Dr Keith J Jones

Dr. Keith J. Jones

Director of Industry Engagement and Technology Transfer

Address: P.O.Box: 127788, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Telephone: +971 (0)2-4018149

Fax: +971 (0)2-4472442


Dr. Keith's primary responsibility center's around increasing interactions between for profit companies and Khalifa University. Opportunities for companies to work with Khalifa University include: collaborative research and development, student internships and hiring, executive short courses, advanced degrees for company employees and much more. Dr. Keith is also responsible for ensuring that the University's intellectual property is protected and transferred efficiently to commerce. Routes of transfer include: licensing to existing companies and start-up creation.

Dr. Keith joined the University in April 2014. He was previously Director of Tech Transfer at Washington State University and Director of Commercialization -Life Sciences at Virginia Tech. He has extensive entrepreneurial experience. Dr. Keith has founded two companies, he was an early employee in a very successful venture that was acquired for over US$1 billion, and he has helped launch many university start-ups and spin-outs. Dr. Keith has served on the Board of Directors at numerous for profit and not-for-profit companies.

Dr. Keith is the inventor of 3 US patents, has been an invited speaker / trainer at numerous local, national and international technology transfer conferences and events and has published in his area of research interest - the complex interaction of food and agriculture with international development and intellectual property.

  • PhD, North Carolina State University (US), 1990 
  • MS, University of Kentucky (US), 1984
  • BSc (hons) Southampton University (UK), 1979
  • Technology transfer
  • International development
  • Intellectual property in food and agriculture
  • Intellectual Property and Opportunities for Food Security in the Philippines. Jane Payumo, Howard Grimes, Antonio Alfonoso, Stanley Kowlaski, Keith Jones, Karim Maredia, Rodolfo Estigoy. Michigan State International Law Review. 21(1). pp 125-15, 2013
  • How Agricultural Biotechnology Scientists Perceive Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) and their implications: Insights from Developing Asia, Jane Payumo, Howard Grimes, Keith Jones, International Journal for Intellectual Property,  Management November 4, 2011,
  • Opinion: Food Security Needs Sound IP. H Grimes, JG Payumo, and, K Jones, Published in The Scientist, 2011,