Besiana Balla


Co-Founder and Coordinator of the Innovation Working Group

In 2014, together with Laurene Tran, I co-founded the Economics of Innovation Working Group.

I am currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Centre d’Economie de l’Université Paris-Nord, where I conduct research on smart factories, the internet of things (IoT) and the theory of the firm.

I am a Lecturer on the History of Tech Revolutions, at Sciences Po Paris, as well as a teaching fellow of Core Economics, a new approach to teaching introductory economics that incorporates current events, data and history, and recent economic research and debates.

Previously I was an Erasmus Mundus Scholar at the University of Turin and the University of Paris, where I obtained a Masters degree in Economic Policies in the Age of Globalisation.

In addition to my studies in France and Italy I have carried out research in the Netherlands and South Korea, and I have presented my research at conferences in France, the UK, and the United States. Prior to my graduate studies I worked for two years in venture capital and startup incubators in Rome.

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