Board of Directors


Nava Swersky Sofer, (CHAIR) Co- Chair, NanoIsrael, Israel

Nava Swersky Sofer, an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, senior executive, innovation and technology commercialisation expert and consultant with over 20 years of experience living and working in Europe, the US and Israel, is recognized as a leader in the fields of innovation, venture capital and technology transfer and is a frequently-invited speaker on these topics. In addition to private company boards and international consulting, she is currently an adviser to the Israeli Government on innovation and international R&D collaborations, President & Founding Board Member of the International Commercialization Alliance, Advisory Board Member of the Center of Excellence for Commercialization of Research (Canada) and Founder & Co-Chairperson of NanoIsrael, the international nanotechnology conference & exhibition. Ms. Swersky Sofer is also an adviser to the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO's innovation division and serves as the Israeli delegate to OECD's Business & Industry Advisory Council (BIAC) nanotechnology committee and development/innovation network. She is often quoted on Israeli innovation models, including in the best-selling book Start-Up Nation.

Tom Corr, President, Ontario Centres of Excellence, Canada

Dr. Tom Corr is the President and CEO of Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) - a non-profit organization that drives the commercialization of cutting-edge Ontario-based research across key market sectors to build the province's innovation economy and secure its global competitiveness. Previously, Dr. Corr was the CEO of the Accelerator Centre (AC) at the Waterloo Research and Technology Park and Associate Vice-President of Commercialization at the University of Waterloo (UW) and Director of Commercialization - IT & Communications at the University of Toronto. Dr. Corr's career also includes over 30 years in the IT sector including positions as Managing Partner at Catalyst Partnership; founder and CEO of Momentum Systems; founder and CEO of Applied Development Corp., and President of Canadian Data Processing Corp.

His education includes a Doctor of Business Administration degree from Henley Management College/Brunel University in England, an MBA from the University of Toronto, and an Advanced Post Graduate Degree in Management Consultancy from Henley Management College. Dr. Corr has also completed his certification as a corporate director by the Institute of Corporate Directors and holds the ICD.D designation. Ontario Centres of Excellence currently manages more than 630 research, commercialization and talent projects that will bring innovation to the marketplace and foster the training and development of future innovators, entrepreneurs and business leaders.

Jeffrey Crelinsten, President, Impact Group, Canada

Dr. Jeffrey Crelinsten is a founding director of the International Commercialization Alliance. He specializes in innovation policy, research and communications. He has been studying challenges facing R&D-intensive firms and intermediaries for over twenty years. He is a strong advocate for a customerfocused approach to commercialization and better cooperation among government, industry and academia. Co-founder of The Impact Group of companies, he provides business intelligence on Canada's innovation system to practitioners and funders in Canada and abroad through research and publications, including RE$EARCH MONEY, Canada's newsletter on R&D funding and investment, Research Infosource, publisher of data on top R&D spenders in industry and academia, and Innovation Atlas of Canada, a website containing geo-coded data and information on Canada's innovation system. Jeffrey is a member of the Information Technology Association of Canada and a past President of the Canadian Science Writers Association. He was Vice-Chair of McMaster University's Task Force on Commercialization of University Research; a founding Director of the Science and Technology Awareness Network; and a Director of Youth Science Canada. Jeffrey is science historian and an award-winning science writer. He has a B.Sc. in physics, a M.Sc. in astronomy and a Ph.D. in history of science and science policy.

Philip Lim, CEO, Expliot Technologies, Singapore

Philip was appointed the Chief Executive Officer in December 2009. Exploit Technologies manages all A*STAR IP through to commercialization as well as technology maturization and productization projects in A*STAR. Within a short time, Philip has led the company to significant improvements in performance outcomes, especially in licensing and startups. These have brought new impact to the technology transfer ecosystem in Singapore with emphasis on collaboration and joint programmes. Currently he is on the Board of IP Academy and Commontown Pte Ltd. Philip brings his wide and varied management experience to Exploit Technologies. Prior to joining the company, Philip was with the Singapore Food Industries (SFI) where the division enjoyed annual revenues of over $100 million. Before joining SFI, Philip spent 20 years with the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF), his last appointment was Brigadier General/Head Joint Logistics. Prior to that, he was Chief of Logistics in the Army, where he led the development of SAF logistics in the areas of infrastructure, re-organization and information technology. He was also Chief of Engineering in the Army. Philip received a Master's in Business Administration degree from the National University of Singapore in 2008, and was awarded the Chua Joon Eng Gold Medal for academic excellence. He also holds a Master of Science from Cranfield Institute of Technology in the UK. He attended the Harvard Business School's Programme for Management Development in 2001. Philip graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Hons) from the National University of Singapore. In recognition of his significant contributions to the SAF, Philip was awarded the Commendation Medal (Military) in 1995 and the Public Administration Medal, Silver (Military) in 2004.



John Sider, Managing Director of Statewide Initiatives, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, United States

John Sider is Managing Director of Statewide Initiatives for Pennsylvania's Ben Franklin Technology Partners program. In this role he coordinates all marketing, funding and outside partnerships that the four regionally-based Ben Franklin centers undertake as a network. Sider played a central role in the conception, development and passage of Pennsylvania's 2013 "Innovate in PA" legislation which provides $100 million in tax credits to fund a continuum of capital formation activities in the state.

Prior to this position, Sider was appointed by Governor Ed Rendell as Deputy Secretary for Technology Investment for the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development ("DCED"). While DCED's Deputy Secretary for Technology Investment, Sider played a key role in the delivery of Governor Rendell's $335 million Alternative Energy Investment Fund to technology businesses and projects throughout the state. In an era of declining appropriations, Sider streamlined key programs, reduced duplication, and redeployed nearly $20 million of savings and investment income toward Pennsylvania innovation. Sider also supported the Commonwealth's successful efforts to win more than $138 million of federal grant funding in the areas of broadband deployment, technology commercialization, and energy efficiency.

Prior to serving as Deputy Secretary, Sider was DCED's Director of Venture Investment. He managed a $350 million venture capital portfolio of investments and incentives dedicated to increasing the amount of risk capital available to Pennsylvania entrepreneurs. Before his work with DCED, Sider was Lending Group Leader for Community First Fund, a Lancaster-based Community Development Financial Institution. In this role, he chaired the Fund's loan committee, arranged financing for more than 200 start-up and established companies, and conducted more than a dozen nationally certified entrepreneurial training classes. Sider began his career with Fulton Bank as a teller and then management trainee eventually managing two branches and having responsibility for all mortgage and small business lending in the city of Harrisburg, PA.

John Sider is a graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois and earned his MBA from the Fox School of Business at Temple University.

The ICA brought together 49 founding members from 18 countries. Please refer to Founding Members of the International Commercialization Alliance for a detailed list.