Mr Noah Isserman (2009)
Noah Isserman is an academic, strategist, and entrepreneur focused on the financing and future of social goods. He is Visiting Assistant Professor-elect of Business Administration and Social Work at the University of Illinois, where is founding director of two campus-wide programs: Social Innovation (socialinnovation.illinois.edu) and the iVenture Accelerator for top student startups (iventure.illinois.edu). He is also one of four Core Committee members working on the design and rollout of a new $50M Design Center for the campus.
As a consultant, Noah has worked on five continents, independently and with Common Ground Consulting, with dozens of organizations and boards on strategy, process, and messaging As an entrepreneur and CEO, Noah has helped build and sell two profitable enterprises — WholeData, LLC, acquired by the Upjohn Institute, and MAStorage, Inc., — both of which deliberately generated social and commercial value.
Noah marries his professional experience with broader theory in academic research and teaching. He has designed and delivered courses at the Universities of Cambridge and Illinois at the undergraduate, MBA, MSt, and MTech levels. Noah’s work and research in civil society has been funded by the US State Department and Aga Khan Foundation, among many others, and has been recognized by more than a dozen awards and fellowships. He holds degrees from Amherst College (cognitive neuroscience) and Cambridge (economic geography).