OxFirst Leadership

Professor Roya Ghafele

Professor Roya Ghafele

Managing Director

Dr. Roya Ghafele is the founder and Managing Director of law and economics consultancy Oxfirst, ( www.oxfirst.com). OxFrst has won the ‘Best IP Valuation Firm in the UK’ award by Global 100 and was also named ‘Best IP Valuation Firm’ by the Magazine ‘International Lawyer’, among many other accolades. SME News recognized OxFirst as the ‘Best IP Law and Economics consultancy’.

Oxfirst assists clients with valuing and assessing the economic potential of intellectual property and also advises on competition economics. OxFirst’s economic analysis has been instrumental for the determination of licensing rates, sales prices, damage awards and access to finance. OxFirst economic analysis has also been used in  support of policy formulation in the area of competition and IP law.

Additionally, Roya Ghafele is a visiting Professor in IP Law with the School of Law of Brunel University. She has a large number of academic papers to her name, has advised the EU on IP valuation and is an expert to  INTA’s Brand Valuation Committee (International Trademark Association), CIPA’s IP Management Committee (Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys)  and the UKIPO  (UK Intellectual Property Office) Research Excellence Committee.  She has been a Senior Member of St Cross College of Oxford University since 2008.

Prior to founding Oxfirst, Dr Ghafele held an Assistant Professorship in IP law with the University of Edinburgh, a Department Lectureship in International Political Economy 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), where she moved from Paris based OECD (the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development). In this role she offered strategic advice on Intellectual Property and Competition to Governments in Europe and Asia. In 2000 she started her career with the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, which she exchanged for a previous career 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 and Italian and has some basic understanding of 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.

Intellectual Property Valuation and Economic Analysis

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