Sylvia Schwaag Serger, Ph.D.

Areas of expertise: science, technology and innovation; China’s economic and scientific development; international relations; European policy and enterprise.

Sylvia has worked extensively with innovation policy and practice, both in the Swedish and international context.

She is currently Senior Advisor Asia, Swedish Institute for Growth Policy Studies (Stockholm and Beijing) and Senior Research Fellow, University of Lund, Sweden.

From 2005-2007, Sylvia was Counsellor Science and Technology at the Swedish Embassy in Beijing where she analysed China’s innovation system and policy. She has published several reports and articles on different aspects of China’s economic and scientific development and its implications for the rest of the world. She frequently gives lectures and presentations on China to academia, policymakers and the business community. Since 2005, Sylvia has been the Swedish national expert in an OECD project which analyses innovation in China.

Sylvia holds a Ph.D. in economic history from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She also has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University (SAIS). In addition to her native languages German and English, she is also fluent in Swedish, French and Italian and speaks some Chinese.

Previous experience also includes:

Swedish Ministry of Industry and Trade; devising strategies for improving Sweden’s technology policy
As an expert on a Swedish Government committee; policy on the European Monetary Union (EMU)
Senior researcher at the Swedish Institute for Food and Agricultural Economics (SLI)
IKED, an independent international organisation focusing on the emerging issues of the knowledge-based economy.

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