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Dr Jeffrey Alexander Ph.D
Director, Innovation Policy - RTI International

Dr. Jeffrey Alexander is Director for Innovation Policy in the Innovation Economics Program at RTI (the Research Triangle Institute), a nonprofit research organization dedicated to improving the human condition by turning knowledge to practice. He has over 25 years of experience in conducting in-depth analyses of high-technology markets, tracking and evaluating R&D strategies and policies, and advising governments and firms on technology program funding and implementation.

His research focuses on the study of organizational innovation; quantitative measurement of innovation and economic growth; innovation-based economic development strategy; and text analytics for technology forecasting and assessment. His work has been funded by U.S. government agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, as well nonprofit organizations and foreign governments. He also provided advice on innovation policy and promotion efforts to national government agencies in Japan, Saudi Arabia, and Europe, as well as regional authorities in California, New York, Georgia and Florida. His research articles are published in Research Policy, Research Evaluation, The Journal of Technology Transfer, Technovation, and Nikkei Information Strategy (Japan), and he is co-author (with Prof. Elias Carayannis) of the book Global and Local Knowledge: Glocal Transatlantic Public-Private Partnerships for Research & Technology Development.

Jeff previously worked at SRI International as the Associate Director for Research and Analytics in its Center for Science, Technology and Economic Development. He spent his early career in strategy consulting and market research in the telecommunications and IT sectors, as well as technology policy analysis. He holds a Ph.D. in the management of science, technology and innovation from The George Washington University, and a B.A. in international relations from Stanford University, where he completed the honors program in science, technology and society.