Who We Are

Who We Are

The SVIBI Team

The Institute represents a consortium of renowned innovation faculty from UC Berkeley, Stanford, the University of Chicago, Harvard, MIT, and INSEAD, who have committed to teach and learn from leading (and innovative) executives and innovation change agents. The SVIBI team includes other leading innovation gurus and practitioners who collectively are committed to the transformation of SVIBI participants into innovation masters who can then implement and drive innovative change within their organizations.

David Teece, Co-founder

David J. Teece is the Thomas W. Tusher Professor in Global Business at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and co-founder of Berkeley Research Group, an expert services and consulting firm of economists and other professionals with expertise in domains ranging from higher education to corporate finance. He is a renowned economist and an authority on matters of industrial organization, technological change, and innovation, particularly as it relates to antitrust and competition policy and intellectual property. Dr. Teece has over 30 years of experience as an active consultant performing economic, business, and financial consulting services to businesses and governments around the world. He is also one of the top-10 cited scholars for the last decade and has been recognized by Accenture as one of the world’s top-50 business intellectuals. In addition, he is among the “A-List of Management Academics 2011,” an honorary group of 30 accomplished and distinguished U.S. business professors.

Daniel Diermeier, Co-founder

Daniel Diermeier is Provost of the University of Chicago. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research (CIFAR). Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Provost Diermeier taught at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, most recently as IBM Professor of Regulation and Practice in the Department of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences (MEDS), and Director of the Ford Motor Company Center of Global Citizenship. He also held appointments in Economics, Political Science, Linguistics, and the School of Law at Northwestern University. He was named among the World’s 50 Best Business School Professors and was the 2007 recipient of the Faculty Pioneer Award from the Aspen Institute named the “Oscar of Business Schools” by the Financial Times. Professor Diermeier has been an advisor to the world’s leading companies. Clients include Accenture, BP, McDonald’s, Shell, E&Y, and the FBI.

Russ Rosenzweig, CEO

Email: russ@svibi.com

As the Executive Director of SVIBI, Russ W. Rosenzweig leads the business development and its customized innovation programs. Presently, Mr. Rosenzweig is the CEO and Co-founder of 86 Pillars a provider of expert witness services to attorneys. Russ is an expert on customer acquisition and marketing techniques as well as a professor of entrepreneurship. He is also the founder of World Ventures Group, a global philanthropy that promotes entrepreneurship to repair relationships damaged by conflict, strife and war. He holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MBA from University of Chicago Booth School.

André Cherubini Alves, Director

Email: andre@svibi.com

André has a Ph.D. in Management of Technology and Innovation at the Innovation Research Center in Brazil (NITEC). He had been a Visiting Research Scholar at the Institute for Business Innovation at UC Berkeley under the supervision of David Teece. Andre has accumulated eight years of experience on innovation research and consulting in different industrial sectors in Brazil. His Ph.D thesis focuses on the dynamics of industrial organization in the Shipbuilding and Offshore Sector. His research and professional interests are: innovation and dynamic capabilities of the firm, technological interfaces and industrial organization dynamics.

Florencio De Avila, Director

Email: florencio@svibi.com

Florencio focuses on various strategic and innovation initiatives and curriculum/project design for SVIBI and its clients. He is a co-founder of Frolic, an e-commerce marketplace and innovation ecosystem connecting brands, designers and followers to collaborate on new products. He is also the CEO and co-founder of Bonfyre Concepts, an application design and digital strategy firm focusing on ecommerce and biometrics applications in the North America and Africa. Florencio holds a BA from the University of Michigan and studied at Fudan University in Shanghai.

Manu Kalia, Director

Email: manu@svibi.com

Manu brings 18 years of experience as a CFO, COO, and CEO of various venture-funded start-ups to the SVIBI and its clients. He started his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories, specializing in optical networking, before moving to Wall Street to serve as a research analyst and private equity principal. He then moved to Silicon Valley to focus on venture-funded start-up operations and financing. Manu is a co-founder of 86 Pillars, and expert witness services company, and Greensparc, an energy and utilities consultancy. Mr. Kalia holds a BA in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Beth Marchessault, Operations Manager

Email: beth@svibi.com

Beth Marchessault brings an impressive array of operations and entrepreneurship expertise to the team. She was a senior manager for many years at the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, the world’s leading consortium of entrepreneurial company founders with at least $1m in sales. Specifically, she directed training and education operations at EO. Beth works with clients and academic talent in the creation, marketing, and delivery of educational content for the SVIBI. Ms. Marchessault holds a BA from the College of William and Mary.


Leigh Teece, Chair & Co-founder

Email: leigh@svibi.com

Leigh Teece is Chair, CEO and Founder of World Mentor, dedicated to revolutionizing mentorship’s role in the teaching of STEM skills and innovation in education. Leigh is Co-founder and Director of Mentored Pathways, a game-changing program of World Mentor, which uses proprietary technology and deep experience to bridge the gap between education and careers. Leigh’s mission is to change our model of education such that we enable students to learn the abductive skills of innovation and entrepreneurship. In today’s hyperconnected world, this mission is best accomplished through partnerships with like-minded organizations, including STEMConnector, Million Women Mentors, MENTOR, Project Lead the Way and the University of California at Berkeley, among others. Leigh sits on the boards of Cal Performances of the University of California, Berkeley, the Kravis Leadership Institute of Claremont McKenna College, and Global Citizen Year. Leigh is Chair of SViBi and President of the Teece Family Foundation. Prior to raising four industrious children, she was co-founder and Senior Vice President of Technology Interlink, Vice President of Technology Funding Venture Capital, and Vice President of Wells Fargo & Co. Leigh earned her MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, and her BA from the University of Southern California’s School of International Relations.