Dr Roger Griffiths
Dr. Roger Griffiths is the Business Development Executive at Heriot-Watt University Dubai. His role includes facilitating successful collaborations through links with businesses, government agents, funders, research and developer contractors and other stakeholders that contribute to the UAE research, business and enterprise ecosystem.
As a key member of the global business development team, Roger works with across Heriot-Watt University’s global infrastructure guiding business opportunities for strategic partnerships and research activity benefiting Heriot-Watt and its stakeholders
Before joining Heriot-Watt University, Roger spent thirteen years in the design industry working for international companies including ITT, Alcatel and Mitsubishi. He moved into academia in Cardiff in 1998, teaching industrial design, entrepreneurship, innovation and business management at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
In 2011, Roger and his family moved to Doha, Qatar to lead the Centre for Research, Design and Entrepreneurship at Virginia Commonwealth University. A strong believer in life-long learning, Roger completed an MBA in 2007 and has published his doctoral thesis on female entrepreneurship in the Middle East in 2019.
In his free time Roger is a keen diver and endurance road cyclist, he also enjoys designing bespoke Arabic jewelry using 3D printing.