Simona Iammarino is Professor of Economic Geography and currently Head of the Department of Geography and Environment at the London School of Economics. From August 2016 she will be an academic member in the LSE Council and Court of Governors. Her main research interests lie in the following areas: Multinational corporations, location and innovation strategies, and local economic development; Geography of innovation and technological change; Regional systems of innovation; Regional and local economic development and policy. Simona has published extensively in major refereed journals, and she was one of the Editors of Regional Studies (2008-2013); she is currently in the Editorial advisory board of Environment and Planning C, and on the Editorial review board of the Journal of International Business Studies.  Her latest book, co-authored with Philip McCann, is Multinationals and Economic Geography. Location, Technology, and Innovation, Edward Elgar (2013): it is already widely cited in the academic literature, and has attracted the interest of policy makers in the UK and elsewhere. Throughout her career, she has participated in many research and consultancy projects and expert groups for various Italian, UK and other European government agencies, the European Commission, the OECD, the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, among others. Simona has a long-term experience in externally funded international research projects, both as Principal Investigator and as Senior Researcher.