Dr. Ankum is a founding partner of QSI, Senior Vice President, and serves as the firm's Chief Economist. Dr. Ankum assists corporate and government clients with various aspects of complex litigation, such as damages calculations, intellectual property disputes, antitrust issues, mergers and acquisitions, contract negotiations, billing disputes, as well as general economic analysis, such as econometric modeling, industry research, due diligence and asset evaluations and industrial organization issues. Dr. Ankum also assists clients with issues of public policy and public relations.
Before co-founding QSI, Dr. Ankum worked in his own firm, Ankum & Associates, Inc., which provided economic consulting services to such large companies as AT&T and MCI (now Verizon) an to governmental agencies. Prior to that, in 1996, he served as Senior Economist for MCI Telecommunications Corporation's Public Policy Division, and before that, in 1995, as a Manager in the Regulatory and External Affairs Division of Teleport Communications Group, Inc. (subsequently purchased by AT&T). While at MCI and TCG, Dr. Ankum worked as an economist and provided advice on public policy issues before the FCC and state public utility commissions. Dr. Ankum began his career at the Texas Public Utility Commission, where he served as the Commission Staff's Chief Telecommunications Economist before leaving in 1994.
Dr. Ankum received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin, a M.A. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.A. in Economics from Quincy College in Illinois.