Amir Sariri

Research & Development Lead

Amir is a senior doctoral candidate in Strategic Management at the Rotman School of Management, where he is also the Research & Development Lead at the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL). His core focus at CDL is on building learning algorithms that learn from CDL’s unique start-up data and predict on measures of start-up success. Amir is also responsible for developing and enhancing CDL’s policy and operational framework

Amir joined CDL as a Research Fellow in 2014. He was a core member of the team that launched CDL’s inaugural stream for quantum machine-learning entrepreneurs and advised the team that launched CDL’s stream for space-related technologies. He collaborates with senior academic, industry, and governmental scientists and researchers to design advanced training programs, technical evaluation platforms, and R&D support mechanisms for science-based start-ups.

Amir’s research program centres around the economics of innovation. He focuses on the economics of artificial intelligence, the labour market for AI scientists, and implications of industry research on the rate and direction of scientific research. Amir is a recipient of several awards of academic excellence, including the University of Toronto Scholar Award, RBC Borealis AI Graduate Fellowship, and Outstanding CEO of the Year’s Futures Fund Scholarship. Amir’s PhD committee includes professors Ajay Agrawal (Chair), Avi Goldfarb, and Joshua Gans.

Amir is an avid skier, violinist, pianist, cook, and pilot.