Tapan Munroe, Ph.D. is a recognized author, speaker, consultant and advisor in economics. His expertise includes regional economics, environmental economics, and high-tech industry analysis. His current research and writings focus on the economics of innovation and economies of the Silicon Valley and Bay Area and other high-tech regions.
A widely published author, Munroe has authored a book entitled Dot-com to Dot-bomb – Understanding the Dot-Com Boom, Bust and Resurgence. His previous book is entitled What Makes Silicon Valley Tick? published by Nova Vista Publications in May 2009. He has been a columnist on economic issues for the San Francisco Examiner and the Journal of Corporate Renewal. He is also a columnist for several MediaNews papers including the Oakland Tribune, and the Contra Costa Times. He is a commentator on both regional and national radio and TV news programs including KRON-4 TV, KGO-7 TV, CNBC in Los Angeles and New York, the Dow Jones Investors Network and the Bloomberg News Service.
He is a Member of the Advisory Board of City National Bank in San Francisco; a Member-Investor with the Keiretsu Forum, the nation’s largest business angel investment organization; Emeritus Member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Pacific Rim Studies at the University of San Francisco; and a Member of the University of California President’s Board on Science and Innovation. He has also served as a trustee of the UC Merced Foundation.
Munroe has been a director of LECG, LLC, a worldwide consulting firm and currently serves as an affiliate. He served as the Chief Economist for Pacific, Gas, and Electric Company for more than a decade. He is also a former President of the National Association of Business Economists, Bay Area Chapter; a former member of the National Petroleum Council Task Force on Oil Prices; former Quarterly Chair for the Commonwealth Club of California; and the former Chair of the Economics Committee for Edison Electric in Washington, D.C.
Tapan holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Colorado where he was awarded a fellowship and membership in Phi Kappa Phi, and Omicron Delta Epsilon. He is also a graduate of the University of Chicago Executive Training Program, a Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and the University of Augsburg in West Germany, an Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Berkeley and a Professor and Chair for the Department of Economics at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. In 1998-1999, he was the holder of the Kiriyama Distinguished Professorship for Asia Pacific Studies at the University of San Francisco.