Ori Brafman

Ori Brafman

Senior Fellow

Author, “The Chaos Imperative” and “The Starfish and the Spider”

New York Times Bestselling author Ori Brafman specializes in new ways of looking at business.  He is a renowned organizational expert and author of the groundbreaking books The Starfish and the Spider and Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior. He is a Distinguished Teaching Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and a Senior Fellow at Fuqua/ Coach K Leadership and Ethics Center at Duke.

Born in Israel and raised in El Paso, Texas, Brafman has been a lifelong entrepreneur in business, government, and the nonprofit sector.  His projects include launching healthy fast food restaurants, leading nonprofit organizations, and co-founding Courtroom Connect, a wireless network company.

In 2001, Brafman co-founded a network of more than 1000 CEOs working for peace and economic development projects.  The network was supported by the likes of venture capitalist John Doerr and the Ford Foundation and has catalyzed projects in the Middle East, Africa, North America, Europe, and Asia.

Brafman has appeared in the New York Times, ABC News, BBC, National Public Radio, Wall Street Journal, Fox News, CSPAN, AP Video, and National-Cable-Radio among others.  He has presented before audiences at Microsoft, Amazon, Televisa, Stanford Business School, Harvard Business School, and many others.  He writes for the New York Times international edition and Fortune magazine.  His published works include The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations (2006), Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior (2008).

Ori holds a BA in peace and conflict studies from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.