Roland Stephen, Associate Director, Higher Education & Economic Development, Center for Science, Technology and Economic Development | SRI International

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Roland Stephen

Director, Center for Innovation Strategy and Policy

Roland Stephen, Ph.D., has more than 20 years of leadership and project management experience in policy analysis, strategic planning, and program evaluation. His work focuses on the design and assessment of institutions and programs for research, development and innovation.  He has formulated a new approach to assessing regional innovation systems, and designed a novel, skills-based analysis of the energy engineering workforce. Other projects include technology and innovation-based economic development strategies, and diversification plans for a major industrial city.

Prior to joining SRI, Stephen lead several programs at the Institute for Emerging Issues, at North Carolina State University, where he was an associate professor in the School of Public and International Affairs. Programs included aligning higher education institutions around state economic development goals, and accelerating the growth of technology-intensive businesses through innovative policies and practices in workforce, infrastructure, and public finance.

Stephen holds a Ph.D. in international and comparative political economy from UCLA, and a B.A. degree in history and economics from the University of Cambridge (UK).