In April 2010, Sam Hajjar, CRCBID’s Intellectual Property Management and Commercialisation Adviser, was awarded the 2009 university medal for academic performance in the MBA program at Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM). The award, known as the Allen Knott Scholar Award, acknowledges academic performance over the duration of the MBA program at MGSM, which is regarded as one of the leading MBA programs in Australasia.
Sam had previously been awarded MGSM’s Peter Strickland Memorial Prize as well as the prize for top student in Accounting for Management, Negotiation Theory and Practice, Strategic Management, Foundations of Management Thought, and Law and Management.
Sam was enrolled as a part time student in the MBA program from 2007-2009. During this time he was working in the business development and technology commercialisation unit at ANSTO, including acting for a period as the unit’s general manager. “The exposure I gained to a wide range of commercial issues at ANSTO really complemented my studies at the time,” says Sam, “and I am very grateful to ANSTO for its support during the course.”
Prior to working at ANSTO, Sam was a senior associate in the intellectual property group at Blake Dawson Waldron, one of Australia’s leading commercial law firms. As an undergraduate student Sam completed a combined Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (with the Dean’s letter for exceptional performance) degree at the University of New South Wales.
“It was a pleasant surprise to learn that I would be awarded the university medal,” says Sam. “I am now concentrating on using the skills and experience I have developed throughout my career to make a value-adding contribution to the activities of real innovators like CRCBID.”
Sam now provides legal and commercial consulting services aimed at helping innovative organisations manage their IP and enhance the return on their investment in innovation. In this capacity Sam provides consulting IP management and commercialisation advisory services to CRCBID and other innovative organisations.