IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON 

DAVID GANN 

Year 2017 2018

David Gann is a university and business leader with extensive international experience in innovation strategy and technology management. He is Vice-President (Innovation) and Professor of Innovation and Technology Management at Imperial College London with a PhD in Industrial Economics. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art and Fellow of the City & Guilds Institute. 

David has written or edited eight books exploring why and how innovation happens, the ways it continually transforms the world we live in, and how it can be managed.


He is Chairman, UK Atomic Energy Authority, Non-Executive Board Member, Directa Plus plc the world’s largest producer of pristine graphene, and member of NEC (EMEA) Advisory Council. David mentors start-ups and advises boards on innovation and technology management, including Citigroup, Gammon, IBM, Huawei, HS2, McLaren and Tata Group. David was Chairman of the Smart London Board (2012-2017), responsible for London’s digital strategy, reporting to Boris Johnson and later, Sadiq Khan. He developed Crossrail’s Innovation Strategy, and was Group Innovation Executive, Laing O’Rourke plc (2007-2011).