Alison is Director of Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI), the national office responsible for policy, practice and performance of the Irish research commercialisation system. She’s worked in the biotech industry and research commercialisation roles, including CEO at Medical Research Council Technology and Director of Innovation at King’s College London. Alison is Past Chair of AUTM, the global association of commercialisation professionals. She currently chairs the European Commission Expert Group on harmonisation of KT metrics. Alison was awarded an OBE in 2010 (UK) in recognition of her contribution to Knowledge Transfer. In 2018 she received the Global University Venturing Lifetime Achievement Award.