Dennis Cheek is co-founder and Executive Director of the National Creativity Network (NCN) working across North America to advance the skillful use of imagination, creativity, and innovation to positively transform commerce, culture, education, and government. Dennis conceived and co-chairs Global Creativity United (GCU), an informal global alliance of eight organizations than span 160 nations. Cheek conceived the idea of the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) within the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) and Creative World-DC (July 2016). He held numerous prior leadership positions including Ewing Marion Kauffman and John Templeton foundations, NY and RI state education departments, and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).
Dennis has advised governments, corporations, nonprofits, foundations, and UHNW families regarding education, various forms of entrepreneurship, and philanthropy. He co-founded varied organizations including the Campbell Collaboration (Norway), Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy (Singapore), OSHEAN (Rhode Island), and the Times2 STEM Academy (a K-12 charter school). Dennis earned five degrees, including a Ph.D. in curriculum & instruction/science education from Pennsylvania State University and Ph.D. in theology from Durham University. He was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for work in STEM education. Cheek authored, edited, or contributed to 800+ publications/multimedia products. He has taught in 14 universities in nine countries. He is a Visiting Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the M.Sc. program at IÉSEG School of Management (France) since 2013. The former editor of the Journal of Technology Studies, Dennis sits on the editorial/review boards of the International Journal of Technology and Design Education, Journal of Science Education and Technology, International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education, and Muse, a magazine for kids from Cricket Media.