Dominique Foray is Full Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and holds the Chair of Economics and Management of Innovation (CEMI). He serves as Director of the Doctoral Program “Management of Technology”.
He is a member of the Swiss Council for Science and Innovation which is advising the Federal Government, the Advisory Board of the Swiss Economic Institute (KOF); and a foreign member of the Center of Capitalism and Society (Columbia University, New York).
From 2007 to 2015, he was a member of the National Research Council (Switzerland). From 2013 to 2015, he was a member (the only foreign one) of the Expert Commission for Research and Innovation of Germany (E-FI) which is directly advising the German Chancellor, and a member of the Expert Group for the National Report on Research and Innovation (SBFI, Switzerland, 2016).
From 2008 to 2011, he served as chairman of the expert group Knowledge for Growth; a group of prominent economists created to advise the European Commission, DG research). This is during his service as member of this Group that he developed the concept of smart specialisation (together with P.A. David, B. Hall and B. van Ark) that is now a key policy mechanism of the EU in the framework of cohesion policy.
D. Foray is recognized internationally as one of the leading academic experts in the economics of innovation and knowledge and economic policy implications of the new knowledge-based economy, technology policy and knowledge policy for development and has presented many opening speeches and key note addresses in academic and policy conferences on these topics.
He has written numerous academic papers and has edited several books and special issues in these fields.