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President, TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS European Office in Brussels

Richard Granger is President of the Brussels office of TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS Foundation (TPF). He has over 33 years’ experience of managing and consulting in RTD and knowledge management, and today advises TPF members and many other private and public sector organisations around the world. His chief interests are in the organisational and cultural issues involved in knowledge management and technology transfer, and their role in stimulating innovation; in the management and commercial exploitation of R&D; and in technology and innovation strategy. In addition to consulting, he teaches technology management on MBA and executive development programmes at business schools, in particular at Manchester University/UMIST (UK), where he is a Visiting Lecturer.

His recent technical experience includes advising a UK Regional Development Agency on exploiting the region’s knowledge resources; directing and managing a € 5 million project, funded by the European Union’s PHARE Programme, to help the Polish Government to re-align its national Science and Technology infrastructure prior to EU Accession; supervising a university research programme in knowledge management; participating in collaborative research in knowledge dynamics, including on applications of social network analysis and on the behaviours involved in knowledge intermediation; and helping many firms to strengthen knowledge sharing amongst multinational RTD teams.

His business management experience includes 20 years' experience of managing RTD at one of Europe’s most successful commercial RTOs, Cambridge Consultants Ltd in Cambridge, England (1970-1989). This included, in succession: leading a physics research team, director responsible for quality assurance, contract and program management; operating division general manager; and director for corporate strategy, internal R&D and external partnerships and alliances. He was a member of the Board of Directors for 15 years. From 1990 to 2002 he was a Vice President of the international consulting group Arthur D little, based successively in Belgium and Malaysia. He was a member of the global leadership team of the firm’s Technology and Innovation Management Practice and, in 1999-2002, responsible for the firm’s knowledge management at European and global levels.

His project management experience includes many leading-edge RTD projects while at Cambridge Consultants, some involving multi-million Euro budgets and external partners. While at Arthur D Little, he led or directed many multinational consulting assignments, frequently involving teams drawn from many countries, including the five-year PHARE programme on Polish science and technology restructuring mentioned earlier.