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




The list of our affiliates with pictures can be downloaded here


  • Dr. Fernando Alberti, Director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness, Italy

  • Dr. Tamar Almor, Dean of the School of Behavioral Sciences and the Dept. of Psychology, The College of Management, Israel

  • Jacques Bersier, Co-director of EIA Fribourg, Switzerland

  • Dr. Àngels Dasí, Associate Professor at the Department of Business Management, University of Valencia, Spain

  • Dr. Gilberto Cardenas, Associate Professor at the Public Finance Department, Autonomous University, Madrid, Spain

  • Danuvasin Charoen, Associate Dean of the Business School, NIDA, Thailand

  • Jérôme Dällenbach, Physician (MD) and economist (MA), General practitioner, Medical Center Medbase, Fribourg, Switzerland and professional pilot on commercial aircrafts

  • Mahmoud Elburai, Senior Advisor in Dubai Government and Director of the Middle East Cities Center at American University in Dubai

  • Prof. Dr. Marc Fetscherin, Professor, Department of Business, Rollins College, USA

  • Noelia Garcia, Project Manager, ISO Academy, ISO Central Secretariat, Switzerland

  • Dr. Tan Khee Giap, Full time faculty of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore and Chairman, Singapore National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation, Singapore

  • Dr. José Guimón, Associate Professor at the Department of Development Economics, Autonomous University, Madrid, Spain

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

  • Tatchawan Kanitpong, Dean of the Business School, NIDA, Thailand

  • Michael Keller, Former Assistant Editor, Competitiveneness Review, Switzerland

  • Stefan Kraxner, Head of the Competitiveness Performance Division, Competitiveness Office of Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, Abu Dhabi

  • Julie Michel, Scientific advisor, Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, Swiss Confederation, Switzerland

  • Viput Ongsakul, Former Dean of the Business School, NIDA, Thailand

  • Prof. Emanuele Pizzurno, Professor at the LIUC Business School, Italy
  • Dr. José Pla-Barber, Full Professor of International Business, Management Department, University of Valencia, Spain

  • Xavier Tinguely, Manager, Transfer Pricing & Value Chain Alignment, Deloitte, Geneva, Switzerland

  • Vladimir Tomsik, Vice-Governor, Czech National Bank, Czech Republic

  • Prof. Dr. Fred van Eenenaam, Chairman of the Netherlands Institute for Competitiveness, Netherlands

  • Laura Vanoli, Scientific advisor, Federal Department of Finances, Swiss Confederation, Switzerland

  • Dr. Cristina Villar, Associate professor at the Department of Management, University of Valencia, Spain

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

  • Mr. James Zhan, Director, Investment and Enterprise, World Investment Report, UNCTAD, Geneva, Switzerland