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Professor Solomon Darwin

Formerly at Lancaster University

Solomon Darwin

Professional Role

Executive Director, Center for Corporate Innovation
Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley


Professor Solomon Darwin comes with broad Leadership Experience in Corporate Management & Academia. He is an international keynote speaker at many business conferences and has been recognized by his peers and students with numerous awards for his innovative leadership, teaching and curriculum development. At UC Berkeley, he teaches courses in Open Innovation and Business Models as they relate to Building Smart Cities, Cognitive Computing, and Emerging Economies. He actively teaches in Executive Education Programs and serves as the faculty director of the International CEO program. As a center director, he moderates key annual International Conferences, Innovation Forums. He chairs the quarterly Dean’s CFO and Chief Innovation Office Round Tables. His teaching experience spans over 18 years. Prior to joining the Haas School of Business Berkeley in 2005, he was an Associate Professor for 9 years at USC’s Marshall School of Business in Los Angles.

Career Details

His progressive corporate leadership experience covers a span of 14 years as a Senior Finance Officer at Bank of America; Director of Finance at First Interstate Bank; Corporate Controller at Glendale Federal Bank and Senior Financial Analysts at Motorola.

During his spare time, Solomon consults and trains senior executives. The list includes: Google, Genentech, Hewlett Packard, UCSF Medical Center, HealthNet and other Silicon Valley companies and startups, as well as enterprises in Europe, Russia, China, Mexico and India.

Current Teaching

Solomon routinely teaches during summers in Executive Programs worldwide:

• United Kingdom: Lancaster University; University of London; Keynote: Triple Helix Conf.
• Switzerland: University of Zurich
• China: Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ; UST, Hefei; UIBE, Beijing; Wuhan Univ. & Qingdao Univ.
• Finland: University of Turku
• Russia: Moscow State Univ; Keynotes: Triple Helix Conf. & Open Innovations Conf.
• India: IIM Ahmedabad, IIT Delhi, University of Ahmedabad & TiE Global
• Norway: BI Norwegian Business School
• South Korea: Korean Univ & Ewha Womans Univ.
• Germany: Fraunhofer Institute
• France: Euro‐med; EM Lyon School of Management
• Mexico: World Trade Center, Mexico City
• USA: Stanford University, USC & Claremont McKenna


His academic achievements include: BA (San Francisco State University); MBA (Golden Gate University); MCCP (Harvard University) and holds two honorary doctorates. He was awarded an honorary professorship at Lancaster University, UK and Shanghai Jai-tong University, China. Solomon serves on several non-profit boards including The Big Innovation Center, London, UK.

Other Interests and Hobbies

He is passionate about helping the poor to have access to good education and healthcare. He founded a school (1996) and a hospital (2004) for the poor in India. Solomon has been happily married to Amy Darwin for 18 years and is the father of Nena (18) Judah (16) and Jaelle (8).

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