Ed Craig is the Edinburgh Centre's Head of Business Innovation, leading the Innovation and Business activities within the Centre with a specific focus on enabling the long term sustainability of the Centre and its activities.
His remit includes the leadership of a significant EU project and a project team of 6 which aims to guide and support over 1000 SMEs to develop and implement innovative low carbon products and services within 6 key operational clusters: Sustainable Transport; Green ICT, Carbon Accounting; Carbon Finance; Renewables & The Built Environment; Land, Water & Waste. The project is also prioritising supporting Low carbon focused knowledge exchange partnerships to innovate and create sustainable economic and social impact.
Ed also works with the Director to build the ECCi business model and formulate strategic initiatives, in order to enhance the Centre’s reach, imapct and income generating potential, both in the UK and abroad. Ed has specific responsibilities for building strong strategic partnerships and relationships with key internal and external stakeholders to ensure that the Centre has clear and open channels of communication to drive the ambitions of its core partners: University of Edinburgh, Heriot Watt University and Edinburgh Napier University. These include the Public Sector, Larger Corporate organisations and the Third Sector organisations and their supply chains.
Until January 2012 Ed was Head of Project Development and Management at Edinburgh Napier University where he was responsible for providing intensive and oversight support to University strategic leaders to access public and private sector funding to create, incubate and mainstream new projects partnerships which meet the core mission of the University. Over an 11 year tenure he acquired over £50 million in European, Public and Private sector funding to help secure Napier’s status as one of the top Universities in the UK for EU funded projects and in Scotland for knowledge exchange activity supporting innovation and skills exchange.
Ed has been responsible for the development and oversight of multiple Low Carbon national and international project partnerships on themes including sustainable transportation, biomass, sustainable construction and Smart Cities. Ed is an experienced staff and resource leader and in 2003 established Scotland’s first department dedicated to the acquisition and management of external EU funding within a University. Ed holds a Business Commerce Honours and an MSc in Human Ecology from the University of Edinburgh and has a significant knowledge of National & EU funding streams, in particular regarding innovation and Low Carbon issues.