C. Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer at MIT, a Thousand Talents Program Professor at Tsinghua University, and co-founder of the Presencing Institute. He also chairs the MIT IDEAS program for cross-sector innovation in China and Indonesia. He is author of Theory U and co-author of Presence and Leading from the Emerging Future. Otto earned his diploma with distinction and PhD summa cum laude from Witten/Herdecke University in Germany. He received the Jamieson Prize for Excellence in Teaching at MIT (2015) and the EU Leonardo Corporate Learning Award for the contributions of Theory U to the future of management and learning (2016). In 2016 he was also named one of the world's top 30 education professionals by globalgurus.org.