Director of the Center 

Prof. Dr. Philippe Gugler

Professor Dr. Philippe Gugler

Director of the Center for Competitiveness

University of Fribourg



Advisory Board

The members of the Advisory Board, on the basis of their experience and of their international prestige, are an outstanding asset for the Center for Competitiveness' activities. Advisory Board members may at any time advise the Competitiveness Center concerning research and teaching activities. They may also advise the Center for Competitiveness regarding national and international relations with other research institutions, public authorities and private enterprises/associations.

Prof. Dr. Joseph Deiss

Former President of the General Assembly of the United Nations, Former President of Switzerland and Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and of Economy

Dr. Christian Ketels

Principal Associate, Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, Harvard Business School, USA

Prof. Dr. Ana Tavares-Lehmann

Professor at the University of Porto, Former Secretary of State of Industry of Portugal

Research Team

Samuel Ferreira Gomes

Research Assistant (PhD), University of Fribourg, Switzerland


Basile de Raemy


Research Assistant (PhD), University of Fribourg, Switzerland


David Eschmann


Junior Assistant,

University of Fribourg, Switzerland


Jonathan Reidy

Junior Assistant,

University of Fribourg, Switzerland


Alexandre Coussa

PhD Student,

University of Fribourg, Switzerland


Florian Scyboz

Junior Assistant

University of Fribourg, Switzerland



The list of our affiliates with pictures can be downloaded here


  • Fernando Alberti, Professor and Director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness, LIUC Business School, Carlo Cattaneo University, Castellanza, Italy

  • Tamar Almor, Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration and Full Professor of Management and International Business, College of Management Academic Studies, Rishon LeZion, Israel

  • Jacques Bersier, Former Co-Director of HEIA-FR (Haute école d'ingénierie et d'architecture de Fribourg), Fribourg, Switzerland

  • Gilberto Cardenas, Associate Professor, Public Finance Department, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain

  • Danuvasin Charoen, Professor, NIDA (National Institute of Development Administration) Business School, Bangkok, Thailand

  • Jérôme Dällenbach, Physician (MD) and Economist (MA), General Practitioner, Fribourg, Switzerland, and Professional Pilot on commercial aircrafts

  • Àngels Dasí, Associate Professor, Department of Business Management, University of Valencia, Spain
  • Mahmoud Elburai, Director of the Middle East Cities Center, American University in Dubai, and Senior Advisor in Dubai Government

  • Marc Fetscherin, Professor, Department of Business, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL, USA

  • Noelia Garcia Nebra, Head of Sustainability - advancing ISO's commitment to the UN SDGs, ISO (International Organisation for Standardization), Geneva , Switzerland

  • Sasidaran Gopalan, Professor of Economics, United Arab Emirate University, Abu Dhabi
  • José Guimón, Associate Professor, Department of Development Economics, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain, and Advisor to the Minister of Science and Innovation

  • Peter Hertenstein, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD, Development Economics), co-founder and CEO of a tech start-up (in stealth mode), lecturer in Business Management at University of Tübingen and HWR, Berlin, Germany
  • Tatchawan Kanitpong, Professor and Dean of NIDA Business School, Bangkok, Thailand

  • Michael Keller, Former Assistant Editor, Competitiveness Review, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

  • Hala Khaled A. Al Ameri, Head of the Competitiveness Office of Abu Dhabi, Department of Economic Development, Abu Dhabi
  • Stefan Kraxner, Head of the Competitiveness Performance Division, Competitiveness Office of Abu Dhabi, Department of Economic Development, Abu Dhabi

  • Damiano Lepori, Doctor in Political Economy, CEO of Bulliard Immobilier SA, Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Julie Michel, Scientific Advisor, Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER), Swiss Confederation, Bern, Switzerland

  • Jomphong Mongkhonvanit, Professor, Dean of the Graduate School of Business at Siam University and Vice-President of Siam University, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Viput Ongsakul, Professor, Former Dean of NIDA Business School, Bangkok, Thailand

  • Pavida Pananond, Professor, Full-time Faculty Member, Thammasat Business School, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Emanuele Pizzurno, Professor, LIUC Business School, Carlo Cattaneo University, Castellanza, Italy
  • José Pla-Barber, Full Professor of International Business, Management Department, University of Valencia, Spain

  • Mathieu Resbeut, Doctor in Political Economy, Junior Project Manager, BAK Economics AG, Basel, Switzerland
  • Saman Sarbazvatan, Senior Advisor and Professor, COO and Deputy Dean, Ecole des Ponts Business School of Ecole des Ponts Paris Tech, Paris, France
  • Khee Giap Tan, Professor, Full-time Faculty Member of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, and Chairman of the Singapore National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation, Singapore
  • Xavier Tinguely, Manager, Transfer Pricing & Value Chain Alignment, Deloitte, Geneva, Switzerland

  • Prapaporn Tivayanond Mongkhonvanit, Assistant Professor and Dean of the School of Global Studies, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Vladimir Tomsik, Ambassador of the Czech Republic in China, Beijing, China

  • Fred van Eenenaam, Professor and Chairman of the Netherlands Institute for Competitiveness, Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Laura Vanoli, Scientific Advisor, Federal Department of Finances (FDF), Swiss Confederation, Bern, Switzerland

  • Cristina Villar, Associate Professor, Department of Management, University of Valencia, Spain

  • Pradit Wanara, Professor, NIDA Business School, and Former President of NIDA, Bangkok, Thailand

  • James Zhan, Director of the Division on Investment and Enterprise at UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development), and Lead of the annual World Investment Report, Geneva, Switzerland