David O’Brien is a Senior Program Specialist in the Technology and Innovation program at the International Development Research Centre, Canada. His responsibilities include managing large-scale collaborative research programs aimed at promoting knowledge and innovation in such fields as health, environment and economic development. He also involved in a range of capacity strengthening initiatives involving science and technology organizations, and research informing processes of technological change and innovation. Before joining IDRC in 2006, he held senior management, advisory, and research positions at the University of Saskatchewan, New York University, and the University of Sussex, where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees. He studied innovation and development at Wageningen University (Netherlands), University of Sussex (United Kingdom), and the University of British Columbia (Canada).