Alain Rostain


Executive Director

The best approach to solving the great challenges we face is by starting with a foundation of shared understanding, based on truth.

Alain’s story is that of a visionary and scientific thinker who was always seemingly ahead of their time—exploring out to the edges, pioneering breakthroughs in multiple domains, even creating new fields of practice. Now he is weaving it all together to help society come together like never before, to save our future—before we run out of time.

Alain’s first love (1982) was Artificial Intelligence, where he pioneered knowledge engineering through his undergraduate studies, early work life, and graduate studies at Yale. He then took on systems integration at Price Waterhouse to design, build, and deliver complex information technology solutions for clients. The discovery of improvisation theater led Alain to create the field of Applied Improvisation. With Creative Advantage, an innovation consultancy firm, Alain added facilitation skills and expertise in creativity and innovation to become one of the world’s leading breakthrough innovation specialists. Alain birthed and ran innovation programs for executive and leadership teams globally in the public and private sectors, with over 30 of the Fortune 500 including Bristol-Myers, Merck, Humana, Kraft, Starbucks, General Mills, General Electric, Saint-Gobain, Bank of America, and Intel.

In 2017, Alain pioneered again, founding Clean Research to deliver a breakthrough approach for advancing the field of cell-based meat, a technology that could feed billions. Leading a team of top experts, Alain authored a peer-reviewed scientific manuscript, A More Open Approach Is Needed to Develop Cell-Based Fish Technology. Commissioned by One Earth, a top-tier sustainability science journal, the paper is a testament to the value of truth-telling and collaborative development for sustainability.

With Clean Research, Alain Rostain is now undertaking a giant step change in collaborative development for humanity, reinventing how we innovate for our future. Everything is at stake. We win together.


  • Leadership
  • Navigating the unknown
  • Facilitation, collaboration, and co-creation
  • Systems integration, software engineering, and scale-up
  • Insight development and breakthrough innovation
  • Whole systems thinking