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Mar 24, 2020

My guest this week has done so much that it would take the entire podcast episode just to read his CV, so I’ve picked a few highlights

He is Emeritus Professor of World Competitiveness, at IMD business school and the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. 

He is the Founder, of the World Competitiveness Center, and publisher of the Annual World Competitiveness Yearbooks ranking the competitiveness of nations. 

Author of two bestselling books published in several languages:

  • Top Class Competitors - How Nations, Firms, and Individuals Succeed in the New World of Competitiveness
  • Are you a Tiger, a Cat or a Dinosaur?

He is the Former Managing Director of the World Economic Forum and the Davos Annual meetings.

My guest is Professor Stéphane Garelli.


Stéphane Garelli – a world authority on competitiveness – has pioneered research and the theory in this field. Professor Emeritus at IMD (Institute of Management Development) Lausanne, where he has founded the World Competitiveness Center, he is also Professor Emeritus of World Competitiveness at the University of Lausanne.

Professor Garelli is closely connected to the world of business. He was, among others, Chairman of the Board of Directors and shareholder of “Le Temps”, the leading French language Swiss newspaper, Chairman of the Board of the Sandoz Financial and Banking Holding, and Member of the board of the Banque Edouard Constant.

Stéphane Garelli was the Managing Director of the World Economic Forum and of the Davos Annual meetings for many years.  He was also permanent senior adviser to the European management of Hewlett-Packard.

He is a member of a number of institutes, such as: China Enterprise Management Association, Board of the ‘Fondation Jean Monet pour l’Europe’, The Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences, the Mexican Council for Competitiveness, etc. and an advisory committee member of the Thai Management Association.

He is also a member of the International Olympic Committee commission on Sustainability and Legacy.

Stéphane Garelli is the author of numerous publications on competitiveness and global business He published his best-selling book “Top Class Competitors – How Nations, Firms and Individuals Succeed in the New World of Competitiveness” with Wiley. His latest book ” Are You a Tiger, a Cat or a Dinosaur?” is published in several languages.

Stéphane Garelli was a member of the Constitutional Assembly of his local state – Vaud, Switzerland from 1999 to 2002.

Stéphane is widely considered to be one of the top lecturers on economic and business matters. He has a unique ability to analyse and describe the world economic environment as it evolves, and to draw conclusions about what changes in the world economy actually mean for companies and individuals alike. He is reputed for his trademark graphics combining an attractive visual style with a simple illustration of ideas, and a limited use of numbers. His presentations are dynamic, fast moving, to the point, business like, forward and “so what” oriented.

Recorded on: 5th March 2020

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