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Usama Malik

Advisor Washington D.C. Metro Area, US

Founder InnoAction Advisory Services. Managing Director @ 4iNNO. Chief Innovation Officer @ Pfizer. Principal @ Booz & Co. Sr Mgr @ KPMG.

Founder InnoAction Advisory Services. Managing Director @ 4iNNO. Chief Innovation Officer @ Pfizer. Principal @ Booz & Co. Sr Mgr @ KPMG.

8 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Growth
  • Product
  • Operations

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Fundraising
  • • Marketing
  • • Growth
  • • Product
  • • Operations

Involved In


InnoAction Advisory Services


Voila Chocolate
Inkl Media
I Heart U
Acacia Living
Soho Salons
Private Accesss
Hevo Health
The Digital Marvels, Inc.
Meyer Bergman


Senior Executive Advisor Hevo Health September 2015 - present
Founder & Managing Director InnoAction Advisory Services January 2013 - present
Senior Executive Advisor The Digital Marvels, Inc. April 2014 - March 2015
Senior Executive Advisor Meyer Bergman June 2014 - January 2015
Senior Executive Advisor & Innovation Fellow 4iNNO LLC June 2013 - March 2014
Senior Executive Advisor LRN January 2013 - June 2013
Senior Management Bridgewater Associates December 2011 - December 2012
Chief Innovation Officer | Chief Strategy Officer Pfizer November 2007 - November 2011
Principal Booz & Company March 2003 - September 2007
Experienced Manager BearingPoint September 1999 - September 2001
Product Manager/ Corporate Strategy Lucent/ AT&T January 1998 - August 1999
Research/ Design Engineer The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory January 1997 - December 1997
Group Manager -- Technology & Computing College of Engineering University of Maryland January 1995 - December 1996


INSEAD Finance, Strategy, Entrepreneurship 2002 - 2002
The Johns Hopkins University Graduate coursework in Computer Science and Information Management 1997 - 1997
University of Maryland at College Park Electrical Engineering, Minor in Math September 1992 - December 1996

Interested In

Joining an Early Team
Advisor With
  • • Design
  • • Web Development
  • • Consulting Solutions
  • • Mobile App Design
  • • Mobile Apps
Markets of Interest
  • • Commerce
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Education
  • • Fashion
  • • Healthcare
  • • Mobile
  • • Social Impact
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • In-classroom learning (K-12)
  • • Higher Education
  • • Fitness
  • • Nutrition
  • • Quantified-self
  • • Wellness
  • • Medical Devices

You Should Know About Me

Key Accomplishments

I conceptualize and build new businesses for large companies, while investing in and advising start-ups - and trying to create the synthesis between the two. Innovation happens at the intersection of "what's needed" (what are the true um-met/ latent/ untapped consumer/ customer needs), "what's possible" (what are current solutions, what is emerging technological landscape, what are new solution possibilities), and "what's required" (what is the business model and economics required to scale and succeed). I work at the intersection of these disciplines, using a "lean start-up" approach to improve start-up probability of success.

I am intense, critical, quirky, absurd, free, and disciplined at the same time. I chase the extremes, and need many stimuli and projects in my life to stay interested.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I prefer "self governing" organizations, but this requires high levels of intensity, curiosity, responsibility, inquiry, debate, and transparency.

Vouches Received

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Eric Francois
They're my friends
Usama is sophisticated and creative. He always think of things to do, to create, to improve. He is an entrepreneur at heart and has the in ... telligence, independence and charisma to be a valuable addition to the FD network.
Colin Day
We worked together
Usama has an unbelievable mind and is a voracious student of books, companies, industry, etc. Had the chance to write a couple of business ... plans with him before I started my company, iCIMS.
Niko Canner
We worked together at Bridgewater Associates
Usama is someone who has both a systemic, macro view of the healthcare space and the rigor and analytical ability to go deep into the specif ... ics of how things work. He's incredibly sharp, an independent thinker, and has tremendous energy and drive.
James Heywood
We worked together
Very few people have the drive to leave the safety of the senior roles that Usama has had to seek the higher impact and risk of building new ... things. His skills and drive to create things that are meaningful coupled with his intelligence and analytic skills are what are needed to find the correct paths and stay on them till the new idea succeeds.
Aji Eapen
They're my friends  •  President, Eapen Enterprises.
Experience in negotiation
Halden Conner
We worked together  •  Director, Private Access, Inc. and Director, ProTom International.
Very smart, dedicated to positive outcomes, honorable, good to work with
Gautam Mishra
We worked together  •  Co-Founder and CEO, inkl. Co-Founder, AirShr.
Usama is hands down one of the smartest people I've ever met, and a brilliant strategic thinker. He's one of the best people I know for test ... ing early-stage ideas with and provides constructive feedback that helps drives better outcomes!
Marck L Aghnatios
Director, KPMG US. Previously Senior Manager, Symantec.

Mahima Sukhdev
We worked together  •  Senior Associate, 4iNNO. Previously Consultant, LRN. Yale grad.
Curious, open-minded, quick study, resourceful

Niko Canner
We worked together  •  Founder, Incandescent. Previously Management Committee, Bridgewater Associates. Harvard grad.
Niko is an executive advisor par excellence. He is a deep and critical thinker, and he excels at understanding the human dimension of insti ... tutions, organizations, and startups. He is a master of designing and building human operating systems. Niko has crafted strategy for some of the world's largest and most complex organizations, while helping them manage through the complexity of execution and change. And he has mentored dozens of CEO's, executives, emerging leaders, and startups over the years.