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Industry Liaison

James Gado

Senior Director of Corporate Relations

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James E. Gado manages relations with US, European, and Middle Eastern companies with a focus on developing a broader MIT presence in the MENA region. Gado has oversight responsibility for the MIT Startup Exchange program and managers.

Gado comes to MIT after more than 25 years in the specialty materials and chemical industry. His experience spans the sectors of construction, microelectronics, automotive, and food/beverage packaging all on a global basis. The majority of his career was spent at W.R. Grace & Co., with positions also at American Cyanamid Company and Teradyne, Inc.

Gado has held leadership positions at the director level for mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, marketing, and research and development management. He has developed new business, both organically and via acquisition, across the globe including the emerging markets of China and India. His domestic investment experience includes collaboration with Grace/Horn Venture Partners.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA
B.S. degree in Chemistry, with Distinction (1977)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
S.M. degree in Materials Science and Engineering (1985)

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
C.S.S. in Business (1987)


Phone: 617-253-0425
Fax: 617-253-0002
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Assistant:Julie Handorff
Phone: 617-253-6990
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