Bill Fischer has been hunting for ideas for a long time, in a variety of places. Disbelieving that the world is flat, he has tried to put himself into places and positions where there is a higher probability of interesting things happening. As a result, he presently is a Professor at IMD, in Lausanne, Switzerland, where among other interests he specializes in the art and practice of successful innovation, and the effective expression of talent. An engineer by training, American by citizenship, New Yorker by birth and attitude, he has lived much of his life in Asia and Europe. Bill co-founded the IMD partnership program on Driving Strategic Innovation, in cooperation with the Sloan School of Management at MIT. He was on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for twenty years, moved to China in 1980, and was the President and Dean of the China Europe International Business School [CEIBS] in Shanghai in 1998-1999. He has received awards for teaching, case-writing and research, and in 2008 he received the Imagination Lab Foundation Award for Innovative Scholarship for his writing and teaching on emerging markets. In 2011, the UK newspaper The Independent" named Bill “one of the most influential business tweeters”; and in 2012, InnovationExcellence.com named him one of its “Top 50 Innovation Tweeters,” while InnovationManagement.com's included him among their 40 top innovation bloggers.
Bill lives in Lausanne with his wife Marie, Their family includes three children and five grandchildren. Among the most recent books that he has authored are: "Reinventing Giants"(with Umberto Lago and Fang Liu], and "The Idea Hunter" and "Virtuoso Teams" (both co-authored with Andy Boynton).