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Robin Gaster, Ph.D.

Robin focuses on innovation metrics, assessment, and a range of issues related to the innovation capacity of regions in a globalizing economy. He is the lead for Grunwald research on Small Business Innovation Grants for the National Academy of Sciences.

Robin is also vice president for research at the Alliance for Science and Technology Research in America (ASTRA) and senior fellow (nonresident) at the Innovation and Information Technology Foundation (ITIF). He has authored many reports and publications covering a wide range of topics broadly related to technology, trade, and e-commerce, including a book on trans-Atlantic telecommunications issues, Bit by Bit. His work has been published in Foreign Policy and The Atlantic.

Consulting clients include the European Commission, Deloitte and Touche, the Economist Intelligence Unit, TEKES (the Finnish National Technology Agency), VINNOVA (the Swedish National Technology Agency), and the Electric Power Research Institute, as well as many corporate clients such as Philips, Olivetti, Mitsubishi Research, and Dataquest, and think tanks such as the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy, and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.

Dr. Gaster received a Ph.D from U.C. Berkeley, an M.A. from the University of Kent (UK), and a B.A. from Oxford University (U.K).