GCG Program Leadership

Salvador Alanis, GCG Assistant Director
Richard Amato, Program Manager
Debra Dzwonczyk, GCG Assistant Director
Ian Hughes, KAIST Program Manager
John O’Neill, Gyeonggi Program Manager
Glenn Robinson, GCG Assistant Director
James Vance, Program Manager

Salvador Alanis, Gyeonggi Program Manager, salanis@ic2.utexas.edu

Salvador Alanis directs projects for GCG’s efforts in South Korea (Gyeonggi, KAIST, Jeollabuk-do and Jeonju).  Previously he provided business development services for GCG’s India Innovation Growth Programme. Prior to joining IC² Institute, he held various management positions in private and publicly traded companies in the USA and Mexico and founded a private equity and business consulting firm.

Mr. Alanis’ hands-on management track record ranges from start-up ventures to large multinational corporations in banking, ag-biotech, retail, consumer and durable products, business consulting, and industrial and chemical manufacturing. He also holds executive positions in non-profit organizations, and remains a private equity consultant.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey and completed his master’s degree in business leadership from Duxx Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence.

Richard Amato, Program Manager, ramato@ic2.utexas.edu

Prior to his role with GCG, Richard Amato founded and served as CEO of Venti Energy, a company dedicated to increasing the supply of clean and reliable energy.  Previously, Mr. Amato was the director of Austin’s Clean Energy Incubator (CEI) since its inception in 2001.  CEI is a program of IC² Institute; it provides business and financial services to the clean-energy community and specifically to clean-energy startups. In addition to directing CEI and starting Venti Energy, Mr. Amato also chaired the Clean Energy Alliance, a national network of clean energy incubators.

He received his MBA from The University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University.

Debra Dzwonczyk, GCG Assistant Director, debra@ic2.utexas.edu

Debra Dzwonczyk directs new program development and marketing for GCG. With over ten years of experience designing and managing technology commercialization programs, she is responsible for overseeing the design and implementation of services for a variety of clients around the world and for coordinating GCG’s programs with the work and goals of the university.

Ms. Dzwonczyk began working with IC² Institute on its Master of Science in Technology Commercialization degree program, coordinating efforts in alumni relations, student programs, prospective student outreach, and university partner activities. Prior to coming to IC², she worked with two other UT departments on research publication and program coordination, and has editorial and teaching experience.

Ms. Dzwonczyk’s bachelor’s and master’s degrees are from Brown University and The University of Texas at Austin, respectively.

Ian Hughes, Program Manager, ihughes@ic2.utexas.edu

Ian Hughes is the program manager for GCG’s KAIST program in Daejeon, South Korea.  Before becoming the KAIST program manager he successfully commercialized technologies from GCG programs in India and Korea. Prior to joining GCG, he ran a private aviation company in Austin and has worked across many industries in both business development and business consultation capacities.  Mr. Hughes’ experience as a business development consultant includes work for both US and European firms attempting to create new lines of business in foreign markets.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business from Whittier College and a Master of Business Administration from Claremont Graduate University’s Drucker School of Management.

John O’Neill, Program Manager, joneill@ic2.utexas.edu

John O’Neill manages IC²’s program in Gyeonggi, South Korea. Previously he provided business development services for IC²’s programs in South Korea, facilitating international business engagement agreements for selected innovators.  Prior to joining IC², he was director of sales for several start-up enterprises and leading technology companies.  He also has experience as an information systems consultant.

Mr. O’Neill earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin.  Additionally, he has completed extensive Fortune 500-based corporate training programs.

Glenn Robinson, GCG Assistant Director, grobinson@ic2.utexas.edu

Glenn Robinson directs GCG regional new business acquisition.  Previously he was a program manager for GCG’s TechBA program for Mexico. Prior to joining TechBA, he managed a technology commercialization program in Chile, focused on technology incubator assessment and training, technology recruitment and international business development.

Mr. Robinson has broad senior management experience, including directing sales, marketing and customer response and providing general management, driving record growth in both domestic and international operations at various multinational corporations. He has held executive positions in the non-profit sector, as well as launching and successfully managing multiple start-up ventures. Mr. Robinson is a consultant to the National Science Foundation in Washington, DC.

He holds a dual bachelor of arts with distinction in English and Spanish philology from San Jose State University and completed his master of arts coursework at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain.

James Vance, India Program Manager, jvance@ic2.utexas.edu

James Vance has managed multiple programs for India.  Prior to joining IC², Mr. Vance was services marketing and resolution manager for Dell to North America, Europe and South Asia.  Earlier in his career, he served as a U.S. Army Captain and Commander of armored tank units.

He earned his bachelor of arts in business from the University of Hawaii and his master of business administration from The University of Texas at Austin.