Associate Professor (Practice) Glenn Vandevoorde
Programme Lead (TechLaunch & Frugal Innovation)
Head (Technology Ventures Lab)
Glenn graduated from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven with a Masters in Micro-Electronics in 1996. He stayed at the research group MICAS (Medical and Integrated Circuits and Systems) under Prof. Puers and Prof. Sansen coordinating an EU project for the development of an implantable liver assist device. This project brought him to Imperial College London in 2000 where he worked alongside Prof. Chris Toumazou in the establishment of their Institute of Bioengineering and coordinating interdisciplinary research between the medical and engineering faculties. Together with Prof. Toumazou, he set-up Applied Bionics in 2003 in Singapore which looked after commercialisation of a number of technologies from Imperial College in Singapore. One of the projects was the exploitation of a semiconductor technology for wireless digital audio and video broadcasting solutions, which took Glenn to Taiwan in 2005 to found Future Waves. As founder and CEO, he brought the company from concept to early revenues. In 2009, the company was acquired and Glenn stayed on as VP of business development for another year. Glenn took a break from industry and went to Vietnam in 2010 to assist charities in reaching sustainability by setting up their own enterprises. He took on the position as CEO of KOTO Enterprises, an organisation that provides holistic training in hospitality for street children and disadvantaged youth in Vietnam, where he led all commercial and internal revenue generating activities. In 2013, Glenn returned to Singapore to pursue an executive MBA with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and got actively involved again with the technology start-up scene. He joined NUS in May 2014 as Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Engineering, Division of Engineering and Technology Management where he assists commercialisation of technologies in the Enterprise Development Lab, the education arm of the Institute for Engineering Leadership.