Kathleen Kingscott

Kathleen Kingscott
Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships
IBM Research

Kathleen Kingscott is Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships for IBM Research. She is responsible for working with governments to further collaborative research partnerships, having assumed this role in July, 2009. She also serves as the chair of the Semiconductor Industry Association CTO Work Group. In that capacity, she leads the policy work in support of innovative, collaborative research partnerships between semiconductor industry companies and the Federal government.

Prior to this, Ms. Kingscott held the IBM Industry Chair at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University. She served as Visiting Professor, teaching classes for senior U.S. military and civilian government executives in science, technology and innovation policy and in studies of the global electronics industry. In her final year at ICAF, her students won the Antonelli Award for the best industry study and the Commandant’s Award for Outstanding Research in Support of the Director, DDRE.

Earlier roles include Director, Worldwide Innovation Policy for the IBM Corporation, responsible for worldwide public policy matters regarding innovation, science and technology. Her global team provided political and legislative support on innovation policy matters ranging from fundamental and applied multidisciplinary research to semiconductor and supercomputing technology policy. She also focused on innovation-based regional economic growth.

Ms. Kingscott led IBM's participation in the U.S. National Innovation Initiative, co-chaired by IBM's Chairman and CEO, Sam Palmisano. Separately, she led IBM’s policy work in developing the Trusted Foundry, a partnership between IBM, DOD and the National Security Agency to develop specialized semiconductors for defense applications. Prior positions include a number of public policy, Congressional relations, information technology marketing and marketing management positions in IBM. In addition to her work with the Semiconductor Industry Association, Ms. Kingscott founded and served as chair of the Coalition for Technology Partnerships and was a founding partner in establishing the long-running Congressional Visits Day program on Capitol Hill.

Ms. Kingscott has been a guest professor on technology and innovation policy, industry/government/university relationships, technology partnerships, corporate public policy organization, advocacy strategy and related topics at Thunderbird University and Princeton University. She has been with IBM for 38 years.

Recent Events

May 7, 2014

ITIF will host an expert panel on the current state of investment in university R&D and the policy reforms required to strengthen innovation and growth.

August 2, 2012

ITIF explores the character of early stage government innovation support in both military and energy applications.