Innovation Expert, Former Nike Game Changer
Erez Morag Bio
Dr. Erez Morag is a sports tech innovator. He is currently the CEO of Acceler8 Performance (focusing on training above the neck) & Chief Innovation Officer of Playermaker (AI-based solutions for athletes). Erez is the former Head of Global Football Research at Nike. 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 Financial sector (Eurofinance, Societe Generale Group, ANZ Bank), High tech sector (Intel, Oracle, HP, Applied Materials, SAP, Texas Instruments, Checkpoint, etc.); Biotech sector (Abbvie Pharmaceutical, Covidien);; 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.
Later, Dr. Morag founded the Athlete Performance Insight Group, 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, Oliver Bierhoff, and Mia Hamm; basketball all-stars Russell Westbrook and Manu Ginobili; 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. He has received prestigious awards for his scientific work, teaching, and innovation. In addition, he was awarded 29 patents.
Not only an accomplished researcher and entrepreneur, Erez is dynamic and personable, inspiring audiences with his passion for sport and business.