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Kevin Cullen

Kevin Cullen

Vice President of Innovation and Economic Development - KAUST, Saudi Arabia

Kevin Cullen is Vice President of Innovation and Economic Development at KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology) Innovation, Saudi Arabia. Kevin is a leader in global innovation with expertise in both economic development and industrial engagement. As Vice President, he leads the University’s intellectual property portfolio, helps create and support new businesses, joint ventures, and collaborations with industry partners, and continue to foster a strong culture of entrepreneurship at KAUST.

With over 20 years of experience in academic innovation and business development, throughout his career he has helped elevate university-based innovation enterprises that have led to the launch of more than 250 start-up companies as well as numerous products and services. Prior to joining KAUST, Kevin spent six years as CEO of Innovations at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia, where he helped transform UNSW from a traditional commercialisation unit into an innovation hub by supporting a broad range of university priorities including economic development and social impact.

A former Vice-President of AUTM, Kevin was previously engaged as Director of ITM at Heriot-Watt, Edinburgh and Director of Research at the University of Glasgow.