Cathy Garner has a life-long dedication to innovation for economic and social improvement and over 20 years of experience in practice. She is founder and principal of an international consulting network specializing in innovation in cities and university-business partnerships for knowledge exchange. She is an Associate of the Council for Industry and Higher Education of the UK; a member of the New Club of Paris; and an advisor to the World Capital Institute in Mexico on knowledge-city development. As Chief Executive of Manchester: Knowledge Capital for six years, she built a globally recognized partnership for innovation by bridging the boundaries across business, universities and government. With a background in policy development and research in social housing, regeneration and community development, she has worked in economic development, urban systems, innovation, and knowledge transfer and business entrepreneurship. In the UK she served on the Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property between 2008 and 2010, and was a member of the Cabinet Office Innovators’ Council in 2009. Cathy has served on number of public and private sector Boards and is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2002 Cathy established an international charity to address the health needs of the global poor through creative intellectual property solutions. Previously she established and ran the Research and Enterprise Office at the University of Glasgow she led the establishment of the Scottish Institute for Enterprise and was a founder director of the Scottish North American Business Council.