Sujai Shivakumar

Senior Program Officer

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Sujai Shivakumar directs the STEP’s assessment of the Small Business Innovation Research Program and the study of The Supply Chain for Middle-Skill Jobs, He also directs the STEP’s Innovation Policy Forum, a focal point for a national and international dialogue on innovation policy. He recently completed STEP’s consensus study of National Innovation Programs for Flexible Electronics. 

Since joining the Academies’ Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy in 2001, he has been the lead researcher in the STEP’s eleven volume evaluation of public-private technology partnerships (chaired by Gordon Moore), its five volume analysis of the drivers of the information technology-led productivity growth (chaired by Dale Jorgenson), and its comparative review of innovation policies around the world and among U.S. states and regions (chaired by Mary Good). He was awarded the Academies Distinguished Individual Service Award in 2011. 

Dr. Shivakumar’s analyses highlight the important role of institutions in fostering successful cooperation among small and large technology firms, universities, venture capital companies and other actors needed to commercialize new technologies within complex innovation ecosystems. 

Dr. Shivakumar holds a doctorate in economics from George Mason University. Before joining the Academies, he was a scholar at the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University-Bloomington. He is the author of The Constitution of Development (Macmillan, 2005) and co-author with Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom of The Samaritan’s DilemmaThe Political Economy of Development Aid (Oxford, 2005). He has served as an advisor to the United Nations Development Programme, Sida, ActionAid, and the Gates Foundation, among other organizations on crafting institutions for sustainable development.