Denis Simon, executive vice chancellor at Duke Kunshan and professor of China business and technology at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, has been invited to serve as a member of the Committee on Science and Innovation Leadership for the 21st Century: Challenges and Strategic implications for the United States.
The committee, under the policy and global affairs unit of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, mobilizes experts and networks in the U.S. and around the world to advance local, national and global policy and capacity on science and innovation-related topics.
Simon has more than four decades of experience studying business, competition, innovation and technology strategy in China, as well as U.S.-China technology relations.
In 2006, he was awarded the Friendship Award, China's highest honor for foriegn residents, by then-premier Wen Jiabao in Beijing. He is the co-author of a recent book entitled “Innovation in China: Challenging the Global Science and Technology System.”
Upon receiving his invitation, Simon said, “This is a real honor to be asked to serve on such a prestigious panel with such an exemplary group of recognized experts. Given the accelerated pace of technological change and the massive discontinuities occurring across the global economy and reseach and development system, it is a very appropriate time for the National Academies to study those critical forces that are re-shaping and re-configuring the international landscape.”
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine is a grouping of private, nonprofit institutions that provides expert advice on some of the most pressing challenges facing the U.S. and the world.
The U.S. National Academy of Sciences was formed in 1863. As science began to play an ever-increasing role in national priorities and public life, it was eventually expanded to include the National Research Council in 1916, the National Academy of Engineering in 1964 and the National Academy of Medicine, which was established in 1970 as the Institute of Medicine.
The three academies work together to provide independent, objective analysis and advice, as well as conduct other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions at home and abroad.