About the authors
Silja Baller is Practice Lead for Competitiveness and Innovation with the Forum’s Global Competitiveness and Risks Team. She is co-author and co-editor of The Global Information Technology Report, co-author of The Global Competitiveness Report, and leads the Europe Competitiveness and Inclusive Growth Lab. Her areas of expertise include the economics of international trade, digital economy questions, industrial organization, and competition policy. Prior to joining the Forum, she held economist positions at the World Bank, the World Health Organization, and in the London Economics practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers. She holds a BA in Economics from the University of Cambridge; a DEA in International Economics from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva; and an MPhil and DPhil (PhD) in Economics from the University of Oxford.
Ciara Browne is Head of Partnerships with the Global Competitiveness and Risks Team at the World Economic Forum, where her responsibilities include managing partnerships—including institutional and corporate partnerships—and outreach for both competitiveness and risks reports. Ms Browne also oversees the process of implementing the Executive Opinion Survey, which is conducted worldwide and completed by over 15,000 business executives. Ms Browne is involved in the production process of the Team’s reports and works closely with the Forum’s media team in conveying the findings of the various competitiveness and risks reports to the media and the public. Before joining the Forum, she served for several years with the International Organization for Migration, where she worked for a mass claims processing program. She has a BA (Hons) degree from the University of Manchester (UK).
Roberto Crotti is an Economist with the Global Competitiveness and Risk Team at the World Economic Forum. His responsibilities include the computation, analysis, and management of indexes of competitiveness, including those for The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report and The Global Competitiveness Report. His main areas of expertise are applied quantitative methods for policy evaluation, economic growth, and development economics. Prior to joining the Forum, he worked as an analyst in the private consulting sector. Mr Crotti holds a five-year degree in Economics/Economic Policy from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy, and an MA in Economics from Boston University. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in Development Economics at the Graduate Institute of International Studies (Geneva).
Attilio Di Battista
Attilio Di Battista is a Quantitative Economist with the Global Competitiveness and Risks Team at the World Economic Forum. He works on the development and computation of a range of indexes and is a co-author of various studies, including The Global Information Technology Report 2016 and The Africa Competitiveness Report 2015. His areas of expertise include international trade and competitiveness, institutions and development, investment flows, and financial stability. Prior to joining the Forum, he worked at the International Trade Centre (UNCTAD/WTO) on export strategy, policy, and trade competitiveness analysis. He has a Bachelor’s degree in International and Diplomatic Sciences from Università degli Studi di Trieste in Gorizia and a Master in International Economics from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.
Margareta Drzeniek Hanouz
Margareta Drzeniek Hanouz is Head of the Global Competitiveness and Risks Team at the World Economic Forum. She leads the Forum’s work on national competitiveness and global risks and is lead author or editor of a number of regional and topical reports and papers, including The Global Competitiveness Report and the Global Risks Report series. Before joining the Global Competitiveness and Risks Team, Dr Drzeniek Hanouz was in charge of the economics section of the Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos. Prior to that she worked with the International Trade Centre in Geneva, where she was in charge of relations with Central and Eastern European countries. Dr Drzeniek Hanouz received a Diploma in Economics from the University of Münster and holds a PhD in International Economics from the University of Bochum, both in Germany.
Daniel Gómez Gaviria
Daniel Gómez Gaviria is currently Head of Competitiveness Research at the World Economic Forum. He holds a PhD in Economics with specializations in international trade and industrial organization from the University of Chicago, where he also obtained an MBA from the Booth School of Business and an MA in Economics from the Department of Economics. He completed his degree in Economics at HEC University of Lausanne, where he also completed a Master’s in Banking and Finance. Before joining the Forum, Dr Gómez Gaviria was advisor to the Minister of Trade, Industry and Tourism of Colombia and a researcher with Fedesarrollo, the main public policy think tank in Colombia. Before completing his PhD, he was an antitrust consultant with NERA and LECG’s European Competition Policy Practices. He also completed the European EC Competition Law diploma at King’s College, London. Dr Gómez Gaviria has been a frequent contributor to Revista Dinero, Portafolio, and La Patria, and he was editor of Revista Coyuntura Económica Fedesarrollo. He has been an adjunct professor of Economics at Universidad de los Andes and Universidad Javeriana, in Bogotá, Colombia.
Thierry Geiger is Head of Analytics and Quantitative Research with the Global Competitiveness and Risks Team at the World Economic Forum. In this position he supervises the development and computation of a wide range of composite indicators. In addition, he leads the competitiveness practice on Asia and is responsible for the Team’s technical assistance and capacity-building activities. Mr Geiger is co-editor of The Global Enabling Trade Report series and was co-editor of The Global Information Technology Report 2015. He is also a co-author of The Global Competitiveness Report and lead author of several regional and country studies. A Swiss national, Mr Geiger holds a BA in Economics from the University of Geneva, an MA in Economics from the University of British Columbia, and was a Fellow of the Forum’s Global Leadership Programme. Prior to joining the Forum, he worked for the World Trade Organization and Caterpillar Inc. He is a co-founder of Procab Studio, a Geneva-based IT company.
Gaëlle Marti is an Economist with the Global Competitiveness and Risks Team at the World Economic Forum. Her responsibilities include the overall management of The Global Risks Report process as well as the development and writing of different sections of that report and managing its Advisory Board. She also contributes to the research and drafting of The Global Competitiveness Report. Prior to joining the Forum, she worked at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, as a research assistant, where she conducted a study on the estimation of the medical cost of diabetes. She also worked as a research assistant at the Swiss Health Observatory on various health-related projects. She holds a BSc and an MSc in Economics from the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, as well as an MA in International and Development Economics from Yale University.
Xavier Sala-i-Martín is a Professor in the Department of Economics at Columbia University. He was previously an Associate Professor at the Department of Economics at Yale University and a Visiting Professor at Universitat Pompeum Fabra. His research interests include economic growth, macroeconomics, public finance and social security, health and population economics, monetary economics, poverty, inequality, estimation of the world distribution of income, and measuring competitiveness. He is a consultant on growth and competitiveness for a number of countries, international institutions, and corporations. Professor Sala-i-Martín is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He earned his MA and PhD, both in Economics, from Harvard University. He collaborates closely with the World Economic Forum in his capacity as Chief Advisor to the Global Competitiveness Report.
Stéphanie Verin is Community Specialist with the Global Competitiveness and Risks Team at the World Economic Forum, where she is responsible for managing the network of Partner Institutes worldwide and driving the Executive Opinion Survey process. Her project management responsibilities include the digital transformation journey and the communication of The Global Competitiveness Report—and related benchmarking studies—in close collaboration with the media teams. Before joining the Forum, Ms Verin worked for blue chip multinational companies such as Kellogg’s, Mondelēz International, and Nissan. Holder of a Master in Business Administration with a specialization in marketing innovation, she is recognized as a fast-track brand and project manager with experience in driving international commercial and marketing strategic campaigns.