Stéphane Garelli (Switzerland)

Stéphane Garelli (Switzerland)

Professor, IIMD


The Director of the World Competitiveness Centre and former Managing Director of the Davos World Economic Forum sets out the global picture in 2015. Stephane’s focus is on how companies and countries compete in, and look to open, international markets. In presentations he explains that we also compete in mindsets, and examines the possible consequences if big advanced economies continue to recover while emerging nations are slowing down.


Acknowledged as a leading authority on competitiveness, Stéphane Garelli is Professor at the International Institute for Management Development and the University of Lausanne. He is also Director of the World Competitiveness Centre.

Garelli focuses on how companies and countries compete in international markets. Given that globalisation makes us much more vulnerable to external forces, he analyses the economic environment and measures the prospects - taking infrastructure, education, technology and demographics into account.

He demonstrates how, as emerging markets turn into emerging powers, market share is becoming increasingly important. Companies must accept a higher degree of risk in their operations and adopt a more aggressive mindset.

Professor Garelli is chairman of Swiss newspaper Le Temps. Prior to that he was Chairman of Sandoz Banking Holdings and a board member of Banque Edouard Constant. He served as senior advisor to Hewlett-Packard Europe, and before that Managing Director of the World Economic Forum and The Davos Symposium.

Stéphane Garelli is a member of the China Enterprise Management Association and the Royal Society. He has also been elected to the Constitutional Assembly of his local state in Switzerland.

Garelli’s presentations are always forceful, accessible and above all thought provoking.

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Agent Recommendation

While many economic speakers start by bracing you for whatever gloomy predictions they’re about to deliver, Stephane engages you with a real glint in his eye. Describing the post-recession world as “unusually desynchronised” he guides delegates through each region’s competitiveness, helping to join the dots in a constantly changing business landscape. JLA Agent Ben Arnold

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