For its 2019 edition, the Competitiveness Summer School has gathered a faculty of prominent professors and seasoned economic development experts whose international experience spans several decades. They are global leaders in their respective fields. 



Fellow of the SMS and EURAM, Prof. Joan Enric Ricart is the Carl Schrøder Professor of Strategic Management & Chairman of the Strategic Management Department at the IESE Business School, University of Navarra. There, he has been Director of the Doctoral Program, Associate Dean for Research, and Associate Director for Faculty and Research.

Dr. Maria Luisa Blazquez is a Research Associate at the International Center for Competitiveness (ICC), IESE Business School where she leads several projects for public and private institutions on the issue of competitiveness of regions and countries. She has also taught the Microeconomics of Competitiveness course at IESE. Her research and publications are mainly focused on competitiveness and the role of clusters.


Prof. Pascual Berrone is associate professor of Strategic Management and holder of the Schneider Electric Chair of Sustainability and Business Strategy at IESE Business School. He is also vice-president of the Ibero-american Academy of Management. Prof. Berrone has extensive managerial experience from across Latin America, Europe, and the USA.



Werner Pamminger is CEO at Business Upper Austria, the state business agency. He is  responsible for investment  promotion and regional development through research, technology, innovation and  collaboration across clusters. Representing more than 2.300 companies, Business Upper Austria is a role-model for successful cluster management.


Enric Pedrós is the Cluster Manager at Cluster of Agricultural Production Means. He is an expert in marketing, internationalization and innovation projects. In 2012 the cluster was granted ESCA’s Gold Label, recognizing Enric’s excellent cluster management. Enric is also member of TCI Network, the international cluster organization.


Reza Zadeh is the Executive    Director of European Foundation for Cluster Excellence, an expert in training on Cluster Management Excellence as well as cluster-based economic development. Reza has 20 years of experience in regional innovation, competitiveness policy in an European context, and economic development through innovation systems.


Antoni Tió is President & CEO of the Barcelona Nautical Cluster. He also chairs the  Catalan Maritime Forum. A renowned Olympic sailor, Antoni won many prestigious sailing tournaments such as the Admiral's Cup, the Sardinia Cup, the Copa del Rey, the Conde de Godó, the Sherry Trophy and the Swan Cup, just to name a few.


Inés Sagrario is Senior Consultant and Partner at COMPETITIVENESS, she has worked in South and South-East Asia, Africa, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe. Inés has over 13 years of experience leading     competitiveness projects in Spain, Argentina (Rio Negro), Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador, Brazil and Botswana. In Catalonia, Spain, over the past few years, Inés has led the strategic analysis for varied clusters. She has participated in a number of the CRIs carried out as a sector specialist and led a number of large IADB-funded Competitiveness Programs over the past decade.


Alberto Pezzi is the Director of Competitive Strategy at the Directorate General for Industry of the Government of Catalonia. He has over 20 years of experience in competitive strategy and cluster development working both for international consulting firms and governmental agencies. Alberto is a member of the Board of Directors at TCI Network.