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 with information global value chains, internet of things, smart factories and the theory of the firm by analysing the role of institutions, the social construction of markets, and the organisation and governance of the firm itself.
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. During her master thesis, she spent a semester as a visiting student in Seoul at Seoul National University in order to proceed with field work on Industry 4.0. During her studies she was awarded an Erasmus Mundus Excellence Scholarship for the 2 year period.
Between her bachelor and masters she has 2 years of experience 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.
Together with Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven, Devika Dutt and Jenny Tue Anh Nguyen, she co-founded the Diversity Task Force inside YSI, with the purpose of promoting and addressing issued of diversity and representation in the economics profession.