Dr. Charles Wessner is a distinguished scholar and a powerful advocate of effective innovation policies. Dr. Charles Wessner is a National Academy Scholar and Director of the Program on Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. He is recognized nationally and internationally for his expertise on innovation policy, including public-private partnerships, entrepreneurship, early-stage financing for new firms, and the special needs and benefits of high-technology industry. He testifies to the U.S. Congress and major national commissions, advises agencies of the U.S. government and international organizations, and lectures at leading universities in the U.S. and abroad. Reflecting the strong global interest in innovation, he is frequently asked to address issues of shared policy interest with foreign governments, universities, and research institutes, often briefing government ministers and senior officials. He has a strong commitment to international cooperation, reflected in the recent honor bestowed on him with his nomination as an Officer of the Order of Merit by President of the Republic of France.
Dr. Wessner's work addresses the linkages between science-based economic growth, entrepreneur