Eli Noam has been Professor of Economics and Finance at the Columbia Business School since 1976. In 1990, after having served for three years as Commissioner with the New York State Public Service Commission, he returned to Columbia. He is the Director of the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information. CITI is a university-based research center focusing on strategy, management, and policy issues in telecommunications, computing, and electronic mass media. In addition to leading CITI's research activities, Noam initiated the MBA concentration in the Management of Media, Communications, and Information at the Business School and the Virtual Institute of Information, an independent, web-based research platform.
Besides the over 400 articles in economics, legal, communications, and other journals that Professor Noam has written on subjects such as communications, information, public choice, public finance, and general regulation, he has also authored, edited, and co-edited 28 books.
Noam has served on the editorial boards of Columbia University Press as well as of a dozen academic journals, and on corporate and non-profit boards. He is a regular columnist on the new economy for the Financial Times online. He serves, in 2012/13, as the head of the International Media Management Academic Association.
He served on advisory boards for the Federal governments FTS-2000 telecommunications network, the IRS's computer system reorganization, the National Computer Systems Laboratory, and of the National Research Council. He is a member of the Council for Foreign Relations, and a fellow of the World Economic Forum. He received AB, AM, PhD (Economics) and JD degrees, all from Harvard. He was awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Munich (2006) and the University of Marseilles (2008).
Noam is a commercially rated multi-engine pilot and a radio amateur, advanced class, and flies as a search and rescue mission pilot for the Civil Air Patrol(1st Lt.). He lives with his wife, Nadine Strossen, a law professor and former national president of the American Civil Liberties Union, in New York City and New Milford, CT.