He previously was the Head of the Innovation and Technology Transfer Section from 2009 to 2012. Dr. Jazaïry is interested in the intersections of the patent system and technology transfer, including cross-border transfer and transfer from universities and research institutions to the market, with particular focus on facilitating the transfer of technologies for the benefit of developing countries. He is also interested in new trends in the intellectual property landscape, including new initiatives such as open innovation and their potentials for developing countries. Previously, Dr. Jazaïry worked for more than a decade in the private sector in the United States. He was a Senior Multidisciplined Engineer at Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC), Maryland, where he was leading the nanotechnology research efforts in high performance semiconducting carbon nanotube-based field-effect transistors and fiberoptic-based nanosensors. Prior to joining NGC, he was the Senior Designer for MEMS-based optical switches in 2 startup companies, Transparent Networks, Inc. (TNI) in the Silicon Valley and Optical Micro Machines, Inc. (OMM) in San Diego. Dr. Jazaïry received B.S. and M.Eng. degrees in Applied and Engineering Physics and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering all from Cornell University, New York. He is the author of over 15 publications and articles and holds 20 inventions.