Carl J. Schramm is University Professor at Syracuse University. He was president of the Kauffman Foundation for from 2002 to 2012. Under his leadership Kauffman became the world’s premier organization dedicated to encouraging entrepreneurship and economic growth. He also is the Arthur & Carlyse Ciocca visiting professor of innovation at U.C. Davis and a fellow at the Institute of Business Innovation at U.C. Berkeley. Before coming to Syracuse he was a visiting scientist at MIT. Schramm’s career began as a professor at Johns Hopkins where he founded the nation’s first research center focused on health care costs.
Dr.Schramm has founded six companies including Greenspring Advisors, a merchant bank. He has also served in major corporate roles including EVP of Fortis and CEO of FortisHealth.
He has authored, co-authored, or edited several books including Better Capitalism; Good Capitalism/Bad Capitalism; Inside Real Innovation; The Entrepreneurial Imperative; and Controlling Healthcare Costs. His 2010 article in Foreign Affairs opened the field known as Expeditionary Economics arguing that American foreign policy should be focused on encouraging economic growth especially in the wake of military interventions. At Syracuse he teaches courses on reviving failing cities, innovation, and healthcare law.
Schramm has advised major corporations as well as national governments around the world on strategies for growth, expanding entrepreneurial activity, and accelerating innovation. He serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for Mars, Inc. and on the Advisory Board of the John Templeton Foundation.
He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Dr. Schramm earned his Ph.D. in economics from Wisconsin and his J.D. from Georgetown. He holds the George Eastman Medal from the University of Rochester and six honorary degrees including a Doctor of Humane Letters from Syracuse.
His opinion frequently appears in the Wall Street Journal. His blog, Messy Capitalism, is carried at Forbes.