Deborah L. Wince-Smith

President, GFCC. President and CEO of U.S. Council on Competitiveness

An internationally renowned leading voice on competitiveness, innovation strategy, science and technology, and international economic policy, Ms. Wince-Smith is the president & CEO of the Council on Competitiveness. At the Council, Ms. Wince-Smith spearheaded the groundbreaking National Innovation Initiative (NII), which played a pivotal role in creating a reinvigorated US competitiveness movement, shaped the bipartisan America COMPETES Act, created state and regional innovation initiatives, and brought a global focus to innovation. Ms. Wince-Smith led the Council’s 2009 National Energy Summit & International Dialogue and has led a widely acknowledged and highly successful bilateral dialogue between the United States and Brazil on competitiveness and innovation strategy. Recently, Ms. Wince-Smith created a coalition of over 60 CEOs, University Presidents, Labor Union Leaders and National Laboratory Directors to ignite an American Manufacturing Movement to modernize America’s manufacturing base, create high-skilled, living wage American jobs and keep America competitive in the global marketplace.

She has more than 20 years of experience as a senior U.S. government official, most notably as the first Assistant Secretary for Technology Policy in the administration of President George H.W. Bush, overseeing federal technology transfer policy, implementation of the Bayh-Dole Act, and the White House National Technology Initiative. She has served on several federal government advisory committees and currently serves on the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy. Ms. Wince-Smith is a Senate confirmed member of the IRS Oversight Board in charge of administrating the nation’s tax laws.

As a member of the Board of NASDAQ OMX, she has served on the Audit, Compensation and Finance Committees. Ms. Wince-Smith serves as a Board Member of start-up technology companies specializing in hi-definition displays, consumer electronics and medical devices and on the boards of the American Telemedicine Association, Lincoln Center Institute’s Imagination Conversation. Ms. Wince-Smith has served on the Boards of the Department of Energy National Laboratories, including the University of California President’s Council overseeing the Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories. Currently she serves on the University of Chicago’s Board of Governors for Argonne National Laboratory. Ms. Wince-Smith is the president of Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils, whose creation she led. Ms. Wince-Smith is chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Competitiveness and is a member of the Science & Technology in Society Forum Council. She is actively involved and serves on the non-profit, charitable boards of the US Naval Academy Foundation and the Smithsonian National Board.

Ms. Wince-Smith graduated magna cum laude from Vassar College with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She earned her master’s degree in Classical Archaeology from King’s College, Cambridge University. In December 2006 she received an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Michigan State University.

My Sessions

Global City Spotlight

Leveraging our Global Platform for Impact

A conversation with GFCC Global Fellows on the next steps for promoting the Call to Action.


Gala Dinner

Hosted in historic Guildhall, the gala dinner is an invitation-only social event that gathers business and policy leaders from around the globe.