Sujai Shivakumar

Sujai Shivakumar
Associate Director
Center for Data Innovation

Sujai Shivakumar is Associate Director of the Center for Data Innovation, focusing on the impact of data innovation in the retail sector. He brings two decades of experience in directing studies, convening high-level dialogue, and preparing and disseminating reports of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and the National Academy of Public Administration. He has deep experience in the assessment of public-private technology partnerships and technology transfer from the National Laboratories, analyses of policies supporting advanced manufacturing and the skilled technical workforce, policy studies relating the governance of near-earth orbit, and comparative reviews of international innovation policies and their impact on the U.S. innovation system.

Dr. Shivakumar holds a doctorate in economics from George Mason University and was an Earhart Foundation scholar at the Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University-Bloomington. He is the author of The Constitution of Development (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) and co-author with Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom of The Samaritan’s DilemmaThe Political Economy of Development Aid (Oxford, 2005).

Recent Publications

April 1, 2021

Extending liability beyond sellers to include the digital platforms they use to reach consumers would undercut the viability of many online marketplaces while doing very little to improve product safety. It would only leave consumers worse off in the long run.

March 3, 2021

While brand sellers, online marketplaces, and law enforcement agencies all share an interest in stopping counterfeits, their efforts to detect and prevent their sale remain siloed and uncoordinated.

Recent Events and Presentations

May 26, 2021

Join ITIF for a discussion on the impact of recent court rulings and proposed legislative changes to product liability laws on online marketplaces in the rapidly changing retail environment.

March 17, 2021

ITIF's Center for Data Innovation hosted a video webinar to discuss the role of data and AI to counter the growing threat from global counterfeiting networks.