Alistair M. Brett, International Technology Commercialization Advisor


Alistair M. Brettis a Technology Commercialization Advisor to T2 Venture Capital. Alistair has over 25 years of international consulting experience in USA, UK, Russian Federation, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Croatia, Latvia, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Costa Rica. Alistair specializes in helping countries commercialize science and technology from universities and research institutes and developing support mechanisms for technology commercialization. 

Since 2002 Alistair has been a science, technology, innovation consultant to the World Bank Group where he has advised on and assessed technology development and commercialization strategies – with a focus always on practical implementation. He has developed policy recommendations and implementation plans for funding of technology development, foreign patenting strategies, conducting technology audits, creating regional technology transfer centers, incubators and science and technology parks, working with foreign companies, creating educational programs, improving university-industry relations, and business project planning and management. Alistair was previously a senior consultant to Oxford Innovation Ltd, UK, and was Director of the Technology Transfer program at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute (USA). He also served on the Advisory Board of the (US) Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer for several years. 

Alistair holds a B.Sc. (1st Class Honors) in Physics from the University of London, and a Ph.D. in Physics, from the University of St. Andrews (Scotland), and Drexel University (USA).

A few selected projects in which Alistair has worked as a team member include: World Bank project on in Vietnam to provide assistance in the transition of government research institutes to largely market-driven, self-financed, and independent status. World Bank projects supporting technology commercialization in Kazakhstan including the creation of specialized R&D centers, grants for support of R&D and a commercialization strategy. World Bank survey of mentoring and commercialization support programs such as venture acceleration networks developed for the Russian Venture Corporation.

In the early 90’s Alistair was also Co-Project Director with Fenix Technology International in developing the Moscow International Business and Technology Incubator. This incubator-without-walls was the first of its kind in Russia designed to help scientists from research institutes and universities, and individual entrepreneurs, create new firms or commercialize research. He was also the co-developer, Center for Technology Commercialization and Faculty for Innovative Technology Business, Academy of National Economy under the Government of the Russian Federation and Project Manager, Program Advisor: Russian Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degree programs in Technology Management and Commercialization. This first academic program of its kind in Russia has been running for over fifteen years. In Ukraine he was the training consultant, Business Incubator Development Program in, Kiev and Kharkov, supported by USAID.  As Technology Commercialization consultant for AEA Technology, UK, he worked on the European Union EuropeAid program supporting technology commercialization within the Russian Academy of Science, and helped create commercialization centers at 14 locations across Russia.