Chris Ernst

By integrating deep global experience with applied expertise, Chris Ernst, Ph.D is uniquely positioned to enable innovation and change in complex, multi-stakeholder, cross-boundary environments. He has worked with organizations and communities across sectors in most parts of the world from generals and ambassadors in Iraq to the Executive Director of a leading nonprofit in India to the CEO of a disruptive innovation company in Silicon Valley. Chris has held leadership roles with the globally top-ranked Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), as vice-president of leadership and organization effectiveness for Juniper Networks in Silicon Valley, and presently, as global head of learning, leadership and organization development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

As an active speaker and writer on global issues, his work is published in leading academic journals and outlets such as HBR, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Chief Learning Officer, Talent Management, Organizational Dynamics and MIT Sloan Management Review, and in authoring two books, including CCL’s best-seller, Boundary Spanning Leadership: Six Practices for Solving Problems, Driving Innovation, and Transforming Organizations. Out of these successful experiences, and plenty of unsuccessful ones along the way, Chris holds the conviction that innovation spans boundaries, yet appreciates first-hand that leading across boundaries is hard work.

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