Dirk Swart's teaching focuses on developing critical skills for leadership, including: negotiation, emotional intelligence, individual and team behavior, conflict management and problem solving, managing contracts and IP, ethics, and engineering management decision making.
Dirk has over 20 years experience as a technical entrepreneur and is currently the CEO of Zynect, an embedded sensor company based in Ithaca NY. He co-founded Zynect in 2010, has raised over $2.4m in funding and brought over 20 successful embedded products from concept to market. Prior to that he was a visiting fellow at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer Range Future.
Degrees include a BBusSc (Computer Science) from the University of Cape Town and an MA from Tuft's Fletcher School. His thesis title was: More Voice but Less Say: An analysis of North-South Trade Agreements. His thesis supervisor was Adil Najam.