An innovation junkie and serial entrepreneur, Craig Hatkoff is a co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, along with his wife Jane Rosenthal (Tisch '78) and Robert De Niro. They launched the festival following the events of September 11th to help revitalize lower Manhattan. The Festival, now in its 11th year, attracted more than 380,000 people this past year and has redefined the role of the traditional film festival largely through using the framework of the Disruptive Innovation Theory fathered by Harvard Business School's Clayton Christensen. The Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, going into its fourth year, is an annual event held during the festival hosted by NYU Stern.
Hatkoff is Chairman of Turtle Pond Publications LLC, a private education and media based company in New York. He is also a Director of Taubman Centers, Inc., as well as SL Green Realty Corp., both NYSE public companies. Hatkoff serves on the Boards of Sesame Workshop, the Tribeca Film Institute, Richard Leakey’s WildlifeDirect, The Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation, the Child Mind Institute, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, and the Borough of Manhattan Community College Foundation. He is also a member of the Clinton Global Initiative. He co-founded the Disruptor Foundation along with Clay Christensen. He has co-authored, with his young daughters, a series of best-selling non-fiction children's books about resilient young animals for Scholastic including the #1 best selling Owen & Mzee. He is currently writing a book about disruptive spiritual innovation, examining the impact of technology on religion, spirituality, ethics, and morality.
Hatkoff graduated from Colgate University and received his MBA from Columbia University, where he taught real estate capital markets as an adjunct professor from 1990-1994.