Erik Arnold is co-founder and Chairman of the Technopolis Group and Adjunct Professor in Research Policy at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm.  He has worked in research and innovation policy and evaluation since 1980, covering work in a wide range of disciplines, programmes and institutions. He was at SPRU 1980-85; Booz.Allen & Hamilton 1986-91; and Technopolis since then.  His work spans over 30 countries as well as the European Commission and international organisations including the OECD, World Bank, Nordic Council of Ministers, ESF and COST.  He is expert in the design, management and implementation of large- as well as smaller-scale evaluations of research and innovation organisations, programmes and policies. A very large proportion of his work involves evaluating the effectiveness and impact of academic-industry cooperation.

Major innovation and research evaluation highlights include the evaluations of: the Research Council of Norway (in 2001 and again in 2011); the Austrian Industrial Research Promotion Fund (FFF); the Austrian Science Fund (FWF); Tekes; The Academy of Finland; the Swedish Long-Range Energy Research Programme; and leading a large-scale international Audit of the Czech research system. Erik Arnold was a member of the teams for OECD National innovation System reviews of S Africa, Colombia,  Norway, Sweden, Finland, France and Kuwait. He was a member of the panels evaluating the EU Sixth Framework Programme and the National Science Foundation of China and drafted the respective evaluation reports.