Founders & Members

  • Founders of Massachusetts Innovation Center Ecosystem
  • Founders' Bios
  • New Members

Founders of the Innovation Center Ecosystem

David Doggett, Schneider Electric

Nicola Palmarini, IBM MIT Center for Artificial Intelligence

Garret Fitzpatrick, Shell Techworks

Tunde Akindele, Verizon Communications

Daniel Maceachran, Braskem

Jennifer Jordan, MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge

Hitendra Patel, IXL Center

Jeffrey Schnapp. Piaggio Fast Forward

Founders' Objectives

  • Catalyze the connectivity between innovation centers
  • Create a reason to meet every month
  • Be seen as founders of an important organization
  • Have fun
  • Leverage each others assets to make this real
  • Attract new partners who can contribute to this initiative

Garret Fitzpatrick, Shell Techworks

An innovation leader, systems engineer, writer, and explorer, with over 14 years of experience developing complex systems for extreme environments, from space to subsea.

Head of products at Shell TechWorks. Prior to joining Shell in 2015 served as a Lead Project Engineer in the Space Biosciences Division at the NASA Ames Research Center.

Also served NASA at the Johnson Space Center as a hardware engineer and project manager, specializing in the design, development and sustaining operations of emergency life support systems. I

Specialties: Engineering Design and Innovation, Product Development, Systems Engineering, Model-Based Systems Engineering, Energy, Project Management, Biotechnology, Crew Protection Systems, Launch/Entry Pressure Suits, High Pressure Oxygen Systems, Human Spaceflight Advocacy, Strategic Planning, Leadership, Science/Travel Writing, Public Speaking.

Nicola Palmarini, IBM MIT Center for Artificial Intelligence

Researcher, teacher, entrepreneur, writer and TEDx speaker focused on reinventing what it means to age and exploring the impact of technologies and their application in the society at scale and in the life of aging population and persons with disabilities.

Author of multiple global studies and research on cultures, society, policies, language and communication which helped him to quickly read complex global social scenarios and contextualize people wants, putting the end-user always first. Primary field of research is within aging-related scenarios where personal dignity, human needs & wants, economic factors, business processes optimization and technology converge.

Solution architect for aging in place & ambient assisted living solutions, part of the team for the 2016 Aging data-driven insights and led the first-of-a-kind IBM project for the Aging Population in the city of Bolzano (Italy) in 2011.

Former Adjunct Professor in Social Communications at the Universita' Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan.

The work of his team has been awarded two times with the ComputerHonors Award and the Disability Matters - Market Place Award.

Specialties: AI, Aging Population behavior, Gerontology and Longevity studies, Social data, Social Communication, Cognitive Data, Social impact of technology on human behavior, Internet of the Caring Things, Co-working and Collaboration, Inclusion and the Gender gap.

Hitendra Patel, IXL Center

Founder and CEO of IXL Center, a Cambridge-based global innovation consulting firm. Has helped over fifty global companies and their executive teams drive transformation initiatives to build innovation capabilities and get 10X growth results. Creator of IXL Innovation Olympics - a global open-innovation consulting program, creator of the IXLerator to help SMEs generate new 10X growth through business ideas adjacent to their core business. One of the founders of the Global Innovation Management Institute, a non-profit organization.

Helped build the Hult Prize, the world’s largest social-impact start-up accelerator with an annual cash award of $1 Million. A board member of the Hult Prize.

Teaches at the Hult International Business School, Rotman’s EMBA Program, Yonsei Business School and Thunderbird. He has taught over 5,000 MBA students.

Was a senior leader of Monitor Group's and Arthur D Little’s Innovation Practice. Started his career as a technologist at Motorola and is the owner of six patents. Founder of various venture-backed companies.

Specialties: Services: Innovation Consulting & Entrepreneurship.

Jeffrey Schnapp, Piaggio Fast Forward

Jeffrey Schnapp is co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and the founder-director of metaLAB (at) Harvard, a knowledge and technology design studio dedicated to exploring and expanding the frontiers of networked culture. Professor in Harvard University's Faculty of Arts and Sciences and at the Graduate School of Design, holder of the Carl A. Pescosolido Chair, he is a leading international figure in the digital media field, has led a number of pioneering software development and design projects, and is the author of an influential corpus of publications that includes twenty-five books and hundreds of essays. In addition to widespread coverage in the international press, Schnapp's research has received support from leading foundations such as John Simon Guggenheim, the National Science Foundation, Getty, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Hewlett, and Knight. His work in the domains of design, digital arts, and curatorial practice includes collaborations with the Triennale di Milano, the Cantor Center for the Visual Arts, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Canadian Center for Architecture.

Tunde Akindele, Verizon Communications

Acting executive director of technology strategy for Verizon. Serve as a global business strategist for market-leading telecom, serving as the go-to expert for content for the board of directors strategy deliverables and senior leaders of Verizon.

Headed the 5-year 5G, Mobile Edge Computing, and Intelligent Edge Network strategies. Corporate-level strategy, and go-to market strategy development and execution for telecommunications, technology companies.

Specialties: corporate strategy, go-to-market strategy development, telecommunication technologies.

David Doggett, Schneider Electric

Senior Director Cybersecurity Innovation and Technology Industry Business. Technical Marketing Manager at Schneider Electric.

25 years with Schneider Electric covering turn key automation projects, technical support and presales, marketing/training, R&D, systems design, cybersecurity and future automation technology research. Owner of more than two patents in the fields of component configuration and security device development.

Specialties: cybersecurity, system integration, IoT.

Jennifer Jordan, MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge

Venture capitalist, early stage investor passionate about teams, opportunities, and differentiation of technology, strategy or model.

20 years in technology and financial services, worked on everything from early internet search solutions and web analytics to robotics and software used to design semiconductors.

Most recent investments leverage the power of data and automation to transform industries and provide clear business advantage. They span synthetic biology (Ginkgo Bioworks), data transparency (ClearGov), Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for sales optimization (, and industrial IOT for advanced manufacturing (MachineMetrics).

Specialties: AI, machine learning for sales optimization, industrial IoT, data transparency, synthetic biology, robotics.

Daniel Maceachran, Braskem

Head of Open Innovation, Renewable Chemicals and Materials at Braskem.

Lead multidisciplinary team at GreenLight Biosciences, Inc. in the application of Greenlight’s proprietary RNA production technology, R&D. Lead efforts in identifying and developing novel applications for cell-free process, including the identification of novel molecules/host/biosynthetic pathways.

In the past also worked for Logos Technologies performing a myriad of tasks from basic bench science, using techniques including synthetic biology, metabolic engineering and biochemistry, to managing large-scale production facilities to organizing teams of scientists towards a single focus. Producing third-generation biofuels and other green chemicals from renewable, cellulosic biomass in an economically feasible manner. Worked at the interface of academic and industrial science as a principal investigator leading a multi-agency cellulosic biofuels program.

Specialties: Bio-engineering, synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, biochemistry, renewable materials and chemicals.