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Scott Needham

Country Head of Australia and New Zealand

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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

Glenn Edens

Partner, Innovation Banking and Development

Mark Klopp

Business Development Consultant

Rahul Das

Vice President

Cassandra Schwartz

Product Marketing Manager

Jose Chacon

Finance Manager

Kevin Williams

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Adam Holiber

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Yan Sheng

Senior Vice President, Head of China

Matt Ferguson, PhD

Vice President of Network & Technology

Soleil Brisbane

Employer Branding Specialist

Dan Dongil Kim

Executive Vice President of Finance

Vlad Dabija

Technical Fellow

Brian Yen


Evelyn Miles

Office Manager

Joshua Montgomery

Software Engineer

Daniel Edenhofer

Software Engineer

Christopher Ruehs

Software Engineer

Graeme Weston

Vice Chairman and Managing Partner, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

Shivani G. Ludwig, Ph.D

Innovation Development Manager

Eliot Baker

Programs and Content Manager

Laura Vowles

Executive Assistant

Alyssa Moore, MBA

Senior Marketing Manager

Madeline Song

Managing Director

Darrel Rhea

Managing Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Jake Cannon

Senior Technical Support Engineer

Emma DeMaris

Marketing Intern

Patrick Ennis

Chief Technology Officer

Kaori Iguchi

Office Manager

Yi Lan Chen

Research Coordinator

Hsiu-Wu (Jason) Guo

Innovation Development Manager

Ernst Stöttinger

Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Wolfgang Meyers

Software Engineer

Kevin Crommelin

Product Manager

Maynard Kang

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Isaac Pek

Innovation Development Manager

Chris Petersen

Software Engineer

Liron Porat

Innovation Program Director

Nick Milanovich

Director | Innovation Services Group

David Kraft

Global Head of Innovation Services

Jordan Bundy

Software Engineer

Chal Davidson

Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Ken Tallo

Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Chip Murray

Partner, Innovation Banking and Development

Sharat Reddy

Chief of Staff to Founder & CEO

Ken Pawlak

Managing Director

Yang-Won Jung

Senior Director | Innovation Services Group

Connor Timmerman

Senior Analyst | Network Platform

Ryan Canfield

Software Engineer

Dan Cook

Vice President, Growth & Scale Group

BK Lee

President Korea

Jimin “Eva” Kim

Office Administrator

Christian Czernich

Innovation Banking and Development

Wyatt Antoine

Information Technology Intern

Matthew Holloway

Vice President of Products

Jake Fagan

Senior Product Designer

Kayo Ikegami

Operations Analyst

Nicole Underwood

HR Director

Jon Gleasman

Senior Product Designer

Jussi Westergren

Senior Advisor

Duncan Mowatt

Senior Product Designer

Grace Kang

Accounts Payable Specialist

Andrew McLain

Product Manager

Todd Kenck

Chief Financial Officer

Scott Needham

Country Head of Australia and New Zealand

Olivia Armstrong

Project Manager

Ken Poppe

Managing Director | Innovation Development and Banking

Madan Prabhu

Director | Innovation Services Group

Amy Greime

Vice President | Finance & Accounting

Harvey Hung

Project Coordinator

Leesa Murphy

Payroll & Benefits Analyst

Doug Loy, Ph.D.

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Paul Payne

Architect | Network Platform

Gerald Toh

APAC IT Manager

Mark Buchthal

Software Engineer

Rapha Goyran

Software Engineer

Sara Telfer

Senior Product Designer

Ramakrishnan Vaidyanathan

Director | Innovation Banking and Development

Anton Orlich

Partner, Innovation Banking and Development

Travis Murdock

Vice President of Marketing

Clariz Adelle Mariano

Software Engineer

Andre Lee

President | Innovation Development & Banking

Brad Roberts Ph.D.

Global Head of Network Platform

Stacey Ravetta

General Counsel

Jacob Harvey

Accounting Manager

Michelle Axelrod

Office Manager

Molly Kent

Software Engineer

Cate Yochum

Software Engineer

Maggie Ng

Vice President

Seth Miller

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Chris Buntel

Vice President | Singapore

Imran Sajjad

Staff Accountant

Edward Jung

Founder & CEO

Andy Tolton

Public Relations and Marketing Manager

Rafidah Binte Md Aidi

Project Coordinator

Arra Ardona

Sr. Product Manager

Dana Lindquist

Data Scientist

Grace Fox

HR Generalist

Kelly Romano

Managing Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

John Kim

IT Manager

Jorma Ollila

Executive Chairman

Yongsung Kim

Chairman Korea & SEA

Shiloh Stuart

Software Engineer

Vivek Ramakrishnan

Managing Director

Naoki Bessho

Innovation Development Manager

Emmanuel Gomez

Principal Engineer

Nadia Savin

Senior Analyst

Masanobu Katoh

President | Xinova Japan

Sally Flaxman

Contract Manager

Mai Huong Tran


Stephen King

Entrepreneur in Residence

Ted Leung

Vice President of Engineering

Raine Hermans

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Brett Hertzberg

Legal Consultant

Matthew Ritchie

Senior Product Designer

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