Dr. Marina Theodotou is the Director for Learning Experiences at NavalX at the Department of the Navy on rotation from the Defense Acquisition University at the Department of Defense. Throughout her career, Marina has been leading people, leading change, building coalitions, leveraging astute business acumen and delivering business outcomes. With diverse teams globally and together solved problems in learning and development strategy, innovation, digital transformation, entrepreneurship, customer satisfaction, financial efficiency in four verticals: banking & finance, management consulting, learning & development, and defense in three geographies: the Americas, the European Union, and the Middle East. Most recently she led the Defense Acquisition University’s flagship learning experience, TEDxDAU for two consecutive years, which resulted in boosting the University brand and inspiring and empowering over 5,000 workforce members.
Marina is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from Bank of America and is certified in Design Thinking by IDEO University. Marina's thought leadership articles on learning and development, learning ecosystems, innovation, and culture change have been published Harvard Business Review, Inc.com, Chief Learning Officer, the Association for Talent Development and Training Industry among others. She has advised governments in the European Union and the Middle East on financial sector development, foreign direct investment, and innovation ecosystems. She is a Rotary International Fellow, a competent Toastmaster, and a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation scholarship winner.
Dr. Theodotou holds a Doctorate in Education, Organizational Change and Leadership from the University of Southern California and Master and Bachelor degrees in Economics from the University of South Carolina.