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08 Oct 2013

Dr. Mark Esposito will be speaking during the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society, in Deauville, 16-18 October 2013

Dr. Mark Esposito, Associate Professor of Business & Economics at Grenoble Ecole de Management, will be addressing the audience during the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society, in Deauville, 16-18 October 2013.

The event will also bring together such speakers as Fleur Pellerin, French Deputy Minister for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, Innovation and the Digital Economy; Delphine Ernotte-Cunci, Deputy CEO, Orange; and Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever.

Innovation at the bottom of the pyramid

Many companies have now begun seeking to reach the bottom billion through creating new low-priced, no-frills products and services. What are some innovation lessons we can draw from their experience?

Open innovation and the competitive edge

Proponents of open innovation claim that in an age of rapidly evolving technologies and challenging economic conditions companies must open up to outside ideas, inventions, and partnerships to maintain their competitive advantage. How do you make open innovation work for you? What are the limits of cooperation today -- and the risks of getting it wrong?

Launched in 2005, the Women’s Forum’s aim is to bring together opinion leaders from across the globe to exchange and debate on the best ways of enhancing the involvement of women in the global economy and society.

Dr. Mark Esposito is also an instructor at Harvard Extension School, and a Senior Associate at the University of Cambridge-CPSL in the UK. At Harvard, Mark teaches Systems, Complexity & Modern Dilemmas and serves as Institutes Council Co-Leader, at the Microeconomics of Competitiveness program (MOC) at the Institute of Strategy and Competitiveness, at Harvard Business School.

Mark is the Founding Director of the Lab-Center for Competitiveness, a think tank which researches bottom up development towards the creation of equality in society (

More about the Women's Forum for the Economy and Society

Founded in 2005, the Women's Forum for the Economy and Society is the world's leading platform featuring women's views and voices on major social and economic issues. Deploying women's experience and expertise across all generations and geographies, it offers practical discussions on how to overcome barriers and create new horizons and opportunities, as well as broad, rich and edgy debate on important ideas.  The Women's Forum also promotes the advancement of women world-wide via business and social networks.

The Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society Meetings highlight remarkable women and men from around the world who are involved in politics, business, civil society and academia. Its annual Global Meeting features novel ideas from advanced and emerging nations in a format that combines plenary and smaller sessions as well as the Discovery Program, a uniquely vibrant content relay of discussions, interactive sessions and practical workshops. The Women's Forum Regional Meetings echo this footprint in terms of gender and sector representation, with a sharper focus on specific regional issues.

In addition to these essential meetings, the Women's Forum for the Economy and Society expresses its commitment to women's progress throughout the year via a range of Initiatives set up in partnership with corporations, media groups and non-governmental organizations. These long-term initiatives seek to empower women through entrepreneurship and education, by fast-tracking young talent, amplifying women's voices in the media, promoting adaptive leadership characteristics and showcasing CEOs who champion the empowerment and advancement of women.

Based in Paris, the Women's Forum is a subsidiary of Publicis Groupe and is supported by corporate partnerships.