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Introducing SousZen

See how Xinova partners with PepsiCo and Innit to launch the new Seattle restaurant tech startup, SousZen, that aims to digitize ‘back of house’.

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Innovation Opportunities

Seeking innovative solutions for:

  • Biopolymer BreakdownXinova is interested in learning what hurdles exist to the creation of a circular economy of scale for the use of biopolymers for food packaging applications.
  • Breathe EasyXinova is seeking an expert to identify the current challenges and opportunities for developing new, low-cost, small form-factor air filtration devices for metropolitan areas
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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 the 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

Edward Jung

Founder & CEO

Jorma Ollila

Executive Chairman

Kelly Romano

Managing Director, Innovation Programs

Patrick Ennis

Chief Technology Officer

Yong Sung Kim

Chairman APAC

Glenn Edens

Partner, Innovation Programs

Stacey Ravetta

General Counsel

David Kraft

Head of Innovation Services

Brad Roberts Ph.D.

Head of Strategic Partnerships Xinova & CEO Arcnet

Ted Leung

Vice President of Engineering

Raine Hermans

Managing Director, Innovation Programs

Ken Pawlak

Managing Director

Ernst Stöttinger

Partner | Innovation Programs

Chal Davidson


Sharat Reddy

General Manager, Marketing & North America Sales

Rob Dhat

Vice President of Innovation Partnerships

Kyle Dowling

Director of Innovation Partnerships

Al DeNooyer

Innovation Business Development Representative

Sherri Richman

Innovation Business Development Representative

Alyssa Moore

Director of Marketing

Eliot Baker

Programs and Content Manager

Matt Ferguson, PhD

Vice President of Innovation Services

Doug Loy, Ph.D.

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Kevin Williams

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Nick Milanovich

Director | Innovation Services Group

Hsiu-Wu (Jason) Guo

Innovation Development Manager

Shivani G. Ludwig, Ph.D

Innovation Development Manager

Jessica Roberto

Technical Program Manager

Kayo Ikegami

Operations Analyst

Brett Hertzberg

Legal Consultant

Ken Tallo

Partner | Innovation Programs

Mark Klopp

Business Development Consultant

Masanobu Katoh

President | Xinova Japan

Scott Needham

Country Head of Australia and New Zealand

Madan Prabhu

Director | Innovation Services Group

Madeline Song

Managing Director

Yi Lan Chen

Research Coordinator

Rafidah Binte Md Aidi

Project Coordinator

Harvey Hung

Project Coordinator

Kaori Iguchi

Office Manager

Jordan Bundy

Manager, Software Engineer

Chris Petersen

Software Engineer

Clariz Adelle Mariano

Software Engineer

Sara Telfer

Senior Product Designer

Seth Miller

Managing Director, Innovation Programs

Paul Levins


Maggie Ng

Chief of Staff to CEO

Laura Vowles

Executive Assistant

Mai Huong Tran


Dan Dongil Kim

Executive Vice President of Finance

Amy Greime

Vice President | Finance & Accounting

Jose Chacon

Director Finance & Accounting

Imran Sajjad

Staff Accountant

John Kim

IT Manager

Stephen King

Entrepreneur in Residence

Yan Sheng

Senior Vice President, Head of China

BK Lee

President Korea

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Seattle, WA 98104
+1 (206) 800-2678


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


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China Central Place
77 Jianguo Road
Chaoyang District
Beijing, 100025 China


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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
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223 Liverpool St
Darlinghurst, NSW 2010
+61 2 8093 4850


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Survey No 414
PSR Complex
Govinda Reddy (GR) Layout
Bannerghatta Road
Karnataka, 560076, India


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FI-00130 Helsinki

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