ICT Sector Specialist @ Dept. for International Trade, UK Government
Chris is an ICT Sector Specialist at the Dept. for International Trade (DIT), working in the ICT Investment Team. In this role he assists ICT companies to establish a presence in the UK. Immediately prior to this role, he spent nearly 2 years working in the Tech City Investment Organisation where he assisted large and small creative, digital and technology companies based outside of the UK to set-up in London’s Tech City. Chris specialises in the IT, Software, Digital Media, Printing and Security sectors.
Chris is also the Programme Architect for DIT’s new Global Graduate Entrepreneurs Programme (Sirius) which aims to attract entrepreneurial talent from around the world to set-up new businesses in the UK.
Chris has over 25 years’ experience in industry, working in research, technology development management, manufacturing and marketing in the USA and Europe. He has experience covering knowledge transfer, innovation, Intellectual Property assessment, engagement with early-stage companies, the VC community and developing routes to market. Prior to joining DIT Chris was Director of Venture Capital and University Investments for Kodak (Europe), where he identified and assessed more than 200 early-stage technology company opportunities. He has also advised other multinationals on setting –up Open Innovation infrastructures and acted as a technology scout on a consultancy basis. Chris has been responsible for 24 patents and holds a PhD in Chemistry.