Orin Herskowitz is the Senior VP of Applied Innovation and Industry Partnerships for Columbia University, as well as Executive Director of Columbia Technology Ventures (CTV). He also is an Adjunct Professor, teaching an Intellectual Property for Entrepreneurs course. He has served on boards or in leadership roles for a number of innovation and entrepreneurship-focused initiatives, including NYC Media Lab, PowerBridgeNY clean energy proof-of-concept center, CyberNYC, and the Columbia BioMedX accelerator; has been a peer reviewer for innovation and entrepreneurship awards for the National Science Foundation and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities; and is a frequent speaker at IP- and technology-focused events in NYC and across the country. His Federal work has included being a board member for the Center for American Entrepreneurship, a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Renewing American Innovation project, a member of TenU (a coalition of research institutions in the U.K. and U.S.), and an appointee to the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) with the Department of Commerce under both the Obama and Biden Administrations. He has also been helping to lead a group effort to streamline university & venture capital’s ability to launch startups based on deeptech innovations.
Orin received his BA from Yale and his MBA from the Wharton School of Business. Prior to joining Columbia, Orin spent 7 years at the Boston Consulting Group's New York office as a strategy consultant, and was previously an entrepreneur and a consultant to start-ups.