about me

Carl is University Professor at Syracuse University and former president of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.  A $2 billion endowment, Kauffman is the world’s largest philanthropy dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship.

Schramm is recognized internationally as a leading authority on innovation, entrepreneurship and economic growth.  The Economisthas referred to Schramm as the “evangelist of entrepreneurship.”  In 2007 Schramm, and then British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, created Global Entrepreneurship Week, now observed in 165 countries.  His 2010 essay in Foreign Affairs initiated the study of expeditionary economics.

Dr. Schramm’s academic career began at Johns Hopkins, where he founded the nation’s first research center on healthcare finance.  He has founded or co-founded five companies, including HCIA and Greenspring Advisors, a merchant bank.  Schramm also has served in major corporate roles including EVP of Fortis (now Assurant) and CEO of Fortis Healthcare.  He has advised major corporations including Ford, Johnson & Johnson, and Apple; and currently serves on the Mars Science Advisory CommitteeHe has been a member of the Singapore Prime Minister’s Research, Innovation, and Enterprise Council.  He chaired the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Measuring Innovation in the 21st Century Economy Advisory Committee during the Bush Administration and was a member of President Obama’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

He is a founding member of the Board of the International Intellectual Property Commercialization Council, a U.N. recognized NGO, headquartered in Hong Kong; a trustee of the Templeton World Charity Foundation; and, a Council Member of the National Academies of Sciences’ Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable.  He has served as a trustee of the Kauffman Foundation and the Milbank Memorial Fund.

He has authored, coauthored, or edited several books including Better Capitalism; Good Capitalism/Bad Capitalism; Inside Real Innovation; The Entrepreneurial Imperative, and Controlling Healthcare Costs.  Burn The Business Plan is forthcoming in 2017.

Schramm is a Batten Fellow at the University of Virginia and has served as a visiting scientist at MIT.  He serves on the board of the Tusher Center for Intellectual Property at UC Berkeley.  He was the inaugural Arthur & Carlyse Ciocca Visiting Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UC Davis in the academic years 2013 and 2014. In addition to teaching at the iSchool at Syracuse, he also teaches in the Renee Crown Honors College, the Law School, and the Maxwell School.

Professor Schramm holds a Ph.D. in economics from Wisconsin where he was a Ford Foundation Fellow and a New York State Regents Graduate Fellow, and earned his law degree at Georgetown.  He held two consecutive Career Scientist Awards from NIH, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow at the National Academy of Medicine.  He holds five honorary degrees and the University of Rochester’s George Eastman Medal.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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