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Date(s) - 21/06/2023
18 h 00 min - 20 h 00 min


6@8 with Madanmohan Rao ‘Scaling Innovation: Conversations and Ecosystems’

Launch of the Summer School on Management of Creativity in an Innovation Society 2023

Conference will be given in English.


Conference at the National Bank Amphitheatre and cocktail at the Atrium

HEC Montréal
3000 chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine, Floor: rez-de-jardin RJ
Montréal (Québec)
H3T 2A7










Conference summary:

‘Scaling Innovation: Conversations and Ecosystems’

Innovation flows not just from collaboration between government, industry and academia but a wide range of other ecosystem enablers. What role do startups play in today’s innovation ecosystems? What are the cross-border opportunities and challenges for emerging innovators as they go global?

The other part of the equation is innovation within organisations. Much has been said about capacity and culture – but the art and craft of structured conversations also has a catalytic role here. Formal and informal conversations help spot what’s new, identify opportunities for innovation, and scale up such ideas and ventures.

This keynote will address fascinating trends and opportunities emerging in intra- and inter-organisational innovation, the power of conversations, and the synergy of ecosystems. Examples will be drawn from around the world, with a particular focus on emerging economies.



Dr. Madanmohan Rao (‘Madan’), an author, entrepreneur and consultant from Bangalore, is research director at YourStory Media, India’s No. 1 platform for startups and investors. He is also co-founder of hybrid media-tech platform, charter member of entrepreneurship development organisation TiE Bangalore, and Innovation Officer for Singapore-based consultancy BIG APC. He is the Conference Chair for Extensia’s Digital Summits in Africa and was research advisor at the Asian Media Information and Communication centre (AMIC) in Singapore.

Madan has given talks and workshops in over 90 countries around the world, and has authored over 15 books on knowledge management, innovation, and digital media. He is the editor of five book series: The Asia Pacific Internet Handbook, The Knowledge Management Chronicles, AfricaDotEdu, Global Citizen and World of Proverbs. His most recent book is “Communities of Innovation,” co-edited with Patrick Cohendet and Laurent Simon.

Madan has developed a range of frameworks and metrics based on his cross-domain expertise and experience, to help companies improve their organisational creativity, knowledge sharing cultures, innovation programmes, skills upgrading and co-creation partnerships.

Madan was formerly the communications director at the United Nations Inter Press Service bureau in New York, and VP at IndiaWorld Communications in Bombay.  He graduated from Loyola High School (Poona), Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, with an M.S. in computer science and a Ph.D. in communications.

Madan is an editor and DJ in world music and jazz and writes for World Music Central and Jazzuality.  He produced channels on jazz and world music for RadioWalla, and was previously world music editor at Rave magazine, and RJ at Worldspace Satellite Radio.