Nicholas Vonortas (Co-Chair)
Institute for International Science and Technology Policy & Department of Economics - George Washington University

Nick Vonortas is Professor of Economics and International Affairs at The George Washington University in Washington D.C. He is a faculty member of the Department of Economics, of the Institute for International Science and Technology Policy, and of the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. He has served for several years as the director of both the IISTP and of the graduate program in International Science and Technology Policy. He is now the director of Ph.D. Candidacy (Unit II) of the Department of Economics.


Professor Vonortas currently holds a ‘São Paulo Excellence Chair’ in Technology and Innovation Policy at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), State of São Paulo, Brazil. He is a leading research fellow at the Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge, National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE), Moscow, Russian Federation. He also serves as a member of the Innovation Policy Forum of the US National Academies of Science.


Professor Vonortas’ teaching and research interests are in industrial organization, in the economics of technological change, and in technology and innovation policy and strategy. He specializes on strategic partnerships/innovation networks, investment under uncertainty, technology transfer, knowledge-intensive entrepreneurship, high-risk financing, and R&D program evaluation. He has published widely on these issues. 


He has held visiting appointments at several universities including the University of Lund (Sweden), Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) (Brazil), University of Campinas (Brazil), Korea University (Republic of Korea), National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE), Russian Federation, the University of Maastricht (Netherlands), Luigi Bocconi University (Italy), and the Athens University of Economics and Business and the National Technical University of Athens (Greece). He has served as a consultant to many government agencies in the United States, the European Union and member countries, Brazil, Mexico, the Republic of Korea, and Japan as well as to several international organizations such as the World Bank and the United Nations on issues related to strategic partnerships, R&D program evaluation, risk investing, science and technology indicators, innovation systems, and industrial competitiveness.


Professor Vonortas is editor of the peer-reviewed journal Science and Public Policy


Nick holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Economics from New York University (USA), a MA in Economic Development from Leicester University (UK), and a BA in Economics from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece).