Mark Esposito

Harvard Social Scientist, working in the intersection of public policy, governance and technological disruption.


Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2016. 


Shortlisted for the Thinkers50 2023 Strategy Award. 


Shortlisted for the Thinkers50 2019 Breakthrough Award. 


Mark is a proponent of a unified strategy that integrates public policy, governance, and technological disruption. He stresses the importance of crafting flexible regulations that encourage innovation while maintaining just governance, effectively connecting the dots between fast-paced technological progress and the societal frameworks required to sustain and guide it. Expanding on these core concepts, Mark advocates for nimble policy-making to adeptly handle the shifting tech environment. He calls for forward-thinking governance structures designed to combat algorithmic bias and reduce digital monopolies, aiming to ensure that technology benefits society as a whole. Mark envisions a future in which governance evolves at the same pace as technology, fostering both equity and creativity.


Mark Esposito is a professor of economics and public policy with appointments at Hult International Business School and Harvard University. At Harvard, he serves as social scientist with affiliations at Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for International Development; Harvard University’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) and the Davis Center for Eurasian Studies. He has been affiliate faculty of the Microeconomics of Competitiveness at Harvard Business School, under the mentorship of Prof. Michael E. Porter and he served as Founding Fellow of the Circular Economy Research Center at the Judge Business School, at the University of Cambridge, where he retains a Senior Associate role. He advises governments in the GCC and Eurasia regions and is a global expert of the World Economic Forum and holds adunct roles at Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government, and Georgetown University. He co-founded the Machine Learning research firm, Nexus FrontierTech and the EdTech venture: The Circular Economy Alliance. He has a doctorate from Ecole des Ponts Paris Tech and he lives across Boston, Geneva and Dubai.


He has authored/co-authored over 150 publications peer and non-peer reviewed, 13 books, among which 2 Amazon bestsellers: Understanding how the Future Unfolds (2017) and The AI Republic (2019). His latest books are: “The Emerging Economies under the Dome of the Fourth Industrial Revolution” (Cambridge University Press, 2022) and “The Great Remobilization: Strategies and Designs for a Global Smarter World”, (MIT University Press, 2023) and “Digitizing the Emerging Economies” ( Cambridge University Press, 2024). He writes for Project Syndicate, World Economic Forum Blog, California Management Review and Harvard Business Review.

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“One of the most authoritative and insightful guides to the fourth industrial revolution.”

Stuart Crainer & Des Dearlove, Thinkers50

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