David Shrier is Managing Director of MIT Connection Science and leads creation and launch of other new initiatives for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He recently advised the European Commission on commercializing innovation with a focus on digital technology, and advises private and public companies on corporate innovation. Mr. Shrier specializes in guiding organizations through strategic growth and change, having developed $8.5 billion of growth opportunities with companies including GE/NBC Universal, Dun & Bradstreet, Wolters Kluwer, Disney, Ernst & Young, AOL Verizon, and Starwood Hotels & Resorts, as well as leading private equity and VC funds. He has also started and/or led a number of private equity and venture capital-backed companies as CEO, CFO or COO. Mr. Shrier created a revolutionary online fintech startup learning experience for MIT called “Fintech Innovation: Future Commerce”, that is deployed into 70 countries, and also teaches courses and workshops such as “Data Academy”, “Big Data & Social Analytics”, “Inspiring Change” and “Future Health”. Mr. Shrier was granted an Sc.B. from Brown University in Biology and Theatre.