Andres Jordan, Innovator, Internet Evangelist, Mentor, Angel, Design Thinker
Andres is a practiced design thinker and product developer with a passion for making companies more creative and thus more efficient. To that end, he has become a passionate promoter of innovation ecosystems from having directed multiple journeys building innovation capacity via corporate, startup and consulting domains. Through research and application of diverse methodologies, he has confirmed design thinking to be the methodology of choice for:
1) Reducing friction and accelerating the understanding of customer needs
2) Drastically increasing engagement and trust in employees.
3) Driving the faster discovery of new insights and their mapping into new customer experiences.
4) Accelerating the process of digital adaptation.
He has witnessed how emerging human-centered insights drive better understanding of clients needs, increase empathy which in turn make companies more “digitally” efficient and engaged.
His career has evolved from being an active participant in the building of the internet, to advising organizations on how to innovate via new web-based products and services. He is a thought leader with extensive global experience and a regular public speaker. His life mission is to mentor and empower innovation and creative mindsets to drive positive change and accelerate solutions to wicked problems.
Andres’ clients range from research institutes such as Fraunhofer to incubators such as Mach37 to China Telecom, the largest telecom operator in the world. His passion for innovation ecosystems began in 2006 when he co-founded an innovation lab for a $1 billion business unit of Deutsche Telekom/T-Mobile. In his charge as VP of Innovation he deployed a model of his creation, which he continues to improve from emerging best practices and new learnings. His industry leading efforts have been recognized via collaborations with universities including UNAM (Mexico), GMU, USC Marshall and via invitations to speak at prestigious organizations such as The Milken Institute, UNDP and Frost & Sullivan.
Andres has lived in and worked with European, Asian and Latin American cultures. Experiences that have allowed him to amass considerable know-how at the cross roads of innovation and cultural dynamics. He is an active public speaker, thought leader and author. He holds a Masters in International Business, and degrees in Finance/Business and liberal arts. Additionally, he holds multiple certifications including a Design Thinking for Innovation certification from University of Virginia (UVA). Andres is currently completing a book on the emboldening impacts of innovation ecosystems. He resides in Alexandria, VA, in the Washington DC, USA Region.