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Chal Davidson


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I am a firm believer that invention/innovation improves the world we live in and the day you stop learning is the day that you die.  With this mindset I am excited to be working to pushing the development of larger scale innovation ecosystems at Xinova.

Previously I have founded a variety of startups including Supercritical Technologies, where I served at one time or another at both the CEO and CTO. I was the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Chief Technology Officer at Intellectual Ventures, where I worked with CTO and Co-Founder Edward Jung to manage strategic business projects.  In this regard, I am excited to reunite with Edward to continue with the development of the open innovation vision.

I joined Intellectual Ventures as an Engineer Manager at TerraPower, an IV spinoff that promotes a next-generation nuclear reactor design. Prior to that, I provided oversight and planning for the refit of nuclear-propulsion vessels as Resident Engineer for Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. I have also led research and development of advanced energy conversion systems as Senior Engineer at Lockheed Martin, and completed the prestigious Lockheed Martin Engineering Leadership Development Program.

In addition to my work in engineering, I have owned, managed, and invested in  several businesses, including a brewery, multiple restaurants, and a custom-home construction company. I hold a B.S. from Oregon State University and an M.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, both in nuclear engineering, as well as an MBA from the University of Washington. I am also a Licensed Professional Engineer in the States of New York, Oregon, and Washington.  I love building things, playing in the snow or on the water, and have a Shih-Tzu.

Our Team

Ramakrishnan Vaidyanathan

Director, Innovation Programs

Laura Vowles

Executive Assistant

Bo Garcia

Director of Innovation Partnerships

Sherri Richman

Innovation Business Development Representative

Brad Roberts Ph.D.

Global Head of Network Platform

Graeme Weston

Vice Chairman and Managing Partner, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

Jorma Ollila

Executive Chairman

Eliot Baker

Programs and Content Manager

Sara Telfer

Senior Product Designer

Dan Cook

Vice President, Growth & Scale Group

Matt Ferguson, PhD

Vice President of Network & Technology

Seth Miller

Managing Director, Innovation Programs

Mai Huong Tran


Mark Klopp

Business Development Consultant

Rahul Das

Vice President

Soleil Brisbane

Marketing Specialist

Kyle Dowling

Director of Innovation Partnerships

Kevin Williams

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Michelle Axelrod

Office Manager

Ken Pawlak

Managing Director

Nicole Underwood

HR Director

Raine Hermans

Managing Director, Innovation Programs

Imran Sajjad

Staff Accountant

John Kim

IT Manager

Masanobu Katoh

President | Xinova Japan

Alyssa Moore

Senior Marketing Manager

David Kraft

Global Head of Innovation Services

Todd Kenck

Chief Financial Officer

Brian Yen


Rafidah Binte Md Aidi

Project Coordinator

BK Lee

President Korea

Sharat Reddy

General Manager, Marketing & North America Sales

Maggie Ng

Chief of Staff to CEO

Nick Milanovich

Director | Innovation Services Group

Kelly Romano

Managing Director | Innovation Programs

Yan Sheng

Senior Vice President, Head of China

Rob Dhat

VP of Innovation Partnerships

Scott Needham

Country Head of Australia and New Zealand

Stacey Ravetta

General Counsel

Yi Lan Chen

Research Coordinator

Madeline Song

Managing Director

Grace Fox

HR Generalist

Ken Tallo

Partner | Innovation Programs

Chris Petersen

Software Engineer

Glenn Edens

Partner, Innovation Programs

Wolfgang Meyers

Software Engineer

Jessica Roberto

Technical Program Manager

Kaori Iguchi

Office Manager

Jose Chacon

Finance Manager

Brett Hertzberg

Legal Consultant

Edward Jung

Founder & CEO

Travis Murdock

Vice President of Innovation Partnerships

Amy Greime

Vice President | Finance & Accounting

Jordan Bundy

Manager, Software Engineer

Patrick Ennis

Chief Technology Officer

Joshua Montgomery

Software Engineer

Harvey Hung

Project Coordinator

Kayo Ikegami

Operations Analyst

Paul Levins


Naoki Bessho

Innovation Development Manager

Yongsung Kim

Chairman Korea & Asia

Jimin “Eva” Kim

Office Administrator

Dan Dongil Kim

Executive Vice President of Finance

Doug Loy, Ph.D.

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Clariz Adelle Mariano

Software Engineer

Chal Davidson


Ted Leung

Vice President of Engineering

Shivani G. Ludwig, Ph.D

Innovation Development Manager

Stephen King

Entrepreneur in Residence

Hsiu-Wu (Jason) Guo

Innovation Development Manager

Al DeNooyer

Innovation Business Development Representative

Madan Prabhu

Director | Innovation Services Group

Connect with Xinova

We are always seeking new problems to solve, as well as innovators and entrepreneurs to help us solve them. Let’s work together to create the future.

Our Worldwide Locations


311 ½ Occidental Ave S
Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98104
+1 (206) 800-2678


Xinova Japan GK
Yaesu Mitsui Building 6F
2-7-2 Yaesu, Chuo-ku
Tokyo 104-0028 Japan


Xinova Innovation (Beijing) Consultancy Co. Ltd.
Room 2494, Level 24, Tower 3
China Central Place
77 Jianguo Road
Chaoyang District
Beijing, 100025 China


Xinova Asia Pte Ltd.
331 North Bridge Road
#22-01, Odeon Towers
Singapore 188720
+65 6408 5080


Xinova Korea
10th floor, Golfzone Tower
735, Yeongdong-daero
Seoul 06072, Korea
+82 2 6952 8840


Xinova Australasia Pty Ltd.
223 Liverpool St
Darlinghurst, NSW 2010
+61 2 8093 4850


Xinova India
Suite No 208, 2nd Floor
Survey No 414
PSR Complex
Govinda Reddy (GR) Layout
Bannerghatta Road
Karnataka, 560076, India


Xinova Finland
Erottajankatu 5 A 4
FI-00130 Helsinki

Affiliate offices in Tel Aviv & Vienna