|John Mercer||Evatt, Australia|
|Membership status: SPICE||Member since: May 13, 2009|
|8 Driver Place<br />Evatt <br />Australian Capital Territory<br />Australia 2617<br />|
Short ProfileJohn Mercer is an Associate Consultant for CREEDA Projects Ltd, Canberra, Australia. He is based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, contracted since 2008 as the Resident Consultant to King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST). John provides advice and support in policy, strategic management, program integration and capacity building to KACST's BADIR Program for Technology Incubation. BADIR provides a range of programs and services for technology innovation, entrepreneurship and incubation. John played a major role in the establishment and development of the first ICT incubator in Saudi Arabia, as its Executive Director from 2008 to 2010
He has a wide range of business experience in several countries. John establshed and developed a community-based organization in Australia that provided industry, business, economic and community development services including business advisory and incubation projects. He managed the organization for 15 years from 1993 to 2008. From 1988 to 1993 he worked for an Australian consultancy company providing leadership-based, organizational development services to major corporations.
From 1979 to 1988, John held project and general management positions in Dubai, UAE and the Sultanate of Oman for a German export trading and engineering company. Originally from the UK, he held sales and marketing jobs in a British manufacturer of education and office furniture and equipment, a Government corporation in North Wales for electricity distribution and product sales, and an insurance company.
John studied at the Liverpool College of Commerce, England and has continued with specialized education and training programs throughout his professional life. He has delivered papers at various conferences in relation to small business support services and received the national John Bailey Award for Enterprise Development from the Australiasian Institute of Enterprise Facilitators in 2005