Possible catalysts of innovation and competitiveness in territories




  • Aladeen Shawa, Senior advisor Local Development, UNDP Regional Hub for Arab States 


  • Mariana Nicolau, Center for Sustainable Consumption and Production
  • Mpho Moruakgomo, President of Botswana Association of Local Authorities (BALA), Vice-President UCLG Africa
  • Danilo Salerno, Director of the Coopermondo, Assciation for International Development Cooperation, Italy
  • Francisco Alburquerque, Senior consultant and LED Expert at the Multilateral Investment Bank and Inter­America Development Bank
  • PedropValadares, Public Police Analyst, SEBRAE, Brazil


  • Santiago Gallo, Advisor to the Presidency of Brazilian Representation in Mercosur Parliament, National Congress

Interventions from the floor

  • Miren Larrea Aranguren, Senior Researcher at ORKESTRA Instituto Vasco de Competitividad, Spain

A functional relation can be established between specific approaches, modalities and sets of tools and activities in given areas or sectors and the establishment of enabling conditions for inclusive innovation and / as a driver of sustainable competitiveness of countries or regions. This can apply at different geographical scales and vary extensively to encompass the specific object and content of economic activities in a particular sector, as much as alternative organizational and business models and modalities. Such catalysts of innovation and (for) competitiveness can be conducive in creating income and employment opportunities, facilitating access to information and innovative knowledge, create value and and/or enhance competitive assets through improved resources management. Possible catalysts for innovation include – but are obviously not limited to – green economy and renewable energy systems, business clustering, social and solidarity economy, corporate social responsibility, knowledge management and (through) cooperation.

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Location: Leonardo - Palazzo Reale Date: October 14, 2015 Time: 11:15 am - 1:00 pm