- Innovation Expert
- Inventor of 20 Sports and Fitness Patents
- Led Research for Innovation in Nike Brand
Former Nike Game Changer Dr. Erez Morag is the CEO and Founder of Acceler8 Performance Ltd, focusing on high-speed decision-making. Dr. Morag speaks widely around the world, inspiring business leaders, engineers, entrepreneurs, and students to use sport science principles to enhance their businesses. His keynote speaking engagements have included the High tech sector (Intel, Oracle, HP, Applied Materials, SAP, Texas Instruments, Checkpoint, etc.); Biotech sector (Abbvie Pharmaceutical, Covidien); Banking sector (Societe Generale Group, ANZ Bank); Telecom sector (Cellbrite, Partner Communications); Education sector (Harvard Business School, Willamette University), Advertising sector (McCann Erickson), and the Sport Sector (The National Football League, Australian Sport Tech Network).
While at Nike’s headquarters in Oregon (1998-2011), Erez contributed to four unprecedented start-ups within the company. He was recruited initially to lead innovation research in the multi-billion dollar global football and women’s fitness industries. After a successful run with product innovations, he founded programs that linked product and business innovation. For example, Nike Football+, offered a complete consumer-centric performance solution that merged the physical and digital worlds and created football communities in over 25 countries worldwide. Not only do customers got great shoes, they were also invited to join an insider club of expertise. With the tag line, “buy world-class boots, access world-class pros”, Nike Football+ have reached hundreds of thousands of players around the globe.
Later, Dr. Morag founded Athlete Performance Insight, a program that harnesses the skills of superstar athletes to develop high quality product innovation. Top athletes are invited to the Nike Sport Research Lab in order to study their techniques and develop products that will enhance the players’ performances. In this role Erez worked with dozens of elite athletes including footballers Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Rooney, Oliver Bierhoff, and Mia Hamm; basketball all-stars Russell Westbrook, Manu Ginobili and Rajon Rondo; NFL greats Larry Fitzgerald, Troy Polamalu, and Greg Jennings; Olympic gold medalists Liu Xiang, Allison Felix and Sanya Richards; and tennis legends Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
Dr. Morag conducted his postdoctoral research at Rush Medical Center, Chicago. While in Chicago, he also pioneered a workshop for Chicago public school teachers on using sports to teach science and math. He earned his doctoral degree from Pennsylvania State University in Exercise and Sports Science. He holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor of Education degree as well as teaching and coaching certificates from Wingate Institute. He has received prestigious awards for his scientific work, teaching, and innovation. In addition, he was awarded 20 patents and has filed 5 additional ones.
Not only an accomplished researcher and entrepreneur, Erez is dynamic and personable, inspiring audiences with his passion for sport and business.