Ep 1 Thinking different, Innovating differently with Josh Ghaim, Founding Partner, Ignite Venture Studio

Mindful Leadership Podcast with Shahana Banerjee : Episode 1

Do you know of anyone who has contacts from 90-100 countries on their phone?

Well…now you do! Meet Josh Ghaim – Founding Partner, Ignite Venture Studio, my good friend, innovator and inventor, a well loved leader and mentor to many.

Learn more about his story, from being born in the middle of war, to volunteering in refugee camps and how it shaped him as a leader, and his journey to becoming the Chief Technology Officer of Johnson & Johnson, and leaving it all behind, to launch his own company. 

As Josh says, his mindset of “what’s the worst thing that can happen?”, has fueled his quest for trying new things, taking risks, and making a difference. And has helped him embrace mistakes and failures, and accept them as part of growth.

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Josh Ghaim is the Founder and Managing Partner of Ignite Venture Studio, a new brand and innovation accelerator focused in the Digital Health and Beauty markets as well as investments and support of Women and Minority led start-ups. Josh was also recently appointed to Chairman Board of Directors, Nonagon LTD, a Health Tech Company focused on developing medical diagnostic devices.

Prior to his new endeavors, Josh was the Chief Technology Officer, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies responsible for global research and development organization. Josh was a member of the Consumer Group Operating Committee and the Johnson & Johnson Research & Development Management Committee. In his 13 years at J&J, Josh held various positions of increasing responsibilities globally.

Josh’s global background includes leadership experiences at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare and at Colgate-Palmolive leading Global Categories and Emerging Market R&D. Josh has lived and held positions in North America, Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Josh received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Indiana University.  He has authored a number of peer-reviewed publications in leading scientific journals and several book chapters. Josh also holds over 20 patents across different product and technology categories globally.


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