Philippe Mariani Joins IIPI Board of Advisors, Bringing Additional Global Technology Park Expertise
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 16 2014. Washington, DC. Philippe Mariani, the Head of Special Projects at Kuwait Finance House Bahrain and CEO of Genesis Investment Company, has joined the Board of Advisors of the International Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI). Mariani’s experience in national and regional innovation strategies and technology transfer are an exceptional asset to IIPI, whose mission is to help international governments and subnational ministries and agencies and their stakeholders create regional innovation strategies.
Andrew Hirsch, Director General of IIPI commented on the addition of Mr. Mariani, stating “Our goal as an Institute is to develop a just, sustainable, and global, knowledge-based economy. To accomplish this vision, we must start by meeting governments and their people on the level that they care about. IIPI has conducted innovation diplomacy for the past 16 years and has provided the assistance other countries want and need. The addition of Mr. Mariani bolsters our ability to provide respect for the rule of law, a sound foundation of intellectual property laws, and increased executive branch capacity, education of domestic participants about the dangers of piracy and counterfeiting as undermining their own internal markets for knowledge based growth, and the integration of domestic capability to maximize countries’ domestically driven knowledge based evolution. “
On joining the Board of Advisors, Philippe Mariani stated, “I am honored to contribute to IIPI’s work in developing knowledge based economies across the globe and excited about the opportunity to make a difference in developing countries. Knowledge based economies are essential for long lasting economic growth.”
Richard Litman, General Counsel of IIPI, stated that “IIPI is pleased that Philippe Mariani has agreed to join the Board of Advisors. His knowledge of supporting economic growth in developing countries and track record of developing innovation ecosystems and technology parks and is a huge asset to IIPI. His advice and counsel will guarantee that IIPI can provide effective guidance to developing countries in forming knowledge based economies.”
Mariani has more than 20 years of experience in public-private partnerships and corporate strategies. He is currently spearheading the Bahrain Science and Technology Park initiative, through his role as the Head of Special Projects at the Kuwait Finance House Bahrain. In this role Mariani has created an operational framework for the Park — including knowledge transfer, development and commercialization of start-ups and corporate entities. He has also contributed to creating Bahrain’s national innovation policy.
In 2008 he became the CEO of Genesis Investment Company, a subsidiary of Kuwait Finance House Bahrain, and a Holding Company intended to invest in science and technology parks globally.
Previously, Mariani served as Managing Director of the Sophia Antipolis Foundation, and led efforts to increase the international visibility of the Sophia Antipolis Science and Technology Park. In this role Mariani also created the new media art portal Artsophia, and co-organized the “Festival of the Fourth Dimension,” a festival dedicated to fusing Art, Science and Technology.
In 2012, he was appointed by the French Prime Minister as a trade advisor for the French government in the Gulf Cooperation Council. In 2003, he served as the Honorary Counsel of the Republic of the Seychelles in Nice. He is also the founder of the “Club Sophia Nordic Link” (CSNL), a distinguished business club that allows professionals to strengthen commercial relations between the Nordic countries.
Mariani earned a BA in Economy, Institutional Affairs and Foreign Languages from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis in France, and holds a professional post graduate degree (M2) in Multimedia creation and engineering from the same university.
The International Intellectual Property Institute is a non-profit organization and think tank that promotes the use of intellectual property rights to create jobs and increase competitiveness in developing countries. It was founded by Bruce Lehman, former Commissioner of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, in 1998.
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