Vijay Govindarajan, an expert in strategy and innovation at The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and author of the recently published Reverse Innovation (Harvard Business Review Press, 4/10/12) will receive the Visionary Award from the Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity at the Innovation Leaders Forum in Dallas, Texas on Monday, April 16.
Govindarajan received the award in recognition of his pioneering work on the $300 House. He will be honored at the Fairmont Hotel during the Second Annual Engineering & Humanity Week, produced by the Hunt Institute. The week includes a series of events focused on free-market solutions for those living in extreme poverty. Speakers from around the world will participate.
“Last year, two entrepreneurs met and started a project to build affordable homes in India,” said Stephanie Hunt, who co-founded the Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity in 2009 with her husband, Hunter. “If we can help people get beyond basic survival, we can help influence learning and leadership,” Hunt says. “VG brings that vision and ‘how-to’ to the conference and to companies throughout the world.”
In addition to presenting the keynote address on Reverse Innovation, Govindarajan will participate in a panel entitled “Business Models Turned Upside Down” with moderator Jeff Ball of Stanford University and Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute and author of Reinventing Fire. The panel brings together creative minds with global experience to explore how business models must evolve to meet the demands of a changing world. They will share ideas on how companies can emulate big brands that are turning business models upside down through innovative pricing, customer service or reverse innovation strategies.
The opening discussion took place Sunday, April 15 at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas.
Events throughout the week are open to the public with tickets required for the April 16 luncheon and panels.
Tickets are available at: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3065068703
About the Hunt Institute
The Hunter & Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering & Humanity, located in the Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist Universite, is focused on using technological innovation and market-based solutions to address the needs of those living in poverty. The Hunt Institute strives to bring together the most talented minds from engineering, science, business, international development and global economics, and combine their efforts with market forces to improve the standard of living for the world’s most impoverished communities. It focuses on access to clean water; creating affordable shelter; hygiene education and promotion; access to energy; and meeting basic infrastructure needs.
For further details, to attend any of the events or to interview speakers, please contact:
Kim Keating – 603-646-2733 – [email protected]
Linda Mastaglio – 903.312.8651 – [email protected]
Alternate Contact: Tracy O’Day – (206) 200-5160 – [email protected]
For more information on Vijay Govindarajan, visit: http://www.tuck.dartmouth.edu/people/vg/
Founded in 1900, Tuck is the first graduate school of management in the country and consistently ranks among the top business schools worldwide. Tuck remains distinctive among the world's great business schools by combining human scale with global reach, rigorous coursework with experiences requiring teamwork, and valued traditions with innovation.