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CPC - Paris

Center for Policy and Competitiveness

About the CPC - Paris

The Center for Policy and Competitiveness  (CPC) – Paris aims to analyze and promote the determinants of competitiveness and economic development viewed from a bottom-up (microeconomic perspective), which represents the dimension where wealth is ultimately created.

One objective is to integrate policy makers and to produce policy briefs that will inform decision makers on competitiveness’ most poignant tenets.

The focus of our research mainstreams strategies of firms, the vitality of clusters and quality of the business environment in which competition takes place. These factors are critical to the creation of a socio-economic agenda, which aims at the sustainability of businesses, nations and societies at large.

The Center operates both research-driven activities and a pedagogically designed course platform which will be made available to students of Ecole des Ponts ParisTech and MBA and DBA participants.

A dedicated course, Microeconomics for Competitiveness is currently being designed specifically for government officials and private sector leaders. The course is not only an educational vehicle but also a tool to influence and support economic development in real-world decision making.

The ultimate vision of the Center for Policy and Competitiveness, Paris is to make a meaningful impact on the economic competitiveness and prosperity of Europe and beyond.

Research Philosophy

The Center for Policy and Competitiveness-Paris (CPC), works at the intersection among business, technology and policy. Embedded into the tenets of the fourth industrial revolution, where the role of the converging technologies is crucial to the understanding on how the Future of Production, Government and Work may look like, CPC is home to a vibrant community of leading researchers, applied scientists and scholars. The world is at the threshold of a new industrial revolution characterized by a confluence of emerging technology breakthroughs, from mobile connectivity, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, next-generation robotics, 3D printing, wearables and genetic engineering, to nanotechnology, advanced materials, biotechnology and others.


These technologies, combined and connected, will transform manufacturing and production systems with unprecedented speed and scope, impacting business models, economic growth, employment and sustainability.Supply chains, businesses and policy-makers need new approaches and capabilities, and must work together to build truly innovative production systems that benefit all people.


CPC researches, within the interplay with competitiveness, in which way the technology transformation of production systems will drive innovation, sustainability and employment.

Research Objectives

Understand and anticipate beyond the hype and with input from global experts, how technology will transform production within the broader competitiveness spectrum. CPC will investigate each technology’s impact both individually and combined with others

Connect the prime actors through a series of applied research, briefings and insights including established companies and innovators from multiple industries, policy-makers, small and medium-sized enterprises, technology pioneers, academia, labor unions and civil society

Build an inclusive collective vision for the new collective story that will improve the state of the world, supported by foundations of prosperity, innovation and sustainability

Foster cooperation among stakeholders by identifying leading company practices and exploring future-oriented policy frameworks to accelerate innovation and support technology adoption

CPC - Paris: Meet the Team

Watch below Mark Esposito’s presentation on “Megatrends: Understanding How the Future Unfolds”

Dr. Mark Esposito, PhD. - Director of the CPC - Paris

The Center for Policy and Competitiveness is led by Professor Mark Esposito, who holds appointments at Harvard University’s Division of Continuing Education. He also serves as Co-leader of the Institutes Council in the Microeconomics of Competitiveness (MOC) Network at Harvard Business School.

Additionally to his role at Harvard, Mark is also a professor of business and Economics at Hult International Business School, globally. He holds Fellowships at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, The Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government in Dubai and the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils, a branch of the US Competitiveness Council. He has founded the Lab-Center for Competitiveness at Grenoble Ecole de Management, which has become the largest producer of cluster case studies in the world.

He sits on Competitiveness Boards in Italy, India, the Netherlands and the US, among institutional roles where he advised Cities, Governments and UN Agencies. He is part of the Global Expert Network of the World Economic Forum, a member of the Future of Production Team as well as the contributor to 3 WEF reports on Innovation-Driven Entrepreneurship, Collaborative Innovation and Sustainable Production.

He is a bestselling author and one of his latest work, «Understanding How the Future Unfolds: Using DRIVE to Harness the Power of Today’s Megatrends» was a nominee to the Thinkers50 Breakthrough Idea Award 2017.

Outside of academia, Mark is an entrepreneur and he co-founded Nexus FrontierTech, an AI studio. In 2016 Mark named one of the emerging tomorrow’s thought leaders most likely to reinvent capitalism by Thinkers50, the world’s premier ranking of management thinkers and inducted into the “Radar” of the 30 most influential thinkers, on the rise.

His latest book, “Africa’s Competitiveness in the Global Economy” was published in January 2018 by Palgrave Macmillian.

He obtained his PhD from the International School of Management in Paris and New York as well as an Executive Doctorate of Business Administration from Ecole des Ponts Business School.

Fernando Alberti, Ph.D. - Distinguished Research Fellow

Research Interests:

  • Competitiveness
  • Open Innovation
  • Cluster Theory
  • Strategy
  • Family Business Management
  • Entrepreneurship

Watch below Kary Bheemaiah’s presentation on “Cognitive Diversity and the Future of Work”

Kary Bheemaiah - Senior Research Fellow

Research Interests:

  • Blockchain
  • Monetary and Fiscal Policy
  • Complexity Theory
  • Social Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Participative Narrative Inquiry
  • Quantitative Social Dynamics
  • Evolutionary Psychology

Kary is the author of “The Blockchain Alternative”

Josh Entsminger - Research Fellow

Research Interests:

  • Future of Work
  • Economic Development
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Technology and Policy
  • Scenario Design and Strategic Foresight
  • Fourth Industrial Revolution and Converging Technologies
  • Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Competitive Advantage
  • Knowledge Economies and the Geography of Production

Watch below Danny Goh’s presentation on “Artificial Intelligence – The Basics and the Differenciation”

Danny Goh - Research Fellow

Research Interests:

  • Applied Science
  • Entrepreneurship & Product Development
  • Artificial Intelligence – Intelligence Automation
  • Internet of Things – connectivity in industrial automation

Daphne Halkias - Distinguished Research Fellow

Research Interests:

  • Family Business, Executive Coaching, Sustainable Business Strategy
  • Social Innovation
  • Digital Entrepreneurship
  • Circular Economy
  • Digital Disruption’s Impact on Leadership
  • Managerial Competencies for the Agile Organization
  • Future Studies and Social Forecasting in Business
  • Social Factors of Sustainability in Smart Cities
  • Innovation Trends in the Urban Environment
  • Digital Disruption in Business Education

Saman Sarbazvatan

Saman Sarbazvatan, E-DBA - Senior Researcher and Advisor

Research Interests:

  • Technology and Economics
  • Strategy, Policy, and Competitiveness
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Business Intelligence
  • Circular Economy, Sustainability, and Renewable Energies
  • SDGs, CSR, CSVs, ESG
  • Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs)
  • Tokenized Business Modeling, Tokenomics, Blockchain
  • Smart Assets, Cryptoassets, Tokenization of Services and Assets
  • Industry 4.0, AI, IoT, Smart and Ideal Cities
  • Telecom, Network and Security, Routing and Switching, 5G

Lisa Xiong, E-DBA - Senior Research Associate

Research Interests:

  • Inequality in China
  • Competitiveness
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation in China
  • Nascent business models
  • Internationalization
  • Global cross-cultural issues