Itzhak Goldberg is currently a Senior Advisor and Distinguished Fellow of Fraunhofer IMW in Leipzig. He is also a Fellow at the think tank CASE (Center for Social and Economic Research) in Warsaw as well as a Consultant for the World Bank. He has been a visiting senior researcher at the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC). He worked for the World Bank from 1990 to 2009, most recently as a Policy and Strategy Advisor with the Europe and Central Asia Region. Mr. Goldberg was in charge of private sector development programs in various countries in the region and he was pivotal in the design and implementation of the privatization program of the government of Serbia. More recently, he has devoted his attention to the economics of upgrading innovation and technology in the Europe and Central Asia Region and leading the series of studies on knowledge economy. He published with R. Desai "Can Russia Compete?" (Brookings Institution 2008) and with G. Goddard, S. Kuriakose and JL Racine "Igniting Innovation" (WB, 2020). Prior to joining the World Bank, Mr. Goldberg was the chief economist of Dead Sea Works Limited in Israel for 11 years. After obtaining his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1976, he worked as a research fellow at the Hoover Institution in Stanford, California.