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Head of Stanford's Silicon Valley Innovation Academy

Tamara Carleton

Tamara Carleton, PhD, is an award-winning professor, industry advisor, and investor in radical innovation and strategic foresight. She is the rare leader who truly works globally and multidisciplinary. As a professor of practice, Tamara is on the faculty of multiple business schools and technical universities around the world. Tamara holds the UNESCO Chair in Anticipatory Leadership for Innovative and Better Futures at Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico and was recognized as one of the Top 50 Women Leaders in Education of 2023 by Women We Admire. Tamara is also the founder and CEO of the Innovation Leadership Group, which helps leaders and teams to build innovation capacity and map bold futures. She has written several seminal books in innovation, including Building Moonshots: 50+ Ways to Turn Radical Ideas into Reality, Inventing the Almost Impossible, and the Playbook for Strategic Foresight and Innovation. She holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.