Dear ODTÜ Members,
Within the framework of the Spring Program of ODTÜ 60th Anniversary Guest Speakers Series, Bob Hodgson will deliver a conference entitled "Fostering the Knowledge Economy” in Kemal Kurdaş Hall, Culture and Convention Center on Monday, April 11 at 14:00 hrs.
Bob Hodgson is the Managing Director of Zernike Ltd, which is based in the United Kingdom and conducts work internationally. The company manages ICT focused incubator centers and provides seed capital for knowledge based firms.
Bob Hodgson has worked in more than 60 countries, particularly, on innovation policies and technology commercialization in collaboration with international agencies like the World Bank as well as regional and local agencies .
Prior to the launching of Zernike (UK), Hodgson was executive director of SQW Ltd. During this period, the company published its path-breaking study "The Cambridge Phenomenon", which explains the technological transformation experienced since the 1960s in the city of Cambridge and the incredible improvements there regarding technology focused initiatives and companies.
Bob Hodgson’s biography and the poster of the event can be found below.
Bob Hodgson is the Managing Director of Zernike (UK) which manages an ICT focused incubator and provides start up capital for knowledge based firms. He has nearly thirty years of international consulting experience – he has worked in more than 60 countries including nearly 30 on innovation policies and technology commercialization half with international agencies like the World Bank and half with national, regional and local agencies and the private sector. He is regularly invited to give keynotes at international fora such as the Innovation Forum for the Americas in Uruguay; conferences on Intellectual Property strategies for SMEs for WIPO in Buenos Aires, Cairo and Rome; a workshop on technology and innovation for the World Bank in Korea. In 2009 he was co-chair of the 10th International Conference on Technology Policy and Innovation in New Delhi. In June 2010 he is one of the main presenters at the global course on Innovation Policy for the World Bank in Washington DC.
Prior to the launching of Zernike (UK), Bob was for 14 years an executive director of SQW Ltd which is best known for its path breaking study "The Cambridge Phenomenon", published in 1983 and subsequently updated with an analysis of the position among high tech firms in the Cambridge region in 1999. He is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Innovation, Creativity and Capital at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to his time with SQW, he spent 8 years with the consultancy side of Coopers & Lybrand, working internationally from a London base.