Africa, China Smartricity Conference, and as part of Intel's Distinguished Speakers' Series. Along with serving on the Advisory Boards for a number of companies, Theo also served on the World Economic Forum's ICT Advisory Board for five years.

Theo holds a BA with honors in Philosophy and Sociology from Brandeis University. Theo attended Harvard Business School’s Executive Program on Leading Product Development, and he holds a Professional Certificate in Data Communications from Northeastern University.

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