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Scott Needham

Country Head of Australia and New Zealand

Business Bio  LinkedIn Profile

In school, I dreamed of becoming a professional cricketer, playing for Australia, and wearing the so-called baggy green”. However, by my mid-teens reality hit and I rationalized that only a tiny fraction of players made it, the pay was not great, and there seemed to be too many really good cricketers out there. Besides, by this time I had met the woman who was to become my wife! So focusing, as much as possible, on my education and excelling in the classroom seemed to be a much safer bet.  

My formal education has yielded a Bachelor of Engineering (Materials), a Master’s Degree in Management (MGSM) and a PhD in Lithium-ion batteries. I am a graduate of the Venture Capital Executive Program at UC Berkeley (Haas Business School), and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). 
During my time working in the open innovation space, I have been reminded of the childhood joys of not having boundaries. It is such a buzz to witness a world-expert in a specific scientific field apply their experience and knowledge outside their defined area of expertise, and come up with new concepts and inventions. I am a Senior Vice President and Country Head of Australia and New Zealand for Xinova with over 20 years’ experience in performing and managing R&D and the commercialization of scientific discoveries. My early career was in natural resources with BHP Billiton, as a cadet and trainee researcher. At 19, I was appointed as Operations Manager of the only Stainless Steel manufacturing plant in Australia overseeing daily operations with 350 staff. By my mid-twenties, I decided to leave the steel industry and moved to London, UK, where I worked as a Project Management and R&D Consultant to various FTSE 100 organizations.
After returning to Australia, I entered the tertiary education sector, where I headed a University Technology and Licensing group where I negotiated technology licenses, forged long-term relationships with industry, and have raised millions of dollars to fund start-ups. I joined Intellectual Ventures (now Xinova) in 2009, where I was Global Head of Investment Strategy  at the Invention Development Fund (Materials and Chemistry Group), and later COO of our Technology Development Centre in Singapore, a unique invention prototyping and concept accelerator.
In my spare time, I love spending long summer days in Australia on the beach or at a BBQ with my wife, 2 sons and friends, sharing  stories about my time and lessons on the cricket field and in business I am always amazed at the parallels that bridge the two seemingly separate worlds of business and sport.

Our Team

Kevin Williams

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Yan Sheng

Senior Vice President, Head of China

Amy Greime

Vice President | Finance & Accounting

Katerina Baranyuk


Jake Fagan

Senior Product Designer

Connor Timmerman

Senior Analyst | Network Platform

Sharat Reddy

General Manager, Marketing & North America Sales

Christopher Ruehs

Software Engineer

Rafidah Binte Md Aidi

Project Coordinator

Brad Roberts Ph.D.

Global Head of Network Platform

Ken Pawlak

Managing Director

Shivani G. Ludwig, Ph.D

Innovation Development Manager

Andrew McLain

Product Manager

Clariz Adelle Mariano

Software Engineer

Jorma Ollila

Executive Chairman

Duncan Mowatt

Senior Product Designer

Paul Payne

Architect | Network Platform

John Kim

IT Manager

Edward Jung

Founder & CEO

Shiloh Stuart

Software Engineer

Glenn Edens

Partner, Innovation Banking and Development

Jacob Harvey

Accounting Manager

Emmanuel Gomez

Principal Engineer

Kevin Crommelin

Product Manager

Laura Vowles

Executive Assistant

Cate Yochum

Software Engineer

Hsiu-Wu (Jason) Guo

Innovation Development Manager

Olivia Armstrong

Project Manager

Raine Hermans

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Eliot Baker

Programs and Content Manager

Alyssa Moore, MBA

Senior Marketing Manager

Scott Needham

Country Head of Australia and New Zealand

Jon Gleasman

Senior Product Designer

Andre Lee

President | Innovation Development & Banking

Adam Holiber

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Harvey Hung

Project Coordinator

Kaori Iguchi

Office Manager

Mark Buchthal

Software Engineer

Graeme Weston

Vice Chairman and Managing Partner, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

Nicole Underwood

HR Director

Darrel Rhea

Managing Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Dan Dongil Kim

Executive Vice President of Finance

Maggie Ng

Chief of Staff to CEO

Wolfgang Meyers

Software Engineer

Maynard Kang

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Wyatt Antoine

Information Technology Intern

Jimin “Eva” Kim

Office Administrator

Imran Sajjad

Staff Accountant

Sara Telfer

Senior Product Designer

Bo Garcia

Account Executive

Ken Poppe

Managing Director, Revenue & Program Management

Mai Huong Tran


Seth Miller

Managing Director, Innovation Services

Masanobu Katoh

President | Xinova Japan

Ken Tallo

Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Doug Loy, Ph.D.

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Kayo Ikegami

Operations Analyst

Stacey Ravetta

General Counsel

Rapha Goyran

Software Engineer

Brett Hertzberg

Legal Consultant

Yang-Won Jung

Senior Director | Innovation Services Group

Kelly Romano

Managing Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Naoki Bessho

Innovation Development Manager

Nick Milanovich

Director | Innovation Services Group

Daniel Edenhofer

Software Engineer

Emma DeMaris

Marketing Intern

Jose Chacon

Finance Manager

Chip Murray

Partner, Innovation Banking and Development

Ernst Stöttinger

Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Joshua Montgomery

Software Engineer

Patrick Ennis

Chief Technology Officer

Matt Ferguson, PhD

Vice President of Network & Technology

Ted Leung

Vice President of Engineering

Travis Murdock

Vice President of Marketing

Dan Cook

Vice President, Growth & Scale Group

Todd Kenck

Chief Financial Officer

Cassandra Schwartz

Product Marketing Manager

Chris Petersen

Software Engineer

Mark Klopp

Business Development Consultant

Brian Yen


Grace Kang

Accounts Payable Specialist

Jessica Roberto

Technical Program Manager

BK Lee

President Korea

Liron Porat

Innovation Program Director

Matthew Ritchie

Senior Product Designer

Rob Dhat

Account Executive

Jordan Bundy

Manager, Software Engineer

Nadia Savin

Business Intelligence Analyst

Molly Kent

Software Engineer

Chal Davidson

Director, Revenue & Program Management

Yongsung Kim

Chairman Korea & Asia

Rahul Das

Vice President

Ryan Canfield

Software Engineer

Madan Prabhu

Director | Innovation Services Group

Andy Tolton

Public Relations and Marketing Manager

Dana Lindquist

Data Scientist

Grace Fox

HR Generalist

Michelle Axelrod

Office Manager

Leesa Murphy

Payroll & Benefits Analyst

Yi Lan Chen

Research Coordinator

Jake Cannon

Senior Technical Support Engineer

Soleil Brisbane

Employer Branding Specialist

David Kraft

Global Head of Innovation Services

Jussi Westergren

Senior Advisor

Stephen King

Entrepreneur in Residence

Madeline Song

Managing Director

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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.
150 Beach Road
#08-06/08 Gateway West
189720 Singapore
+65 6408 5080


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


Xinova Australasia Pty Ltd.
Level 6, 8 West Street
North Sydney, NSW 2060
+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