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Members of RCN International Advisory Board

Georg von Krogh

Professor, ETH Zurich

Georg von Krogh was born in Oslo, Norway. He is a Professor at ETH Zurich and holds the Chair of Strategic Management and Innovation. He is also a member of the National Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), and holds an honorary position as Research Fellow at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.

Professor von Krogh specializes in competitive strategy, technological innovation, and knowledge management. He has conducted research in several industries including financial services, media, computer software and hardware, life-sciences, and consumer goods. He teaches courses on Entrepreneurial Leadership, Strategic Management, and Innovation Theory and Research. He received his MSc from the Norwegian University of Technology and Natural Science, and a Ph.D. from this University's Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management. He has been Assistant Professor of Business Policy at SDA Bocconi, Bocconi University in Italy, Associate Professor of Strategy at the Norwegian School of Management, and Professor of Management at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, and a Director of this University's Institute of Management. He was also the President of the Research Commission at the University of St. Gallen. He has been Visiting Professor at MIT's Sloan School of Management, Hitotsubashi University in Japan, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He was the Head of the Department of Management, Technology, and Economics at ETH Zurich during 2008-2011. From 2008 to 2014 he was a board member of the European Academy of Management (EURAM).

Hanne Leth Andersen

Rector, Roskilde University

Hanne Leth Andersen became a lecturer in French at Aarhus University in 1999 and was a dean of studies at the Faculty of Humanities, Aarhus University 2002-04. 2004-07, Leth Andersen was a leader in language didactics and teaching education, Center for Educational Development, Faculty of Humanities, Aarhus University and 2007-09 professor at the same. 2009-10 she was a director and professor at CBS Learning Lab at Copenhagen Business School. In 2010, she was employed as a Vice-Rector at Roskilde University with responsibility for education and quality in teaching. She has since 2014 been Rector at the same university.
Recently she has had engagements as quality expert for The European Universities Association (EUA), Expert for the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education: NOKUT, Head of committee/Présidente de jury, Programme “Investissements d’avenir: Nouveaux Cursus à l’Université”, Agence Nationale de la Recherche, France (2017-18), Member of evaluation panel “Competitive funding to strengthen universities' research profiles”, Academy of Finland (2015 + 2017).

Erkki Ormala

Professor, Aalto University

Dr. Ormala graduated in 1974 and received his PhD in 1986 from the Helsinki University of Technology. He was a Senior Research Engineer at the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) 1974-1987. 1987-1999 he was the Secretary of the Science and Technology Policy Council of Finland. 1999-2013 he worked at Nokia as a VP, Business Environement. He was in charge of developing favourable business environment for Nokia globally. He has more than 60 scientific publications. In 1992 he led an international evaluation of the economic and social impacts of the Eureka Scheme. 1996-1999 he chaired the OECD Workin Group of Technology and Innovation Policy. In 2004 he chaired the Five-Year-Assessment of the EU Research Framework Programme covering 1999-2003. He was 2008-2012 the President of Digitaleurope. 2008-2010 he was a member of the Board of Helsinki Univerisity of Technology and a member of the Board of University of Oulu 2010-2014. In 2013 he joined Aalto Univeristy Business School as a Professor of Innovation Management.

Andrew W. Wyckoff

Director, OECD

Andrew W. Wyckoff is the Director of the OECD’s Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) where he oversees OECD’s work on innovation, business dynamics, science and technology, information and communication technology policy as well as the statistical work associated with each of these areas. His experience prior to the OECD includes positions at the US Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and The Brookings Institution.

He has served as an expert on various advisory groups and panels which include co-chairing the US National Academies’ panel on Developing Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators for the Future, being a member of the Research Advisory Network for the Global Commission on Internet Governance, the Malaysian Prime Minister’s Global Science and Innovation Advisory Council and Head of OECD’s Delegation at the G20 and G7 meetings on ICT and Digital Economy.

Sylvia Schwaag Serger

Deputy vice-chancellor, Lund University

Professor Sylvia Schwaag Serger has an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a PhD in economic history from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to becoming Deputy Vice Chancellor, she was Executive Director for International Strategy at the Swedish Government Agency for Innovation (VINNOVA). She has run an independent think tank on the knowledge economy, worked as Swedish Science Counselor in Beijing (2005 and 2007) and as analyst for the Swedish government. She has been commissioned as expert by the European Commission, the World Bank and the OECD. During 2015 and 2016 she was senior advisor at the Swedish Prime Minister’s Office for Strategic Development. Schwaag Serger is member of the Austrian Council for Research and Technological Development, and chairperson of the Swedish Foundation for Internationalization of Higher Education and Research. She has served on the board of the University of Uppsala and on the Swedish Government Expert Commission on Research. Currently, she is a member of the Expert Group on the Economic and Societal Impact of R&I (ESIR).

Mariana Mazzucato

Professor, University College London

Professor Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) holds the Chair in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value and is Director of the Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose, University College London (UCL). Mazzucato’s highly-acclaimed book The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs. private sector myths (Anthem 2013; Public Affairs, 2015) was on the 2013 Books of the Year list of the Financial Times. She is winner of the 2014 New Statesman SPERI Prize in Political Economy and the 2015 Hans-Matthöfer-Preis and in 2013 she was named as one of the ‘3 most important thinkers about innovation in the New Republic.

She advises policy makers around the world on innovation-led growth and is currently a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors; the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Leadership Council; and SITRA’s Advisory Panel in Finland.  Her current research projects include two funded by the EC Horizon 2020 programme: Innovation-fuelled, Sustainable, Inclusive Growth (ISIGrowth) and Distributed Global Financial Systems for Society (Dolfins) and new projects on Rethinking Medical Innovation, funded by the Open Society Foundations, and on mission-oriented innovation policies with the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB). Her recent research also includes projects funded by the Ford Foundation and the Institute for New Economic Thinking, and work commissioned by NASA, the European Space Agency.She is co-editor of Rethinking Capitalism: Economics and Policy for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth (Wiley Blackwell, July 2016).

Sir Mark Walport

Chief Executive Designate, UK Research and Innovation

Sir Mark Walport is the Chief Executive Designate of the newly formed UK Research and Innovation, which is responsible for the public funding of research and innovation. He was previously UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser and, before that, Director of the Wellcome Trust from 2003 to 2013. Until 2003, Mark was Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of Medicine at Imperial College London.

Mark received a knighthood in the 2009 New Year Honours list for services to medical research and was elected a Fellow of The Royal Society in 2011.

Jan-Eric Sundgren


Dr Jan-Eric Sundgren works since October 2016 as an independent consultant and senior adviser to the Swedish Association of Engineering Industries.

Before this he was with the Volvo Group from 2006 as executive vice president for public and environmental affairs and part of the Group Executive Management Team and between April 2013 and October 2016 and Senior Adviser to the CEO. Prior to joining the Volvo Group he was President of Chalmers University of Technology between 1998 and 2006 and prior to this Secretary General of the Swedish Research Council for engineering science. He holds a PhD in Materials Physics and a Professor¬ship in Thin Film Physics from Linköping University. He is currently chairman of the Business Europe´s working group on research and technological innovation as well as chairing the board for the Swedish Strategic Innovation program Production 2030. He is a board member of Mälardalen University, of the Swedish companies Hogia AB and Impact Coatings AB.  He is also chairing the Swedish Council for Research Infrastructure RFI and is chairman of board of the EIT RawMaterials eV.

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