Cross-Border Coffee Break: The Network Readiness Index 2019 - Towards a Future-Ready Society

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14 February 2020
08:00 - 09:00

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Join GBSN board chair Soumitra Dutta and his co-authors Bruno Lanvin and Carolina Rossini for a webinar on the recently published Network Readiness Index (NRI).

Launched in Geneva in December 2019, the Network Readiness Index (NRI) is now available for download. First published in 2002, the NRI rapidly developed into an influential global benchmark for the application and utilization of digital technologies. Many economies utilize the NRI to design their ICT strategies.

The newly redesigned NRI ranks a total of 121 economies based on their performances across 62 variables and recognizes the pervasiveness of digital technologies in today’s networked world and therefore rests on four fundamental dimensions: Technology, People, Governance and Impact. This holistic approach means that the NRI covers issues ranging from future technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT) to the role of the digital economy in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The NRI is a published by the Portulans Institute (PI) in collaboration with WITSA, the World Information Technology and Services Alliance. Portulans is Washington DC based independent non-profit, non-partisan research and educational institute whose mission is to develop cross-community knowledge and dialogue on how people, technology and innovation contribute to sustainable and inclusive growth; and to inform policymakers, by producing independent, rigorous metrics and data-based research.

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Friday, February 14, 2020

8:00 – 9:00am ET

  • 7:00am Mexico City
  • 2:00pm Geneva
  • 4:00pm Nairobi
  • 5:00pm Dubai
  • 6:30pm Mumbai
  • 9:00pm Singapore


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Cost: FREE

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Soumitra Dutta
Professor of Management, Former Founding Dean, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
Chairman, Board of Directors, Global Business School Network
Founding Editor, Global Innovation Index
Founding Co-Editor, Network Readiness Index

Soumitra Dutta served as the founding dean of the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business from July 2016 till January 2018. Currently he is a Professor in the Operations, Technology and Information Management Area. Previously, he was the Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean of the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management. Prior to coming to Cornell, he was on the faculty of INSEAD, a leading international business school in France and Singapore.

He is an authority on technology and innovation policy and is the co-editor and author of the Global Information Technology Report, published by the World Economic Forum and the Global Innovation Index, published by the World Intellectual Property Organization – two influential reports in technology and innovation policy.

Dutta is on the board of Sodexo (a food services and facilities management multinational with $20bn market capitalization), Dassault Systemes (a leading 3D software firm with $30bn market capitalization) and advisory boards of several business schools. He has co-founded two firms, including Fisheye Analytics, which WPP group acquired. He was also the Chair of AACSB (July 2017 to January 2018), the leading global body for the accreditation of business schools. Dutta is a member of the Davos Circle, an association of long-time participants in the Annual Davos meeting of the World Economic Forum, and has engaged in a number of multi-stakeholder initiatives to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

Dutta received a B. Tech. in electrical engineering and computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), New Delhi, a MS in both business administration and computer science, and a PhD in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley. In 2017, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from his alma mater IIT Delhi.

Bruno Lanvin
Executive Director for Global Indices, INSEAD
Founder and CEO, DL Partners SA
President of the Smart City Observatory
Founding Co-Editor, Network Readiness Index

Bruno Lanvin is INSEAD’s Executive Director for Global Indices. He is also the founder and CEO of DL Partners SA, a Geneva-based consultancy, and the President of the Smart City Observatory.

From 2007 to 2015, he was the Executive Director of INSEAD’s eLab, managing INSEAD’s teams in Paris, Singapore and Abu Dhabi, and then Executive Director for INSEAD’s European Competitiveness Initiative (IECI). From 2000 to 2007, Dr. Lanvin worked for the World Bank, where he was inter alia Senior Advisor for E-strategies and Regional Coordinator in Europe and Central Asia for information and communication technology (ICT) and e-government issues. He also headed the Capacity Building Practice of the World Bank’s Global ICT Department and was Chairman of the Bank’s e-Thematic Group.

From June 2001 to December 2003, he was the Manager of the Information for Development Program (infoDev) at the World Bank. In 2000, Dr. Lanvin was appointed Executive Secretary of the G8-DOT Force. Until then, he was Head of Electronic Commerce in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva, and occupied various senior positions including Chief of the Cabinet of the Director General of the United Nations in New York, Head of Strategic Planning, and later Chief of the SME Trade Competitiveness Unit of UNCTAD/SITE. He was the main drafter, team leader, and editor of Building Confidence: Electronic Commerce and Development, published in January 2000.

Since 2002, he has been co-authoring The Global Information Technology Report (Cornell University-INSEAD-World Economic Forum), and is currently the co-editor of The Global Innovation Index Report (Cornell University-INSEAD-WIPO). In 2013, he created and launched the first edition of the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI), and is still the co-editor of this annual report. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Valenciennes, France, a Masters of Business Administration from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris, France, a PhD in Economics from the University of Paris I (La Sorbonne) in France, and is an alumnus of INSEAD (IDP-C).

Carolina Rossini
Co-Founder, Network Readiness Index
Secretary for the Board and CEO, Portulans Institute

Carolina Rossini has over 20 years of experience in technology law and policy, including ICT for development, internet, intellectual property, open innovation, and telecommunications. She is the co-founder of Portulans Institute, founder of iNova Partners Consulting – assisting non-profits in executing effective and long-term change and impact -, and Yong Global Leader with the World Economic Forum.

She serves on the advisory board of InternetLab (Brazil), Derechos Digitales (Chile), Lighthouse Collective (USA), Instituto EducaDigital (Brazil) and #IamtheCode (Global).

She is a results-oriented, decisive leader with proven success in policy change and advocacy impact, strategic organizational development and growth, and fundraising. Previously, once based in Washington DC, she served as the RightsCon Director at Access Now for the Tunisia edition, as a Global Policy Manager for Connectivity at Facebook, and as the Vice President for International Policy at Public Knowledge (PK). While living in San Francisco she was the International Director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and a consultant to Wikimedia Foundation. Previously, while in Boston she was Fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society.

Back in Brazil, where she was born, she was an in-house counsel Telefonica, and a law lecturer at the Center for Technology and Society at Fundação Getulio Vargas (CTS/FGV).

Carolina has an LLM in Intellectual Property from Boston University (2008), an MA in International Economic Negotiations (2006) from UNICAMP/UNESP, an MBA from Instituto de Empresas (2004), and a JD from the University of Sao Paulo – USP. (2000)