EVERT GEURTSENThe Innovators Board Member
The Innovators Board Member
Co-Director of the Networked Quantum Information Technologies Hub (NQIT), University of Oxford
Evert Geurtsen is Co-Director of the Networked Quantum Information Technologies Hub (NQIT), the largest of the four Hubs in the UK National Quantum Technology Programme, a £270 million investment by the UK government to establish a quantum technology industry in the UK. NQIT is working towards building a quantum computer demonstrator, the Q20:20 engine, and it brings together teams in physics, engineering, materials and computing, from nine UK universities, three government agencies and dozens of industrial collaborators.
Prior to his role in NQIT, Evert was Head of Licensing and Ventures for the Physical Sciences at Oxford University Innovation (OUI). At OUI, where Evert worked since 2009, he and his team helped founders to start more than 50 new ventures, created the Oxford Startup Incubator and secured licence agreements for many Oxford inventions, software and other research outcomes, latterly also from the Humanities and Social Sciences Divisions.
Prior to Oxford, Evert’s career has included new product development roles and directorships at large and medium sized companies in the automotive industry including General Motors and Lotus Engineering. Evert has founded his own ventures and raised investment pioneering the introduction of affordable electric cars.
Evert studied Engineering in the Netherlands and holds a MBA from Warwick University. He lives in Glasgow and works in Oxford and at the Technology and Innovation Centre of the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.