Smart City Observatory (IMD) / Portulans Institute
President / Co-Fondateur & Directeur
Co-founder and Director of Portulans Institute. He is also an INSEAD Distinguished Fellow, and President of the Smart City Observatory. (WCC/IMD), which publishes the annual Smart City Index. He is also Co-founder and Director of Portulans Institute, and an INSEAD Distinguished Fellow. He has been INSEAD’s Executive Director for Global Indices until January 2021. From 2007 to 2015, he was the Executive Director of INSEAD’s eLab, managing INSEAD’s teams in Paris, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi, and then Executive Director for INSEAD’s European Competitiveness Initiative (IECI). From 2000 to 2007, Dr. Lanvin worked for the World Bank, where he was inter alia Senior Advisor for e-strategies and Regional Coordinator in Europe and Central Asia for ICT and e-government issues. He also headed the Capacity Building Practice of the World Bank’s Global ICT Department and was Chairman of the Bank’s e-Thematic Group. From June 2001 to December 2003, he was the Manager of the Information for Development Program (infoDev) at the World Bank. In 2000 Dr Lanvin was appointed Executive Secretary of the G8-DOT Force. Until then, he was Head of Electronic Commerce in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva, and occupied various senior positions including Chief of the Cabinet of the Director General of the United Nations in New York, Head of Strategic Planning, and later Chief of the SME Trade Competitiveness Unit of UNCTAD/SITE. He was the main drafter, team leader, and editor of Building Confidence: Electronic Commerce and Development, published in January 2000. Since 2002, he has been co-authoring The Global Information Technology Report (INSEAD-World Economic Forum-Cornell University); he is currently author of the Global Innovation Index report (WIPO). In 2013, he co-created and launched the first edition of the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI), and still is the co-editor of this annual report. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Valenciennes, France; a Masters of Business Administration from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris; a PhD in Economics from the University of Paris I (La Sorbonne) in France; and is an alumnus of INSEAD (IDP-C). A frequent speaker at high-level meetings, he advises several global companies and governments and has been a member of numerous boards for many years, including those of ICANN, IDA-Infocomm, GovTech, IP-Watch, AAID, the Bin Rashid Foundation for Government Innovation in the UAE, and the Presidential Advisory Board in Digital Strategies of Kazakhstan.