I’m an economist. I’m also a father, a husband, a teacher, a native-born resident of the District of Columbia, a half-Tunisian by descent, and a fan of the original Speed Racer animated TV series.
My writing and research are mostly about entrepreneurship and innovation. To me that means I’m interested in how human inventiveness and decision-making combine to create the future. What’s fascinating to me about this topic is that the future is neither predetermined by the past nor completely open-ended. Our environment imposes constraints on us accumulated from the past; our imagination exposes possibilities for us imminent in the present. Economics is about the choices we make. Entrepreneurship is about the possibilities we realize. Both are essential to creating the future.
My primary professional affiliation is at George Mason University where I’m an associate professor at the school of public policy and the 2013 presidential fellow. I am also and the co-founder and co-editor of Innovations, a quarterly journal about entrepreneurial solutions to global challenges. Formerly I have been a senior fellow at the Kauffman Foundation; an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative; an associate at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University.
Finally, since December 2012, I have been the board chair of the National Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation which is dedicated to celebrating and supporting entrepreneurship and innovation by all Americans.
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