Alain Paul Martin's meta-innovation mission is twofold: advancing innovation quality
to maximize user value and SDG/ESG impact; and democratizing the worldwide access, for all, to
the best innovation education, practical instruments (framewors, roadmaps, algorithms)
and strategic ecosystems. Alain leads the creation and scaling of groundbreaking products and organizations
(banking, advanced technology, energy, mining, education, government);
and chairs innovation and foresight panels.
Alain currently teaches courses and workshops in exemplary leadership and innovation ecosystems (contextual,
strategic and deep/extended), idea generation and cross-pollination, structured creativity, leadership and management
of change for scientists, engineers, policy makers, team leaders and graduate students,
in English, French and via simultaneous translation in other languages.
In this program, Alain will demonstrate game-changing cases, including the invention of a multinationally patented and
Harvard-University's branded product, and several innovations where he was a lead strategist, in transforming
lagging businesses (banking & finance, large-scale manufacturing) and government agencies into long-lasting
leaders in their respective sectors and the best performers by SDG/ESG impact (thousands of lives saved, over
25 millions metric-ton reduction in carbon dioxde footprint per annum) and financial metrics (in $billions).
The case studies include a highly-profitable groundbreaking innovation with a lasting worldwide carbon-footprint
reduction impact — the first award-winning business innovation earning the prestigious United Nations'
Environment Programme (UNEP).
Alain taught graduate courses in management of change; and delivered leadership workshops (Bertelsmann, Cap-Gemini,
EON, Framingham State University, France Loisirs, GE (Canada, France, U.S.), Harvard and the Ivy-League's
Leadership Summit, Japan's METI and Engineering Advancement Association (ENNA), MD Robotics, Morocco's
OCP Group and Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Ontario's OPG Nuclear Power, operations-research societies,
the Project Management Institute (PMI), Teck Resources, Textron's Bell Helicopter, United Nations'
University (Tokyo) and governments (Brazil, Canada, China, EU, Japan, Mexico, U.S.).
Concurrently, Alain is the CEO of PDI (
www.eharvard.org/pdi), a catalyst
in principled leadership and innovation, and Chief Architect, Harvard University
Global System™ (for which PDI is Harvard University's licensee), comprising
cutting-edge innovation and performance-improvement instruments. He led the discovery,
design and scaling of this system, first used by Skanska (Sweden; U.K., Germany, Finland and
Saudi Arabia) to manage $1M to multi-billion dollar projects.
Alain is a 2012 Harvard Fellow, Advanced Leadership, a Harvard Business School's entrepreneurship
alumnus (OPM 1997-99) and a 6-year president (10-year director) of two Harvard clubs. He is recognized
by Harvard University's president for his "Leadership, Vision and Service" and PMI for
"outstanding contribution to the state-of-the-art of project management". He is a patent
recipient (U.S., Canada and Japan) for the Harvard University Planner and is also an
aerospace-award's recipient for a manufacturing innovation at Bombardier (Canadair), now Airbus.
Alain graduated in Commerce (Quantitative Methods) from Concordia University (Montréal) and
studied advanced technology in Lille (France) with internships at Peugeot, ARD National
TV Network (Berlin), the University of Ottawa (Particle Physics) and Carleton University
(Hydrodynamics Lab). He acquired skills in system thinking and change management
(MIT Sloan School, Gestalt Institute of Cleveland), and mediation and advanced negotiation
for lawyers, at Harvard Law School from which he is certified to teach negotiation in corporations.
Lifetime learning is part of his mission (see
C.V. page 4 on Education and Continuous Learning)
His current research centers on contributing to innovation science (concepts, principles,
frameworks and tools) to maximize both user value and SDG/ESG impact. He focuses on harnessing
the opportunities of the strategic, contextual and deep ecosystems and improving
value-incubation, idea-generation and cross-pollination practices, upstream in
the innovation funnel to imagine, design and deliver economically viable, ecologically
sustainable and socially beneficial user-centered innovations (products, services, policies and
organizations). Alain builds on the current knowledge of cognitive neuroscience
to raise innovation foresight and capability; reduce cognitive-fixation
bias; practice mindfulness and understand stakeholders' dynamics. These developments are
making inroads into creativity practices (idea generation, cross-pollination and structured design)
and sustainable value delivery. They are seamless but ubiquitous, across the entire tech and
non-tech spectra of groundbreaking economic and social innovations, from life sciences,
robotics and infrastructure to safety, education, social justice and policy development.
Democratizing leadership, by empowering high-school educated users with cutting-edge innovation and decision-making
tools, is a worldwide priority. Alain's contribution is to make Harvard® innovation and
project-management tools (incl. Harvard® Innovation Funnel, ecosystems and roadmaps),
accessible to this constituency. Moreover, inspired by the groundbreaking inventions of Louis Braille
(Braille Code), Joseph D. Becker (Unicode) and music notations, he developped a simplified
coding structure for international project teams to share project plans and progress reports,
across language boundaries. The approach was applied successfully in multi-billion dollar projects.
Alain's upcoming book "Deep Dive into Value Incubation and the Stakeholders' Interests
and Ecosystems" is the second in five-volume eBook series titled "The Art & Science
of Innovation". It builds on the intelligence and novelty lessons learned from opportunity and
failure seeds, frequently unseen or overlooked, during the issue-incubation
cycle, including the underlying stakeholders' dynamics and broader implications in business,
government and geopolitics. The book features practical instruments and a framework to probe
each party's interests (expectations, unsatisfied needs and fears); detect early signs
of opportunities and threats before appearing on the scientists' and executives' radars;
build the critical mass for change, in order to harness the full strategic value of an innovation.
When these tasks are aptly accomplished, the value of idea generation, structured creativity and
design do improve by a quantum leap. No important project or policy can be planned without a deep
dive into stakeholders' dynamics and value incubation.
For more on Alain's innovative work in finance & banking, energy & mining, education, the public service and civil
society, please refer to : 4-page C.V. in PDF format
and detailed C.V.