Ecosystem Builder, Entrepreneur, and Educator in Honolulu, Hawaii
Christopher Quang Zobrist is both an entrepreneur and educator with over 15 years of experience in both fields. He specializes in bridging the gaps between innovation theory and entrepreneurial practice in both classroom and real-world settings. He also incorporates the basic principles of Mindful Awareness, which can provide a "competitive edge" for both start-up teams and innovation ecosystem builders alike.
Mr. Zobrist is currently a Fellow in the Asia Pacific Leadership Program at the East-West Center in Honolulu, HI. Previously, he was an Innovation Expert with the Innovation Partnerships Program, a joint Finnish-Vietnamese funded project to develop the innovation ecosystem in Vietnam, as well as an Innovation Advisor to the newly established UNICEF Innovation Lab Vietnam. Prior to this, he served as the Deputy Director of the John von Neumann Institute at Vietnam National University, where he helped to design a two-year Masters program integrating innovation, leadership, and entrepreneurship, drawing on his experience of teaching courses in these subjects since 2001 while simultaneously starting and running several private and public-private-partnership (PPP) projects.
Mr. Zobrist holds a BSc in Business Administration from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, an MBA from the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, with an emphasis in Management of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
In the last few years, Christopher has developed a strong interest in the intersection of neuroscience and contemplative traditions such as meditation. He practices daily meditation and yoga, and regularly attends Vipasana retreats. He strongly believes these practices can have a profound impact on the lives and work of individuals, teams, and society as a whole.
Christopher has a rare genetic condition called Dominant Optic Atrophy (DOA), and as a result, has been legally blind since birth. Despite his disability, Christopher is an effective presenter, and has been invited to give talks at many international conferences on entrepreneurship and innovation.