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LANVIN, BRUNO Print E-mail

Bruno Lnavin's Mug ShotExecutive Director of INSEAD e-Lab, Fontainebleau, Francia
Former senior executive at the World Bank and the United Nations

Main Topics: Global trade, global information technology, IT-based competitiveness, internet and social media, innovation leadership and XXIst century skills, (“Digital City - Way of Working and Living”)

Professional Profile: Dr Lanvin is the Executive Director of INSEAD eLab and a former senior executive at the World Bank and the United Nations. His work focuses on competitiveness, innovation, skills and government reform. He has had a longstanding involvement with the World Economic Forum (participating in particular in the creation and annual production of the Networked Readiness Index and Global Information Technology Report since 2001). He has been playing leading roles in INSEAD’s work on innovation (development of the Innovation Readiness Model – IRM -, customization of the Global Innovation Index – GII -, generation of skills for innovation – work for the European Commission and the European Business Summits since 2009).
In December 2011, he was appointed on the Board of Directors of IDA Infocomm in Singapore. Since 2010, he has been a Commissioner on the Broadband Commission.
In 2009-2010, he has been Chair of the Global Advisory Council on the Future of Government (World Economic Forum), on which he continued to serve also in 2010-2011.
From 2003 to 2007, Dr Lanvin has held various senior positions at the World Bank, including that of Focal Point for the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS), from 2003 to 2005, and regional coordinator for Europe for ICT and e-strategies (2005-2007).
From 2001 to 2003, Dr Lanvin was the Manager of the Information for Development Program of the World Bank (infoDev), a multi-donor grant program focusing on extending digital opportunities for all. infoDev has financed over 170 projects in some 85 countries, focusing on identifying and supporting innovative uses of information technologies.
From 2000 to 2001, Dr Lanvin has served as Executive Secretary of the G-8 DOT Force (Digital Opportunity Task Force).
Since 2002, he has been editor of the ‘Global Information Technology Report’, which ranks countries according to their degree of readiness to benefit from the global information economy. He was recruited by the World Bank in September 2000 as senior advisor for ecommerce and e-government. Until then, he was Head of Electronic Commerce in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva. During his twenty years with the United Nations, he has occupied various senior positions including Chief of 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.
Dr. Lavin speaks French, English and Spanish, and has a working knowledge of Portuguese, Italian and Russian, as well as some knowledge of Mandarin and is a frequent keynote speaker in high-level international conferences and meetings. Moreover, Dr Lanvin advises global corporations and governments on strategic issues.



  • Degrees in Mathematics and Physics (License of University of Valenciennes, France
  • Business (MBA from HEC, France)
  • Economics (PhD from University of Paris I – Pantheon-Sorbonne, France)



Selected Works:
Bruno Lanvin is the author of a wide range of books/articles and studies on international trade, development and innovation in the public sector
  • Lanvin, Bruno (1998), “Telecommunications and development: Who will benefit from the GII ?”, ITJ, London
  • Lanvin, Bruno (with Vivek Chaudhry) (2001), ‘How can E-readiness contribute to ‘ globalization cum equity ‘?’, infoDev Working paper, the World Bank
  • Lanvin, Bruno (2001), ‘La Fracture Numerique n’est pas une fatalite’, Les Cahiers du Numerique, Vol 2, No3-4, 2001, Hermes, Paris-Brussels
  • Lanvin, Bruno (2002), Foreword to the Global IT Report 2002 (World Economic Forum, Harvard University), Oxford University Press
  • Lanvin, Bruno (2003), ‘The Role of Governements in ICT : Leaders and Facilitators’ in Dutta, Lanvin and Paua ed. Global IT Report 2003 (INSEAD, World Economic Forum, infoDev), Oxford University Press
  • Kenny, Charles, Lanvin, Bruno and Lewin, Anat (2003), The Access Divide’, in ÍCT and Development - Enabling the Information Society, The World Bank,. December 2003
  • Lanvin, Bruno and Qiang, Christine (2003), ‘Born Global: China and the Information Economy’ in Dutta, Lanvin and Paua ed. Global IT Report 2002-2003 (INSEAD, World Economic Forum, infoDev), Oxford University Press
  • Lanvin, Bruno and Qiang, Christine (2004), ‘Poverty E-readication – ICTs and the MDGs’ in Dutta, Lanvin and Paua ed. Global IT Report 8 2003-2004 (INSEAD, World Economic Forum, infoDev), Oxford University Press
  • Lanvin, Bruno (2005) ‘E-leadership, what we have learned from the champions’, in ‘E-development’, The World Bank
  • Lanvin, Bruno (2005) ‘E-strategies need strong monitoring and evaluation’, in ‘E-development’, The World Bank
  • Lanvin, Bruno (2005) ‘La faille numérique est-elle soluble dans l'argent?, Le Temps (Switzerland), 14 April 2005
  • Lanvin, Bruno, and Lewin, Anat (2007), ‘The Next Frontier of Egovernment’ in Dutta, and Mia ed. Global IT Report 2006-2007 (INSEAD, World Economic Forum), Palgrave, 2007
  • Lanvin, Bruno and Passman, Pamela (2008) ‘”Building E-Skills for the Information Age” in Dutta, and Mia ed. Global IT Report 2006-2007 (INSEAD, World Economic Forum), Palgrave, 2008
  • In 2000, Bruno Lanvin was the team leader and main author of - ‘Building Confidence: Electronic Commerce and Development’ (United Nations, 2000)

    Editor and/or contributor to collective work, including:
  • The World Bank ICT for Development Report 07, 2006
  • E-government Toolkit (infoDev, World Bank, 2003)
  • E-Security Handbook (infoDev, World Bank, 2003)

    Plus numerous interviews for newspapers, journals, radio and TV stations, and appearances in over 200 international conferences (World Economic Forum, e.g.)