Founder Warwick Enterprise Ltd., Former CEO University of Warwick Science Park
David Rowe was the founding Director of the University of Warwick Science Park, whichhejoined at its inception in 1982. Under his direction the Park developed to become one of the leading initiatives of its type in Europe involving the participation of the University of Warwick and two Local Authorities.
He led the Park to innovate in the fields of enterprise development and technology transfer and increased its geographical influence through the use of “satellite sites” while also improving the financial sustainability of the organisation. In March 2011, after 29 years as CEO of the Science Park David retired and formed his own business, Warwick Enterprise, to further his professional interests.
David Rowe has worked extensively overseas delivering consultancy to universities and local, regional and national governments on the subjects of science parks, innovation centres and business support to knowledge intensive high growth businesses. He has also personally delivered and managed training to managers of science parks and technology SMEs in overseas markets. His international work includes assignments with: Maastricht University, Cork County Council, Regione Piemonte, Commune Piacenza, and many Russian “closed” cities and universities, UNAM in Mexico, several universities in India and the Kuwait government.
In the UK David Rowe advised on the formation of Bio City (Nottingham), the Cranfield Innovation Centre, the Medway Innovation Centre, the development of Science Parks across N.E. Wales, Exeter and Lincoln and a review of Tamar Science Park (Plymouth).
In 2006 he received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion – Lifetime Achievement, which is awarded annually to one individual.
David Rowe shares his view on the role of science and technology parks for the development of local economies and territories.
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