Alexander Blass is a strategic consultant, CEO and sought-after innovation speaker. He is also the grand prize winner of the Daily Record’s Top Innovator of the Year Award. Wharton and Oxford-educated, Alexander speaks across all industries and cultures, on the topics of innovation/creativity, leadership/change, business development and entrepreneurship.Awards and RecognitionBlass also received the Baltimore Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40 Executives Award” and The Daily Record’s “Influential Marylanders Award.” He was honored as “Entrepreneur-in-Residence” at the Wharton School of Business.
Previously, Blass was a venture capitalist, strategy consultant, senior government executive and software developer, beginning his career at KPMG Consulting. During his tenure as a venture capitalist, one of the fund’s portfolio companies went from a $500,000 fund investment to a nearly $500 million all-cash acquisition by a Fortune 50 corporation. He has worked with leading organizations worldwide on opportunities totaling over $1 billion, as well as serving on boards of various for-profit and non-profit organizations in the U.S. and overseas. Blass has been an invited expert at the National Science Foundation on a dozen occasions, making investment recommendations on over $100 million of emerging technologies for the U.S. government.
Alexander Blass keynotes to some of the world’s most prestigious conferences on innovation and creativity, leadership and change, business development and entrepreneurship. Examples include the Abu Dhabi Innovation Forum in the United Arab Emirates, the World Management Forum, the European Conference on Creativity and Innovation in Portugal, the Stars of Business Awards in Dubai, the Kingdom Entrepreneurship Summit in Saudi Arabia, EPIC in New York, HR SUMMIT in Singapore and IBM INNOVATE in India to an audience of 2,000 people.
Through his high energy, dynamic and engaging presentation style, he enjoys sharing his expertise, passion, vision and fascinating experiences with top corporate business audiences at Fortune 500 and Global 1000 organizations, as well as associations, non-profits and students.
Blass received a Master of Business Administration degree from Oxford University in England. He also holds a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, where he concurrently studied at the Wharton School of Business.Blass has spoken to employees from many of the world’s leading organizations. A first-generation American, Blass is always exploring and has traveled to 50 countries in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa.
I sat through Alexander’s presentation and I must say it was truly awesome. He communicated the message of innovation very clearly. I also found it very impressive – and he did it extremely well — that he localized his presentation for India which was absolutely great, and he really connected with the audience. I really appreciate it. Thank you!
This session was truly great. It brought about the hidden self in myself and others. It ignited the passion to innovate. The message was very clear that nothing can stop innovation; you have to innovate. This was kindled in everyone. Innovation can happen in all aspects, small and large. I will take back wonderful messages and will come up with something bright and useful. Thank you!