Imperial West Enterprises will develop, grow and operate activities at Imperial West. Dr Roberts will work with colleagues across Imperial College London and beyond, to ensure that Imperial West becomes a dynamic and productive innovation district for world-leading academics, innovative companies and entrepreneurs.
Dr Roberts was most recently Chief Executive of Dhahran Techno Valley Company in Saudi Arabia and, prior to this, he held the position of Managing Director at Qatar Science & Technology Park, Qatar.
Dr Roberts completed a BSc and PhD at Imperial, and also holds an MBA from Heriot-Watt University.
Dr Eulian Roberts, Chief Executive of Imperial West Enterprises, said: “It is a pleasure to return to Imperial to work on this thrilling opportunity for the College and London.
“Imperial West has the potential to take the College’s collaborative research and translation work to the next level. I am convinced that this model of co-locating excellent research from Imperial, other world-class universities, the private sector and NHS will unleash a new wave of innovation.
“I’m looking forward to working with colleagues and partners to make our ambitious vision for Imperial West a reality.”
Wealth of opportunities
Imperial's Professor David Gann, Vice-President (Development and Innovation), who, alongside the President, is responsible for shaping the overarching vision for Imperial West, said:
“Eulian’s international experience at the cutting-edge of research and innovation linking academics with business makes him the ideal person to help Imperial West to develop and grow.
“Construction has begun on our Research and Translation Hub, and our plans for wider interactions with industry are already taking shape. With more than 70 companies already located at Imperial West, the sheer scale and wealth of opportunities available at Imperial West is becoming ever more apparent. I am delighted to see Eulian in place to help shape this extraordinary new innovation district.”
About Eulian Roberts
Dr Eulian Roberts completed his BSc (Hons) in Microbiology at Imperial College London, before going on to complete a PhD here. He also holds an MBA from Heriot-Watt University.
After spending three years in research at Cambridge, Dr Roberts began his career in management as a Technology Development Manager at Scottish Enterprise before becoming the first CEO of Stirling University Innovation Park Limited.
In 1997 he toa new financial structure for the company and led the estblishment of Coventry University Technology Park. He then spent five years with ANGLE plc, an international consulting firm focussed on technology and knowledge-based businesses where he led ANGLE’s European consultancy and project management businesses. In 2003, one of these projects would become the Qatar Science & Technology Park. Dr Roberts was later hired by Qatar Foundation to become the Park’s founding Managing Director.
In Qatar, Dr Roberts delivered a major infrastructure and construction programme and concluded tenancy agreements with 46 organisations (including: Cisco, EADS, ExxonMobil, GE, Microsoft, Shell, Total). He was also involved in establishing a number of academic collaborations, aligning their offer with the industry needs of Qatar.
In 2012 he became Chief Executive of Dhahran Techno Valley Company in Saudi Arabia, completing the development of the master plan for a 75Ha science park and technology transfer hub.
Dr Roberts has international experience in science park development and operation, establishing knowledge-based companies, technology development and business incubation, as well as regional technology policy and research commercialisation. His sector experience includes biotechnology, energy, environmental technology, healthcare, software and telecommunications.