Declan Weldon, BA, PhD Dip CD

Head of Office - Corporate Partnership and Knowledge Exchange
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Candidate Biography

Head of Office, Corporate Partnership and Knowledge Exchange

Defining organizational purpose, setting strategy, winning resources and managing execution for Industry Partnerships, Knowledge Transfer (TTO), New Campus Companies and Academic Consultancy.

  1. Knowledge Exchange Office. This office is responsible for the capture, protection and commercialisation of intellectual property generated from academic research in the College.
  2. Industry Engagement is responsible for establishing and managing high impact industrial collaborations and executing related license and sponsored research transactions.
  3. New Ventures is responsible for managing the portfolio of potential new campus companies across the three faculties and for delivering high potential start-ups through the formation process.
  4. Academic Consultancy. Establishing the viability of a new commercial unit to manage College based consulting services.

A Technology Executive, VP and General Manager with a proven track record leading global teams serving a range of industries involved in equipment manufacturing, pharma, food and healthcare services. Experienced in developing and leading business and technology teams in Europe, North America and China. Demonstrable track record in revitalising Commercial Technology organisations for business growth. Innovator in the strategy and implementation of new product development programs. 

Candidate Q&A

What experience do you have working on or with a strategic Board of Directors?

10+ years working on several BoDs in both large US corporate and university contexts. I also sit on the board of a Patient Charity in Ireland, COPD Support Ireland.

Please include a brief description of your volunteer experiences within AUTM.

To date my TT volunteer experiences have been in Europe as I have worked here for the past 7 years. I am currently the DepChair for the Irish Tech Transfer Group and will take the Chair in March 2022.

Why do you want to join the AUTM Board of Directors?

I believe that I can bring new perspectives from the KT Profession to AUTM coupled with a strong personal and professional drive to promote the KT profession.

Have you served in a volunteer leadership role for other organizations? If so, please explain.

Currently in 4th year as a non-exec director for a patient support charity, COPD Support Ireland.

If elected by the Membership to the Board, would you consider serving as Chair? Please explain.

Yes, but only after serving sufficient time on committees & workgroups to build up trust and reputation within the membership

Please share personal strengths that you believe would be valuable to the AUTM Board and/or the strategic direction of the Association?

Vision, resilience, compromise, team player with the experience and ability to work in challenging environments.

What special experience do you have in driving and implementing a strategic plan?

My experience includes building a small medical device company in Ireland into the leading business in its field in the UK& Ire market, rebuilding a global technology team to be #1 in its field and leading a team of Tech Transfer professionals to transform the innovation output of a world class university.

How do terms of  the position (both responsibilities and time commitment) fit with your other responsibilities? Will you have any conflicts of commitment between your full-time position and your volunteer time on the AUTM Board?

The position would enhance my current role and hence there would be no conflict of commitment.

AUTM is committed to addressing issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion both on the Board and on behalf of our Members. Briefly describe how your experiences can contribute to the Association’s growth in this area.

I know from my working experience that a diverse, inclusive and equality focused workplace is a more creative, happier and successful place to be. I have experience working in a wide range of cultures where attitudes to ED&I differ and I believe the most important thing is to be individually consistent in your approach. Everyone should understand what your position/professional standard is from how you behave.

Is there anything else you would like AUTM Members to know about you before they vote?

I am a dedicated to building the KT profession into the mindset of Univ leaders, Industry Leaders and Policy makers as a strategic requirement, necessary to exploit fully the excellent research and scholarship conducted at our institutes.