Kian Gohar

Executive Director, Innovation Partnership Program

Kian Gohar is founding Executive Director of the Innovation Partnership Program (IPP), a joint offering of XPRIZE and Singularity University. IPP is an innovation ecosystem for Fortune 500 senior executives to learn about disruptive technologies and business models. 

Kian is a serial entrepreneur with over 15 years of innovation experience spanning venture capital, academia and start-ups in the US, Europe and China. Previously, Kian was Chief Operating Officer of Pure Action Sports – a disruptive ecommerce platform for action sporting goods equipment. Early in his career, he was a venture capitalist in Europe and China investing in early stage digital media technology companies. 

Kian is passionate about education, social entrepreneurship and international affairs. He was a Luce Scholar in Shanghai, where he spent two years as a visiting professor at CEIBS, China’s leading business school, and started China’s first academic program in social entrepreneurship. He has also taught entrepreneurship and leadership to at-risk inner city youth in East LA, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. 

Kian speaks five languages and is a graduate of Northwestern University, the London School of Economics, and Harvard Business School.