Innovation Super Nation
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 / 8:00 am - 9:15 am


Derek Thompson, Senior Editor, Business, The Atlantic

Marco Annunziata, Chief Economist, GE
Ross DeVol, Chief Research Officer, Milken Institute
Conor Lenihan, Vice President for Key Partners, Skolkovo Foundation
Penny Low, Founder and President, Social Innovation Park Ltd.; Member of Parliament, Singapore
Margaret Spellings, President and CEO, Margaret Spellings and Co.; President, Forum for Policy Innovation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; former Secretary, U.S. Department of Education

Austerity measures are being implemented across the nation and around the world, but finding ways to reinvigorate economic growth - high-quality economic growth - needs to be at the top of the policy agenda. How can policymakers stitch together the various elements needed to create a vibrant, innovation-driven economy? It starts with human capital development (both homegrown and foreign-born) and R&D investment. Those priorities have to be combined with the right tax environment, ease of access to early-stage risk capital, the ability to commercialize university and lab research, and a business-friendly ecosystem. What are the best policies for promoting innovation, firm growth and broad-based economic expansion? Which nations have put best practices into action?