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
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