Solomon Darwin

Solomon Darwin

Director, Center for Corporate Innovation

  • Doctoral Studies (Doctor of Business Administration) - Golden Gate University
  • MCCP, Harvard University, Graduate School of Business
  • MBA - Golden Gate University
  • Bachelor of arts - San Francisco State University
  • Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley Director, Center for Corporate Innovation
  • Associate Professor USC Marshall School of Business
  • Senior VP, Corporate Finance Bank of America
  • Senior Financial Analyst Motorola
  • Chief Innovation Officer, Government of Andhra Pradesh
  • Chief Adviser, Building Smart Cities, TiE International, Silicon Valley
  • Adviser to the Chief Minister, Arunachal Pradesh
  • CFO/Board Member, The Mustard Seed International, Pasadena, CA
  • Board Member, Big Innovation Center, London, UK
  • Chief Financial Officer, Genius Labs, Pasadena, CA


Solomon Darwin has broad leadership experience in corporate management and academia. He is an international speaker recognized by peers, executives, and students with numerous awards for his innovative leadership and passion for teaching. He inspires students from both business and engineering disciplines with his courses in open innovation, business models, smart cities, scalable smart villages, IBM Watson, and business models for emerging economies.

As an expert in “open innovation” and “open business models,” he is an adviser to senior executives of multinationals and government leaders in the emerging world. The list includes Google, Genentech, HP, Health Net, J&J, Toyota, NHS of UK, UCSF, Royal Caribbean, Autodesk, Nestle and government entities in Mexico, China, Russia, India, Colombia and Europe. He directs and moderates international innovation conferences and forums, and chairs quarterly Chief Innovation Officer round tables in Silicon Valley.

Prior to joining Berkeley Haas in 2005, he was an Associate Professor for nine years at University of Southern California. His progressive corporate leadership experience covers a span of 14 years as a Senior Executive Officer at Bank of America, First Interstate Bank, and Glendale Federal Bank and Motorola.

During summers, Darwin regularly teaches in executive programs at prominent international universities and institutions. He has conducted workshops and programs in over 18 countries. He also serves as honorary professor at several universities in Europe, China, and India. His current project, “Building Scalable Smart Villages,” was commissioned by the government of India.