EEO - External Engagement Office

Work with, meeting, dialogue


We work to create new opportunities for KI researchers (including PhD students and postdocs) for partnerships with industry and other external organisations. We provide support in setting up and managing long-term structured partnerships.

Research contracts

We provide advice and support in the early stages of the contracting process for such partnerships.


We provide mentorship programmes, inspirational activities and support to help researchers achieve impact and use of their knowledge and how their research can address United Nations Agenda 2030.

Career service

We work to educate and advise PhD students, postdocs and researchers for a future career inside and outside academia. We organize a doctoral course and a financed internship program for PhD students and postdocs. We offer an extensive program of seminars, workshops, lectures and online support. 

Head of EEO

Richard Cowburn leads a team of highly qualified staff who work with long-term partnerships with industry and other actors. EEO creates a good infrastructure and support for managing collaborative research, contracting, intellectual property rights and other issues.

Richard Cowburn

Head of External Engagement Office (EEO)

Corporate partnering

Web page: Industry-academia collaborations

Dennis Hellgren

Project manager

Fadwa Benkessou

Alliance Manager

Ferdinand Xiankeng Choong

Industry Collaboration Advisor

Research contracts

Web page: Support for research contracts

Håkan Karlsson

Contract process coordinator

Intellectual Property (IP)

Web page: Intellectual property: how to protect your idea

Fernando Farieta

European Patent Attorney, Intellectual Property (IP) Expert

Impact and collaboration capacity

Web pages: 

Kerstin Lundin

Specialist, Project leader

Ana Oliveira

Coordinator, supports postdocs and researchers

EIT Health

Web page: EIT Health at KI

Together with KI's researchers, we take operational and strategic initiatives for new projects in education, innovation and business development for the benefit of health care.