National Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

You are what you venture


Philip Auerswald Headshot

Philip Auerswald is the founding board chair and president of the National Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He is also the chief academic officer of the Hult Prize Foundation, the founder of Innovations journal (MIT Press), and a professor of public policy at George Mason University. Auerswald has published over fifty books, peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and professional reports on entrepreneurship, innovation, and public policy. He is among the leading authorities globally on policies to enable entrepreneurial ecosystems. He is most recently the author of The Code Economy: A Forty-Thousand-Year History (Oxford University Press, 2017) and The Coming Prosperity: How Entrepreneurs Are Transforming the Global Economy (Oxford University Press, 2012). He has blogged and written op-eds for The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, The International Herald Tribune, and The San Francisco Chronicle, among other outlets. Prior to joining the faculty at George Mason University, Professor Auerswald was a lecturer and assistant director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Professor Auerswald holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington and a B.A. (political science) from Yale University.

Gabrielle Daines Gay Headshot

Gabrielle Daines Gay is the Director of Strategy for the National Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. In July 2018, she led the creation of the Schumpeter Center for Innovation and Development focusing on market-creating innovation in emerging economies ( Gay is also Chief Operating Officer of Ensign College of Public Health in Ghana where she works to develop sustainable, innovative, impact-driven solutions that improve healthcare in West Africa. As Director of Emerging Markets Strategies at Kensington Capital Holdings (a single-family office based in Boston, Massachusetts) Gay additionally manages a portfolio of investments and projects in emerging markets, with an emphasis in West Africa; advises on philanthropic opportunities; and manages partnerships. Prior to joining Kensington Capital, Gay worked at Gap Inc., a leading global specialty retailer, located in San Francisco, California, in the Growth, Innovation and Digital (GID) Strategy Division. Gay received an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France and a B.S. in Economics from Utah State University. She currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Medical Innovation at the University of Utah and on the Board of Directors of Cache Valley Bank.

Christopher Doorley Headshot

Christopher Doorley is an original member of the team creating the National Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. In 2009 he founded Velocity Strategies, a digital media agency based in Northern Virginia, and is the co-founder of the non-profit DesignDonor. He is an active member of the DC entrepreneurship community, having advised and invested in a series of companies and ventures. Christopher is a graduate of Boston University and is excited to celebrate and support the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship through the NCEI. He can be reached at