PhD Candidates


Amir Sariri

Amir Sariri is a Ph.D. student in Strategic Management at the Rotman School. His research interests centre on the economics of innovation, with his most recent joint work with Professor Ajay Agrawal on the labor market for Artificial Intelligence scientists. His other interests include knowledge flows, entrepreneurship, and technology transfer. Before starting his Ph.D, he finished his Bachelor’s with focuses on Economics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Toronto and participated in several research projects in Organizational Behaviour and Accounting. He has served as General Manager at Sana Mfg Group and Albadee Trading FZC and founded Epcotech Inc. in 2013 as a Toronto software solutions startup.

Kristjan sigurdson

Kristjan Sigurdson is a Ph.D. student in Strategic Management at the Rotman School. He joined Rotman after obtaining his M.A. at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). His master’s thesis examined the technology transfer activities of the University of Toronto’s Innovations Foundation from 1980 to 2006, and he has published several papers on government science, technology, and innovation policy. His current research interests include the commercialization of science, high-technology entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurial finance. Prior to graduate school, Kristjan spent four years working on international development projects focused on post-secondary education institutions in low- and middle-income counties for the Organization of American States in Washington DC. He has a B.A. in International Relations and Spanish from the University of British Columbia.



Rachel harris

Rachel Harris is a PhD candidate in economics at York University. She attained a masters in economics from York University and a BA in economics from Wilfred Laurier. Her research is currently focused around firm dynamics and innovation.

Academic Director


Ajay Agrawal is the Peter Munk Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management where he conducts research on the economics of artificial intelligence, science policy, entrepreneurial finance, and geography of innovation. Professor Agrawal is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA, co-founder of The Next 36 and NextAI, and founder of the Creative Destruction Lab.