Dr. Michael Mandel, president of South Mountain Economics LLC, is one of the country’s leading experts in emerging occupations and emerging industries.Mandel is also chief economic strategist at the Progressive Policy Institute in Washington (DC), where he supervises PPI’s research and policy work across such topics as the data-driven economy, the impact of regulation on innovation, and policies to improve production, investment and job growth. Mandel, who received a PhD in economics from Harvard University, is senior fellow at Wharton’s Mack Institute for Innovation Management at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of four books including Rational Exuberance: Silencing the Enemies of Growth and Why the Future Is Better Than You Think.
Dr. Jonathan Liebenau (co-author of “London: Digital City on the Rise”) is an Associate Professor (Reader) in Technology Management in the Department of Management at the London School of Economics. Liebenau leads LSE Tech, a research group at LSE’s Department of Management active in the area of Internet and Communications Economics, Policy and Strategy.
Judy Scherer, MCP, MA, (co-author of “The Geography of the App Economy” and “Using Want-Ad Data for Mapping of Jobs and Economic Activity Related to Innovative Technologies,” forthcoming) is president of 21st Century Career, LLC, a NJ-based career counseling firm. She is currently working on a book entitled The HIdden Job Market. She holds a master’s degree in city planning from Harvard University and a master’s degree in counseling from New York University.