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Kevin Cullen

Director – Research Sector

Kevin Cullen is a renowned innovator and leader in the knowledge exchange and commercialisation space. Currently CEO of New South Innovations at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), he developed the UNSW model for knowledge exchange and commercialisation, with particular emphasis on supporting the translation of the university’s excellent research outputs into use by society.

Kevin brings extensive international experience to this position, having been active at board level in the leading Technology Transfer Associations in the UK (Praxisunico), Europe (ASTP) and the US (AUTM). He is the current chairman of the global Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP) and has a long-standing interest in economic development, spin-out companies, and developing the University interface with SMEs (small and medium-sized companies).

Kevin has more recently developed new approaches to improve knowledge exchange to benefit the economy and society. He is well known as the architect of the Knowledge Transfer Metrics system used for the assessment of Knowledge and Technology Transfer performance of UK universities. Most recently Kevin led the launch of the Easy Access IP initiative, designed to significantly increase the flow of knowledge from the university into the economy and society.

Prior to joining the university sector, Kevin worked for Procter & Gamble in the UK and Belgium, in the fields of technical brand management, product development, and technology development, covering Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. He has acted as an external expert and consultant in a number of international projects, particularly focused on knowledge transfer. His qualifications include a PhD in physical-organic chemistry from the University of Edinburgh.