Nicholas Vonortas is Professor of Economics and International Affairs at the George Washington University in Washington D.C. He is a faculty member of the Department of Economics and the Director of both the Center for International Science and Technology Policy and of the graduate program in International Science and Technology Policy at GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs. Professor Vonortas has been a Visiting Professor and a research associate at the Laboratory of Industrial and Energy Economics at the National Technical University of Athens since 1997. Through this affiliation he has worked on a long series of projects including three sponsored by the European Commission and led by LIEE-NTUA: STEP-To-RJVs, KNOW, TENIA, AEGIS. Professor Vonortas’ teaching and research interests are in industrial organization, in the economics of technological change, and in science and technology policy. He specializes on strategic partnerships, innovation networks, technology transfer, technology and competition policy, and the appraisal of the economic returns of R&D programs. He has written extensively on these topics and has spoken to a wide variety of audiences at professional meetings and universities, international conferences, and other settings. Professor Vonortas is a founding member and serves on the steering committee of the Washington Research Evaluation Network (WREN). He has served as a consultant to many government agencies in the United States, the European Union, the Republic of Korea, and Japan, and to several international organizations on issues related to strategic partnerships, R&D program evaluation, science and technology indicators, innovation systems, and technology, competition and intellectual property policy. Professor Vonortas holds a Ph.D. and an M.Phil. in Economics from New York University (USA), a MA in Economic Development from Leicester University (UK), and a BA in Economics from the University of Athens (Greece).