Carlota Perez is Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics (LSE), Honorary Professor at the new Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) at UCL, and at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex. She is also Professor of Technology at the Nurkse Institute, TUT, Estonia.
A leading expert on the socio-economic impact of technical change and the historical context of growth and development, her long career has spanned civil service, innovation investment, academic research, teaching and consultancy. She is the author of the influential Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages (Elgar 2002), which focused on the role of finance in the diffusion of technological revolutions. As Academic-in-Residence at Anthemis UK, she is currently working on the next stage in the process; her research project ‘Beyond the Technological Revolution’ analyses the historical role of the state in shaping the context for innovation.
In the 1980s, she was the founding Director of Technological Development at the Ministry of Industry in Venezuela, her country of origin. Alongside other policy instruments to promote innovation, she created the first venture capital fund in the country. She has since acted as a consultant for several Latin American governments and for multilateral organisations such as UNCTAD, UNIDO, CEPAL, the OECD, the Andean Pact and the World Bank. Most recently, she was Chair of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Expert Group for Green Growth and Jobs. She has also consulted for numerous global corporations, including IBM, Cisco, Telefonica and Ericsson as well as for Venture Capital firms. She speaks regularly at major world conferences on technology and innovation and is regularly invited to lecture at universities across the globe.