Making the most of Europe's digital economy

Readie Policy Summit highlights and video

Readie Policy Summit highlights and video

Readie Policy Summit highlights and video

Digital, done better

"The key is to look into the future, rather than be stuck in the past"

Interview with Kaja Kallas

"A stronger, more coherent digital single market can be a great driver for growth in all of Europe."

Troels Lund Poulsen, Minister for Business and Growth, Denmark

"We've all been surprised at just how big the internet has become."

In conversation
with... Hal Varian

What you should know about the platform economy

"Almost every day, a new digital development appears... to make
our lives easier and more convenient."

Our interview
with Andrus Ansip


What is Readie?

Readie is a one stop shop resource for policymakers to learn about Europe’s innovative digital initiatives.


Size and shape of Europe’s digital economy


Business opportunities of open and big data


Rise and role of startups and scale-ups


Digital disruption in ‘traditional industries’


  • Readie Policy Summit 2016: Digital, done better

    Digital technology is completely changing the way we live and work and the pace of technological change shows no signs of slowing. What can governments do to create a strong digital economy and ensure Europe is...
    Olivia Chapman
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  • Readie in conversation with… Hal Varian

    Data is transforming the way we interact with the world. Every second more than 54,000 Google searches are conducted, 7,000 some Tweets are shared and more than 2 million emails are sent. A surge in search...
    Olivia Chapman
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  • Diane Coyle: making the most of platforms

    Why doesn’t Europe have home-grown digital platforms on the scale of Google, Uber, Airbnb or Facebook? Could platforms do a better job than the public sector in providing transport or traffic management – and if so,...
    Olivia Chapman
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  • How should we govern the digital economy?

    At Readie’s recent Digital Economy Research Summit, Nesta’s CEO Geoff Mulgan noted that ‘we’re witnessing an extraordinary series of digital revolutions in our economy’. They’re certainly extraordinary: never before has digital technology attracted such levels of...
    Matthew Davies
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Our network

Our growing network includes cutting-edge policy, research, innovation and data experts from across Europe.

Žiga Turk

University of Ljubljana

Žiga Turk is a Professor in Construction Informatics at the Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering at the University of Ljubljana. Born in 1962, he holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, M.Sc. in Computer Science and Ph.D. in technical sciences. In addition to his academic career, he was twice a minister in the Government of Slovenia and Secretary General of the Felipe Gonzalez’s Reflection Group on the Future of Europe.

Wei Pang

University of Aberdeen

Dr Wei Pang is a Lecturer in Digital Economy at the Department of Computing Science, University of Aberdeen. His main areas of research interest concern bio-inspired (e.g. immune-inspired) data mining and machine learning, especially as applied in biological, social, health, and environmental sciences. He has published over 60 papers. He is PI of a partnership project funded by RCUK dot.rural Digital Economy Hub and CoI (theme leader) of an ESRC funded social media project.

You can read more about Wei here:

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at Oxford University. With the best-selling “Big Data” (with Kenneth Cukier), Mayer-Schönberger has published ten books, including the awards-winning “Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age” and is the author of over a hundred articles and book chapters on the information economy.

He is a frequent public speaker, and sought expert for media worldwide. He and his work have been featured in (among others) New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Economist, Nature, Science, and the BBC.

He is also on the boards of foundations, think tanks and organizations focused on studying the information economy, and advises governments, businesses and NGOs on new economy and information society issues.

Veronica Martinez

Cambridge Service Alliance

Dr Veronica Martinez joined the Cambridge Service Alliance in January 2014 to work in the Shift from products to services’ project. As part of her research in the Shift to services, Veronica produced a series of tools to help organisations Making and Sustaining the Shift to Services. One of these tools is the ‘Service Strategy Model’ and the ‘Seven Critical Success Factors in the Shift to Services’. Veronica is a visiting professor at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. Prior she worked at the Cranfield and Strathclyde Universities as researcher and lecturer. Her major research interests revolve around the fields of strategic service performance, value creation and performance measurement and management systems. Veronica has led and participated in large European and UK research projects in products and services. She works in multidisciplinary teams investigating and supporting organizations in their servitization journeys such as, MAN Trucks, Microlise, Roll-Royce, Rockwell, among others. Before her academic career, she worked in Daimler-Chrysler, Highland Spring, COMIMSA and Daks Group. Veronica is an active organizer of conferences’ tracks and panel sessions in conferences such as Production and Operations Management, Academy of Management and PMA. She is a member of the manufacturing futures network. She is a permanent and occasional reviewer of high impact journals such as the international Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Operations and Production Management and Production, Planning and Control.
Veronica has been working in the strategy management field since 1998 and has supervised more than 21 master, doctoral and post-doctoral students. Before her academic career, she worked in the automotive industry, where she coordinated the launching of a new manufacturing quality assurance system. Veronica has worked with organizations such as Daimler-Chrysler, Highland Spring and COMIMSA. She has also participated in different projects including European projects with Pegout, Fidia, Iparlat and EFESO.
To know more about Veronica’s research, publications and latest report visit

Valerie Mocker


Valerie is a senior researcher for startups & entrepreneurship and Readie lead. She works on nurturing innovative, high-growth startups and building entrepreneurial ecosystems through translating evidence into practical insights for entrepreneurs and practitioners and conducting novel research.

She currently focuses on turning startups into scaleups by matching them with corporates and leads on the production of roundtables, research, best practice guides and toolkits that help entrepreneurs and corporates understand how they can interact more effectively. This work is part of the Startup Europe Partnership which matches promising European tech scaleups with corporates like Telefonica, Microsoft and Orange.

Valerie also leads Nesta’s international ecosystem mapping project that uses Big Data to uncover the key ingredients and networks driving successful tech ecosystems.
She is Director of Strategy of the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network and regularly speaks on startups and entrepreneurship at events like the Global Entrepreneurship Congress and Startup Nations Summit.

Before joining Nesta, Valerie has worked on computational innovation modelling and open innovation with the German National Academic Foundation and in various environmental sectors including renewable energies – as part of E.ON’s strategy team – and sustainable agriculture while working for an agricultural union in Spain. She is also currently leading a research project on environmental psychology, behavioural change and policy communication in the UK.

Valerie holds a BA in Anthropology and Archaeology and a MSc in Environmental Policy, both with a distinction, from the University of Oxford.

Thomas Funke


Dr. Thomas Funke heads the entrepreneurship department of a think tank of the German Federal Ministry for Economics since August 2013. Additionally he is co-founder of, and

Before that he was Assistant Professor and founder of the Entrepreneurship Center Network at Vienna University of Business and Economics. In addition he was founder and head of operations of the Research Studio eSPARK, a studio that aims at supporting entrepreneurs in the very early stages. In his academic career he was based in the US, Hong Kong and Austria.

He just recently published a book on entrepreneurship ecosystems with FAZ Buchverlag with the title: “Beyond Silicon Valley: Examples of Successful Entrepreneurship Ecosystems”. He also serves as academic contributor for the renown Global Startup Ecosystem Report by Silicon Valley based company Compass, which just recently published the top 20 startup ecosystems ranking.

Steve Brewer

ITaaU Network+

With skills in network coordination, communication of all types, and project management Steve is particularly interested in the interdisciplinary meeting of creative, digital and technology minds both in terms of commercial ventures and research opportunities. Following the co-authorship of an ESRC study which focused on emerging creative-digital clusters in Bournemouth and elsewhere, Steve has acquired significant knowledge of the various cluster models that exist in different cities both in the UK and further afield, including New York.

As a team builder and network coordinator Steve is always interested in helping organisations and teams seeking to expand or redefine their role in the creative/digital/technological economy as well as those tasked with leading and nurturing such teams along with others (e.g. policy and operational delivery organisations) who could benefit from making more effective, indeed disruptive, use of the technology.

Steve currently specialises in network coordination across research communities in UK, Europe and beyond; event planning and organisation; and is also interested in communication, including writing, presenting, workshop and collaboration facilitation, and video production.

Current key projects include the RCUK-funded ITaaU Network and the EU-funded EDISON initiative to build the data science profession.

Roger Maull


Roger Maull is a Professor of Management Systems in the University of Surrey Business School and a founder member, with Prof Alan Brown, of Surrey’s Centre for the Digital Economy (CoDE). He joined Surrey in October 2014 after 16 years at the University of Exeter.

Renata Włoch

University of Warsaw

Renata Włoch majored in Sociology and International Relations. She is Adjunct Professor in the Institute of Sociology, the University of Warsaw, and Coordinator of Sociological Programme “Jobs and Skills for the Future” in Digital Economy Lab at the University of Warsaw (Google institutional grant). She was the principal researcher in several action research projects (EEA grant “Civic participation: a diagnosis of barriers and creation of tools upgrading good governance”; CEE grant “Social Action 2012”, EU Commission grant “The city ghettos of today”). Since 2008 she has carried numerous evaluation research of public policies for public institutions and NGOs (Ministry of Sport, Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, MInistry of Foreign Affairs). Her recent academic interests focus on trends in digital society and digital skills, particularly in the aspect of supporting evidence-based public policy.

Nick Johnstone


Nick Johnstone is Head of the Structural Policy Division of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry. He provides leadership to the OECD’s work on new sources of growth, innovation, productivity and entrepreneurship, and the role of industry and industrial policies. He will support the Committee on Industry, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) and its subsidiary bodies, as well as the
Steel Committee and the Council Working Party on Shipbuilding.

Mr. Johnstone began his career at the OECD in September 1999, taking up the position of Head of the Empirical Policy Analysis Unit in the Environment and Economy Integration Division of the Environment Directorate, with responsibility for projects such as the analysis of links between public environmental policy, industrial organisation and technological innovation. He previously held positions
as a Research Associate at the International Institute for Environment and Development, and as a Research Officer at the Department of Applied Economics of the University of Cambridge.

Mr. Johnstone, a Canadian national, holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge (UK).

Max Nathan

Birmingham Business School

Max is Senior Birmingham Fellow (Regional Economic Development) at Birmingham Business School, and is a Deputy Director of the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth. He is an economic geographer with a background in public policy. His research focuses on urban economic development, in particular diversity; innovation, and public policy for cities. Max has over 15 years’ experience in think tanks, consultancy and government, and is a co-founder of the Centre for Cities.

Martina F. Ferracane


Martina F. Ferracane is a Policy Analyst at ECIPE. Her work focuses on EU sectoral policies, especially in the areas of international trade, healthcare and digital innovation. She is particularly interested in technological advancements such as Internet of Things and 3D printing, including in the context of long-term societal and economic development.

Her experience touches both the public and the private sector. She has worked in the area of private sector development at the European Commission (DG DEVCO) at the Trade and Investment Division of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, where she focused on trade policy, protectionism trends, trade facilitation and Asian regional developments.

On the other side, she is currently leading an association promoting digital fabrication in high schools, while she is also engaged in several entrepreneurial activities and has recently spent few months in a FabLab in Brazil to learn digital fabrication techniques.

Martina holds a Master’s degree with honours in Economic Internationalisation, Integration and International Trade from University of Valencia in Spain – where she was also awarded a prize for academic excellence – and gained her Bachelor’s degree with honours in Economics and Institutions of International and European Integration from ‘La Sapienza’ University of Rome. He also attended a semester of courses in international economics and monetary policy at Stockholm University.

Marco Cappa

IAIC Italian Academy of the Internet Code

Marco is a qualified Lawyer, Legal Counsel, Policy Advisor, Research Fellow, PhD, LLM.

He has a solid background in matters of EU Law, IP Law, Internet Law, Competition Law, Administrative Law. Worked with top Italian Law Firms and, as a Legal Counsel, for a multinational corporation. Research Fellow of the Italian Academy of the Internet Code. Internationally oriented, Marco adapts quickly to new environments and thrives on multiple tasks.

(2016) Secondment at Policy Team – Google Italy
(2016-2015) Policy Advisor on Innovation and Digital.
(2014-2011) President of the Young Democrats for Europe, a political youth organization: promoting national and EU campaigns, policy actions and advocacy.
(2012-2009) Secretary General of the Alliance of Democrats, a flexible and permanent network of political dialogue and common initiatives between likeminded leaders and political parties around the world. The Alliance counts over 70 political parties, leaders, institutions, academics: managing the staff, dealing with the international partners and with the diplomatic corps.

Marc Cowling

Brighton Business School

Professor Marc Cowling has a PhD in Business Economics from Warwick Business School and an MSc Economics from London University. Before his appointment at Brighton he was Professor and Head of the Department of Management Studies at Exeter Business School. Prior to that, he held the posts of Chief Economist at the Institute for Employment Studies and The Work Foundation. He has also held positions at Warwick Business School, Birmingham Business School (where he was Director of the Research Centre for Industrial Strategy) and London Business School (where he was Deputy Principal Investigator of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor). He is currently ranked in the top 9% of economists in the world by citations (H-index) according to Research Publications in Economics (REPEC, November 6th 2015) and in entrepreneurship he was ranked 23rd in the world over the period 1995-2006 according to “Rankings of the Top Entrepreneurship Researchers and Affiliations”. Marc has spent the last 24 years researching in 4 core areas;

· The Dynamics of Early Stage Survival and Growth
· The Financing of SMEs and Entrepreneurial Businesses
· Labour Market Dynamics
· Evaluating Public Policy

Maciej Sobolewski

University of Warsaw

Dr Maciej Sobolewski holds a PhD in economics. He is currently an assistant professor at the Department of Economics at University of Warsaw. His research interests include economics of ICT and telecommunications as well as information, regulatory and competition economics. He is a member of International Telecommunications Society and publishes regularly in international journals dedicated to intersection of ICT and economy. From 2007 to 2011, he worked as a Senior R&D expert at Orange Labs – R&D Center of France Telecom. From 2011 to 2014, he was the Vice President of CASE Foundation – an economic policy think-tank based in Warsaw, where he was responsible inter alia for the development of research programs and modeling tools in ICT, energy and innovation. Since 2016, he is the Head of Smart Economy Program within the Digital Economy Lab. He has participated in numerous international research and evaluation projects regarding modeling of competition, diffusion of ICT, estimation of switching costs and network effects and economic impact assessment.

Kristóf Gyódi

DELab and Faculty of Economic Sciences University of Warsaw

Kristóf Gyódi is a research assistant at DELab (Digital Economy Lab) and doctoral candidate at the Faculty of Economic Sciences at the University of Warsaw. He holds his BA and MA of Economics (major: International Economics) from the University of Warsaw. Kristóf also studied Development Economics at the Georg-August University Göttingen during his MA as an Erasmus+ student. He had been a holder of the Polish Government Scholarship during his studies.
Currently he is a member of the research team at DELab, participating in research projects related to digital economy, e-commerce, and information and communications technologies (ICT). His main research interest is Industry 4.0. and its perspectives in Central Europe.

Koen Frenken

Utrecht University

Koen Frenken is Full Professor in Innovation Studies. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Grenoble (applied economics) and the University of Amsterdam (social sciences). He won personal grants in the Marie Curie, NWO VIDI and NWO VICI programmes. Theoretical interests include evolutionary economics, complexity theory and network science. He mainly works on innovation, diffusion, economic geography, sharing economy and policy.

Katarzyna Sledziewska

DELab and Faculty of Economic Sciences University of Warsaw

Dr. hab. Katarzyna Sledziewska is an executive director of DELab (Digital Econmy Lab) and professor at the Faculty of Economic Sciences at the University of Warsaw. Previously, she served for the Bureau for European Integration, Council of Ministers.

She holds her BA from the University of Picardie, (Amiens, France) and her MA and PhD from the University of Warsaw (Poland). She is the author of the book “Regionalism trade in the twenty-first century. Grounds for theoretical and empirical analysis” (2012) and co-author of several books on international economic cooperation, European economic integration and international trade (with E. Czarny, and Czarczyńska, A.). She authors over 100 publications and chapters in books.
Currently she cooperates with international research institutions and science centers and leads research projects on innovation, digital economy, Digital Single Market and information and communications technologies (ICT).

Karen Wilson


Karen is a Senior Fellow at Bruegel, an international economics think tank based in Brussels. She has also been working at the OECD since 2009 where her work has focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, and finance.

Karen is an Associate Fellow at Said Business School at Oxford University and a Visiting Lecturer at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga. She is a Board Member and Advisor of the European Foundation for Entrepreneurship Research (EFER), and serves on the European Commission DG CONNECT Advisory Forum and on the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on the Creative Economy. She is also a member of the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) Policy Committee.

Karen was a Senior Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation from 2008-2012 and is the Founder of GV Partners in 2004. Earlier, Karen worked with international venture capital firm, Index Ventures, and before that was part of the senior management team at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. Previously, she served as the Executive Director of the Global Initiative at Harvard Business School. Her earlier experience includes investment banking and consulting.

She received, with honours, a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Justyna Jasiewicz

Warsaw University

As Head of Research at the Centrum Cyfrowe and Assistant Professor at the Institute of Information Science and Book Studies at Warsaw University, Justyna is interested in the issue of information literacy of young people, the social consequences of the use of the Internet and mass media changes the perspective of the development of ICT. Author of “The competence of youth information” (Warsaw, 2012) and co-author of “Health information. Expectations and competence of Polish users “(Warsaw, 2013). Justyna is a member of numerous research teams, including projects “MEDIA_STYCZNI”, “Competence Media and Information Poles” and “E-office-library-Citizen”. She is an avid supporter of public libraries and pedagogical use of new technologies in working with young users. She is also an expert Modern Poland Foundation, the Orange Foundation and the Polish Brotherhood of Gutenberg.

Juan Mateos-Garcia


Juan is a Research Fellow in Economics in Nesta’s Creative Economy team for Policy and Research.
He is interested in how new production and distribution tools, social media and widespread data access are transforming innovation and learning in organisations, communities, industries and society.

He is working on a programme of research around the impacts of big data and analytics on innovation and growth, and what they mean for policy and practice.
Previously, Juan worked on Next Gen, an independent review to transform the UK into the best global source of talent for the video games and visual effects industries, A Manifesto for the Creative Economy, which proposed a plan to help the UK creative economy remain a global leader in digitised creative markets, and Creative Clusters and Innovation, which created the first geography of the British creative i

Prior to joining Nesta, Juan worked as a researcher at SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit), University of Sussex, and CENTRIM at the University of Brighton. He remains a Visiting Fellow in CENTRIM.Juan has a background in economics, and an MSc (with distinction) in Science and Technology Policy from SPRU.

Hasan leads Nesta’s creative and digital economy policy and research.
His recent work includes co-authoring the Next Gen skills review of the video games and visual effects industries, which has led to wholesale reforms of the school ICT and computing curriculum in England, and the Manifesto for the Creative Economy, which sets out ten recommendations by which governments can help the creative economy grow.

Hasan has a particular interest in data and experimental research methods: in 2010, he designed and piloted in Manchester Creative Credits, a business support scheme structured as a randomised controlled trial; in 2011, he devised the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts which has been piloted in England, Scotland and Wales, and rolled out in a three-year partnership with Arts Council England and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Jonathan Liebenau

London School of Economics
Dr Jonathan Liebenau is a Reader in Technology Management in the Department of Management. He specialises in two areas: fundamental concepts of information, and the problems and prospects of information and communication technology in economic development. He has previously worked in academic administration, technology policy, and the economic history of science-based industry, all positions in which he has emphasised the use of information in organisations. He is the author or editor of several books and over 70 other major publications and has provided consultancy services to leading companies and strategic government agencies, including: Dell, BT, IBM, Microsoft, Tata Consultancy Services, Nortel, EDS, Lloyd Thompson; and in the UK Government, the Office of Science and Innovation, the Department of Trade and Industry and the Home Office. He also has worked with the Royal Society for the Arts and Digital Europe, and is on the advisory boards of Istanbul Bilgi University and American University in Cairo, School of Business.

Dr Jonathan Liebenau leads LSE Tech, a research group at LSE’s Department of Management active in the area of Internet and Communications Economics, Policy and Strategy. 

John Davies


John is a research fellow at Nesta focusing on the digital and creative economy. He is studying activities at the intersection of technology & art, and social media data (sometimes both at the same time). Past projects have include using Twitter to assess networking events and Flickr to understand people’s engagement with the built environment.

Prior to Nesta, he worked as English Heritage’s economist and led its Social and Economic research team. He has also worked for a leading economic consultancy and as a civil servant in a number of Government departments.

John has worked on competition issues in a range of industries, been directly involved in the implementation of the European Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), and analysed private pensions, the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and investments in castles. He has also done some work on data visualisation.

John has undergraduate and master’s degrees in economics from the LSE.

Irene Lopez de Vallejo

Dr Irene Lopez de Vallejo has been recently appointed Director R&D at the Digital Catapult. She has worked in multidisciplinary ICT research, in academic, public and industry environments for 20 years. With a social sciences background and specialised on both European Affairs (economic and financial policies) and Architecture (Space Syntax and indoor location tech), her long standing passion is to understand the complex relationships underlying society, technology and continuously evolving physical and digital environments. Irene thoroughly enjoys networking and the challenges posed by multi-party, multi-country international R&D&I with both commercial and research objectives.

Irene Ek

Swedish Agency for Growth Policy Analysis

Dr. Ek is Senior Innovation Policy Analyst at the Swedish Agency for Growth Policy Analysis where she focuses on public policy to foster growth and innovation. She recently managed a ministry assignment on digitalisation throughout the economy, leading to the newly-released report How digitalisation drives productivity and competitiveness in Sweden. Previously, Dr. Ek worked as Policy Analyst at OECD in Paris under the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation where she managed a project service innovation (INNOSERV). Prior to OECD, she worked as Senior Programme Manager for Innovation in the Service Society at the Swedish Innovation Agency, where she specialised in all aspects of service research. Her policy-oriented competence has been proven during numerous international assignments. She was appointed to the European Commission’s expert panel on Service innovation, and she currently holds the position of innovation expert to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

Dr. Ek has been appointed member to several board of directors and she holds a Ph.D. in Management from Stockholm University.

Hasan Bakhshi


Prior to Nesta, Hasan worked as Executive Director and Senior International Economist at Lehman Brothers, and as Deputy Chief Economist at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

He has eight years’ experience as an economist at the Bank of England. Hasan has published widely in academic journals and policy publications on topics ranging from technological progress and economic growth to the economics of the creative and cultural sector.

He has also consulted for a number of organisations, including the European Commission, Film London and the British Film Institute.

Hasan has a BA in Economics from Cambridge and an MPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford. He is also Adjunct Professor of Creative Industries at the Queensland University of Technology, and in 2013 was awarded an honorary Doctorate from the University of Brighton for his work on economic policy for the creative industries. In the 2015 New Years Honours he was awarded an MBE for services to the creative industries.

Hasan is a founding member of the government’s Creative Industries Council.

Glenn Parry

UWE, Bristol

Dr Parry’s work is characterised by an approach of partnering with industry to develop creative solutions to business challenges. He has expertise in business models, strategy, value, servitization, and supply chains. His work is always practically focussed, backed by academic rigour and he has worked extensively with the automotive, aerospace and creative industries. He has published in numerous international journals and produced three books.

George Coghill

University of Aberdeen

George is a professor and SICSA Chair in System Modelling in the Department of Computing Science at the University of Aberdeen. He is also Director of Research and Deputy Head of the School of Natural and Computing Sciences in the University. George started his working life as a Medical Physicist in Glasgow before taking up a post as a Research Associate in Heriot Watt. Prior to coming to Aberdeen he was a Lecturer in Computer Science at Aberystwyth University.

Enrico Giovannini

University of Rome Tor Vergata; member of The Club of Rome

Enrico Giovannini is an Italian economist and statistician, member of the Club of Rome. Since 2002 he is full professor at the Rome University “Tor Vergata”. He was Minister of Labour and Social Policies in the Letta Government, President of the Italian Statistical Institute, Director of Statistics and Chief Statistician of the OECD.
He is Senior Fellow of the LUISS School of European Political Economy, Visiting Fellow at the EPSC, Vice-president of the High Level Group on Competitiveness and Growth of the European Council, Co-Chair of the “Independent Experts Advisory Board on Data Revolution for Sustainable Development” established by the UN Secretary-General, member of the European Statistical Governance Advisory Board responsible for supervising the functioning of the European Statistical System and of boards of several Italian and international institutions.
In October 2014, the President of the Italian Republic made him “Cavaliere di Gran Croce al Merito della Repubblica”, the highest ranking honour of the Italian Republic. He is author of more than ninety articles and four books on economic and statistical topics.

Diane Coyle

Manchester University

Professor Coyle specialises in the economics of new technologies, competition policy, and public policy. She has been writing about digital technologies since the mid-1990s. Her most recent book is GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History. She was a BBC Trustee for over eight years and was formerly a member of the Migration Advisory Committee and the Competition Commission. Previously she worked at the UK Treasury and as a journalist.

Carl Benedikt Frey

Oxford Martin School at Oxford University

Carl Benedikt Frey is Co-Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Technology and Employment at the Oxford Martin School, and Economics Associate of Nuffield College, both University of Oxford. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Programme on Employment, Equity and Growth at the Institute for New Economic Thinking in Oxford, and the Department of Economic History at Lund University. His research focuses the transition of industrial nations to digital economies, and subsequent challenges for economic growth, labour markets and urban development.
To secure impact for his research outside academia, Carl Benedikt Frey is widely engaged in policy, advisory and media activities. In partnership with Citigroup, he works to help global leaders navigate the rapidly changing world economy. Over the course of his career, he has also worked with governments, such as the Digitalisation Commission of the Swedish Government, and acted as a Specialist Advisor to Digital Skills Select Committee at the House of Lords. He has further engaged as an external consultant to various international organisations (e.g. OECD and UN agencies) and leading corporations (e.g. Deloitte and PwC).
His work has been widely covered by the BBC, CNN, The Economist, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, New York Times, Washington Post, Der Spiegel, Scientific American, TIME Magazine, Forbes, and many others.

Bart van Ark

The Conference Board

Bart van Ark is Executive Vice President, Chief Economist & Chief Strategy Officer of The Conference Board, a global research organization with its head office in New York City in the United States. He leads a team of almost two dozen economists in New York, Brussels and Beijing, who produce a range of widely watched economic indicators and growth forecasts, as well as in-depth global economic research. Van Ark is also responsible for the development of the strategy and major new initiatives of The Conference Board.

Van Ark is also a Professor in Economic Development, Technological Change and Growth at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) where he has specialized in the areas of economic growth, development economics, economic history and international economics and business. He is an internally acclaimed expert in the field of international comparative productivity measurement and analysis. He is the former director of the Groningen Growth and Development Centre, a research group working on long term economic growth and productivity, of which he still is a member.

Van Ark has extensively published in leading national and international journals, including the Journal of Economic Perspectives, The Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, and Economic Policy. From 2004-2008 he has been managing editor of the Review of Income and Wealth. He is also frequently featured in major international business media, including Bloomberg, CNBC, the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Annabelle Gawer

University of Surrey

Annabelle Gawer is Professor of Digital Economy at the University of Surrey and co-Director of the Centre for the Digital Economy (CoDE). Professor Gawer is a world-leading expert on digital platforms business strategy.

Cited in The Financial Times, The Economist, and The Wall Street Journal, she is a frequent keynote speaker at international academic and industry conferences. She advises the European Commission and the House of Lords on regulation of online platforms and on the future of ICT research directions in Europe.

For over 15 years Annabelle has been a thought-leader on platforms. She has studied and observed hundreds of platforms and has clarified for many, through her well-cited research, how platforms stimulate global, distributed innovation, how they generate value, but also how they fundamentally alter the way firms compete. A platform scholar, not an advocate for platforms, Annabelle is also attentive to the negative sides of platforms as well, as strong economic forces push some of these platform markets toward Winner-Take-All outcomes.

Professor Gawer is the widely-cited author of two important books Platform Leadership, and Platform, Markets and Innovation. She also authored more than a dozen articles on platforms in top international research journals including Research Policy, the MIT Sloan Management Review, Organization Studies, the Journal of Product Innovation Management and the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy. In her work, Annabelle has successfully clarified the fundamental economic and technological forces shaping competition and innovation in digital industries and sectors (which include all forms of internet businesses, telecoms, electronics and digital media).

Professor Gawer’s academic background includes graduate training in both engineering, economics and management. She earned her PhD degree in Management of Technological Innovation from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and she holds an MSc from Stanford Industrial Engineering, an MSc in Applied Maths, and a French civil engineering degree from Ecole des Mines. Prior to her doctoral studies, she gained industrial experience as an engineer in telecom networks.

Professor Gawer advises global corporations and start-ups on digital platform strategy. She also engages in executive education programmes on platform strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Ales Rod

Centre for Economic and Market Analyses, Prague

Ales Rod is a director of the Centre for Economic and Market Analyses, Prague, Czech Republic. He earned his Ph.D. (Economic Theories) at University of Economics in Prague, Czech Republic. He deals with the principles and the effects of regulation (political economy), he does research focusing on shadow economy, digital economy and economics of luxury. He teaches at the University of Economics in Prague.

Alberto Onetti

Mind the Bridge Foundation

Forward-looking, dividing his time between Italy and the US, Alberto works on bridging technology to business.

Alberto Onetti is a seasoned serial entrepreneur with core competences in corporate strategy and finance. Among the others, he founded, together with Fabrizio Capobianco, Funambol, Inc., a mobile personal cloud company based in Silicon Valley with R&D in Europe.

Alberto is Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at University of Insubria. In 2009 he has been appointed as Chairman of the Californian Mind the Bridge , its mission is to inspire, educate and stimulate a new generation of young entrepreneurs and create startups inspired by the methods and successes achieved in the Silicon Valley.

Since 2014 Alberto has been selected by European Commission to help drive the Startup Europe Partnership (SEP), the first integrated platform to support growth and sustainability of European companies.

Alberto Onetti has authored and co-authored insofar over 100 publications, regularly blogs and writes for some important newspapers, and frequently tweets (@aonetti).

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We help policymakers across Europe access cutting edge and timely data to better understand the economic impact, characteristics and business opportunities of digitalisation. Our activities include:

News and updates

High-quality research, key statistics, case studies and international policy initiatives shared via a monthly newsletter on key trends in Europe’s digital economy.

New insights

Including policy briefings and open data resources focused on your key questions.

Digital Policy Summit

An annual conference that brings together the policy units setting digital agendas across Europe. This summit provides unique insights into existing best practices, policies and initiatives that can unlock the economic potential of Europe’s digital economy.


Readie’s research network connects world-class researchers who champion research into the economic impacts of digitalisation. Readie supports new collaborations and supports outreach and impact through a range of activities, including:

‘What Drives Europe’s Digital Economy?’ Research Summit

Our annual research conference showcasing the state of research into Europe’s digital economy. Our members have access to a tailored session with potential funders.

Data and skills

Providing researchers with access to new datasets held by private and public organisations, and running workshops on emerging datasets, online resources and cutting-edge methods that can advance digital economy research.

Outreach and impact

Readie’s shares new research and findings from Readie’s research network with policy and decision makers through newsletters, briefings and events. We also produce an impact tracker that helps our researchers track the impact of their work on policy and practice.


We help businesses, from startups to established corporates, through a range of activities, including:

Policy impact

Hosting workshops and high-level conferences to connect policymakers and business leaders – enabling them to discuss and share solutions for fast growing digital marketplace.

New insights

Providing businesses with access to brand new insights, first-class researchers and experts on Europe’s digital economy.



  • Research Summit

    What drives Europe's digital economy?

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    Policy and business leaders are urgently trying to understand how digital technologies are changing Europe’s economy. How can...
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  • Policy Summit

    Digital, done better

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    We believe that the digital economy holds enormous opportunities for businesses and societies in Europe, but also poses...
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+44 20 7438 2500

Our Team is based at:
58 Victoria Embankment,
London EC4Y 0DS