Mike Snyder is a social entrepreneur and an international economist based in Fremont California. He is the chief evangelist and principal co-Founder of IFEST. He has most recently served as a senior international manager at the American Chemical Society, handling all cooperative programs for Asia. He has also worked for the US Secretary of Education on science and math education reform at the Department of Education, and has managed international life sciences cooperation at the Fogarty International Center of NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. As an entrepreneur, Mike started Asia-Pacific programs from scratch at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 1996 with over $1 million in grant funding from the US National Science Foundation, the John D. Evans Foundation, the Japan-US Friendship Commission, the Korea-US Science Cooperation Center, and other sources. Mike also served over 3 years researching science and technology policy issues for congressional leaders as an analyst at the congressional Office of Technology Assessment.
Mike earned his baccalaureate and then his MA in Economics from the University of Utah, where he graduated cum laude and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He has lived and worked extensively in Asia, and studied economics and finance for one year at Kyoto University and Doshisha University in Japan as a Rotary Foundation International Graduate Fellow. He is fluent in Japanese. Mike has published numerous articles and presented at numerous conferences on innovation, entrepreneurship, international science cooperation, education policy, and related topics. He has over 15 years of experience leading analytical and program teams to develop and implement landmark scientific, technological, educational, and economic cooperation programs between the US, Asia, and Europe.
Expertise: International Economics, Entrepreneurship