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.