Philip E. Auerswald is an economist and currently leads as founding executive Director at the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network, an initiative of the Kauffman Foundation. He is also an associate professor at the School of Public Policy, Government and International Affairs at George Mason University, and a cofounder and co-editor of Innovations, a quarterly journal about entrepreneurial solutions to global challenges. In June 2013, he led the launch of the National Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, an organization dedicated to using the National Mall in Washington, D.C. as a platform to celebrate and support entrepreneurship and innovation. In parallel, he is involved in initiatives related to digital property rights and healthcare to the home. Prior to joining George Mason, Austerwald was a lecturer and assistant director of the Science, Technology and Public Policy Program at the Kennedy School of Government and, until 2014, an associate at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. From 2010 to 2013, he was an an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative, focusing on job creation and market-based solutions. He also served as consultant to the National Academies of Science, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
His most recent books are Depopulation: An Investor’s Guide to Value in the Twenty-First Century, with Joon Yun, and The Coming Prosperity: How Entrepreneurs Are Transforming the Global Economy. His other books include Seeds of Disaster, Roots of Response: How Private Action Can Reduce Public Vulnerability and Taking Technical Risk: How Innovators, Executives, and Investors Manage High-Tech Risks. He was also the editor of Iraq: 1990-2006: A Diplomatic History Through Documents, and other collections related to United States foreign policy. He has blogged and written op-eds for Harvard Business Review, Forbes, The International Herald Tribune, and The San Francisco Chronicle; has been quoted in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and Slate; and has interviewed on CBS News Sunday, NPR, and Fox, among other outlets.
He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington and a B.A. (political science) from Yale University.