EsadeGeo – Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics (Spain)

Esade Business and Law School is a global academic institution founded in 1958. Its mission embraces research, training and social debate in the law and management fields, in which it has considerable expertise. The business school is strongly aware of its social responsibilities in an international setting.

Key aims of Esade’s academic and research activities are to grasp and analyze the global setting and – where possible – improve it.

The creation of EsadeGeo – Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics was a response to the above mission and aims. It was launched in 2010, and it is chaired by Dr. Javier Solana, former EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, and former Secretary General of NATO.

The Center performs research on economic globalization and its interactions with geopolitics and global governance; and strives to generate knowledge on the links between business, economic and social leadership, social realities, and global institutions.

EsadeGeo also trains managers in public, business and social spheres, by imparting modules, courses and sessions as part of ESADE’s programs or as free-standing items. In addition, the Center serves as a forum for scholars and political, business and social leaders to debate matters of international importance, and to identify and solve conflicts in constructing new systems of global governance.

EsadeGeo benefits from synergies with many of Esade’s departments, centers and institutes, such as its Institute for Data-Driven Decisions, as well as a wide network of external academic collaborators.

Fundação Francisco Manuel dos Santos (Portugal)

The Foundation was founded in 2009 by Alexandre Soares dos Santos and his family for the purpose of studying the country’s major hindrances and bring them to the attention of the Portuguese people. Francisco Manuel dos Santos Foundation views to address a loophole in Portuguese society: despite considerable discussion about the most diverse subjects on the public arena, the debate in Portugal always seems to be based on subjective opinions and personal perceptions rather than on solid data and careful research.

The Foundation thus publishes books and conducts research on relevant society issues, such as education, the economy, justice, or public policies; it organises meetings and discussions, gathering and giving voice to national and international experts; it creates, collects and discloses data on Portugal and Europe through various platforms.

Digital media is a key instrument for the Foundation’s mission of providing all citizens with access to this information. All activities and research are available online, via social networks, sites or databases such as Pordata. The ultimate goal is to contribute to a more informed society, strengthening citizens’ civic rights, the quality of institutions and the adjustment of public policies.

I-Com, Institute for Competitiveness (Italy)

I-Com, the Institute for Competitiveness, is an Italian independent think tank based in Rome and Brussels, founded in 2005 by a group of scholars, professionals and managers. I-Com aims at influencing the public debate at Italian, European and international level, analysing the most important drivers for competitiveness and growth and particularly focusing on Digital, Energy & Mobility and Healthcare. In order to reach its goals, I-Com carries out surveys, studies, researches and policy papers and promotes closed-door meetings and public events, backed by a wide and skilled network of contributors (e.g. high-level institutional representatives, companies and associations). I-Com is member of the European Parliament’s European Internet Forum (EIF) and of the Global Trade and Innovation Policy Alliance (GTIPA). The president of I-Com is the economist Stefano da Empoli.

IOBE – Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (Greece)

The Foundation for Economic & Industrial Research (IOBE) is a private, non-profit, public-benefit research organization. It was established in 1975 with the dual purpose of promoting research on current problems and prospects of the Greek economy and its sectors, and of generating reliable information, analysis and proposals for action that are not produced elsewhere and can thus be of high value to policy makers in the context of economic policymaking.

IOBE performs the following functions:

  • Carries out applied research on basic structural and sectoral problems of the Greek economy as well as on various aspects of economic policymaking.
  • Monitors and analyses short-term economic trends, the business climate, and prepares forecasts for the prospects of the Greek economy.
  • Provides reliable and continuously updated economic information about particular sectors of the Greek economy.
  • Cooperates with foreign research institutions and international organizations on matters of common interest.
  • Contributes to the public debate on economic issues.
  • Undertakes sponsored and commissioned research projects that fall within its aims and purposes.

In carrying out its research work, the Foundation maintains a position of academic freedom and neutrality. The judgements expressed and the proposals contained in IOBE’s publications are solely the responsibility of the researcher/author and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of IOBE’s members, governing bodies of financial supporters.
The field of ICT, digital transformation and related sectors has been one area where IOBE has developed significant experience especially during the last 15 years.