Team

Gaétan de Rassenfosse

Gaétan de Rassenfosse

Gaétan de Rassenfosse is Assistant Professor (tenure track) at the Institute of Technology and Public Policy at the College of Management of Technology, EPFL, since late 2014. He holds the Chair of Innovation and IP Policy. Prior to joining the EPFL, he was a senior research fellow at the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne (Australia). He obtained a PhD in Economics from the Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, in 2010.

Orion Penner

Orion Penner

Orion Penner is a post-doctoral fellow at the Chair of Innovation and IP Policy since June 2015. Prior to joining the EPFL, he was a post-doctoral fellow at IMT, Lucca (Italy). Orion completed his PhD in Physics at the University of Calgary in 2011, holding an Alexander Graham Bell Graduate Scholarship. His research focus will be on the quantity versus the quality trade off that academic researchers face in choosing projects, and its effect on career outcomes and the overall social impact of research.

Gabriele Pellegrino

Gabriele Pellegrino

Gabriele Pellegrino is a post-doctoral fellow at the Chair of Innovation and IP Policy since August 2015. He shares his time between EPFL and the World IP Organization in Geneva. Prior to joining the EPFL, he was a research fellow at SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit) at the University of Sussex. He obtained a PhD in Economics at the University of Barcelona in 2014. His research interests are mainly focused on the theory and micro-econometrics of innovation, industrial policy, firm growth and industrial dynamics, with a specific focus on the nature and effects of persistence in innovation at firm level.

David Portabella

David PortabellaDavid Portabella is a senior software engineer who is focusing his work on machine learning and big data. He is also familiar with agile methodologies and DevOps practices. David enjoys working in an entrepreneurial environment. He earned a PhD in artificial intelligence at EPFL, Switzerland, in 2006. While he is a polyglot developer, he currently enjoys Scala, Spark, Play and ScalaJs.

Omar Ballester

Omar BallesterOmar Ballester is a PhD student at the Chair of Innovation and IP Policy since September 2016. Prior to joining EPFL, Omar worked as an IT consultant and data scientist for a big law firm and had hands-on experience in a biophysics lab at the University of Barcelona. His research interests focus on the socioeconomic impact of scientific development and research.

Ling Zhou

Ling ZhouLing Zhou is a PhD student at the Chair of Innovation and IP Policy since August 2017. Prior to joining EPFL, Ling completed her undergraduate studies at Nanjing University and later obtained an M.A. in Economics from Simon Fraser University in Canada. Her research interests include economics of innovation, human capital formation, and applied econometrics. Born and raised in Zhengzhou, China, Ling enjoys cooking, swimming, and hiking in her spare time.

Matthias van den Heuvel

Matthias van den HeuvelMatthias van den Heuvel is a PhD student at the Chair of Innovation and IP Policy since February 2018. Prior to joining the EPFL, he worked as an economist in a private bank and as a researcher at the WTO. Matthias obtained a Master in International Economics in 2015 from the Graduate Institute in Geneva and Yale University. His research interests include environmental economics, international trade and applied econometrics.

Ms. Ilona Ball

Ilona BallAdministrative Assistant

EPFL – IIPP
Odyssea 3.17, Station 5
1015 Lausanne – Switzerland

Phone: +41 21 693 00 39
Fax: +41 21 693 00 20
ilona.ball@epfl.ch

Visiting PhD Students & Guests

The IIPP chair welcomes PhD students for long or short research visits. Visiting PhD students include, among others, Leonardo Giuffrida & Vincenzo Mollisi (University of Rome “Tor Vergata”) in February 2017, Laurie Ciaramella (MINES ParisTech in Paris) in December 2016, Antonio De Marco (Collegio Carlo Alberto in Turin) from October 2015 to February 2016, and Vanessa Behrens (Centre for European Economic Research, Manheim) from September to November 2017.  

Daniele Moschella (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna) was invited to work with the IIPP chair from April to June 2018.

Former Members

Emilio Raiteri is an Assistant Professor at TU Eindhoven. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the Chair of Innovation and IP Policy between April 2015 and July 2018. He earned a PhD in Economics at the University of Turin (Italy) in February 2015, where he was affiliated to the Bureau of Research on Innovation, Complexity and Knowledge (BRICK), Collegio Carlo Alberto (Italy). cv_raiteri