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Prof. David Gann CBE

Vice-President, Development and Innovation, Imperial College London, U.K.

David Gann is responsible for shaping the vision, strategy and innovation agenda for Imperial College, and the development of its new London campus, Imperial West. 

He holds the Chair in Innovation and Technology Management at Imperial College Business School and Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer with a PhD in Industrial Economics. He previously held the Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Innovative Manufacturing at Sussex University. David is the recipient of the 2014 Tjalling C. Koopmans Asset Award, for extraordinary contributions to the economic sciences. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours, for services to engineering. 

David’s research focuses on innovation in the digital economy, new business models and innovation strategy in technology firms.

David founded Imperial’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group, consistently ranked in the top tier worldwide by the FT. The Group collaborates closely with large and small firms, including IBM, Microsoft, Nokia, Citigroup, Finmeccanica, Arup and BP.

He leads executive programmes on Innovation for business leaders in organisations such as IBM, Laing O’Rourke, Total, Citigroup, Arup and the Royal Society.
He has deep experience at executive board level in industry and starting new businesses. 

From 2007-2011 he was Group Innovation Executive at Laing O’Rourke plc, responsible for establishing group-wide innovation strategy and R&D programmes and three new university collaboration centres at Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial. 
David has been involved with SME’s in the development of TechCity and as an entrepreneur, having co-founded four spin-out companies including Technopolis and Think Play Do Group. 
David advises global technology companies (including IBM, Computer Science Corporation, Huawei and Tata) and senior ministers on government policy. 

In 2011 he was a member of the panel for the UK Government’s Review of Intellectual Property and Growth. In 2012 he led a study of Open Innovation and Intellectual Property for the World Intellectual Property Organisation. 
David is Chairman of the Smart London Board, reporting to Boris Johnson, Mayor of London. 
He is is a member of the London Enterprise Panel’s Digital, Creative, Science & Technology Group and the London Enterprise Panel’s Economic Development Plan for London Advisory Group, the UK’s Information Economy Council, the Smart Cities All-Party Parliamentary Group and the Greater London Authority’s Investment Infrastructure Plan Advisory Group. 
He sits on the Advisory Board of the Association of Consultancy and Engineering and is a Trustee and Director of the Institute for Sustainability. 
David is author of a large number of academic papers and with Mark Dodgson and Ammon Salter, has published:

Think Play Do – technology, innovation and organization Oxford University Press, 2005
The Management of Technological Innovation: Strategy and Practice Oxford University Press, 2008
With Mark Dodgson, he published:

Innovation: A Very Short Introduction Oxford University Press, 2010
And with Mark Dodgson and Nelson Phillips he is editor of: 

The Oxford Handbook of Innovation Management Oxford University Press, 2014.

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