David Cheney

David Cheney is an Associate at the New Advisory Group.  David is also the Managing Partner of Technology Policy International, LLC, and a senior innovation consultant to the World Bank.

David has over 30 years of experience working on a wide variety of science, technology and innovation policy issues.  He was previously the Director of the Center for Science, Technology and Economic Development at SRI International, where he led a staff of 20 and conducted:

  • Strategic planning and analyses for a wide range of research institutes, universities, and think tanks in Saudi Arabia, as well as in the United States, Bahrain, and Chile
  • Design and evaluation of innovation and technology-based economic development programs in the United States and Japan
  • Analyses and evaluations of science and engineering for the U.S. National Science Foundation and of manufacturing for the National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Training workshops on innovation, science policy, and research management

Before SRI, David was a senior executive in the Clinton Administration in the U.S. Department of Energy, focused on management reforms and technology transfer at the Department’s national laboratories. In the early 1990s, he co-led major technology policy studies for the Council on Competitiveness and served as the first executive director of the Optoelectronics Industry Development Association. Previously, at the Congressional Research Service, he conducted studies for Congress on issues ranging from earthquake insurance to nuclear testing.  After college he worked as a geologist/engineer on drilling rigs in Saudi Arabia and Mexico. He has been an adjunct professor of Public Policy at George Mason University, teaching International Trade and Technology, and was a visiting research at Saitama University in Japan. He has a Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Mason University, a Master’s in Technology and Policy from MIT, and a BS in Geology and Biology from Brown University.