Paul iske (1961) is professor of Open Innovation & Business Venturing at the School of Business and Economics of Maastricht University. Here he is mainly concerned with service innovation and social innovation, with the specialty "Combinatoric Innovation". Paul is founder and Chief Failure Officer of the Institute for Brilliant Failures, with the aim of understanding the complexity of innovation and entrepreneurship. Paul obtained his doctorate in theoretical physics and then worked at Shell, where he primarily connected knowledge inside and outside Shell. Until 2015 he was Chief Dialogues Officer at ABN AMRO, responsible for the activities in the field of (open) innovation. Paul Iske is a speaker and consultant in the fields of creativity, innovation, intellectual capital, knowledge management and entrepreneurship. He does this both within the private and (semi-)public sector in the Netherlands- and abroad.