Non-Affiliated Experts

Individuals not affiliated with ITIF who have participated in ITIF events or co-authored an ITIF publication.

Hannu Hanhijärvi

Executive Director
Health Care Programme, Sitra

Mr. Hanhijärvi is the Executive Director for the Health Care Program at Sitra, the National Fund for Research and Development in Finland. In this capacity, Mr. Hanhijärvi is responsible for Sitra´s Health Care Program which was started in late 2004 to continue for five years. The planned budget for the program is €100 million and involves roughly 20 persons. Previously, he was Director of the Life Sciences Investment Team at Sitra where he led an investment team of 10 people to develop a company portfolio of 35 to 55 biotech and life sciences companies. Mr. Read more »

John Day

Professor of Computer Science
Boston University Metropolitan College

John Day has been involved in parallel processing, operating systems, and advanced computer networking research since 1970 when he was involved in the design of protocols for ARPANet and its successor, the Internet. He managed development of the OSI reference model, naming and addressing and the development of a recursive application architecture. Since 1984, he has pioneered the development of network management architectures, as well as several related products and protocols at every layer. Read more »

William Lehr

Research Associate
Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Labratory

Dr. William Lehr is an economist and industry consultant. He is a research associate in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, currently working with the Communications Futures Program (, which is an industry-academic multidisciplinary research effort focused on road mapping the communications value chain. Previously, Dr. Read more »

Christopher Yoo

Christopher Yoo
Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer and Information Science
University of Pennsylvania Law School

Christopher S. Yoo is Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer and Information Science, and Director of the Center for Technology, Innovation, and Competition at the University of Pennsylvania.

Peter Westerstråhle

Science and Technology Counselor
Tekes (Finland’s National Agency for Technology and Innovation)

Peter Westerstråhle has been the head of Tekes Washington office since August 2007. His main responsibilities include promoting R&D collaboration between research institutes, companies, and universities in Finland and the US as well as facilitating the commercialization of these R&D efforts. Prior to his current position Peter Westerstrahle worked as a technology adviser first at Tekes Tokyo office and then since 2005 at Tekes Washington office. He received his M. Sc. degree in chemical engineering at Helsinki University of Technology in 2000. Read more »

Debra M. Amidon

ENTOVATION International Ltd

Debro A. Amidon is the Chairman and CEO of Entovation International, Ltd. (Wilmington, Massachusetts) -  a global innovation research and consulting network linking 90 countries throughout the world. Her Network has evolved into the internationally recognized Entovation 100 of Global Leadership and The Entovation Group – 50 from 30 countries. She’s been featured in notable biographical publications such as The International Book of Honor and the Woman of the Decade.
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Kevin Huffman

Executive Vice President of Public Affairs
Teach for America

Before joining Teach For America’s staff, Huffman was an associate at Hogan & Hartson in Washington, D.C., where he practiced with the firm's Education Law group. Huffman is a graduate of Swarthmore College and New York University School of Law, where he worked on the Law Review and published an article on legal challenges to charter schools. He was a 1992 Teach For America corps member, and taught bilingual first and second grades in Houston.

Andrei Cherny

Founder and Co-Editor
Democracy: A Journal of Ideas

Andrei Cherny is Founder and Co-Editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, a quarterly journal of serious progressive thought that seeks to spur new ideas about the big challenges of the 21st century. Democracy – available in print and online – has a readership in every state and 90 countries around the world. Its ideas have made their way into the national political debate. The New York Times’ Maureen Dowd called it “a progressive journal to ponder big ideas that might help the wretched Democrats stop driving on Ambien and snatch back a little power.”
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Charles Jackson

Charles Jackson
Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering
George Washington University

Charles L. Jackson works as a consultant and serves as an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University where he has taught courses on mobile communications, computer networking, computer security, and programming. Read more »

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