Dr. Sujai J. Shivakumar Joins CSIS as Senior Fellow and Director of the Renewing American Innovation Project

WASHINGTON, November 16, 2021: The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is pleased to announce that Dr. Sujai J. Shivakumar, former director of the Innovation Policy Forum at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, has joined CSIS as senior fellow and director of the Renewing American Innovation (RAI) Project.
“Sujai brings two decades of experience as an architect of U.S. technology and innovation policy. His leadership will bolster CSIS’s work on policy actions the United States can take to secure global scientific and technological leadership in the twenty-first century,” said Dr. John J. Hamre, president and CEO of CSIS. “We are delighted that he is joining CSIS.”
Dr. Shivakumar has held various leadership positions at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; the National Academy of Public Administration; the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation; and the Coalition for a Prosperous America. In these roles, he produced policy studies and reports on technological innovation, technology transfer, advanced manufacturing, skilled technical workforce development, and regional technology-based economic development. He also drafted, edited, and disseminated over 40 National Academies reports on U.S. innovation strategy, policies, and programs.
Additionally, as director of the National Academies’ Innovation Policy Forum and as a senior adviser to the National Academy of Public Administration, Dr. Shivakumar has convened high-level workshops on the challenge of renewing American innovation for national security. He also served as the lead staff member for the National Academies’ consensus report, Rising to the Challenge: U.S. Innovation Policy for the Global Economy. Most recently, his recommendations regarding a network of foundations to support technology transfer from the Department of Energy’s National Laboratories were adopted in the U.S. Senate's passage of the United States Innovation and Competition Act of 2021.
“We’re very excited to have Sujai leading the team at a time when the future of U.S. innovativeness is being debated in the halls of Congress. From the technological acceleration precipitated by the pandemic and fears of competition with China over 5G and international standards-setting to the ongoing debate around patents and innovation, the future of American innovativeness is at a critical juncture,” said Alexander Kersten, deputy director and fellow with the RAI Project. “We are thrilled to welcome Sujai to the RAI Project.”
Dr. Shivakumar holds a PhD in economics from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree in physics from Carleton University.