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- Holocaust, adversity, inspiration, spirituality Dr. Blass: Father & Son
Alexander Blass, M.B.A., acclaimed entrepreneur and innovator, is the youngest grand prize winner ever of the Top Innovator of the Year Award, which credited him with “revolutionizing charitable giving”.
He is the inventor and founder of person-to-person giving technology on the Internet–lauded by the media as the “eBay of Giving”
(Mercury News) and “Facebook Meets Pocketbook” (Baltimore Sun).
He was also honored as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Wharton School of Business.
Frequently interviewed by the media and the subject of several cover stories, who enjoys sharing his vast expertise, insight, passion, vision and fascinating experiences with business audiences, associations, non-profits, charitable organizations, and university students.
IBM’s Innovate in India (2,000 people),
EPIC in New York City,
Abu Dhabi Innovation Forum in the United Arab Emirates.
Alexander was a venture capitalist, equity research analyst, strategy consultant, senior government executive, and software developer, beginning his career at KPMG Consulting.
During his tenure as a venture capitalist, one of the fund’s portfolio companies went from a $500,000 fund investment to a nearly $500 million all-cash acquisition by a Fortune 50 corporation.
He has worked with leading organizations worldwide on opportunities totaling over $1 billion, as well as serving on boards of various for-profit and non-profit organizations in the U.S. and overseas.
Alexander has been an invited expert at the National Science Foundation on a dozen occasions, making investment recommendations on over $100 million of emerging technologies for the U.S. government.
Alexander has appeared in numerous media outlets globally including the Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, Associated Press, BusinessWeek, Globe & Mail, International Herald Tribune, The Independent, The Guardian, Melbourne Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, FOX, Forbes, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, The Sun, Information Week, Internet Evolution, Daily Record, South African Broadcasting Corporation, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Voice of Africa, Al Ittihad, Dubai Eye, the Khaleej Times.
Alexander received an MBA from Oxford University and also holds a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering, he studied at the Wharton School of Business.
The American-born son of a Holocaust survivor, Alexander has traveled to 40 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Middle East.
Holocaust, adversity, inspiration, spirituality
In this powerful and extremely rare opportunity, Hungarian-born Holocaust survivor Dr. Thomas Blass — an internationally recognized social psychologist and author who has published several critically acclaimed books and over 50 papers — teams up with his son, award-winning CEO and innovator Alexander Blass to deliver an unusually moving and poignant keynote together.
In the opening half of the engagement, Dr. Blass details his harrowing and miraculous tale of survival as a boy hiding in Budapest, Hungary during Nazi occupation while most of his family was deported to and murdered in Auschwitz. Then American-born son Alexander Blass, who has traveled to 40 countries, continues by discussing the profound impact of this family legacy on his own personal development, including a visit to Auschwitz to pay respects to his ancestors that forever changed his life and career.
What do AUDIENCE MEMBERS say after an Alexander Blass keynote?
Worldwide Corporate Keynote Testimonial Video Reel: NEW YORK CITY CHICAGO BOSTON BANGALORE INDIA ABU DHABI UAE Alexander Blass, Top Innovator of the Year Award Winner
Worldwide Corporate Keynote Testimonial Video Reel: NEW YORK CITY / CHICAGO / BOSTON / BANGALORE INDIA / ABU DHABI UAE: Alexander Blass, Top Innovator of the Year Award Winner
“Nobody could have personified IBM Innovate better than Alexander Blass!” – IBM
“I firmly believe that if you truly want to change your life, get Alexander Blass to wherever you are… he will let you become the change you really want to be.” – Siemens
“Of all the recent people I have met, Alexander Blass is the most influential in my life from now on.” – InterBrew
“After hearing Alexander Blass’s speech, my mind started churning and I’m really onto it. Let’s innovate something!” – Accenture
“Alexander Blass was the best part of the entire EPIC conference in New York City. I felt as if he was speaking directly to me, and the other audience members felt the same way. He gave me a lot of new ideas, was very clear and concise, and was full of energy. He was also easy to approach afterwards and very friendly. I would highly recommend Alexander Blass for your conference.” – Media Star Promotions
EPIC NYC Keynote Testimonials Alexander Blass,
Top Innovator of the Year Award Winner
“Alexander Blass was an unknown name to me until yesterday, when I saw and understood his incredible brilliance, as well as his energy on stage. He gave me a lot of inspiration and energy, and took the entire audience with him. If you have an opportunity to engage with Alexander Blass, I highly recommend it!” – AB Management Sweden
“I go to a lot of events every year, and I hear a lot of speakers. Alexander Blass is by far one of the more dynamic speakers I have ever heard. The message of the presentation was very impressive. Innovation is a tremendous motivation for us internally, and I got a lot of points out of this meeting I can share with my clients.” – C3
“It was quite moving, quite persuasive, quite detail-oriented… it was really fantastic. He talked about innovation being at the intersection of business and impacting people’s lives, phenomenal really. It was a wonderful speech and I enjoyed it very much.” – Mindtree
“I had the privilege of hearing Alexander Blass’s keynote speech yesterday at IBM Innovate. He kept the audience spellbound with his speech… he took the ancient Indian culture and perfectly blended it with modern day technology. He kept us all motivated and inspired.” – Appoint Solutions
“Thank you for the extremely powerful and impactful speech you delivered to our audience in Ghana. You have proved to the whole world your commitment to social justice.” – WOFA Foundation
“We just had a great presentation by Alexander Blass today on innovation. The timing couldn’t be better as innovation is a big part of our 3-year strategic plan. His remarks were really on point. He really hit points on how staff should be engaged and involved, and think differently and more creatively. He also took the time to learn a lot about NFPA to make his points very relevant to where we are in our history.” – National Fire Protection Association
“Innovate was best because of Alexander Blass. His speech was amazing. To Indians I say he must come again and again, and do numerous presentations. I also hope he will come to colleges and universities, and speak to up and coming entrepreneurs. They need his seminars as well. Great going!” – Jain University
“I attended Alexander Blass’s session this morning. Wow, it was undoubtedly one of the best sessions I have ever attended. The key takeaway for me was that if you breathe, if you eat for your living, you should innovate for your living. And innovation and energy go hand in hand, so I am requesting Alexander to give me some of his energy and innovation skills so that I can survive in this world. Thanks Alexander!” – HCL Technologies
“This was one of the best presentations I have ever seen. And I could see the difference and how it was more effective than other presentations. I am so happy I attended. It was very inspirational, and I can take these skills and apply them to my job and my career. I can just innovate.” – Logica
“The presentation was truly awesome; I was absolutely floored. If you asked me yesterday, what I thought of innovation, well now, wow, it has been totally redefined!” – Indian Military R&D
“Our fun late day session has already helped me think more creatively about future entrepreneurial ideas!” – Wharton School of Business
“His speech was really awesome. We could totally relate to the story. As entrepreneurs, you have to think differently than the crowd thinks. It was completely relevant to what we are thinking and going through.” – Prowena Health
“Your message landed very well with our audience, and we are grateful to you for taking so much time out of your busy schedule.” – University of Maryland
Alexander Blass Keynote Abu Dhabi 1: Alexander Blass, 36, is the youngest grand prize winner of the Daily Record’s Top Innovator of the Year Award. Through his high energy, dynamic and inspirational presentation style, he shares his passion, vision, and vividly enriching life and business experiences with distinguished audiences worldwide ranging from top corporate business executives at the Fortune 500 and Global 1000, to associations, non-profits, and universities.
He keynotes some of the world’s most prestigious and influential conferences on topics including innovation, leadership, business development, entrepreneurship, and creativity.
Alexander Blass has traveled to over 40 countries.