the concept—

The Global Competitiveness Academy (GCA) is a distinctive and intensive learning framework – building off the assets of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC) and Arizona State University (ASU) – that will develop a new cadre of global leaders attuned to the underpinning drivers for competitiveness and sustainable economic growth. It is not a course. It is not a series of lectures. It is a learning experience that combines: peer-to-peer interactions, case studies, moderated debates, roundtable conversations, group assignments, Q&A sessions with global leaders, and leadership development activities.

The Global Competitiveness Academy will take advantage of innovations in learning processes and draw on ASU’s transdisciplinary knowledge enterprise and the richness of the GFCC network. The Academy will adopt the most updated concepts and technologies for learning and mobilize the knowledge distributed in the GFCC network, the ASU system and across an extended network of partners.

Inherent in the value proposition of the Global Competitiveness Academy is the imperative to create and nurture relationships among the participants. More than colleagues, they are intended to become lifelong companions, mentors and transformation agents.

Participants will be both private and public sector leaders committed to learning the cutting-edge of competitiveness thought leadership and innovation practice, understanding the intangible value of learning with real-world practitioners and engaging with leaders who are designing and implementing competitiveness and innovation initiatives.

GCA faculty includes thought, business, research, policy and tech leaders from different countries. A significant part of the GCA’s activities will emerge from the direct engagement of GFCC leaders – the knowledge that comes from their experiences in promoting business and policy transformation and implementing innovative initiatives is a unique asset that the GFCC network is especially positioned to leverage.

GCA programs will be transdisciplinary by nature. They will rely on and mobilize ASU’s expertise from a variety of fields, including business, engineering, international development, policy, health, and design.

Rather than being a one-time experience, the GCA will engage participants in an exclusive community. From participants’ selection to post-Academy interactions, an innovative web platform will support the different stages of the Academy learning experience. The GCA will promote and catalyze Interactions among participants before, during and after each class completes its program.


the goals—


the programs—

Global Competitiveness Academy programs will be offered in 2018. An initial set of programs on business and government transformation will be launched in November 2017, during the GFCC 2017 Global Innovation Summit, and applications will open in January 2018. The first program will begin on July 9, 2018.

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Program pricing is $8,950. Contact us for group discounts and scholarship availability.

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our partner—



Arizona State University (ASU) has become the foundational model for the New American University, a new paradigm for the public research university that transforms higher education. Ranked as one of the top 100 universities in the world, ASU is the fastest-growing research university in the United States. ASU is committed to excellence, access, and impact in everything it does. It was named the #1 university for innovation in the United States in 2016, 2017 and 2018 by U.S. News and World Report.


Want more information?

Email gca@thegfcc.org or click here to download an informational brochure.