Professor Wolfgang Drechsler is Professor of Governance. Currently, he is also Visiting Scholar at Harvard University’s Davis Center. BA Bridgewater College, MA University of Virginia, PhD University of Marburg, Graduate German University of Public Administration Speyer, Habilitation University of Tartu, SocScD (honorary doctorate) Corvinus University of Budapest. He previously taught at the Universities of Marburg, Gießen, Frankfurt/Main, and Tartu (Chair of Public Administration); as André Molitor Chair (professeur invité) at the Université catholique de Louvain; as Visiting Professor at the Universities of Lund and of Erfurt, at the Central University of Finance and Economics Beijing, at the University of Malaya, at Zhejiang and at Gadjah Mada Universities, at the National Institute for Development Administration (NIDA) Bangkok, at Corvinus, and at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.
In civil service, Wolfgang has been Advisor to the President of Estonia, Executive Secretary with the German Wissenschaftsrat during German Reunification, and, as an APSA Congressional Fellow, Senior Legislative Analyst in the United States Congress. He was vice chair of the executive board of PRAXIS, Estonia’s pre-eminent public policy think-tank; member of the Innovation Policy Council of the Estonian Ministry of Economics; member of the Lisbon Agenda Group for public management; and founding co-chair of the EGPA Permanent Study Group XV on ‘Public Administration, Technology, and Innovation’. He currently directs the RND’ large-scale institutional grant (IUT) on ‘Challenges to State Modernization in 21st Century Europe’, 2014-19, and since 2016, he is on the management board of IASIA.
Wolfgang has been a consultant to international institutions such as the OECD, the Council of Europe, SIGMA, the World Bank, the European Union (especially Commission and Parliament), the Inter-American Development Bank, and the UNDP, to national governments, and in the private sector. He has received the Estonian National Science Award; the Alena Brunovskà Award for Teaching Excellence; the Outstanding Alumnus Award from Bridgewater College, delivering also the annual W. Harold Row Endowed Lecture; the Maarjamaa Rist, Estonia’s Order of Merit; the German Federal Merit Cross; TUT’s Top Scientist award as best PhD advisor for three years in a row, 2011-13. He is the author or editor of more than 20 books and journal issues and well over 100 scholarly articles.
Wolfgang Drechsler’s areas of interest include Non-Western PA, especially Confucian and Buddhist; PA, Technology, and Innovation; and Public Management Reform generally; as well as e-Governance, Municipal Autonomy, and Academic Administration. He also has an active interest in Political Philosophy and Economic Theory. His regional foci are Southeast and East Asia and Central and Eastern Europe. His book on Innovation Bureaucracy (with Rainer Kattel and Erkki Karo) will be published by Yale University Press later in 2017.
Contact: wolfgang dot drechsler at ttu dot ee
Rainer Kattel is currently visiting professor at the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose and Estonian Academy of Sciences research professor at Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance. He received his education from University of Tartu, Estonia, and University of Marburg, Germany, studying philosophy, political philosophy, classics and public administration.
He led the Department for ten years. He has served on various public policy commissions, including Estonian Research Council and European Science Foundation. He has worked as an expert for the OECD, UNDP, and the European Commission. Currently, he leads Estonian Government’s Gender Equality Council, and is a member of governing boards at Tallinn University of Technology and Estonian Academy of Arts.
He has published extensively on innovation policy, its governance and specific management issues. His research interests include also public sector innovation, predictive governance and financialization. His recent books include The Elgar Handbook of Alternative Theories of Economic Development (edited with Erik Reinert and Jayati Gosh; Elgar, 2016), Financial Regulations in the European Union (edited with Jan Kregel and Mario Tonveronachi; Routledge, 2016), Innovation Bureaucracy (with Wolfgang Drechsler and Erkki Karo; Yale, forthcoming in 2017), and a special section on mission oriented innovation policy in Industrial and Corporate Change (edited with Mariana Mazzucato,; forthcoming in 2017).
In 2013, he received Estonia's National Science Award for his work on innovation policy.
Contact: rainer dot kattel at ttu dot ee
Professor Jan A. Kregel PhD (Rutgers University) is Professor of Finance and Development. Kregel just retired as Chief of the Policy Analysis and Development Branch of the Financing for Development Office of UNDESA, the United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Until 2004, he was High Level Expert in International Finance and Macroeconomics in the New York Liaison Office of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), being in essence its chief economist. For many years, he held the Chair for Political Economy at the University of Bologna. He was on the faculty of Johns Hopkins SAIS, whose Bologna Center he co-directed in the late 1980s, and he is a Visiting Professor at the University of Missouri at Kansas City and a Senior Scholar at the Levy Economics Institute at Bard College. He is a Life Fellow of the Royal Economic Society in London and is counted as one of the leading post-Keynesian economists today. His main area of interest is finance.
Contact: jankregel at yahoo dot com
Professor Dr. Robert Krimmer is Full Professor of e-Governance within Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance at the School of Business and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia. Robert’s research is focused on the transformation of the public sector, electronic participation and democracy, as well as e-voting, and all issues contributing to developing a digital society. Robert is Associate Editor of the international scientific journal Government Information Quarterly (GIQ), where he is in charge of participation issues. Further, Robert coordinates TOOP, the EU H2020 large-scale pilot on exploring and demonstrating the feasibility of the once-only principle involving 50+ partners from 21 countries inside and outside the European Union. He was member of the group of experts to the Council of Europe Ad-Hoc Committee on Electronic Voting (CAHVE) which had the task to update the CoE's recommendation on legal, technical and operational standards for Electronic Voting. Also, he was one of the lead experts for the Council of Europe Ad-Hoc Committee on Electronic Democracy and drafted Annex 1 of the CoE Recommendation (2009) on e-Democracy. Before returning to academia, Robert was OSCE/ODIHR's first senior adviser on new voting technologies. In the past he advised CoE, OSCE/ODIHR, UNDP, WHO, ITU, the European Commission and AWEB on various matters.
Contact: robert dot krimmer at ttu dot ee
Professor Ahti-Veikko Pietarinen PhD (University of Helsinki) directs the Chair of Philosophy and currently teaches as a visiting professor at the Centre for the Study of Language and Cognition at Zheijang University in China and as a professor at the University of Helsinki. In his previous career he has worked at the Harvard University as the Houghton Library Visiting Fellow, as a visiting professor at the Kyung Hee University in Republic of Korea and as an adjunct professor at the University of Turku and at the University of Helsinki. Professor Pietarinen’s areas of specialization include Philosophy of Logic & Language, Philosophy of Science, Pragmatism, History of Analytic & American Philosophy and the Philosophy of Mathematics.
Professor Carlota Perez is visiting Professor of Technology and Socio-Economic Development. Perez, who currently resides in United Kingdom, is Centennial Professor of International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), U.K. and Honorary Professorial fellow at SPRU, University of Sussex. Perez has held posts in the government of Venezuela, first in the Institute of Foreign Commerce in relation with the technology aspects of the North-South Dialogue (1975-1977), later as founding Director of Technology in the Ministry of Industry (1980-1983). She is perhaps most famous for her development of the concept of the “Techno-Economic Paradigm Shift”.
Contact: carperezperez at yahoo dot com
Tiina Randma-Liiv is Professor of Public Management and Policy at Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia, where she currently also serves as Vice Dean for Research of the Faculty of Business and Governance. She holds a BA in Economics from the University of Tartu, Estonia, an MPA from New York University and a PhD from Loughborough University. Randma-Liiv previously served as Professor and Chair of Public Management at the University of Tartu, and as Visiting Professor at the Catholic University of Leuven, the University of Gdansk, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, and Florida International University. She has served on the Steering Committees of the European Group of Public Administration (EGPA), and of the Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee). Randma-Liiv is currently a member of the Advisory Board to the Estonian Minister of Public Administration, previously she has been a member of the Academic Council of the President of Estonia and of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Board on Administrative Reform. She has served in the academic advisory board of the European Public Service Award, in the advisory board of the UNDP Regional Centre for Public Administration Reform, and in the OECD Expert Group of the Partnership for Democratic Governance. Randma-Liiv is a co-founder and a board member of the biggest Estonian think-tank – PRAXIS Centre for Policy Studies. Her research interests include the impact of fiscal crisis on public administration, public sector organization, civil service reforms, policy transfer and small states. She has won Alena Brunovska Award for Teaching Excellence in Central and Eastern Europe (2006) and the Estonian National Science Award (2016).
Contact: tiina dot randma-liiv at ttu dot ee
Professor of Public Finance and Governance Dr. Ringa Raudla, BA, MA (University of Tartu) and PhD (University of Erfurt) has previously worked as a lecturer at University of Tartu and as a visiting lecturer at University of Erfurt. She teaches courses on public finance, public sector financial management, Law & Economics and research methods. Her main research interests are budgeting, fiscal governance and fiscal policy, social insurance, institutional economics and constitutional political economy. She has worked as an advisory expert to the Ministry of Finance, the National Audit Office, Praxis and the World Bank on different issues (strategic management, performance management and performance budgeting, fiscal rules, budget transparency and citizen’s guide to budget). She currently holds a personal research grant from the Estonian Research Council on “Developments in Fiscal Governance in European Countries: Impacts of the Crisis and Future Prospects”. Ringa is a member of the Programme and Research Advisory Committee of IIAS (International Institute of Administrative Sciences) and also coordinates the IIAS study group on financial and fiscal administration. She is a member of the editorial boards of the following journals: Governance, Perspectives on Public Management and Governance, Urban Affairs Review, Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management, and International Journal of Public Sector Management. Ringa is also a founding member of the Young Academy of Sciences of Estonia.
Contact: ringa dot raudla at gmail dot com
Professor Erik S. Reinert BA (University of St. Gallen) MA (Harvard) PhD (Cornell) is Professor of Technology Governance and Development Strategies. He is a former entrepreneur and since 2000 served as the Executive Chairman of The Other Canon Foundation, a small center and network for heterodox economics research. Reinert's research interests and publications focus around the theory of uneven development and the history of economic thought and policy. His book How Rich Countries Got Rich ... and Why Poor Countries Stay Poorwon the Myrdal Prize in economics and the Norwegian Selvaag Prize, both in 2008. As a consultant, Reinert's emphasis is on industrial and economic policy, the preconditions and management of innovations, and the relations between financial and production capital. Professor Reinert is one of the best-known heterodox economists of our times.
Contacts: eriksreinert at gmail dot com