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An economist who looks into the blind spots of fast-growing economies to identify new sources of economic growth.

Dr. Mark Esposito believes that the fast emerging markets and their untapped potential are key, and a new lens for economic intelligence for the 21st Century. He is a member of the teaching faculty at the Harvard University Extension School, a Senior Professor of business and economics at Grenoble Graduate School of Business in France, a Senior Associate at the University of Cambridge-CISL and a Research Fellow for the Circular Economy at Judge Business School, at the University of Cambridge. He was recently appointed to be a Senior Fellow at the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils.

At Harvard, Mark teaches Systems Thinking and Complexity, Economic Strategy and Business, Government & Society for the Extension and Summer Schools and serves as Institutes Council Co-Leader, at the Microeconomics of Competitiveness program (MOC) developed at the Institute of Strategy and Competitiveness, at Harvard Business School.

He is the Founder & Director of the Lab-Center for Competitiveness, a think-tank affiliated with the MOC network of Professor Michael Porter at Harvard Business School and Head of the Political Economy and Sustainable Competitiveness Initiative. He researches the "Circular Economy" inside out, and his work on the topic has appeared on global publications such as the Guardian, World Economic Forum, Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, among others.

He is the co-founder of the concepts of "Fast Expanding Markets" and "DRIVE", which represent new lenses of growth detection at the macro, meso and micro levels of the economy. He is also a Research Fellow at the Institute of Competitiveness in India and a member of the Advisory Board at the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness in Italy. Since September 2013, Mark has also been appointed as Affiliate Faculty for the New England Complex Systems Institute. He also serves in the Board of Directors of The Academy of Business in Society (ABIS) for the 2014-17 mandate, as well as member of the academic board of the think-tank, Institute for Innovation and Competitiveness (i7).

He was 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.

Mark consults in the area of Corporate Sustainability and Competitiveness worldwide, including Board of Directors, Communities and National Governments. He has advised the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, on the systemic nature of the EU crisis and serves as a cross-theme contributor to the World Economic Forum's reports on Innovation Driven Entrepreneurship in Europe and Collaborative Innovation.

He is a prolific author / co-editor of 9 books, hundreds of articles and blogs including The Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Finance in the 21st Century: From Hubris to Disgrace (2015), Business Ethics: Integrating Ethics across the Business World (2012) and seven other titles. His academic work appears regularly in The Economist, Harvard Business Review, the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Huffington Post, CNBC, CNN and others.

Sample assignments include:

  • Fast Expanding Markets - Where to Find New Growth? Where is growth, how can we find it, nurture it and scale it? An iterative process of discovery from the grassroots up.
  • Uncertain times, uncertain Future; how can we thrive in uncertainty when business as normal is no longer applicable?
  • The Circular Economy – Increasing pressures on natural resources will lead to unbearable costs and decreasing prosperity and will push us to reconsider our business model. Shifting the production of goods and services from linear to "circular" represents an opportunity worth trillion of dollars. This speech explores venues for the Circular Economy to become the new norm.
  • Organizations in the 21st century and their dilemmas; the use of strategic dilemmas as a way to make decisions and an overview on how paradoxes and dilemmas drive today's organizations.
  • The sharing economy and the power of swarm intelligence: how is the collaborative economy changing the paradigm of capital and its integration into Society.

Mark has a B.A. and a M.A. in Human and Social Studies from the University of Turin in Italy, a Master of Business Administration in Organizational Theory from Columbia Southern University in the USA, and a Doctorate in Business Strategy and Economics from the International School of Management, on a joint program with St. John's University in New York City. He is currently enrolled in his second doctoral degree at Ecole des Ponts Paris Tech in its business school (completion expected by the end of 2016.) From 2009 to 2011, Mark has attended Post-Doctoral Education at the Harvard Business School, where he refined his pedagogical skills on leadership and case method, complimenting them with doctoral seminal work on Competitiveness and Strategy.


Working with Mark is truly uplifting. Not only new and outstanding ideas are generated, but his level of integrity, commitment and his trust and willingness to open up his network to get these ideas done is just fabulous. It is always a pleasure working with him." 
Gerald Huesch - CEO Global Leadership School / CEO Deutsche Gesellschaft für Stressmanagement

"Mark is a master at putting the argument in people's minds. His lecture on the different ways of interpreting 'inequality' and how he's evolved the conversation to help us think critically is extremely valuable" 
University of Cambridge, Executive Program on Sustainability Leadership  

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