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Our Heritage

TWIN Global 2021 is 13th in our series of annual global convenings held since 2009. Our heritage comes from the Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN), co-founded in 2003 by Professor Robert C. Wolcott at the Kellogg School of Management. While TWIN has ‘graduated’ from Kellogg, we maintain strong ties with Northwestern University while engaging widely across Chicago’s civic community.


TWIN is a “network of networks.” We have well-established affiliates that have emerged from our community, such as the Open Innovation Lab of Norway, Japan Innovation Network (JIN) and the Development Partner Institute (DPI) based in Washington, D.C., an independent non-profit which grew out of TWIN initiatives to transform the global resources industries.
Two of “TWIN Siblings”— the Japan Innovation Network (JIN) and the Development Partner Institute (DPI) based in Washington, D.C.– are independent non-profits which grew out of TWIN initiatives. The JIN encourages innovation in Japanese corporations and connects their innovation ecosystem worldwide. DPI is a leading factor in transforming global resources enterprises from purely ‘extractive’ entities to true development partners within the countries and communities in which they operate.

Past keynoters include Former president of Mexico, Vicente Fox, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Juan Manuel Santos, former President of the Republic of Colombia; Admiral James Stavridis, former Supreme Commander of NATO and currently with The Carlyle Group; Mark Cutifani, Chief Executive of AngloAmerican (a TWIN emeritus board member); John Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado; Nely Galan, former President of Telemundo USA and media entrepreneur; David Krakauer, CEO of the Santa Fe Institute; Beth Comstock, former Vice Chair of GE; Professor Philip Kotler, father of modern marketing science and practice.
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It’s about impact at scale. What would it take to double or triple the impact, in a fraction of the time?
I realized one morning we should give back right now, when people need it most…
The idea of nourishment is fundamentally what the world needs.
It’s about impact at scale. What would it take to double or triple the impact, in a fraction of the time?
I realized one morning we should give back right now, when people need it most…
The idea of nourishment is fundamentally what the world needs.
Mariya Filipova
VP Anthem Innovation
Gary Hoberman
Founder & CEO, Unqork
BRIAN GRIFFITH
Executive Chairman, Griffith Foods
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TWIN Global Highlights

TWIN Global 2019
|September 17-19, 2019|
TWIN Global 2018
At TWIN Global 2018 we endeavored to enable your missions as you do ours-- building a truly global community of trust.
Nely Galan
Nely Galan, the Emmy award-winning founder of The Adalante Movement.
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