OxFirst Leadership

Dr. Roya Ghafele

Dr. Roya Ghafele

Managing Director

Under the leadership of Dr Ghafele Oxfirst has helped clients unleash cumulative revenue gains in excess of 30 Mio Euro. Involved in commercializing intellectual property, Oxfirst has assisted clients with valuing, selling and licensing their technology and its underlying legal rights. The work of Oxfirst also helped high tech start-ups get access to finance and supported public policy making in the area of technology transfer, IP and the digital economy.  Prior to founding Oxfirst, Dr Ghafele held an Assistant Professorship with the University of Edinburgh, a Department Lectureship with Oxford University and a Research Fellowship with the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley.

In 2002 she was selected as the only Austrian in several years to represent the Republic of Austria within the United Nations. Subsequently she worked as an Economist with the U.N.’s World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for over six years. In this role she offered strategic advice on Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer to Governments in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. In 2000 she started her career with the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where she moved from a five year long experience as a ballet dancer.

Her Ph.D. was awarded the Theodor Koerner Research Prize by the President of the Republic of Austria. Dr. Ghafele was trained at Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, the Sorbonne and Vienna University. During the course of her studies she was four times awarded the Vienna University Grant for Excellence in Studies. She is native in German and fluent in English, French, Italian and Persian.

Professor Graham Richards

Professor Graham Richards

Professor Graham Richards CBE is emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford. From 1997 – 2007 he was Chairman of the Department of Chemistry, the largest in the western world. He is the author of some 360 scientific papers and 18 books.

He founded the Oxford Molecular Group Plc which grew from a £350,000 start-up to a £450 million public company. As a result of another deal of his a £65 million laboratory was established and the company IP Group Plc was created. He still is a senior non-executive director of IP Group.

He also helped set up the Technology Transfer Office of the University of Oxford and was one of its directors for 20 years. He holds a number of other non-executive directorships and is the author of Spin-outs: creating businesses from university intellectual property.

Douglas Graham

Douglas Graham

Douglas has thirty years experience advising and leading major firms in financial services, technology and innovation management. Currently he is leading a non-profit that addresses the problems in identifying and valuing intangible assets. Previously, as CEO and Chairman he successfully restructured Circle Trust, a bank administering $8.5 Billion in assets.

Prior to that he was CEO of IDDEX an intellectual asset valuation company. As practice leader for Security and Financial Services for KPMG he led major projects including high level strategy for ‘C’ level executives at Chase and Citibank, NetAid, the massive joint venture with the UN intended to significantly reduce world poverty, OASIS, the system that deregulated the electrical energy business for which he won a Gartner Award, and advised six heads of state. He has testified to Congress and spoken at Brookings Institution, RAND Institute, Gartner Conferences, US Chamber of Commerce, State of the World Forum and many other international venues.

He has authored two books for John Wiley & Sons – the first on E-Commerce (translated to three languages) and the second on Intellectual Assets (preface by Sir David Cooksey, Chairman of Board of Committee of Governors of the Bank of England, endorsed by Carl Icahn and Lee Iacocca). He was granted three patents (over 200 citations and references) and has two patents pending.

Stayko D. Staykov

Stayko D. Staykov

Stayko D. Staykov provides strategic advise on Intellectual Property assets and is specialized in assessing their role in the internal and external business environment of an organization. Mr. Staykov is a member of the Licensing Executives Society.

Prior to his transition into an advisory role, Mr. Staykov co-founded and served as the President and COO of an intellectual property management holding. In this capacity, he owned and managed an extensive portfolio of IP assets valued at over $ 50 million and with a monetization potential of over $ 1 billion. Mr. Staykov has led successfully multiple complex contract and acquisition negotiations as well as monetization, litigation and settlement strategies. Mr. Staykov has built strategic partnerships with world renowned law firms, investment bankers, manufacturers and others.

Mr. Staykov has built a national reputation as an authority and expert in leadership development for young leaders and entrepreneurs. He has served as the featured lecturer at statewide and national forums, leadership retreats and roundtables across the U.S. and internationally. He has worked with federal agencies, The White House, Congress, Secret Service and foreign dignitaries and ambassadors to coordinate events hosting over 4,000 attendees, including numerous heads of states and other top-ranking officials.

In the course of his career, Mr. Staykov has structured, led and advised multi-phased capital campaigns and fundraising initiatives for not-for-profit, business and political campaigns ranging from $100,000 to $50 million.

Patrick Terrior

Patrick Terrior

Patrick Terroir is the Chair of Patent and Technology Licensing Committee of Licensing Executive Society International in May 2015. Prior to that Mr. Terroir was Managing Director of CDC Intellectual Property (a full subsidiary of Caisse des Dépôts), whose mission is to engineer knowledge economy infrastructures and develop tools and methods for improving accessibility and security of patent market. He initiated and contributed to the creation of France Brevets and to the creation of the Tech Transfer Accelerators Companies (SATT) for the French universities. Between 2006 and 2008 he initiated and developed Caisse des Dépôts’s department in charge of industrial innovative clusters and of the IP economy. Patrick Terroir is also an adjunct Professor in intellectual property economics in Sciences Po Paris.

Patrick Terroir graduated from Sciences Po, University of Paris II (doctorate in law) and the Ecole Normale d’Administration (National School of High Administration).

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