Dr. Thorsten Kliewe (M.A) is co-founder, CEO and Chairman of UIIN and focusses on activities that aim to connect university and business representatives in an open innovation environment, either through events, projects or in the network in general. Thorsten is also affiliated with the Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre (S2BMRC) in Germany, where he researches, lectures and conducts industry projects at the intersection of innovation, entrepreneurship and marketing. Through UIIN and S2BMRC, he is well experienced in projects on EU (e.g. Knowledge Alliance, EU Tender,) and German level (e.g. BMBF, ProfUnt), primary looking after business development and how to optimise the interaction between university research and education, and business/society. His prior work experience includes Deloitte Australia's Innovation Acceleration Team, the Institute for Innovation and Knowledge Management at the Polytechnic University of Valencia in Spain, the Centre of Marketing Management at Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland and the eArchitecture Lab at Constance University of Applied Sciences in Germany. Thorsten obtained his PhD in marketing and management from Coventry University’s Business School in the UK, and holds a Master of Arts in International Management as well as a German Diploma in Business Administration, both from MUAS in Germany.
Thorsten chairs the University-Industry Interaction Conference Series, frequently serves on international boards and committees, has shared his knowledge through presentations and workshops in more than 15 countries, and has widely published in the field of B2B marketing, innovation and entrepreneurship, including two books and a large number of book chapters and (journal) papers.