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Joel Carnes

President and CEO

Alliance for Innovation


Over the last fifteen years, Joel Carnes has led some of the world’s most ambitious innovation programs for The XPRIZE Foundation; led a virtual team at SecondMuse to partner with governments in building purpose-driven business incubators; and, held multiple leadership roles at the Institute for Innovation in Large Organizations (ILO), a membership organization supporting business innovation through research, training, and local roundtables. Under his leadership, these organizations have grown significantly in efficiency, scale, and impact.

Prior to his role as Interim President/CEO for the ILO Institute, Carnes served as the Chief Operating Officer of SecondMuse overseeing the development and operations of 16 business incubators on five continents and as Vice President of Operations and Strategy for the XPRIZE Foundation managing multiple global innovation programs to develop, test and scale breakthrough technologies and open innovation solutions. As a member of ILO, Carnes stepped in temporarily into the role of CEO to establish a more diverse and vibrant business model for the organization and establish partnerships that would add significant sources of revenue and provide a much stronger value for the ILO Institute’s members.

Carnes brings with him an expansive record of integrating, aligning and propelling product research, design and development teams at multiple global entertainment corporations. Beginning in 2010, Carnes served in various strategic management capacities at Disney Interactive Media Group, Walt Disney Imagineering and Activision. During his four years as the Director of Operations and Client Services at Trifecta, an online training platform for clinical study investigators, Carnes integrated technology solutions and developed key operational processes. Additionally, he managed the development of Nestle USA’s corporate intranet and has served as a consultant in media, software and human capital management for high-profile, international brands, across multiple sectors, including Boeing and Motorola.

Carnes earned a B.A. in Social Ecology from University of California, Irvine, and is a frequent speaker on advanced work in Leadership, Organizational Design and Exponential Technologies. He also holds multiple certifications in project management, agile and exponential technologies. Actively involved in his local community, Carnes serves as an Advisory Board Member to Los Angeles Metro’s Office for Extraordinary Innovation.

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