Dr Nicky Athanassopoulou

Senior Industrial Fellow at Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), University of Cambridge


Nicky is a Senior Industrial Fellow at IfM Education and Consultancy Services (IfM ECS). She is responsible for developing custom-designed services to support the strategy and innovation activities of companies of all sizes.

She has worked with many organisations across different sectors, including engineering, oil and gas, food, defence, software and telecoms. She has helped numerous companies to develop their strategy, innovation, technology and product-development processes. She has also managed and participated in several European consortia to develop strategic research and technology roadmaps to facilitate the commercialisation of novel technologies and new engineering approaches.

Some examples of projects Nicky has led are here:

Develop a sector strategy
Develop a research strategy aligned with industrial needs
Develop a strategic research and technology roadmap for ICT in manufacturing in Europe
Helping SMEs grow and become more sustainable

Nicky is an experienced facilitator, and she has co-developed, co-authored and delivered tools and methodologies in innovation strategy, roadmapping, creativity, portfolio and project selection.

Prior to joining IfM ECS, Nicky spent 12 years working in high-tech companies in Cambridge, UK, in diverse high technology areas such as optical bio-sensing and organic electronics. She commercially managed two product lines, generated and delivered several commercial contracts and organised and managed large training courses as part of technology-transfer activities.

Nicky has a BSc in Physics from Athens University and an MPhil and PhD in Solid State Physics from the University of Cambridge. She holds a CMI Level 5 Award in Management Coaching and Mentoring and is a qualified PRINCE2 project manager.