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Deborah L. Wince-Smith

The Honorable Deborah L. Wince-Smith, president of the Council on Competitiveness since December 2001, is an internationally recognized expert on science and technology policy, innovation strategy, technology commercialization, and global competition. She is corporate chair and director of several high technology companies, and sits on boards, committees, and policy councils of numerous organizations, including the University of Chicago Board of Governors for Argonne National Laboratory, the Council of the Woodrow Wilson Center, and the University of California Review Committees for Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. Ms. Wince-Smith, was appointed by the Secretary of Energy to be a member of the Secretary’s Task Force on the Future of Science Programs. Recently, she was elected to the Board of Directors at NASDAQ.

A Senior Fellow at the Council since 1993, Ms. Wince-Smith served as the first Assistant Secretary for Technology Policy in the Department of Commerce Technology Administration from 1989 to 1993. She served on White House policy councils, chaired the Interagency Committee on Federal Technology Transfer, and directed the President’s National Technology Initiative. Under President Reagan, Ms. Wince-Smith served as the Assistant Director for International Affairs and Competitiveness in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. As a Program Manager at the National Science Foundation from 1976-1984, she managed U.S. research programs with Eastern European countries and U.S. universities.

Trained as a classical archaeologist, Ms. Wince-Smith graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna cum Laude from Vassar College and received her master’s degree from King’s College, Cambridge University.

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