GlobalAutoIndustry.com’s latest Audio Interview, “Effects of IP and New Technologies on the Global Automotive Industry” features Dr. Roya Ghafele, Managing Director of Oxford, UK-based Oxfirst Ltd. (an Oxford University spin-off) and global intellectual property expert.
Audio Interview Guest
Dr. Roya Ghafale, Managing Director
In the 13-minute Audio Interview, Dr. Ghafele discusses and answers these questions:
- What IP mega-trends do you foresee for the automotive industry in the next 3-5 years?
- What role will and can IP play within the context of autonomous vehicles?
- What IP business models can the automotive industry adopt to be on top of the IP game?
About Dr. Roya Ghafele:
Under the leadership of Dr. Ghafele Oxfirst has helped clients unleash cumulative revenue gains in excess of 30 Mio Euro. Involved in commercializing intellectual property, Oxfirst has assisted clients with valuing, selling and licensing their technology and its underlying legal rights. The work of Oxfirst also helped high tech start-ups get access to finance and supported public policy making in the area of technology transfer, IP and the digital economy. Prior to founding Oxfirst, Dr. Ghafele held an Assistant Professorship with the University of Edinburgh, a Department Lectureship with Oxford University and a Research Fellowship with the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley.
In 2002 she was selected as the only Austrian in several years to represent the Republic of Austria within the United Nations. Subsequently she worked as an Economist with the U.N.’s World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for over six years. In this role she offered strategic advice on Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer to Governments in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. In 2000 she started her career with the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where she moved from a five year long experience as a ballet dancer.
Her Ph.D. was awarded the Theodor Koerner Research Prize by the President of the Republic of Austria. Dr. Ghafele was trained at Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, the Sorbonne and Vienna University. During the course of her studies she was four times awarded the Vienna University Grant for Excellence in Studies. She is native in German and fluent in English, French, Italian and Persian.