About the Authors
Ciara Browne is Head of Partnerships for the Global Competitiveness and Risks Team at the World Economic Forum, where she is responsible for 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. She 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, Ms Browne 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).
Gemma Corrigan is an Economist with the Economic Growth and Social Inclusion Initiative at the World Economic Forum. She is responsible for the development of a new benchmarking tool that measures how well countries deliver inclusive outcomes from growth, and is a lead author of The Inclusive Growth and Development Report 2015, the Forum’s first publication in this area. She has also co-authored The Global Competitiveness Report 2014–2015 and The Global Risks Report 2014. Prior to joining the World Economic Forum, she worked in the Division of Country Programmes at the International Trade Centre (UNCTAD/WTO) in Geneva, where she focused on export strategies and issues related to trade competitiveness. Her research interests include new institutional economics and development policy aimed at tackling poverty and inequality. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and History from Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, and a Master’s in Political Economy from the London School of Economics, UK.
Roberto Crotti is an Economist with the Global Competitiveness and Risk Team at the 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 Forum’s Global Competitiveness and Risks Team. 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 2015 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’s in International Economics from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, where he conducted research on the attractiveness of Italian provinces for foreign direct investments, focusing on the role of institutions and economic geography.
Margareta Drzeniek Hanouz
Margareta Drzeniek Hanouz is Head of the Global Competitiveness and Risks Team and 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.
Caroline Galvan is an Economist with the Forum’s Global Competitiveness and Risks Team. She is a co-author of The Global Competitiveness Report and The Global Risks Report, two of the Forum’s flagship publications, and leads the competitiveness practice on Africa, including The Africa Competitiveness Report. Her areas of expertise include national competitiveness, economics of Europe and the Africa region, and risks and resilience. Prior to joining the Forum, she worked for a UK-based economic policy consultancy and the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission. She holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Groningen and an MSc in Economics from the University of Tilburg, both in the Netherlands.
Thierry Geiger is Head of Analytics and Quantitative Research with the Forum’s Global Competitiveness and Risks Team. 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 a co-editor of The Global Information Technology Report and The Global Enabling Trade Report. 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.
Tania Gutknecht is Community Lead with the Forum’s Global Competitiveness and Risks Team. Her responsibilities include managing the network of Partner Institutes worldwide and driving the Executive Opinion Survey process. She also is responsible for the production of The Global Competitiveness Report and related benchmarking studies. She collaborates closely with the Forum’s media and digital content teams in conveying the findings of the competitiveness reports to the public through press, web, and social media. Prior joining the Global Competitiveness and Risks Team, Ms Gutknecht worked with the Centre for Business Engagement at the World Economic Forum, where she designed high-profile events and projects to address the challenges of inclusive social and economic growth; built relationships with C-suite executives of partner companies; and oversaw the operation-management responsibilities of a team of coordinators. Ms Gutknecht holds an MA in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International Studies (Geneva) as well as an MSc in International Management from the University of Geneva.
Gaëlle Marti is a Project Specialist with the Global Competitiveness and Risks Team at the World Economic Forum. Her responsibilities include the overall management of the The Global Risks Report process as well as developing and writing different sections of that report and managing the Advisory Board. She also contributes to the research and drafting for the 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 the J. and M. Grossman Professor 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.