Fiona is the Associate Dean of Innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management, William Porter (1967) Professor of Entrepreneurship and an associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Fiona is also the co-director of MIT’s Innovation Initiative. She serves on the British Prime Minister’s Council on Science and Technology and has been awarded a CBE for her services to innovation and entrepreneurship in the UK.
Fiona is an international expert on the transformation of investments in scientific and technical innovation into innovation-based entrepreneurship that drives jobs, wealth creation, and regional prosperity. She has a special interest in the commercialisation of science from idea to impact and the mechanisms that can be effectively used to link universities with entrepreneurs, large corporations, and philanthropists in that process.
Through her leadership role in the MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program, Fiona engages many global regions in designing and evaluating the policies and programs that shape vibrant innovation ecosystems – prizes, competitions, accelerators, and proof of concept funding programs. She is particularly interested in new organisational arrangements for the effective commercialisation of science, including public-private partnerships and patient capital/venture philanthropy.
Fiona brings her deep appreciation of R&D to an understanding of global innovation economy and to the ways in which the next generation of global innovators should be educated.
Fiona received a BA in 1989 and MA in 1990 from the University of Oxford in Chemistry. She subsequently moved to the United States and earned an AM in 1992 and a PhD 1996 from Harvard University in Applied Sciences.