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Allan Ryan

Executive Director, Hargraves Institute

In 2006 Allan founded the Hargraves Institute as an innovation resource to share knowledge, wisdom and experience in a non-competitive environment for the purpose of growth and development. Its goals are to build innovation capabilities that improve staff engagement, increase productivity and support growth through new knowledge and action.

Allan defines innovation as the generation and/or discovery of ideas, be they original or adopted from another source, and the successful implementation of those ideas to create a better future. His vision is for the Institute to become recognised as the centre for innovation learning and hub of collective wisdom in the area of innovation. The initial stage has been completed having been endorsed by Federal training authorities for his Innovator Recognition Program - the first nationally approved innovation system. Through his leadership, facilitating and advice, Allan has delivered innovation programs that enable organisations deliver real competitive advantage.