6th Annual Deshpande Symposium for Innovation
& Entrepreneurship in Higher Education

June 12-14, 2017 in Lowell, Massachusetts

Speakers 2016

Speakers for the 2016 Symposium


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Ronald J. Daniels

Ronald J. Daniels is the 14th president of Johns Hopkins University, America’s first research university. In 2015, Johns Hopkins Institutions had revenues of $10.2 billion, an endowment of $3.4 billion, and more than 55,000 employees worldwide. For 35 years, Johns Hopkins has stood as the largest university recipient of competitively allocated federal research funds. Since taking office in 2009, Daniels has focused his leadership on three overarching themes – enhanced interdisciplinary collaboration, individual excellence, and community engagement. These themes are the backbone of the university’s strategic vision through 2020, and underscore the priorities of Johns Hopkins’ largest-ever fundraising campaign, a $4.5 billion effort. During Daniels’ tenure, the university has launched of a series of multi-disciplinary initiatives aimed at addressing some of society’s most vexing issues, bolstered the efforts of faculty, staff and students to translate discoveries into novel technologies, invested heavily in student access, and extended its rich community partnerships. A law and economics scholar, Daniels is author or editor of seven books and dozens of scholarly articles. Before coming to Johns Hopkins, he was provost and professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania and dean and James M. Tory Professor of Law of the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto.
View the two keynote presentations from the 2015 Symposium:
- Subra Suresh - Jeff Hoffman
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