Chris Flink

Chris Flink has always found the Exploratorium phenomenally inspiring. He was honored to become its Executive Director in the summer of 2016 and is thrilled to be leading the innovative institution into its next half-century. Chris is responsible for expanding the institution’s impact by amplifying our renowned visitor experience, broadening the reach of our world-class teacher professional development programs, increasing our worldwide influence through Global Studios, and leading the Exploratorium to reimagine what it means to be a science center in the twenty-first century. He brings more than twenty years’ experience spanning creative leadership, engineering, design of hands-on educational experiences, and business. Chris was a partner at IDEO for nineteen years and a founding faculty member of Stanford University’s, where he remains a consulting associate professor. He has presented at TEDx and the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Chris holds a BS in Engineering/Product Design from Stanford University and an MS in Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He has served on the boards of Fortune 500 companies and lived in a vibrant undergraduate dorm (remarkably, at the same time). Chris has two extraordinary young daughters from whom he learns the most important things.

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