Prof. Dr. Robert J. Sternberg

Robert J. Sternberg is Professor of Human Development in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University and Honorary Professor of Psychology at Heidelberg University, Germany.  Sternberg was briefly President and Professor of Psychology and Education at the University of Wyoming.  Before that, he was Provost, Senior Vice President, Regents Professor of Psychology and Education, and George Kaiser Family Foundation Chair of Ethical Leadership at Oklahoma State University.

Prior to going to Oklahoma State, Sternberg was Dean of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Psychology and Education at Tufts University, and before that, IBM Professor of Psychology and Education, Professor of Management, and Director of the Center for the Psychology of Abilities, Competencies, and Expertise at Yale.

Sternberg is a Past President of the American Psychological Association, the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, the Eastern Psychological Association, and the International Association for Cognitive Education and Psychology. He also is past-Treasurer of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Sternberg also has been president of four divisions of the American Psychological Association.

Sternberg’s BA is from Yale University summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, his PhD is from Stanford University, and he holds 13 honorary doctorates from 11 countries. Sternberg has won more than two dozen awards for his work.  He is the author of over 1600 publications and, as a principal investigator, has received over $20 million in grant funding. 

He was cited in an APA Monitor on Psychology report as one of the top 100 psychologists of the 20th century (#60) and in a report in Archives of Scientific Psychology by Diener and colleagues as one of the top 200 psychologists of the modern era (#61).  According to Google Scholar, he has been cited 83,059 times, has an H value of 139, and an i10 value of 689; his most frequently cited publication, according to Google Scholar, has been cited 3622 times. He has been cited by ISI for being one of the most highly cited (top ½ of 1%) among psychologists and psychiatrists.

Sternberg is a member of the National Academy of Education and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the American Educational Research Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

He has received roughly two dozen national and international awards, including the Cattell Award from APS, and has held about $20 million in research grants and contracts. 

Sternberg taught his nature of leadership course for the past years as an administrator and it has consistently received ratings of 4.8-4.9 on a 5-point scale.  He also recently has taught a graduate course on intelligence (which was rated 4.9).

He is married to Karin Sternberg, PhD, and has two grown-up children, Seth and Sara, as well as triplets Samuel, Brittany, and Melody.

Prof. Dr. Tudor Rickards
Tudor Rickards PhD is based at The Alliance Manchester Business School in the UK, where he is Emeritus Professor of Creativity and Organizational Change.

In the mid-70s, he began to establish international contacts.  Since this time, he intensively worked on the development of networks enabling European creativity practitioners to work together and explore alternatives to the dominant US models. He co-founded the academic journal, Creativity and Innovation Management, in 1991, with Susan Moger.  He is Alex Osborn Visiting Professor at the State University of New York, Buffalo, a lifetime position offered to scholars who are deemed to enrich teaching at the University’s Centre for Studies in Creativity.

He has been influential in the development of creativity-related projects in Europe, including the European Association for Creativity and Innovation (EACI). Also, He is a pioneer and advocate of the ‘Manchester Method’ – the system of creative and applied learning championed by Manchester Business School and a subject on which he has written extensively.

He was an early promoter in Europe of the TRIZ system of creativity and idea generation, inviting TRIZ pioneer Dr. Phan Dung to speak at EACI conferences and publishing some of the first papers in English by Dr. Phan Dung on the subject.

Challenging traditional models of creative thinking, leadership, problem solving and team building, his research has been described by The Financial Times as non-traditional. The influences and inspirations for his insights are diverse, and include chess, poetry, sport and politics. 

He was educated at Pontypridd Boys’ Grammar School and went on to study chemistry and radiation chemistry at The University of Wales at Cardiff (now Cardiff University). Following post-doctoral research at New York Medical College in the 1960s, he returned to the UK to work in the R&D department of Unilever Laboratories. It was there that he became interested in creativity and its role in structured problem-solving systems, and from there that he joined Manchester Business School in 1972.

In 2010, Rickards contributed to an eBook collection of political poems entitled Emergency Verse – Poetry in Defence of the Welfare State. He has been appointed to the board of international advisors to the Institute for Creative Management and Innovation, Kindai University, Japan.

In 2015, Rickards took part in a keynote introduction to the ARTEM Organizational Creativity International Conference in Nancy, France, on rethinking paths on creativity to move organizations towards sustainability.

In 2015, he also began a  self-publishing project which culminated in the release of the eBook “The Manchester Method: A Leaders We Deserve Monograph” which is based on over a thousand posts originally published on his blog, Leaders We Deserve, over the period 2006-2018.

More recent books have included fictional novels, and monographs on sports leadership. 

Prof. Dr. Fangqi Xu

Fangqi Xu is professor of management and Chinese business at the Faculty of Business Administration of Kindai University in Japan. He is founding director of the Institute for Creative Management and Innovation at the university. Also, he is founding editor of Kindai Management Review, and Journal of Japanese Management.

Dr. Fangqi Xu received his MBA in Venture Business at Nihon University and Ph.D. in Knowledge Science at Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. His research interests are creative management, innovation, venture, comparative study of management, and creative education. Dr. Xu has written more than 200 scholarly publications including 50 journal papers (some papers were published in The Journal of Creative BehaviorCreativity and Innovation ManagementKindai Management Review, etc.) 22 books (or book chapters), 150 conference papers and invited lectures. His representative works are Comparative Management between Japanese and Chinese Enterprises (2006) and Thinking about the Strongest Management in Asia (with I. Nonaka and H. Kim, 2013).

Dr. Xu has served many important positions in academia in Japan. He is Chairman of Japan Creativity Society, Vice-president of Japan Federation of Management related Academies, Vice-president of Japan Intellectual Capital Management Association, etc.

Prof. Dr. Horst Geschka

Prof. Dr. Geschka studied business engineering at the Technical University Darmstadt; he holds a doctorate in R&D management at this university since 1969. He worked for 14 years at the Battelle Institute in Frankfurt and at the Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus/Ohio. During this time he and his staff developed basic methods of innovation management (creativity techniques, evaluation methodology, scenario techniques, etc.). Prof. Geschka was endowed professor at the TU Darmstadt and is honorary professor at the Technical University of Bucharest. Today he represents the module Innovation Management at the Wilhelm Büchner Fernhochschule, Darmstadt, as part of the Master’s program “Technology and Innovation Management”.

Prof. Dr. Geschka is founder (1983) and managing director and founder (1983) of Geschka & Partner management consultancy in Darmstadt (close to Frankfurt). Through his many years of consulting and scientific work, he has extensive expertise in the field of innovation and technology management. The spectrum of activities covers the conception of innovation processes, the development of an innovation strategy (in particular applying the Scenario Technique), the moderation of idea generation workshops up to market launch of innovative products and services. He also designs trainings, seminars and conferences in the field of innovation management and is moderating conferences. In 1998 Horst Geschka founded with colleagues the German Association of Creativity. Nowadays he is still a member of the board and deputy chairman.

Prof. Dr. Makoto Takahashi

Dr. Makoto Takahashi is Founder and Chairman of Soken Research Institute, a consulting company, and Professor Emeritus of Japan Professional School of Education. He received his Master’s degree in Counseling from Tsukuba University and his doctorate degree in Education from Toyo University. After teaching at Sanno College, he established the consulting company in 1974. Since he started to research and practice creativity fifty years ago, he has acquired extensive experiences in the field of creativity development. His research area includes corporate strategy, HR/educational strategy, new product planning, naming development, and so on. Dr. Takahashi is also one of founding members of Japan Creativity Society and served as its President and then Chairman. As a consultant, he has conducted consulting for many leading Japanese firms, such as Toyota, Canon, NTT, Bridgestone, JAL, Dentsu Advertising, Nippon Television, just to name a few. In addition, he contributed to the establishment of creativity societies both in China and Korea. Furthermore, Dr. Takahashi is a prolific writer, publishing 77 books, including “The Bible of Creativity”, ”The Handbook of Creative Thinking Techniques”, “Facilitating Meetings”, ”A Moment of Inspiration”, “Text Book of Naming” in Japanese.

MS. Beth Miller

Beth is a nonprofit leader who is passionate about education and creativity.  She is a 20-year nonprofit professional and now serves as the Executive Director of the Creative Education Foundation.  Beth taught writing at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut USA for 10 years, and was a Writing Fellow and Visiting Lecturer at Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut USA, where she was also nominated as “Teacher of the Year”. Beth’s scholarship has earned her the Ann Petry Book Prize, the D.G. Brinton Thompson Prize, the Tyler Award, the Samuel S. Fishzohn Award, and the Elma H. Martin Book Prize.  Her research on Prudence Crandall was adapted into a play that was staged by the Open Theater Project in Boston, Massachusetts USA in 2018.  In 2017, Beth received an honorary PhD in Arts and Humane Letters from Southern New Hampshire University.  Beth presents and speaks frequently at conferences, on panels, and at events about creative leadership and management, as well as about her scholarship.

Finding Directors of IACI

MS. Clare Dus

As a member of the Sensory Spectrum consulting team, Clare designs and executes technical approaches to product evaluation. She has tasted, smelled, felt, and looked at a wide range of products, including food, beverages, personal care products, ethicals, paper, and fabric. Clare is a trained facilitator in Creative Problem Solving. Her recent work has resulted in applying Polarity Management to understanding consumer challenges

Prof. Dr. Horst Geschka

Vice Chairman of IACI

Dr. Jonathan Feinstein

Jonathan Feinstein is the John G. Searle Professor at the Yale School of Management. Professor Feinstein studies creativity, especially from the point-of-view of paths of creative development. He works from historical examples, contemporary individuals, and formal models. He is the author of The Nature of Creative Development (2006, 2008; Stanford University Press) which is filled with a wealth of examples illustrating creative development as a process. He has also published creativity models in the American Economic Review and the Journal of the Knowledge Economy among other outlets.

Dr. Todd Lubart

Todd Lubart is professor of psychology at the University of Paris (France). He has directed a research lab, several large-scale projects on creativity, and is currently leading ISSCI, a non-profit organization to foster international research initiatives on creativity.  Since 30 years, he has authored/coauthored 200+ articles, books and book chapters on creativity, as well as internationally used psychometric tools to assess creative potential.

Dr. Jörg Mehlhorn

The president of German Association for Creativity, Germany

MS. Beth Miller

Vice Chairman of IACI

Dr. Ileana P. Monterio

Director of Apgico

Dr. Kobus Neethling

Founder of South African Creativity Foundation.

Dr. Gerard Puccio

Gerard J. Puccio is Department Chair and Professor at the International Center for Studies in Creativity (ICSC), SUNY Buffalo State. The ICSC is a unique academic department, founded in 1967 by Alex Osborn inventor of brainstorming, this creativity center offers the world only Master of Science degree in Creativity and Change Leadership. Passing on the opportunity to work for Procter & Gamble in Europe, he returned to the United States to join this world-renowned program as an Assistant Professor in 1990. Gerard became the Department Chair in 1997 and has held this position ever since. The ICSC’s vision is To ignite creativity around the world: Facilitating the recognition that creative thinking is a life skill. Gerard’s personal mission is to help his students, both on and off campus, re-ignite their creative spirit, the imaginative and visionary thinking that so often erodes due to conformity pressures and educational practices.

Dr.Tudor Rickards

Chairman of IACI

Dr. Rache Rutherford

Founding member of the South African Creativity Foundation

Dr. Fernando Cade Sousa

Graduation in Military Sciences and Social Psychology; M.A. and Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology. Founder and President of the GAIM – Marketing Research Centre and of APGICO – Portuguese Association of Creativity and Innovation. Member of the scientific board of the research Centre for Spatial and Organizational Dynamics (CIEO), responsible for the company platform PEDAL (Faculty of Economics, University of the Algarve). Referee and editorial board member of international scientific journals. Research Fellow of the Department of Business Management, UNISA (University of South Africa). Company consultant in the area of organizational development and strategy. Guest speaker in universities and companies in Portugal, Brazil, Spain, Mexico, South Africa, Malaysia, India, UK and USA. Author of 28 books and 135 articles on subjects like creativity, innovation, leadership, human resources, psychology and military sociology.

Dr. Makoto Takahashi

Vice Chairman of IACI

Mr. Shingo Tamura

Shingo Tamura is currently Chairman of Japan Creativity Society. After majoring in robotics, he graduated from Waseda University, one of the most prestigious universities in Japan, in 1969. Then Mr. Tamura jointed SONY, starting his career as a Sonyman. Working for the global company, he filed more than 100 patents for inventions, utility models, designs and so forth. As an engineer with excellent skills and knowledge, he participated in numerous projects, including the development and marketing of Audio products & CD-ROM drives, Internet provider business, computer device business, human resources development in merchandising, and the management of Future Products Development Laboratory.

Mr. Duane Wilson

Duane is committed to teaching and training individuals and organizations the value of creative innovation. He is the Board Chair of the Creative Education Foundation and an Instructor for their signature Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI) where he trains innovators from all over the world in Creative Problem Solving. He is also an Adjunct Faculty Member of Beacon Health’s Pheil Innovation Center that aims to help for-profit and non-profit organizations develop Innovation as a core competency.

Dr. Fangqi Xu

Executive Vice Chairman of IACI