Sylvia Schwaag-Seger

Professor Sylvia Schwaag Serger has an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a PhD in economic history from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research focus has been on research and innovation policy and on China’s economic and scientific development. Prior to becoming Deputy Vice Chancellor, she was Executive Director for International Strategy at the Swedish Government Agency for Innovation (VINNOVA) and Adjunct Professor in research policy at the School of Economics of Lund University. She has run an independent think tank on the knowledge economy, worked as Swedish Science Counselor in Beijing (2005 and 2007) and as analyst for the Swedish government (Ministry of Trade and Industry and Swedish Institute for Food and Agricultural Economics) and been commissioned as expert by the European Commission, the World Bank and the OECD. During 2015 and 2016 she was senior advisor at the Swedish Prime Minister’s Office for Strategic Development. In 2016, she was appointed by the Swedish Government to coordinate the government’s efforts to mitigate the effects of Ericsson’s cutbacks in Sweden. Schwaag Serger is member of the Austrian Council for Research and Technological Development, chairperson of the Swedish Foundation for Internationalization of Higher Education and Research and member of the International Advisory Board of the Norwegian Research Council. She has served on the board of the University of Uppsala and on the Swedish Government Expert Commission on Research. At European level, she has chaired an expert group on international research and innovation cooperation for DG Research. She has also served as member of an expert group tasked with evaluating the European Innovation Partnerships and as member of the Expert Group on the Economic and Societal Impact of Research and Innovation (ESIR). From 2013- 2016 she was Guest Professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute for Policy Management (CASIPM). Ms Schwaag Serger was born and raised in Germany and the US. She speaks German, English, Swedish and French fluently and has a good knowledge of Italian and Mandarin.