Marguerite Gong  Hancock

Marguerite Gong Hancock

Executive Director, Exponential Center

Marguerite Gong Hancock is the executive director of the Museum's new center on entrepreneurship. She is an expert on innovation and entrepreneurship in high tech regions around the world, after two decades of experience at Stanford University leading international and interdisciplinary research and education programs on entrepreneurship and innovation.

At Stanford, Hancock co-launched and directed China 2.0 and the Silicon Valley Project to advance understanding, educate next generation entrepreneurs, and convene thought leaders who are driving change in the innovation economy. In addition, at the Graduate School of Business and the Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center, she helped build the Stanford Program on Regions of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SPRIE) and other programs that impacted university, industry, and policy arenas in the US, Asia, and Europe.

Hancock is sought-after as a speaker at academic and industry conferences, and she has briefed policymakers, university leaders, and executives in more than a dozen countries. She has been interviewed on Bloomberg and cited in The New York Times, Forbes, San Jose Mercury News, and others. A passionate educator, she has co-directed executive education programs at Stanford, mentored students, and lectured for Stanford, Harvard, Tsinghua (China), National Taiwan University, JAMK (Finland), IESE (Spain), and other universities.

She is actively engaged in building productive ties between the Silicon Valley ecosystem and other technology hubs around the world. For example, in June 2013 Hancock was selected as advisor and one of 100 Silicon Valley innovators for a hackathon on a plane to London that culminated at the G8 Innovation Summit. For 4 years, she co-chaired China 2.0 conferences in Silicon Valley and in Beijing featuring entrepreneurs and investors that span the Pacific, from start-ups to billion dollar global leaders.

Hancock is co-editor of three books published at Stanford: The Silicon Valley Edge (2000); Making IT: The Rise of Asia in High Tech (2006); and Greater China's Quest for Innovation (2008). As a leader, she was featured in Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter (Harpers Business, 2010).

Hancock was educated at Brigham Young University, Harvard, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. A Palo Alto native, Marguerite is married to Russell Hancock, the president and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. They are the parents of three children.