AnnaLee Saxenian Headshot
Report a problem with this profile
[email protected]

AnnaLee Saxenian    

AnnaLee Saxenian is an authority on technology clusters and global innovation

AnnaLee Saxenian has made a career of studying regional economics and the conditions under which people, ideas and geographies combine and connect into hubs of economic activity. Her latest book, "The New Argonauts: Regional Advantage in a Global Economy" (Harvard University Press, 2006) explores how and why immigrant engineers from Silicon Valley have transferred the institutions of technology entrepreneurship to emerging regions in their home countries -- Taiwan, Israel, China and India in particular -- and launching companies far from established centers of skill and technology. The "brain drain," she argues, has now become "brain circulation" -- a powerful economic force for the development of formerly peripheral regions that is sparking profound transformations in the global economy.

AnnaLee is dean and professor at the U.C. Berkeley School of Information and a professor in Berkeley's department of city and regional planning. Her prior publications include "Regional Advantage: Culture and Competition in Silicon Valley and Route 128" (Harvard, 1994), "Silicon Valley's New Immigrant Entrepreneurs" (Public Policy Institute of California, 1999), and "Local and Global Networks of Immigrant Professionals in Silicon Valley" (PPIC, 2002). She holds a PhD in political science from MIT, a master's in regional planning from U.C. Berkeley, and a BA in economics from Williams College.

Related Speakers View all

More like AnnaLee