Dr Rowan Gilmore has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Institute for Commercialisation (AIC) since May 2003, where he is responsible for leading the organisation in its mission to help businesses, research organisations and governments accelerate the commercialisation of their know-how and technology. Prior to this role, he was based in London and Geneva from 1998 as Vice President of Network Services (Europe) for the airline IT company SITA, now France Telecom’s Orange subsidiary.
Rowan’s career has spanned a variety of senior product and business management roles, with much of his experience gained abroad. His career began in Asia as a field engineer in the oil industry for Schlumberger Ltd., and followed with over fifteen years in the US and Europe in the electronics design and telecommunications industries.
He is an engineering graduate and winner of the university medal from the University of Queensland and he subsequently earned his Doctor of Science degree from Washington University in St. Louis in the US.
He continues to have strong links with the University of Queensland, holding adjunct professorships in both the School of Business and the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering.
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