Thriving Earth Exchange Advisory Board
Associate Director, DC Office
Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes (CSPO)
Arizona State University
Mahmud Farooque is the Associate Director of CSPO’s Washington DC Office, whose work focuses on the research, design and implementation of new and exciting opportunities to change the way science and innovation policy is learned and practiced to improve decision-making and societal outcomes. He co-leads CSPO’s long-term efforts to build a community of practice among innovative R&D program managers in the government—aimed at enhancing the social value of publicly funded science. These include hosting a series of informal exchanges between program managers in federal science agencies, academia and professional societies about the challenges and opportunities for innovating in path dependent institutions. Mahmud is a principal coordinator at Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology (ECAST) – a distributive institutional network that brings together research centers, informal science education centers, citizen science programs and non-partisan policy think tanks to engage citizens on decision-making related to science and technology policy. Mahmud also co-leads CSPO’s Science, Policy and Citizenship Program with High School age students to provide hands on learning and engagement opportunities in science and society issues. Mahmud holds a Ph.D. in science, technology and public policy from George Mason University and an MPA in technology and information policy from the Maxwell School, Syracuse University. His current research and teaching interests in science and technology policy focuses on technological change, foresight and assessment, innovation systems, research management, and public participation.