Jaci joined Oxford University Innovation in August 2021 as the Head of Consulting Services where she leads the team responsible for generating impact from the expertise in the University’s academic community.
Most recently, Jaci was Head of Research Commercialisation and Investment at the University of Bristol, managing the team responsible for licensing Bristol’s technologies to new and established companies across a wide range of sectors. Prior to this, she worked at Nelson Mandela University and Wits Commercial Enterprise in South Africa across a broad range of innovation activities, from managing research and consulting contracts, to technology transfer and incubation.
Jaci also spent fifteen years in a contract research organisation and in industry, mostly focussed on food science, biotechnology and engineering. Jaci holds a BScEng and MScEng (by research) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Natal, Durban and an MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business Science at the University of Pretoria. She is a Registered Technology Transfer Professional and was previously the president of the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association and on the Council of the Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals.