Professor David Gann CBE CEng FICE FCGI

David is a renowned expert on innovation and an accomplished business and academic leader.

He is Imperial College London's Vice-President (Innovation) and member of the College's Executive Board. He has deep experience of mentoring start-ups, supporting fast growth technology businesses and developing long-term strategic partnerships with multinational technology corporations.

David is Professor of Innovation and Technology Management with a PhD in Industrial Economics. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art and a Fellow of the City & Guilds Institute.

He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to engineering, and received the 2014 Tjalling C. Koopmans Asset Award for extraordinary contributions to the economic sciences.

David is a non-executive director of Directa Plus plc, the world's largest producer of pristine graphene. His industrial experience includes serving as Laing O'Rourke plc's group executive for research and innovation between 2007 and 2011. He advises executives and boards on innovation and technology management, including Citigroup, IBM, Huawei, McLaren and Tata Group. David was Chairman of the Smart London Board from 2013-2017, reporting to the Mayor of London. 

In 2016, David authored Pathways to Societal Impact (pdf)a review of Imperial’s technology transfer, translation and related activities.

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Vice-President (Innovation) Professor David Gann


Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 5950

4.08, Faculty Building, South Kensington Campus
Executive Officer to the Vice-President (Innovation) Dr Claire Thorne


Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 2142

Executive Assistant to the Vice-President (Innovation) Ms Virginia Harris

Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 5928
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