Dr. Robert D. Atkinson is one of the country’s foremost thinkers on innovation economics. With has an extensive background in technology policy, he has conducted ground-breaking research projects on technology and innovation, is a valued adviser to state and national policy makers, and a popular speaker on innovation policy nationally and internationally. He is the author of Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage (Yale, 2012) and The Past and Future of America’s Economy: Long Waves of Innovation That Power Cycles of Growth (Edward Elgar, 2005). Before coming to ITIF, Atkinson was Vice President of the Progressive Policy Institute and Director of PPI’s Technology & New Economy Project. Ars Technica listed Atkinson as one of 2009’s Tech Policy People to Watch. He has testified before a number of committees in Congress and has appeared in various media outlets including CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, NPR, and NBC Nightly News. He received his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989.
Peter Tufano was appointed Peter Moores Dean and Professor of Finance at Saïd Business School on 1 July 2011 and is a Professorial Fellow at Balliol College, University of Oxford. He is a prolific scholar and course developer, a seasoned administrator and manager, a social entrepreneur, and an advisor to business and government leaders. The last decade of Tufano’s research has focused primarily on consumer finance. He has been at the forefront of advancing this academic field and bringing ideas from research into practice by working directly with businesses and policymakers. His work is credited with influencing two US policy initiatives and a new class of American savings products. His other streams of research deal with risk management, financial engineering and mutual funds. At Oxford Tufano has launched a variety of new programmes and initiatives, including the 1+1 MBA Programme and the Pre-Internship Programme (PIP). In 2000 he founded an innovative non-profit called the Doorways to Dreams Fund that works with partner organisations to test and promote innovations that serve the financial needs of low income households. Prior to joining Oxford, Tufano was a faculty member at the Harvard Business School for 22 years. During this time, Tufano assumed a number of leadership roles, serving as department chair, course head, and Senior Associate Dean. He oversaw the school’s tenure and promotion processes, its campus planning, and he advised the University on financial and real estate matters. He was also the founding co-chair of the Harvard innovation lab (i-lab), a cross-university initiative to foster entrepreneurship. Tufano earned his AB in economics (summa cum laude), MBA (with high distinction) and PhD in Business Economics at Harvard University. Tufano is married with one daughter. His wife, Mary Jeanne Tufano, is an attorney, arbitrator and mediator.
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn is a health economist and management consultant who has worked with health care stakeholders in the U.S. and Europe for over two decades. Jane founded THINK-Health, a strategic health consultancy, after spending a decade as a health care consultant in firms in the U.S. and Europe. Jane’s client base spans the broad range of stakeholders in health, including technology, bio/life sciences, providers, plans, financial services, consumer goods, advertising and communications, public sector and NGOs. Jane focuses on the nexus of health care and technology applying the tools of environmental analysis, scenario and strategic planning, forecasting, and health policy analysis. Jane also writes the Health Populi blog. She sits on the advisory boards of the U.S. Health Efficiency Index project, the Health 2.0 conference, OnPULSE, WEGO Health, and WellApps. Jane is a member of the Washington Post’s HealthcareRx Panel which responds to questions about health reform. Jane also advises Edelman’s Health Engagement Barometer, and is a frequent collaborator with the California HealthCare Foundation. Jane holds an MA (Economics) and MHSA (Health Policy) from the University of Michigan. Jane is a frequent public speaker and writer on the subject of health technology, consumers and economics. While Jane is passionate about her work, she is even more passionate about her family and home, Slow Food, Botticelli and Picasso, and living a full and balanced life. More about Jane can be found on the THINK-Health website and on the Health Populi blog. Follow Jane on Twitter @healthythinker