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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

Rob Dhat

VP of Innovation Partnerships

Soleil Brisbane

Marketing Specialist

Mai Huong Tran


Graeme Weston

Vice Chairman and Managing Partner, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

Masanobu Katoh

President | Xinova Japan

Grace Fox

HR Generalist

Wolfgang Meyers

Software Engineer

Mark Klopp

Business Development Consultant

John Kim

IT Manager

Nick Milanovich

Director | Innovation Services Group

Matt Ferguson, PhD

Vice President of Network & Technology

Alyssa Moore

Senior Marketing Manager

Madeline Song

Managing Director

Chris Petersen

Software Engineer

Todd Kenck

Chief Financial Officer

Nicole Underwood

HR Director

Jessica Roberto

Technical Program Manager

Hsiu-Wu (Jason) Guo

Innovation Development Manager

Ted Leung

Vice President of Engineering

Brad Roberts Ph.D.

Global Head of Network Platform

Brett Hertzberg

Legal Consultant

Raine Hermans

Managing Director, Innovation Programs

Madan Prabhu

Director | Innovation Services Group

Glenn Edens

Partner, Innovation Programs

Harvey Hung

Project Coordinator

Yongsung Kim

Chairman Korea & Asia

Doug Loy, Ph.D.

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Kaori Iguchi

Office Manager

Travis Murdock

Vice President of Innovation Partnerships

Jose Chacon

Finance Manager

Chal Davidson


Jimin “Eva” Kim

Office Administrator

Paul Levins


Laura Vowles

Executive Assistant

Ken Tallo

Partner | Innovation Programs

Joshua Montgomery

Software Engineer

Kevin Williams

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Eliot Baker

Programs and Content Manager

Jorma Ollila

Executive Chairman

Ramakrishnan Vaidyanathan

Director, Innovation Programs

Brian Yen


Stacey Ravetta

General Counsel

Sara Telfer

Senior Product Designer

Bo Garcia

Director of Innovation Partnerships

Sharat Reddy

General Manager, Marketing & North America Sales

Patrick Ennis

Chief Technology Officer

Dan Dongil Kim

Executive Vice President of Finance

Stephen King

Entrepreneur in Residence

Michelle Axelrod

Office Manager

Amy Greime

Vice President | Finance & Accounting

Yan Sheng

Senior Vice President, Head of China

Al DeNooyer

Innovation Business Development Representative

Imran Sajjad

Staff Accountant

Yi Lan Chen

Research Coordinator

Ken Pawlak

Managing Director

Naoki Bessho

Innovation Development Manager

Edward Jung

Founder & CEO

Maggie Ng

Chief of Staff to CEO

Rafidah Binte Md Aidi

Project Coordinator

Dan Cook

Vice President, Growth & Scale Group

BK Lee

President Korea

Shivani G. Ludwig, Ph.D

Innovation Development Manager

Kelly Romano

Managing Director | Innovation Programs

Kayo Ikegami

Operations Analyst

Seth Miller

Managing Director, Innovation Programs

Sherri Richman

Innovation Business Development Representative

Rahul Das

Vice President

David Kraft

Global Head of Innovation Services

Scott Needham

Country Head of Australia and New Zealand

Jordan Bundy

Manager, Software Engineer

Kyle Dowling

Director of Innovation Partnerships

Clariz Adelle Mariano

Software Engineer

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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.
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