Dr Madelein Kleyn is the CEO and founder of Mad K IP Consulting (Pty) Ltd.
The 30 years in corporate environment enables me to serve the business!
Madelein is a qualified chemical engineer (BSc Chem Eng.), an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa and a registered South African patent attorney. She holds the post graduate qualifications of LLM (tax law) and PhD (intellectual property). Her technical proficiencies are in the fields of petrochemicals, chemistry, process engineering, explosives and agriculture.
Her expertise includes, amongst others, IP Portfolio management, IP policy and strategy development and implementation, IP Commercialisation inclusive of contract drafting and negotiation, IP litigation and patent and trademark oppositions. Training is also a passion of hers. She regularly advises on corporate governance and IP risk management and specialises in drafting and advising on IP-related business transactions, including technology transfer and licensing.
Madelein tutors part time for the World Intellectual Property Organisation e-learning programme on IP management. She is appointed as research associate and fellow of the Anton Mostert Chair of Intellectual Property, Stellenbosch University Faculty of Law an appointment recognizing proven specialised expertise. She moderates and teaches the patent and design module of the Anton Mostert Chair of IP LLM (intellectual property) course at Stellenbosch University. She is also Director – Technology Transfer at Innovus that is responsible for technology transfer, entrepreneurial support and development, and innovation at the university. We manage the commercialisation of the University’s innovation and intellectual property portfolio through patenting, licensing and the formation of spin-out companies.
Madelein has authored and presented various articles, papers and publications on IP matters internationally specifically on technology and IP licensing and commentaries on national IP related legislation. Since 2014 she is the co-editor of the journal “International Pharmaceutical Law “and is also a co-author of the South African Chapter of this publication. She publishes and edits the quarterly news brief for the South African Institute of Intellectual Property lawyers (SAIIPL) in South Africa. She is a member of American Chemical Society, INTA (Global advisory committee for Africa and Program advisory council), LESI (Technology licensing Committee), LES SA (President) and SAIIPL. Madelein was included in the IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists 2015, 2016 and 2017 and featured in WTR300 World’s leading trademark professionals since 2016.
Strini is a versatile professional, with an educational background in Engineering, Law and Economics. His works spans defence research, financial service consulting and public policy – with a particular focus on building South Africa’s knowledge base capital, through public private partnerships.
He has worked with international organisations such as the World Bank and OECD in an effort to strengthen South Africa’s capacity to build a knowledge economy – with a view of improving economic growth and achieving sustainable development goals.
Kleyn is a high performing and self-motivated executive with an educational background in Investment Management and Tax.
He has a proven track record of accomplishments in developing strategy, merger and acquisition transactions and deal related services in a dynamic petroleum industry - with a comprehensive understanding of business environment and opportunities in Sub Saharan Africa, including South Africa - successfully completing various M&A transactions for growth.