Tom Osha

Tom Osha

Speaker
Executive Vice President

Tom is employed by Wexford Science & Technology as Executive Vice President. In this role, he guides Wexford’s implementation of its Knowledge Community strategy across its portfolio, working with Wexford’s partner universities and research institutions, entrepreneurs and innovators, growth companies, and economic development stakeholders globally to position Wexford’s innovation district developments as critical hubs in the regional innovation ecosystem. He currently serves as the founding board chairman of the Global Institute for Innovation Districts, a global non-profit organization, established by a group of influential leaders active in the growth and advancement of innovation districts. He is an author of the recently released paper, The Evolution of Innovation Districts: The New Geography of Global Innovation (Wagner, Katz, Osha), a member of the Leadership Council of the Brookings Institution and served on their Centennial Scholars Program Advisory Board for Innovation Districts and the Bass Initiative for Public Spaces. Tom is an engaging speaker who has recently delivered keynotes on creating innovation ecosystems and helping Universities, research institutions, cities, regions, and federal governments, leverage their research and technologies into knowledge-led economic development, at the Associated of University Research Parks, the Austin Chamber of Commerce, the Society for Research Administration, South-by-Southwest, and the NATO Industry Summit.  He has also appeared on CNBC, CBC, CNN, and CBS and his opinions have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, The Globe and Mail, and The New York Times, among others. Additionally, Tom has served as an advisor to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on global innovation, and has acted as an innovation advisor to Global Affairs Canada, helping Canadian companies successfully expand their operations into the United States and assisting US companies in developing Canadian partnerships and markets. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff at Broadwing Inc., an NYSE-listed, telecommunications provider, providing executive leadership in the areas of corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and innovation. Prior to that, he served as Special Assistant to United States Senator Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.), providing advice on foreign policy issues. Tom also provided policy advice to the Reagan Administration and developed a research methodology that has become a standard at Congressional Quarterly magazine.
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