Received: 17 June 2018
Accepted: 28 June 2018
First Online: 16 July 2018
: Dr. Nagy K. Hanna is a global expert on national innovation, smart cities, and digital transformation strategies. He is advisor, educator, author, public speaker, and thought leader on innovation policies, institutions, and strategies, over 40 years of experience in advising policy makers in developing policies, institutions and infrastructures in support of innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems, digital economy, smart cities, knowledge industries, and private sector development. He was the World Bank’s first senior advisor on digital and innovation economy.Currently, Dr. Hanna advises countries and aid agencies on developing institutions and leadership capabilities for enabling firm- and cluster-based innovation, creating innovation funds and hubs, and integrating innovation programs into city and national development strategies. He is a Visiting Professor at Wits University, South Africa, published extensively on innovation and digital economy policies and institutions and the role of government and aid agencies in the digital age.While a senior staff of the World Bank, spanning 30 years, he led many World Bank-funded digital innovation programs. Pioneered the Bank’s advisory services and lending for integrated digital transformation. He surveyed leadership institutions for the knowledge economy in 40 countries. Surveyed and advised on strategic planning practices and management development systems. Dr. Hanna has a Ph.D. in business and economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
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