Prof. Oliver F.R.A. Damm started his career at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa, where he was manager of the National Product Development Centre until 2002. Between 2002 and 2006 he was the managing director of the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda). Since 2007, Oliver is a partner and director at LHA Management Consultants (Pty) Ltd, a research, strategy and business advisory firm. He has worked with numerous listed and private companies, government departments and public sector institutions, and played a leading role in the development and implementation of major technology and industry development initiatives. Since 2014 he is a Fraunhofer Senior Advisor in South Africa. Oliver holds a PhD in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management.