Robert Atkinson Founder and President  The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation,      The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation is a Washington, DC-based technology policy think tank.     He is also author of Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage (Yale, 2012), the book, The Past And Future Of America’s Economy: Long Waves Of Innovation That Power Cycles Of Growth (Edward Elgar, 2005), and the State New Economy Index series.       He has an extensive background in technology policy, he has conducted ground-breaking research projects on technology and innovation, is a valued adviser to state and national policy makers, and a popular speaker on innovation policy nationally and internationally.    Before coming to ITIF, Dr. Atkinson was Vice President of the Progressive Policy Institute and Director of PPI’s Technology & New Economy Project. While at PPI he wrote numerous research reports on technology and innovation policy, including on issues such as broadband telecommunications, e-commerce and e-government, privacy, copyright, the R&D tax credit, offshoring, and innovation economics.    Previously Dr. Atkinson served as the first Executive Director of the Rhode Island Economic Policy Council, a public-private partnership including as members the Governor, legislative leaders, and corporate and labor leaders.      Short Bio

Robert Atkinson
Founder and President
 The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation,

 The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation is a Washington, DC-based technology policy think tank.

He is also author of Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage (Yale, 2012), the book, The Past And Future Of America’s Economy: Long Waves Of Innovation That Power Cycles Of Growth (Edward Elgar, 2005), and the State New Economy Index series.

He has an extensive background in technology policy, he has conducted ground-breaking research projects on technology and innovation, is a valued adviser to state and national policy makers, and a popular speaker on innovation policy nationally and internationally.

Before coming to ITIF, Dr. Atkinson was Vice President of the Progressive Policy Institute and Director of PPI’s Technology & New Economy Project. While at PPI he wrote numerous research reports on technology and innovation policy, including on issues such as broadband telecommunications, e-commerce and e-government, privacy, copyright, the R&D tax credit, offshoring, and innovation economics.

Previously Dr. Atkinson served as the first Executive Director of the Rhode Island Economic Policy Council, a public-private partnership including as members the Governor, legislative leaders, and corporate and labor leaders. 

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Barry Friedman Senior Director Albright Stonebridge Group,   A global strategy firm. Based in Washington DC, Mr. Friedman joins the US branch of the China practice.     Most recently, Mr. Friedman has been SVP for Corporate Affairs for Walmart China, where he led external communications, government relations and affairs, and corporate social responsibility programs for Walmart China (retail operations) as well as Walmart Global Sourcing and Walmart eCommerce.     In addition to AmCham China, he also represented Walmart on several boards including Vice Chair of the China Association for Foreign Invested Enterprises and the US-China Center for Sustainable Development.      Prior to joining Walmart, Mr. Friedman had a long career as a US diplomat and most recently served as Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs at the US Embassy in Beijing, where he oversaw five constituent offices and a network of American Trading Centers. At the Department of Commerce, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Operations and was responsible for the management and oversight of the US Commercial Services worldwide network of 152 trade offices in 92 countries. He has worked throughout Asia in government and business positions including Hong Kong, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Sydney, Tokyo and Singapore, with nearly two decades of experience in greater China.     Short Bio

Barry Friedman
Senior Director
Albright Stonebridge Group,

A global strategy firm. Based in Washington DC, Mr. Friedman joins the US branch of the China practice.

Most recently, Mr. Friedman has been SVP for Corporate Affairs for Walmart China, where he led external communications, government relations and affairs, and corporate social responsibility programs for Walmart China (retail operations) as well as Walmart Global Sourcing and Walmart eCommerce.

In addition to AmCham China, he also represented Walmart on several boards including Vice Chair of the China Association for Foreign Invested Enterprises and the US-China Center for Sustainable Development.

Prior to joining Walmart, Mr. Friedman had a long career as a US diplomat and most recently served as Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs at the US Embassy in Beijing, where he oversaw five constituent offices and a network of American Trading Centers. At the Department of Commerce, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Operations and was responsible for the management and oversight of the US Commercial Services worldwide network of 152 trade offices in 92 countries. He has worked throughout Asia in government and business positions including Hong Kong, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Sydney, Tokyo and Singapore, with nearly two decades of experience in greater China.

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Aaron Brickman Deputy Executive Director, SelectUSA U.S. Department of Commerce      Aaron Brickman serves as Deputy Executive Director of SelectUSA within the U.S. Department of Commerce. Established in 2011 by Executive Order of the President, SelectUSA is a government-wide initiative to encourage and facilitate business investment in the United States.    As founding Deputy Executive Director, Mr. Brickman guides SelectUSA to facilitate business investment to create jobs, spur economic growth and promote U.S. competitiveness. He manages the promotion of the United States as the world’s premier investment destination and coordinates across the federal government to address policy and regulatory barriers to investment in partnership with state, regional, and local economic development organizations (EDOs).     Immediately prior to creating SelectUSA, Mr. Brickman founded and led Invest in America, the first U.S. government effort in a generation to promote and support foreign direct investment (FDI) into the United States. As the primary outward-facing federal representative for FDI attraction, his responsibilities included global management and coordination of investment promotion and related agency activities, counseling state and local EDOs on FDI efforts, advising firms on U.S. market entry, undertaking outreach to the international investment community, and acting as FDI ombudsman in Washington, DC.     Short Bio

Aaron Brickman
Deputy Executive Director, SelectUSA
U.S. Department of Commerce

Aaron Brickman serves as Deputy Executive Director of SelectUSA within the U.S. Department of Commerce. Established in 2011 by Executive Order of the President, SelectUSA is a government-wide initiative to encourage and facilitate business investment in the United States.

As founding Deputy Executive Director, Mr. Brickman guides SelectUSA to facilitate business investment to create jobs, spur economic growth and promote U.S. competitiveness. He manages the promotion of the United States as the world’s premier investment destination and coordinates across the federal government to address policy and regulatory barriers to investment in partnership with state, regional, and local economic development organizations (EDOs). 

Immediately prior to creating SelectUSA, Mr. Brickman founded and led Invest in America, the first U.S. government effort in a generation to promote and support foreign direct investment (FDI) into the United States. As the primary outward-facing federal representative for FDI attraction, his responsibilities included global management and coordination of investment promotion and related agency activities, counseling state and local EDOs on FDI efforts, advising firms on U.S. market entry, undertaking outreach to the international investment community, and acting as FDI ombudsman in Washington, DC.

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JUNG YUN YUN CAPITAL Chairman & CEO    Jung Yun has more than twenty years experience in the areas of finance and banking including: Investment Banking, Retail Banking, Mortgage Banking, Public Private Partnerships, Structured Products, Trade Finance and Portfolio Management. She is currently the Chairman & CEO of Yun Capital, Yun Capital Asset Management, Helios Banc and other Venture Capital Investments in manufacturing and renewables technologies. Ms. Yun’s experience includes investments for public/private companies in transaction size as large as $20B USD, including completion of $300M USD in M&A and managing over $4B USD in assets.  Ms. Yun has created several financial CDO, CMBS, and insurance products using derivative modeling.    Ms. Yun has investment experience around the world including the following countries:   Korea, Japan, China, India, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, France, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Zambia, Angola, Uganda, USA and other Nation States.  She also works with Heads of States in advising on economic policies in the areas of job creation, affordable housing, banking, mortgages, infrastructure, green technologies, energy, transportation, education, currency and other areas of the economy.      Ms. Yun was selected to serve on Milken Institute’s Young Leaders Council, has published a sales and management manual recognized by Dale Carnegie, and a member of the American Bankers Association. 

JUNG YUN
YUN CAPITAL
Chairman & CEO

Jung Yun has more than twenty years experience in the areas of finance and banking including: Investment Banking, Retail Banking, Mortgage Banking, Public Private Partnerships, Structured Products, Trade Finance and Portfolio Management. She is currently the Chairman & CEO of Yun Capital, Yun Capital Asset Management, Helios Banc and other Venture Capital Investments in manufacturing and renewables technologies. Ms. Yun’s experience includes investments for public/private companies in transaction size as large as $20B USD, including completion of $300M USD in M&A and managing over $4B USD in assets.  Ms. Yun has created several financial CDO, CMBS, and insurance products using derivative modeling.

Ms. Yun has investment experience around the world including the following countries: 

Korea, Japan, China, India, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, France, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Zambia, Angola, Uganda, USA and other Nation States.  She also works with Heads of States in advising on economic policies in the areas of job creation, affordable housing, banking, mortgages, infrastructure, green technologies, energy, transportation, education, currency and other areas of the economy.  

Ms. Yun was selected to serve on Milken Institute’s Young Leaders Council, has published a sales and management manual recognized by Dale Carnegie, and a member of the American Bankers Association. 



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