Join us for the book launch of
The Challenges of Technology & Economic Catch-Up in Emerging Economies

Featuring Nicholas Vonortas and Distinguished Speakers

Tuesday, November 30th 2021 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am EST | Hybrid

The obstacles faced by emerging economies in upgrading their technology can stall growth, and the existing challenges are enhanced under COVID-19, geopolitical struggles, and the growing concern around environmental sustainability. 

The Challenges of Technology and Economic Catch-up in Emerging Economies synthesizes and interprets existing knowledge on technology upgrading failures, in firm, sector, and macro levels, across different countries and world macroregions.The Elliott School Book Launch Series is proud to present a lecture featuring the author, distinguished speakers, and Dean Alyssa Ayres of the Elliott School. The event will be held in-person and livestreamed simultaneously. Guidelines for virtual and in-person attendance will be included in your registration confirmation.

About the Co-Editors

Nicholas Vonortas is a Professor of Economics and International Affairs at the Elliott School and Director of its Institute for International Science and Technology Policy (IISTP). He is also a Leading Research Fellow at the Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge in the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow. His interests center around industrial organization, the economics of technological change, technology and innovation policy and strategy, and R&D program evaluation. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from New York University.

Jeon-Dong Lee is a professor in the College of Engineering at Seoul National University and a Special Advisor to the President of Korea on Economy and Science. His research focuses on the use of network economics and the social effects of network technologies. He holds a Ph.D in Science and Telecommunications from Seoul National University. 

Keun Lee is a Professor of Economics at Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea, an editor of Research Policy, an associate editor of Industrial and Corporate Change, and a council member of the World Economic Forum, and Vice Chair of National Economic Advisory Council of Korea. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dirk Meissner  is a professor and laboratory head in the Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge at the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Russia. His research interests include science, technology, innovation policy, and commercialization. He holds a PhD from Dresden University Institute of Technology. 

Slavo Radosevic is a Professor of Industry and Innovation Studies at University College London. His research focuses on the economics of technological change and innovation studies, as well as growth and structural change through innovation systems and entrepreneurship. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Zagreb.

About the Guest Speakers

Otaviano Canuto is a nonresident senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution. His experience includes 15 years as vice president, executive director or senior adviser in institutions such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and has also served as state secretary for international affairs at the ministry of finance at the Government of Brazil. He holds a PhD in economics from University of Campinas in Brazil.

Anwar Aridi is a Private Sector Specialist at the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) unit of the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice at the World Bank. He specializes in science, technology, and innovation policy issues, private sector development, technology entrepreneurship, and technology transfer. He holds a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Policy from the GWU Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Administration.  

About the Dean

Alyssa Ayres is the Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Her work focuses primarily on India’s role in the world and on U.S. relations with South Asia in the larger Indo-Pacific. Before joining the Elliott School, she was a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia under the Obama administration. She holds a Ph.D. in South Asian Languages and Literatures from the University of Chicago.

About the Event

This event is free, recorded, and open to the public. Media inquiries and advance questions are accepted at

We thank the following partners for their support in producing this event:

 The George Washington University