Richard Florida, Director
Richard is Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, and also Global Research Professor at New York University, and the founder of the Creative Class Group. He is a a senior editor for The Atlantic, where he co-founded and serves as Editor-at-Large for Atlantic Cities, the world’s leading media site devoted to cities and urban affairs. A 2013 MIT study named him the world’s most influential thought leader and along with his colleagues Roger Martin and Don Tapscott he ranks as a leading management thinker as well. TIME magazine recognized his Twitter feed as one of the 140 most influential in the world.
Florida is the author of several global best sellers, including the award-winning The Rise of the Creative Class. He previously taught at Carnegie Mellon and George Mason University, and has been a visiting professor at Harvard and MIT. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers College and his Ph.D. from Columbia University