Joachim Jake Layes is Global Director, Entrepreneur Impact at Autodesk. He has worldwide responsibility for the Autodesk’s Entrepreneur Impact Program, which helps early-stage and entrepreneurs in the social, climate, and environmental sectors to get to market faster. He leads a global team located in Asia, Europe, North and South America.
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Jake is a frequent speaker at a wide range of prominent design, innovation and sustainability conferences; most recently at UNEP’s Sustainable Innovation Forum during COP21 in Paris, December 2015. Past speeches included, among others, presentation at the Responsible Business Forum in Singapore; the National Design Conference in New Delhi, India; and the Nikkei BP International Conference for a Sustainable Future, Tokyo, Japan.
A German by Nationality, Jake has a broad international experience ranging from product development, innovation and design, to marketing, business development, sustainability and entrepreneurship. He has been in Asia since 1997, having lived & worked in Singapore, Japan and is now based out of Hong Kong.
Jake holds an Executive MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, as well as a Bachelor of Science, Industrial Design from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, USA.