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Nicholas Vonortas

Professor at George Washington University (United States), holder of the SPEC

Professor Vonortas received his BA in economics from Athens University (Greece), his MA in Economic Development from Leicester University (UK), and his M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Economics from New York University (US). He joined the Elliott School in 1990. He has a joint appointment with the Center for International Science and Technology Policy and the Department of Economics (Columbian School of Arts and Sciences). He specializes in the economics of technological change, science and technology policy, international transfer of technology, and inter-firm cooperation in research and development.

At the Elliott School, Vonortas offers graduate courses on comparative science and technology policy, the creation and diffusion of technological advances, and technology and international competitiveness. Selected recent publications include “Research Joint Ventures: A Critical Survey of Theoretical and Empirical Literature” in Journal of Economic Surveys (2003); “Strategic Research Partnerships: A Managerial Perspective” in Technology Analysis and Strategic Management (2003); and “Science and Technology Policies Towards Research Joint Ventures” in Science and Public Policy (2002).


Academic CV


    Sérgio Robles Reis de Queiroz

    Professor at DPCT - UNICAMP | Brazil

    Sergio Queiroz has an extensive researching, teaching and administrative experience either at University as at Government sector. He was Deputy Secretary at the Secretariat for Science, Technology and Economic Development, and Coordinator for Science and Technology at the Secretariat for Development in the São Paulo State Government. At UNICAMP he is responsible for undergraduate and postgraduate disciplines and for supervision of master and doctoral students (sixteen master dissertations and five doctoral theses concluded). He is author and co-author of several books, articles and research reports. He participated in numerous administrative positions, including head of Department for three terms. He is reviewer of journals such as Research Policy, World Development, and Science and Public Policy – of which he is member of the editorial board.
    Dr. Queiroz research interests are: learning processes; development of technological capabilities in several industrial sectors; globalization of technology and innovation processes; Foreign Direct Investment in R&D; university-industry partnerships and entrepreneurship. His work has systematically being headed to the role of STI in economic development in less developed countries. Professor Queiroz has experience on international cooperation: he was Visiting Research Fellow at the Science and Policy Research Unity (SPRU) in the UK, and presently coordinates a long term cooperation with the George Washington University in the field of STI in the processes of economic development.


      Sergio Luiz Monteiro Salles Filho

      Professor at DPCT - UNICAMP | Brazil

      Prof. Salles-Filho got his Background in Agronomic Engineering at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 1981; then studied new sources of energy at the time of his Master degree in Energy Applied to Agriculture in 1985, when he was hired as associated researcher at the Department of Science and Technology Policy at University of Campinas – Unicamp. He started studying Economics in 1987 and awarded his PhD in Economics in 1993 by Unicamp. In 1993 he became assistant professor and in 2005 full professor at the same Department.
      As administrative and managerial positions, Prof. Salles-Filho was elected Head of Department for two terms: 1997-1999 and 2003-2005, and appointed Director of the School of Applied Sciences of Unicamp (2010-2013). He was Academic Visitor at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, University of Manchester, UK (2013-2014).
      Out of the University Prof. Salles-Filho was Assessor of the Deputy Minister of Science and Technology in 2000, and Head of Planning of the Brazilian National Agency for Innovation – FINEP in the period of 2001 to 2003. At São Paulo Research Foundation – FAPESP he coordinates, since 2009, the institutional program for Impact Evaluation.
      As a researcher Prof. Salles-Filho has dedicated his academic life to the study of STI policy and management, with particular emphasis in policy design, R&D planning and management, impact evaluation and foresight studies towards national development and economic and social growth.
      He supervised more than 20 Master dissertations and 15 PhD theses, most of them at the STI Policy Graduate Program at Unicamp, but also in other Brazilian universities (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) and in foreign universities as well, as at the School of Economics at the Université Toulouse I, France, where he co-supervised two PhD students.
      He coordinated more than 30 research projects, most of them funded through competitive bids. Prof. Salles-Filho also founded in 1995 the Laboratory of Studies on the Organisation of Research and Innovation, leading a 20 people research group (GEOPI).
      His academic production accounts for more than 60 articles on indexed journals alongside books and book chapters in the domain of STI planning and management towards competitiveness and development.
      Present his main focuses are on the domain of multidimensional (economic, social, environmental) impact evaluation and priority setting and decision making in STI policy and management.
      His international experience is not only based on systematic participation on international events but mainly as a regular consultant of different international bodies such as the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA); the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), and the Inter-American Development Bank.


        André Tosi Furtado

        Professor at DPCT - UNICAMP | Brazil

        Prof. André Tosi Furtado received his BA, Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Paris I. He is currently Professor of the Department of Technological and Scientific Politics of the Institute of Geosciences of Unicamp. Prof. Furtado works in the fields of energy and innovation economy. He has published papers on the evaluation of great Brazilian technological programs, with special highlight to Petrobras’ deep-water and the China-Brazil Earth-Resources Satellite programs. Prof. Furtado carried out studies about innovation in sectors such as oil, aerospace and sugarcane. He also developed research on science, technology and innovation indicators applied to the industrial sector of São Paulo and Brazil. He participated several times on the elaboration of Fapesp’s CT&I indicators.


          Charles Edquist

          Professor at Lund University (Sweden)

          I have been the Holder of the Ruben Rausing Chair in Innovation Research at CIRCLE, Lund University, Sweden, since February 2003 and have previously held a Chair at the University of Linköping. My publications include books and articles on innovation processes, innovation systems and innovation policy. Of these, the edited volumes “Systems of Innovation: Technologies, Institutions and Organizations” (1997) and “Small Country Innovation Systems: Globalization, Change and Policy in Asia and Europe” (2008; in 2012 also in Chinese) constitute contributions to the development of the so-called Systems of Innovation (SI) Approach. So does the chapter “Systems of Innovation: Perspectives and Challenges” (2005), in the Oxford Handbook of Innovation.

          I have made many contributions to the field of innovation policy and governance of innovation systems, the latest being articles in Research Policy (2012) and Industrial and Corporate Change (2011). That I am among the 50 (or so) most cited innovation researchers (out of 6 – 7 000) in the world is testimony to the impact of my research. My most cited book is on public procurement for innovation. I was given the award for best paper for “Competence Building: A Systemic Approach to Innovation Policy” at the Atlanta Conference of Science & Innovation Policy, Georgia, USA, 26-28 September 2013.

          I have had comprehensive international experience acquired from longer stays at various universities, a large number of appearances as keynote speaker and sejours as a consultant in many countries. A considerable number of the conferences have involved public policy-makers, academics and representatives of firms. I have been engaged in comprehensive evaluations of “technology bridging” organizations (in Linköping, Sweden, 1999) and systems, including the Finnish National Innovation System for the Finnish Government in 2009; as well as consultancy tasks on almost all the continents, collaborating with numerous international organizations such as OECD, UNIDO, EU, UNCTAD, ILO, UNDP, UNESCO, Swedish organizations such as the Ministry of Industries, NUTEK, and VINNOVA and firms such as Astra-Zeneca, SAAB Aerospace, and Volvo Trucks. I was, during 2011-2012, a Member of The Research Policy Advisory Committee to the Swedish Government (Forskningsberedningen), chaired by Jan Björklund, Minister for Education and Deputy Prime Minister. I have also recently been working on three different evaluation projects with Sweco Eurofutures, a large private consultancy firm in Stockholm.

          I was, during 2011-2012, a Member of The Research Policy Advisory Committee to the Swedish Government (Forskningsberedningen), chaired by Jan Björklund, Minister for Education and Deputy Prime Minister. I have also recently been working on three different evaluation projects with Sweco Eurofutures, a large private consultancy firm in Stockholm.

          Regarding my experience in research management, I was one of the founders of CIRCLE (Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy) at Lund University in 2004 – During my seven years (2004 – 2011) as Director, the research staff increased from zero to 40 (representing 12 nationalities and 15 disciplines). By 2011, CIRCLE had established itself as one of the largest innovation research centres in Europe, and a leading international centre for research and advice on R&D, innovation, knowledge creation, entrepreneurship and economic dynamics.

          At present, I am working mainly as a researcher and as an advisor to governments, public organizations and firms on issues related to innovation policy and strategy in a wide sense. One example is the Rausing Project on Innovation Processes and Innovation Policies, which addresses theoretical, empirical and policy-oriented aspects of innovation processes in innovation systems. It analyses the determinants (‘ten activities’, including entrepreneurship and demand-side instruments such as innovation procurement) and consequences (growth, employment, environmental and social effects) of innovations, as well as their measurement (innovation indicators). Focus is on the foundations of innovation policies, i.e. theory, rationales, objectives, policy instruments and practices.