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Besiana Balla

Coordinator of the YSI Innovation Working Group

Besiana Balla is currently a doctoral student at the  Centre d’Économie de l’Université Paris-Nord. Her research deals mainly with information global value chains, organizational innovation, internet of things and the theory of the firm. 

Previously she has obtained an Erasmus Mundus Double Degree in Economic Policies in the Age of Globalisation (EPOG) from the University of Turin and the University Paris 7 and Paris 13. In order to write her master thesis, she spent a semester as a visiting student in Seoul at Seoul National University. During her studies she was awarded an Erasmus Mundus Excellence Scholarship for the 2 year period. 

Besiana has a Bachelor in Economics and Business from the University of Rome LUISS Guido Carli in partnership with the Utrecht School of Economics. 

Between her bachelor and masters she worked both in the field of incubators and venture capital funds, that fostered her interest in the start-up world and the digital economy. In 2014 together with Laurène Tran she founded the Economics of Innovation Working Group.