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Alex Goryachev AI Innovation Expert; Former GM of Global Innovation Centers at Cisco; WSJ Best-Selling Author

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  • Everything is About to Change: Separating AI Facts from Fiction and Preparing for What's to Come
  • The Robots Are Coming! Are You Prepared for the Future of Work? How AI and Automation Are Changing the Workforce
  • Liberating Your Employees to Drive Change
  • The Next Decade of Innovation: How Emerging Technologies Will Reshape Our World
  • Cutting Through the AI Hype: A No-Nonsense AI Approach for Your Business
  • What is Good for the World is Good for Business
  • Demystifying AI: Practical Applications for Non-Technical Professionals
  • There is No "I" in Innovation: Unlocking Power of the Ecosystem to Co-Innovate
  • Unicorns and Dinosaurs: Can Large Companies Really Innovate?
  • Fearless Innovation: Going Beyond the Buzzword to Continuously Drive Growth, Improve the Bottom Line and Enact Change!

Select Book Titles

  • 2024 Voices of Innovation: AI Edition (Upcoming 2024)
  • 2022 Voices of Innovation
  • 2020 WSJ Bestseller Fearless Innovation: Going Beyond the Buzzword to Continuously Drive Growth, Improve the Bottom Line, and Enact Change

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Alex Goryachev is a globally recognized technology operations executive, a Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of "Fearless Innovation," and an expert in advancing innovation culture and monetizing new technology. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, he has successfully commercialized emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), and others, turning disruptive concepts into ecosystem-centric business operating models.

As the former General Manager of Global Innovation Centers and Managing Director of Innovation Strategy at Cisco, a $50B technology giant, Alex pioneered the concept of ecosystem co-innovation. He created and led a global network of emerging technology innovation centers in North and South America, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific, unifying and advancing strategic co-innovation partnerships and advanced technology programs with internal and external customers, partners, developers, academia, and governments.

In addition to his senior leadership roles in the Office of the Chief Architect and Technology Officer, Emerging Technology Group, and Corporate Development, Alex created award-winning employee innovation and development offerings, providing ~70,000 employees with meaningful opportunities to innovate, regardless of their grade or function. His extensive track record includes building and leading global cross-industry business and technology teams, focused on revenue and market share growth, customer acquisition, and profitability through new digital products and offerings.

Today, Alex is an Innovator-in-Residence at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Tulane University, and an active US delegate and Technical Advisory Group member in the International Standards Association (ISO), defining global common standards for Innovation Management. He is a regular contributor to Forbes, Entrepreneur, and Chief Executive Magazine, and an Editorial Advisory Board Member for Innovation Leader Magazine.

Alex has received numerous industry awards for innovation and culture transformation and is a sought-after expert who shares his knowledge and experience with diverse audiences, from startups to Fortune 500 companies. He equips Senior Leaders, as well as HR, Operations, Strategy & Planning teams with pragmatic and actionable steps to understand and accelerate technology adoption, optimize processes, change culture, and turn any organization into an evergreen innovation machine.

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