Chris Flink has always found the Exploratorium phenomenally inspiring. He was honored to become its Executive Director in the summer of 2016 and has been enthusiastically leading the pioneering institution into its next half-century. Chris is responsible for expanding the Exploratorium’s impact by elevating our renowned visitor experience, expanding our world-class teacher professional development programs, and amplifying our influential Global Collaborations portfolio. With his leadership, the Exploratorium’s talented interdisciplinary community remains committed to relentless innovation and is actively reimagining what it may mean to be a science center in these dynamic times. Chris brings 25 years' experience spanning creative leadership, product engineering, business strategy, hands-on education, and the design of engaging experiences. Chris was a senior partner at IDEO for 19 years and a founding faculty member of Stanford University’s d.school, where he served for over a decade as 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 daughters who relish the Tactile Dome and from whom he learns the most important things.