Founder of Ripplewood and course leader on FIPP and Oxford University's Saïd Business School’s Executive Programme for Management and Change (EPIC)
Alan South is an innovation practitioner with over 25 years’ experience of creating business and developing thinking.
In the field of executive learning, Alan has delivered innovation modules on executive programmes, lectured at business schools and worked as an advisor to senior executives. This work includes collaboration with Harvard Business School and with McKinsey. He was a pioneer in service innovation and worked with INSEAD to prepare the first business school teaching case on the topic.
The foundation for Alan’s innovation thinking and teaching comes from his work as an active practitioner. Until 2007 he lead IDEO Europe, delivering the full range of innovation methods in their portfolio. He specialised in clients new to this form of innovation to drive expansion into new business areas. This work has informed much of his communication of innovation principles.
Since 2007, Alan has served as an executive at Solarcentury, a late stage solar start up. The executive team raised $30M from blue chip investors and have subsequently delivered 35 per cent compound growth. He is responsible for maintaining and delivering a five year roadmap, and has received multiple awards including the Queen’s Award for Innovation. His work at Solarcentury informs his thinking on innovation execution.
Alan holds a double masters in Innovation Design Engineering from Imperial College, London and the Royal College of Art, and an engineering degree from the University of Bath.