Scott Hiipakka assumed the role of the Chief Executive Officer of the Michigan Israel Business Accelerator in May 2019 where he is responsible for accelerating Michigan’s innovation ecosystem, one Israeli connection at a time. With a focus in mobility, defense, cyber/AI, food+ag tech, and health/life sciences, his vision is to make Michigan a premier partner for Israeli innovation.
Prior, he served as the Director of the Office of Performance and Transformation for the State of Michigan where he was responsible for the integration of strategic programs along with overseeing planning, audit, process improvement, program management, and employee engagement for over 40,000 state employees. Previously, he was the Program Management Director-Executive Office of the Governor. His responsibilities include oversight and integration of key state strategic initiatives, including synchronization of programs and deliverables that supported the Governor’s priorities.
Prior to his role in state government, Hiipakka worked in the private sector at a startup in the homeland security industry along previous experience in the medical, pharmaceutical, and manufacturing sectors.
Hiipakka is a member of the Michigan Army National Guard where he currently serves as the Land Component Commander and holds the rank of Colonel. His active duty military experience includes service in the US Army Ranger Regiment and other key leadership and advisor roles. Hiipakka has over 25 years of military service.
Hiipakka holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in homeland security from Penn State University, and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the US Army War College.