Clay Christensen

Clayton M. Christensen is the architect of and the world’s foremost authority on disruptive innovation and his ideas have been widely used in industries and organizations around the globe. In 2011 in a poll of thousands of executives, consultants and business school professors, Christensen was named as the most influential business thinker in the world.

At Harvard Business School, Christensen is the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration. He teaches “Building and Sustaining a Successful Enterprise,” one of the most popular elective classes for second year students.

Christensen received his B.A. in economics, summa cum laude, from Brigham Young University and an M.Phil. in applied econometrics from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He subsequently received an MBA with High Distinction from the Harvard Business School, graduating as a George F. Baker Scholar. In 1982 Professor Christensen was named a White House Fellow, and served as assistant to U.S. Transportation Secretaries Drew Lewis and Elizabeth Dole. He was awarded his DBA from the Harvard Business School in 1992, and became a faculty member there the same year, eventually receiving full professorship with tenure in 1998. He holds five honorary doctorates and an honorary chaired professorship at the Tsinghua University in Taiwan. He also is the best-selling author of nine books and more than a hundred articles.

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David Skok

David Skok is the director of digital, the online portal for one of Canada’s largest broadcast news companies. Previously, he served as the managing editor, digital, of the company’s online division, Global News Online. The Canadian Journalism Project recently named him as one of five finalists for newsperson of the year.

Skok was the first Canadian digital journalist to be selected as a Nieman Fellow and studied at Harvard University during the 2011-2012 academic year.

He began his career at ABC’s Nightline and in 2003, joined Global News, where he served in increasingly senior production roles in broadcast news, helping to create and produce several of the station’s leading news programs and special events. In 2009, he co-created the network, consisting of 13 national and local news websites with an umbrella national site. He oversaw the editorial coverage of local, national and international events, and has pioneered innovative ways of telling stories, utilizing open data, data visualization, video interactives and social media.

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Skok  immigrated to Canada in 1988.  He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario (BAH 2001) and Ryerson University’s journalism program (2003), where he was awarded the Joe Perlove scholarship for the best graduating student.  He is a frequent commentator on the future of media and journalism.

Ann Marie Lipinski

Ann Marie Lipinski is curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, a position she assumed in 2011.

Before coming to Harvard, Lipinski served as senior lecturer and vice president for civic engagement at the University of Chicago. Prior to that, she was the editor of the Chicago Tribune, a post she held for nearly eight years following assignments as managing editor, metropolitan editor and investigations editor.

As a reporter at the Tribune, Lipinski was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism for stories she did with two other reporters on corruption in the Chicago City Council. While editor of the paper, she oversaw work that won the Tribune Pulitzers in several categories including international reporting, feature writing, editorial writing, investigative reporting and explanatory journalism.

Lipinski was a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board from 2003-2012 and served as co-chair during her last year.

She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard in the class of 1990.