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IEI is run by Dr.Gaster, utilizing  a tightly selected and long time group of collaborators and consultants to work on major projects.

Dr. Gaster  - Work History

President, Innovation Ecologies Inc.,               (2005 – Present)

Commercialization Advisor, Education Development Center                                (October 2012 – Present)

Over the past twp years, in conjunction with two partners, worked to help EDC identify existing nonprofit projects with commercialization potential, and to develop the business models and raise the funding that will make these opportunities a reality. We believe major commercial opportunities can grow out of nonprofit projects. The first project in the pipeline, Stepping Stone (TM), aims to build a pipeline for delivering digital content to low income off line populations in developing countries. A pilot project in Ghana is now getting under way.

Lead Researcher, SBIR Assessment, National Academy of Sciences, (2003 – Present)

Lead researcher on the NRC's multi-year multi-agency assessment of the $2 billion federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Primary responsibility for quantitative and qualitative research and draft reports on the following agencies: DOD, NIH, NSF, NASA, DOE. Support responsibilities for a series of major National Academies workshops on SBIR and related topics.  Lead research on 6 previous volumes, including summary volume. These volumes are available for free download at the National Academies Press.

Senior Advisor, Grunwald Associates LLC (January 2010 – Present)

Grunwald Associates partners with IEI on a range of research projects largely in the education sector. These include market research for Education Week and a range of projects for Education Development Center in Boston. The work includes both qualitative and quantitative research and analysis, and participation in senior management and Board level briefings.

Senior Fellow, Alliance for Science and Technology Research in America (ASTRA),                        (December 2008 – Present).

ASTRA supports expanded funding for science and technology in America.

Senior Fellow (nonresident), Information Technology and Innovation Foundation                                 (September 2008 – Present)

ITIF provides leading edge insights into the economics and policy of innovation.

President, North Atlantic Research Inc. (1991-2005)

NAR provided research and consulting services to a wide range of public and private sector organizations in the US. Europe, and Asia

AAAS Fellow, US Congress Office of Technology Assessment, 1989-1991

Senior Editor, International Monetary Fund Board staff, 1987-1989

Associate Professor, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, 1985-1987


Volunteer Experience & Causes

Commissioner, Takoma Neighborhood Youth Soccer, March 1997

As a collaborative management team, we manage a youth soccer organization serving all youths 4-18 in the Takoma area. This is all-volunteer, serving about 3,000 children per season, with about 1/3rd on scholarship. I also hold a National D-level Soccer Coaching license.



University of California, Berkeley,  PhD, Political Science 1978 – 1986
University of Kent, Master's degree, Philosophy, 1977 – 1978
University of Oxford, BA, Politics, Philosophy, Economics 1973 – 1976