Dan Herman

Lecturer, Master of Global Affairs program
Dan Herman


MGA bio

Dan Herman, Ph.D., is a Toronto-based entrepreneur and policy advisor to government agencies on innovation and growth. He is currently building a content company that highlights the people and places shaping the future of technology and innovation. He has previously held executive roles in both the public and private sectors, including having been the Executive Director of innovation policy for the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (Canada), vice president of strategy and partnerships for an early-stage consumer hardware/medtech startup, and the co-founder of the Centre for Digital Entrepreneurship and Economic Performance (DEEP Centre).

Along the way, he picked up a Ph.D. focused on the role of sub-national government in the promotion of innovation and industrial transition. He’s also travelled through 60+ countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, where he perfected the art of negotiation with border guards in foreign languages. And most importantly, he’s a father to two young boys.