Stephane Garelli

Emeritus Professor of World Competitiveness, former MD of the World Economic Forum, best-selling author, professor and one of the most exciting speakers that you will hear.

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About Stephane Garelli

Stephane Garelli is a world authority on competitiveness and has pioneered research in this field for 25 years. Emeritus Professor at IMD (Institute of Management Development) Lausanne, where he has founded the World Competitiveness Centre, he is also Emeritus Professor at the University of Lausanne.

Professor Garelli is closely connected to the world of business. He is, among others, Chairman of the Board of Directors of "Le Temps", the leading French-language Swiss newspaper. He was formerly Chairman of the Board of the Sandoz Financial and Banking Holding, and member of the board of the Banque Edouard Constant.

Professor Garelli was the Managing Director of the World Economic Forum and of the Davos Symposium for many years. For twelve years he was also permanent senior adviser to the European management of Hewlett-Packard.

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

He is the author of numerous publications on competitiveness and global business, and he published his best-selling book "Top Class Competitors - How Nations, Firms and Individuals Succeed in the New World of Competitiveness" with Wiley. His latest book “Are you a Tiger, a Cat or a Dinosaur?” is available on Amazon.

From 1999 to 2002, he was a member of the Constitutional Assembly of his local state - Vaud, Switzerland

Current / Past Roles & Positions

  • Professor at IMD, one of the world's leading business schools and Director of the IMD World Competitiveness Center
  • Professor at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Former managing director of the World Economic Forum
  • Author of the best-selling book "Top Class Competitors - How Nations, Firms and Individuals Succeed in the New World of Competitiveness"


Stephane speaks English and French.

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A vibrant, highly sought after speaker with a gift for distilling complex economic issues.

Speaking Topics

  • The Competitiveness of Enterprises on World

  • The Impact of New Technologies

  • The Consequences of Competitiveness on Work

  • The Competitiveness of Nations

  • The Globalisation of the Value Chain

  • The New Rules of Competitiveness Today

  • Reassessment of the Ownership of Assets


"'Top Class Competitors' Every global leader will find this work not just important, but a necessity" - Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Management,University of Southern California, and author of On Becoming a Leader

"Today, competitiveness is on the top on our agenda at Nestl. Stephane Garelli is one of the most stimulating thinkers that I have met on the subject and his research, writings and teaching have had a major impact on the way we approach this fundamental challenge at Nestle." - Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Nestle S.A.

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