Mechanical Engineering (Eng. Hons), University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
Business Organisation, Finance and Operations Management, University of Glasgow.
EMPLOYMENT AND BUSINESS OWNERSHIP
Yarrows Shipbuilders (founded in 1865), Glasgow, Scotland
5 years in Warship design (HMS Battleaxe, HMS Broadsword, HMS Arrow and HMS Alacrity), manufacture, extended sea trials tests, and commissioning.
Founder and Proprietor of Premier Mechanical Services Business, Ireland
Founded a mechanical services company.
8 years heading it, then sold it.
Head of IPR Strategy, Scotland’s Technology Ventures Team, Glasgow, Scotland
Public Sector economic development agency (Scottish Enterprise).
Driving IPR Commercialisation Policy for all of the 25 universities and research institutes nationwide.
In 1999 led on the establishment of a public-private sector Proof-of-Concept Fund model.
The original £79m (€93m) of public funding into the Proof-of-Concept Fund leveraged an additional £207m (€243.7m) of public and private investment.
Outcomes in the Scottish economy included 38 new spin out companies launched and 35 licensing deals concluded, leading to the creation of over 500 jobs.
The programme was then widely copied across Europe and beyond.
Business Development Manager, University of Glasgow (founded in 1451), Scotland
5 years as Strategic Business Development Manager.
Created and headed up the Technology Transfer Team.
Led on the establishment and management of the 550-years-old university’s Silicon Valley office in the USA - the first European University to establish a presence in Silicon Valley.
Transacted significant levels of Private Equity, Venture Capital and Bank funding into a number of new University companies.
Led on the creation and launch of 10 new technology companies and also transacted over 40 individual licence deals with international companies in areas including telecom, aerospace, software, electronics, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.
Following a European wide survey into the Technology Transfer sector, three years into leadership at the University of Glasgow, the Financial Times Newspaper published:
“Nowhere has the rise in academic enterprise been faster than at Glasgow University, an institution with a good research record now earning a handsome deal from innovation. Three years ago it owned intellectual property worth less than £300,000. Today that figure is £100m.”
At the Board of Kymata Ltd since inception and licensor of its main technology; Europe’s quickest ever to date University Start-Up Technology Company to have grown from a start-up to a US$1 billion valuation business. Kymata was successfully sold to Alcatel of France.
Founder and CEO, QucomHaps, Ireland (founded in 2005, with operations in Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, Myanmar and Czech Republic).
Integration of high altitude aircraft and telecommunications equipment to deliver globally mobile telephony, wireless broadband Internet connectivity, digital broadcast and also emergency communications.
FDI Investment in Eastern Europe: In 2007, with the support of the Government of Ireland, QucomHaps made a strategic manufacturing acquisition of an aircraft factory and attached public international airport in the Czech Republic. In 2009 those assets were then diverted by locals, under a scheme known in the Czech Republic as ‘tunnelling’ – see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunneling_(fraud).
As part of the ‘tunnelling’ scheme, was wrongfully convicted on 28th Oct 2009 by a Czech regional court of fraud, regarding a series of 6 loans that the ‘tunnellers’ had entered into.
On 1st Dec 2011 the Government of Ireland sent a formal ‘Termination Notice’ to the Government of the Czech Republic, to bring to an end the 15 years old ‘Bilateral Investment Treaty Agreement’ that had existed between the two countries.
The wrongful conviction was cancelled by an appeal court on 11th June 2012.
The Government of Ireland then formally ended the Bilateral Investment Treaty Agreement with the Czech Republic on the 1st December 2012.
The asset ‘tunnelling’ by Czech locals is being dealt with by legal action.
Founder and Chairman, Energize Myanmar, Myanmar and Singapore
Integrated Energy Company (Electric Power and R-LNG).
Founder, EU Myanmar Centre (EUMC), Myanmar and Singapore
Not For Profit practical economic development initiative.
Supporting SMEs based in the EU and Myanmar looking to expand into new markets.
Since 2004 the author of the ‘IPR Commercialisation’ section of the ‘IPO Handbook’ - a key publication of the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office; previously called the UK Patent Office.
PUBLIC SPEAKING AND ENGAGEMENTS
Member of the ‘Global Irish Forum Network’ since 2009.
Input to economic development ‘Think Tanks’ and Workshops of two Irish Governments and various State Agencies.
Keynote Speaker at various ‘IPR Commercialisation Best Practice’, Technology Transfer, ‘Innovation’ and ‘Entrepreneurship’ events in the USA, Japan, Russia, France, South Africa, Malaysia, Ireland, the UK and Myanmar.