Director, Fastrack Innovation Program and Associate Professor Innovation & Entrepreneurship at RMIT University
Startupbootcamp Energy Australia Mentor
David Gilbert holds a PhD in Innovation and is currently Associate Professor (Entrepreneurship & Innovation) in the School of Management at RMIT. David is the Founder and Director of the acclaimed Fastrack Innovation Program (http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students/innovationfastrack ). He previously served as Program Director of the Bachelor of Business (Entrepreneurship). In another life, David was an engineer in Silicone Valley specialising in fibre optic networks when computers did not sit on desks or in the palm of your hand, they were beasts that filled rooms! He then worked extensively in international business in banking and then in global product development and delivery. He has held various positions including CEO, President, and Partner in both corporate and private enterprises in countries including Japan, USA, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea as well as Hong Kong. David has launched and grown many of his own businesses and is a keen supporter of student start-ups and entrepreneurial and innovation capacity building. From a very early age growing up on the East Coast, he has been totally hooked on surfing and still takes every opportunity to be in the place he loves the most – the ocean.