Launching Portulans!

November 20, 2019

Washington DC. December 11, 2019. – For the past few months, a small but energized team has been tirelessly working to create the Portulans Institute, a Washington DC-based non-profit, with a presence in Geneva. The Portulans Institute (PI) supports research on network readiness and serves leaders from the public and private sectors in their quest to deploy the power of ICT effectively within their societies and economies.

“We hope that the Portulans Institute, much like the ancient navigational maps, the Portulans, will help us to discover the contours of the changing impact of ICT on our world and navigate the right path forward”, commented Bruno Lanvin, one of Portulans co-founders.  

Co-founded by Prof. Soumitra Dutta, Prof. Bruno Lanvin, and Carolina Rossini, the Portulans Institute (PI) is an independent nonprofit, nonpartisan research and educational institute. Our areas of expertise include technology competitiveness, innovation readiness, and people and global talent. Our mission includes:

  • To develop cross-community knowledge and dialogue on how people, technology and innovation contribute to sustainable and inclusive growth.
  • To inform policymakers by producing independent, rigorous metrics and data-based research.
  • To collaborate with private sector leaders in driving a business agenda that invests in people, technology, and innovation for a prosperous common future.
  • To host and co-organize events and conferences on the above issues affecting human-centric sustainable economic prosperity.

“It is wonderful to join great experts in creating Portulans and ensure those policy developments are supported by excellent research, data and communities of practice”, noted Carolina Rossini, a Portulans co-founder. She is a technology expert with over 20 years of experience and Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum.

Portulans hosts various programs and also counts with an annual fellowship program designed to bring together young leaders from the public and private sectors to face some of the biggest challenges that technology poses to policy and sustainable development nowadays.

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By Carolina Rossini, Co-Founder and CEO.


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