Head of department "Transfer & Innovation" at Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft
Barbara is Director of Transfer and Innovation at the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Germany’s largest research organisation. Her extensive experience in entrepreneurship and innovation is based on over 10 years of working in various knowledge transfer settings, many in the field of entrepreneurship and venture creation at the University of Oxford’s Entrepreneurship Centre (2008-2015) based at Said Business School and the Innovation Academy at University College Dublin (UCD).
Whilst being at Oxford, she was responsible for the Centre’s early-stage investment programmes and also directed the “Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme – Growth Initiative”, a professional development programme for the CEOs and founders of fast-growing UK small businesses.
She has also served on investment committees of various seed funds. Her particular strength is working with researchers and scientists on their early-stage venture ideas and supporting them at the various stages of the process. Her particular passion is around enabling learners to become confident in their creative and entrepreneurial capabilities.
Prior to going abroad she worked for the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, a science & innovation policy related think-tank in Berlin. From 2004-2006 she managed ESOF2006 in Munich, Europe’s biggest “Science in Society” Forum, which attracted over 50,000 attendees to its outreach programme.
Transfer to Creative Industries – Which experiences can German Art Schools learn from?
Von welchen Vorbildern können deutsche Kreativhochschulen lernen?