Anwar Aridi is an Innovation Specialist at the Innovation and Entrepreneurship unit of the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice at the World Bank in Washington DC. Anwar specializes in science, technology, and innovation policy issues, R&D design, implementation, and collaboration, technology entrepreneurship, and regional economic development. He previously worked as an Economic and Technology Policy Analyst at SRI International Center for Science, Technology, and Economic Development and at the World Bank Middle East and North Africa Country Management Unit. Anwar holds a Ph.D. from the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Administration at the George Washington University (GWU) in Science and Technology Policy. He also has an MA degree from the Elliot School of International Affairs in International Science and Technology Policy at GWU and an MS degree in Information and Telecommunication Systems from Ohio University.
Anwar is the coeditor of Innovation Policy: A Practical Introduction (Springer Books 2014 with Vonortas, N. & Rouge, P.). He serves as a mentor and trainer for the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative’s Technology-Idea (Tech-I) business plan competition at the annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) and for the MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup Competition.