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Christian Reimsbach-Kounatze

Internet economist and policy analyst, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry (STI)

Christian Reimsbach-Kounatze is an Internet economist and policy analyst at the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry (STI). Christian has been working in STI on topics related to the Internet and digital economy since 2008. This includes work on assessing the impact of ICTs on the society (including on skills and employment) and more recently work on the economics of “big data”. He is now co-ordinating OECD’s horizontal project on “the role of data for growth and well-being”, which is part of a broader OECD project on New Sources of Growth (NSG). Before joining the OECD, Christian worked as a researcher at the Institute for Information and Market Engineering of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and at SAP Research in Germany on topics related to information markets, peer-to-peer systems, and distributed incentive mechanisms. Christian holds a Diploma (Master of Science) in Information Science, Engineering and Management and a Diploma in Economics, both granted by the KIT.

Talk Title: 
Data-driven Innovation for Growth and Well-Being: How ready are European countries?
Talk Abstract: 

Today, the generation and use of huge volumes of data are redefining our "intelligence" capacity and our social and economic landscapes, spurring new industries, processes and products, and creating significant competitive advantages. In this sense, data-driven innovation (DDI) has become a key pillar of 21st-century growth, with the potential to significantly enhance productivity, resource efficiency, economic competitiveness, and social well-being. But how ready are countries to take advantage of DDI? How can they leverage their policy frameworks to maximise the benefits of DDI and mitigate the associated economic and societal risks? And what are the major tensions they have to address on the transition towards a data-driven economy?