As Adviser to the Halcyon Incubator, Josh is responsible for identifying opportunities for expanding the Halcyon model internationally. These activities include the creation of mechanisms designed to meet the growing demand for supporting social enterprises that are solving 21st Century challenges around the world.
Prior to his work at Halcyon, Josh served in the Obama Administration as the Senior Adviser for Innovation and Competitiveness at the U.S. Department of Commerce where he was responsible for the development and execution of policies to support economic growth through innovation. Josh led the Office of the Secretary on portfolios including intellectual property, entrepreneurship, economic development, workforce, R&D and other aspects of the innovation economy.
Prior to his appointment at Commerce, Josh served as the Science and Technology Program Officer at The World Bank where he focused on building science, technology and innovation capacity in many countries and regions. This work included building a knowledge workforce, driving technology commercialization and entrepreneurship, strengthening science and innovation policy and supporting inclusive innovations which solved problems for emerging economies.
Mr. Mandell also served as the Senior Fellow at the Institute on Science for Global Policy at the University of California and the Senior Science and Technology Adviser at the British Embassy in Washington, DC. Before his policy-focused career, Josh worked as an environmental scientist where he specialized in natural resource management, geographic information systems, remote sensing and environmental regulatory policy.
Outside of the exciting world of innovation policy, Josh enjoys playing in a D.C.-based funk band and riding his motorcycle for impossibly long distances.