Dr Luciano Ciravegna


Visting Professor at INCAE Business School

Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics Development Studies Institute

Fellow of the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London

Research interests

The internationalization of Latin American and Chinese exporters

International entrepreneurship - how firms search for and discover business opportunities in new foreign markets

The development of high technology clusters in Latin America

Outsourcing and offshoring of innovation-related activities in automotive clusters

Educational background

My academic career and international experience began at the age of 17, when I was admitted to the United World College, a scholarship-only international school. I then pursued my interests in economics and politics by achieving a BSc in Economic History at the London School of Economics, and publishing my undergraduate dissertation in Italian as my first book. After the BSc, I became a fellow of St Antony’s College at the University of Oxford, where I graduated from a two year research master MPhil Latin American economics and politics. During the MPhil I worked in Argentina in two think tanks (CIPPEC and CENIT), gathering material for my second book “The Argentinean Crisis”, published in English and Spanish. Subsequently, I pursued a PhD in the Development Studies Institute at the London School of Economics, supported by scholarships from INCAE, the Centro Studi D’Agliano, the London School of Economics, and the Italian Council for Social Sciences. My PhD thesis was on the Costa Rican ICT cluster and development policy, and was inspired by his consulting work at INCAE-CLACDS.


I have been a consultant on several projects related to the development of clusters and policies to support small and medium enterprises in Latin America with institutions such as: the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the Mesoamerican Competitiveness Forum, the Latin American Centre for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development. I also worked as a country risk analyst for Exclusive Analysis, a London based private firm. Since the year 2001 I have worked on different assignments in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Italy.


My teaching experience includes courses for undergraduate, graduate, MBA and executives in international business, competitiveness and development, and political risk. I have thought at the following institutions: INCAE Business School (Costa Rica); The London School of Economics; Royal Holloway College, University of London (UK); The ESCP-EAP Business School (EU), The Los Andes School of Management (Colombia) and the University of Western Piedmont (Italy). I have received the “top three teachers of the year” award at the Royal Holloway School of Management (out of a faculty of 60) in the year 2009-2010 and 2010-2011. My average teaching evaluations are as follows:


Royal Holloway School of Management: 4.8/5

INCAE Business School: 4.6-4.7/5

ESCP-EAP: 4.78/5

Los Andes Business School: 4.6/5

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