Stéphane Garelli keynote speaker
Stéphane Garelli keynote speaker

Stéphane Garelli

Founder, the World Competitiveness Center

Speaker Themes

  • Global competitiveness
  • Global economic trends
  • Technology and the economy
  • Geopolitics and the economy
  • Business models of the future
  • Emerging economies
  • Demographic trends
  • The competitive mindset
  • The new generation of consumers

Travels from

Geneva, Switzerland


Stéphane Garelli is the world’s leading authority on global competitiveness, pioneering research in the field for over 30 years.

Drawing on the latest insights from economics and geopolitics to demographics and technology, he explains how the world is changing and what companies need to do to stay ahead.

He is the brains behind the World Competitiveness Yearbook – the annual report that analyses and ranks the competitiveness of nations. He has also written acclaimed “Top Class Competitors” (2006) and “Are you a Tiger, a cat or a Dinosaur?” (2016) 

Stéphane is Professor Emeritus at the IMD Business School in Lausanne, where he founded the World Competitiveness Center. He is also Professor Emeritus of World Competitiveness at the University of Lausanne. 

From 1974 to 1987, Stéphane Garelli was Managing Director of the World Economic Forum. 

He has also served as permanent senior adviser to the European management of Hewlett-Packard.

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

In addition, Stéphane is a member of the International Olympic Committee commission on Sustainability and Legacy.

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In his invigorating and lively talks, illustrated with his trademark graphics, Stéphane answers the fundamental question – “Competitiveness: so what?”.

He’s brilliant at giving the big picture view of where the world is headed, and how companies and individuals need to respond in order to thrive in the new landscape.


“Top Class Competitors” has become a reference on the subject of competitiveness of nations and enterprises. If managers are going to read one book in the field of economics, this is the one to read!”

“When Stéphane Garelli talks about competitiveness, economics is no longer a dismal science!” 

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