Dan Herman is co-founder and executive director of the Centre for Digital Entrepreneurship and Economic Performance (DEEP Centre)and a PhD Candidate at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. His research examines the impact of changing patterns of global economic activity on mature industrial economies, with a particular focus on how Canada adapts to an evolving global economy and increasing competition for innovation.
Dan previously served as a Senior Policy Advisor for the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation, and was the Program Director of nGenera Insight’s Government 2.0: Wikinomics, Government and Democracy research program that looked at how changes in technology, demography and economics impact both public and private sector organizations.
His research has contributed to Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything and MacroWikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams, and has been commissioned by organizations such as the World Economic Forum, the Lisbon Council, and government organizations across Canada, Europe and the United States.
Dan is passionate about international and community development and has previously worked for the United Nations and TakingITGlobal in Sierra Leone – a project that focused on building cross-sectoral dialogue between local government, youth and civil society organizations and the international community. This passion extends to travel experience across over 50 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
In Waterloo, Dan is an active volunteer with Pathways to Education, is a member of the City of Waterloo’s Economic Development Committee, a board member for the Canadian International Council’s Waterloo Branch, a member of the Kitchener-Waterloo United Way’s Community Investment team, and plays a mentor and advisor role with the student leaders at AIESEC Laurier.
He holds a Masters in Development Studies in the Faculty of Economics at the London School of Economics, as well as a degree in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU). While at WLU, Dan was a strong advocate for student issues, serving as the President and CEO of the Wilfrid Laurier University Student’s Union.
You can reach him at: danxherman (at)gmail (.com)