Xavier Sala-i-Martin Speaker

Xavier Sala-i-Martin

The world’s leading expert on competitiveness and director of the Global Competitiveness Index

Xavier Sala-i-Martin: Biography highlights

Xavier Sala i Martin is the J. and M. Grossman Professor of Economics at Columbia University in New York and the Chief Economic Advisor of the Center for Global Competitiveness and Performance at the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland.

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Xavier Sala i Martin’s background

  • Constructed an estimate of the World Distribution of Income
  • Founder of “Umbele: A FutHe is an international keynote conference speaker on globalisation, finance and economic developments. A respected economist, Xavier is also a consultant to the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, a member of the Counseling Board of Telefonica Catalunya, and an associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.As the chief economic advisor to the World Economic Forum, he is the author and intellectual father of the Global Competitiveness Index, published annually in the Global Competitiveness Report. The index ranks the competitiveness of all the countries in the world and recommends competitiveness strategies to their decision makers – governments and business leaders around the globe – who it to evaluate and design the future competitiveness policies of their countries.Prior to joining Columbia University, Xavier taught economics at Yale and was a research fellow at the Centre for European Policy Research (CEPR) in London. He studied economics in Spain before completing his education at Harvard University in the US.

    He has received numerous awards including the King Juan Carlos I prize (awarded by the Bank of Spain, to the best economist in Spain and Latin America), the Arrow Prize awarded by the International Health Economics Organization to the best Health Economist in the World, the Conde de Godó Prize awarded to the best op-ed published in a Spanish Newspaper, and the Lee Hixson and Lenfest Prizes, awarded to the best teacher at Yale University and Columbia University (in all fields) respectively.

    With a career spent both teaching and researching world economics, Xavier is in the privileged position to be able to offer decision maker essential information crucial for companies wishing to do business in today’s volatile markets.

    Xavier puts across complex ideas in an easy to understand format. With a reputation for humorous and enlightening presentations, Xavier is in great demand as a conference speaker at leading financial events around the world. “Future for Africa,” a non-profit organization that promotes economic development in Africa, as well as “CEOs Without Borders.”

  • Has been a professor at Yale University, Harvard University, and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, as well as an Affiliated Professor at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics
  • President of the Economic Commission of the FC Barcelona


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Advanced English - Neil Stokes speaking with Xavier Sala i Martin
Advanced English - Neil Stokes speaking with Xavier Sala i Martin
Global Competitiveness Report 2009-2010 - Xavier Sala-I-Martin
Global Competitiveness Report 2009-2010 - Xavier Sala-I-Martin
Xavier Sala-i-Martin - TEDxColumbiaEngineering - 11/29/11
Xavier Sala-i-Martin - TEDxColumbiaEngineering - 11/29/11

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