Richard Florida

He is the Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute. In addition, Dr. Florida is professor of Business and Creativity at the Rotman School. He is the founder of the Creative Class Group , a global think tank based in Washington, DC.

Prior to joining the Rotman School he was the Hirst Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University and a senior scientist with the Gallup Organization. Prof. Florida taught for nearly two decades at Carnegie Mellon University and has been a visiting professor at MIT and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He earned his bachelor’s from Rutgers College and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. His books include three best sellers: The Rise of the Creative Class (Basic Books, 2002), The Flight of the Creative Class (Harper Collins, 2005) and Who’s Your City (Basic Books, 2008). His most recent works are The Great Reset: How New Ways of Living and Working Drive Post-Crash Prosperity (Harper Collins, 2010), and Rise of the Creative Class–Revisited: 10th Anniversary Edition–Revised and Expanded (Basic Books, 2012).

Sandeep Goyal
Sandeep Goyal is working with IFC (Institute for Competitiveness, India) as a research fellow since Jan 2011. He is also pursuing doctoral program me (ABD) in Strategic Management from MDI, Gurgaon (June 2009 onwards). He holds MBA and B.E (Comp Sc) and is a Techno-Management Consultant having 14+ years of professional experience in IT industry. He is certified in Six Sigma Black Belt, PMP, USA and IT Service Management (ITSM). His research areas include understanding the design and implementation of business models primarily at the base of the pyramid in emerging economies. The research activities include publications / acceptance for publication in research journals like International Journal of Trade and Global Markets (IJTGM),Journal of Competitiveness & Strategy (JOCS), Corporate Governance, Research
Journal of Economics and Business Studies (RJEBS) and Emerald Emerging Case Studies (EECS).

Kevin Stolarick
Dubbed the “Official Statistician of the Creative Class”, Kevin Stolarick, PhD, combines a depth of knowledge with an appreciation of the importance of finding and sharing the knowledge or “pearls of wisdom” gained from his comprehensive understanding of the Creative Class and the Creative Economy.

He is the Research Director at The Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and the Inaugural Walton Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Sustainability at the School of Sustainability, Arizona State University. He has held faculty positions at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA and for over a decade worked with technology in the insurance industry as a manager of strategic projects. He holds a PhD in Business Administration and an MBA from the Tepper School of Management, Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Honors in Applied Computer Science from Illinois State University. He has taught numerous courses in Statistical Analysis, Information Systems and Regional Economic Development. His research interests include the relationship between firm performance and information technology and the impacts of technology, tolerance, talent, and quality of place on regional growth and prosperity.