Mark Esposito

Expertise:  Global Trends for Emerging Markets, The Circular Economy
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Mark Esposito

“Be humble and the world will open to you. Be a steward and the world will serve you. Be kind with those in need so they will become your most loyal allies.  Do not fear the future, be it!” – Mark Esposito

Mark Esposito, PhD, is recognized internationally as a top global thought leader in matters relating to The Fourth Industrial Revolution, the changes and opportunities that technology will bring to a variety of industries.

He is co-founder and Chief Strategic Officer at Nexus FrontierTech, a leading global firm providing AI solutions to a variety of clients across industries, sectors, and regions. In 2016 he was listed on the Radar of Thinkers50, as of the 30 most prominent business thinkers on the rise, globally.

Mark teaches Business, Government & Society & Economic Strategy and Competitiveness for Harvard University’s Division of Continuing Education and serves as Institutes Council Co-Leader, at the Microeconomics of Competitiveness program (MOC) at the Institute of Strategy and Competitiveness, at Harvard Business School.

Understanding How The Future Unfolds 

Our business’s success depends on how you prepare for the future. While business leaders of the past looked in the sideview mirror to predict the road ahead, we must now look at the greater forces affecting the social, business and economic world today—megatrends.

Fortunately, world-renowned scholars and professors Terence Tse and Mark Esposito are here with a fresh, holistic way to think about tomorrow by preparing for it today: DRIVE. The DRIVE framework examines five interrelated megatrends:

• Demographic and social changes
• Resource scarcity
• Inequalities
• Volatility, complexity, and scale
• Enterprising dynamics

By observing today through the lens of DRIVE and understanding how megatrends influence one another, business owners, entrepreneurs, executives, policy makers and individuals can prepare for tomorrow. In this book, they will learn how to simplify the complexities around them, make better-informed decisions, and identify new business opportunities now. They will also discover how to prepare for uncertainty, own the global conversation, and illuminate the blind spots on the journey ahead.

With real-world examples from today’s top executives and policy advisors and in-depth analysis of each megatrend, DRIVE is the GPS system for the new global economy. So buckle up, set the destination, and let’s hit the road.

Mark is a Professor of Business & Economics at Hult International Business School and a Fellow at the Judge Business School in the UK, as part of the Circular Economy Center. He equally holds an Adjunct Professorship at IE Business School.

He holds Fellowships with the Social Progress Imperative and with the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils in Washington D.C..

He is a nonresident Fellow at the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government in Dubai. Mark has been appointed as a global expert for the Fourth Industrial Revolution at World Economic Forum whereas he contributed to 5 cross disciplinary reports and worked with the Forum on Accelerating the Circular Economy as well as in the Future of Production.

He is a prolific author and his articles can be found on ResearchGate. He has authored and co-authored 11 books which can all be found on Amazon.

Mark is the co-author of the best seller Understanding How the Future Unfolds: Using DRIVE to Harness the Power of Today’s Megatrends.

The framework contained therein was nominated for the CK Prahalad Breakthrough Idea Award by Thinkers50, the most prestigious award in business thought leadership.

The DRIVE framework has also led Chartered Management Institute’s own magazine Professional Manager in the UK to name Mark as one of the 18 new voices in 2018 that reshape management and leadership. Talent Quarterly in the US called the DRIVE framework one of the 24 trends transforming talent management in the years to come.

Mark consults in the area of Corporate Sustainability and Competitiveness worldwide, including Board of Directors, Communities and National Governments. He has advised the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, on the systemic nature of the EU crisis and serves as a cross-theme contributor to the World Economic Forum’s reports on Innovation Driven Entrepreneurship in Europe as well as the Circular Economy.


Sample presentations:

  • Fast Expanding Markets – Where to Find New Growth? Where is growth, how can we find it, nurture it and scale it? An iterative process of discovery from the grassroots up.
  • Uncertain times, uncertain Future; how can we thrive in uncertainty when business as normal is no longer applicable?
  • The Circular Economy: Increasing pressures on natural resources will lead to unbearable costs and decreasing prosperity and will push us to reconsider our business model.

Shifting the production of goods and services from linear to “circular” represents an opportunity worth trillion of dollars. This speech explores venues for the Circular Economy to become the new norm.

  • Organizations in the 21st century and their dilemmas; the use of strategic dilemmas as a way to make decisions and an overview on how paradoxes and dilemmas drive today’s organizations.
  • The sharing economy and the power of swarm intelligence: how is the collaborative economy changing the paradigm of capital and its integration into Society.


From Hubris To Disgrace (2015) 

This book is unified by the view that the financial sector had been a self-serving and self-regulating elite consumed by greed, speculation and even lawlessness with little sense of responsibility to the wider society or common good. In light of critical analysis by authors from a variety of backgrounds and persuasions, suggestions for reform and improvement are proposed, in some cases radical reform. By placing the world of finance under a microscope this book analyses the assumptions that have led from hubris to disgrace as it provides suggestions for an improved society.



 Business Ethics: Integrating Ethics across the Business World ( 2012)

Events such as Trafigura’s illegal dumping of toxic waste in Côte d’Ivoire and BP’s environmentally disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have highlighted ethical issues in international business at a time when business leaders, academics and business schools were reflecting on their own responsibilities following the global financial crisis. The scope and scale of the global operations of multinational businesses means that decisions taken in different parts of the world have far reaching consequences beyond the national settings where employees are located or where firms are registered and as such, an awareness of these responsibilities needs to be integrated into all levels and all subjects.







The M3C Model of Cooperative Contextual Change (2011)

The M3C Model wants to represent a modern new textbook on the theory of contextual change, presenting original ideas tested and ready to implement. The authors believe that to increase effectiveness of change, it’s necessary to introduce dynamic stability into a system. The whole organization and each individual should have a sense of security, and M3C can become the vehicle for this change. One especially new element is the contextual driver-ship method, which integrates leadership and management into organizational practices and processes that assure opportunity and capacity for success among employees.



Sustaining the (dis)integrated systems: Which future for mankind? (2010)

The complexity of the sustainable future of mankind is not just the battle for better world or better tomorrow but a process which will take much more from humanity, shaping our needs to guarantee our presence through daunting challenges. The philosophy, observation and research have been supported by the system theory, systems thinking, analysis and synthesis of an engaged academic work. This work wants to address some of those inconvenient questions on where we are heading to, looking at the current state of systems dynamics, across disciplines. Many researchers, on a global scale, have contributed to the creation of this publication, which wants to be a testimonial of the never ceasing reflection on the challenges that will need to be addressed now, to shape sustainability in our societies, tomorrow.


Put your Corporate Social Responsibility Act Together! (2009)

Put Your Corporate Social Responsibility Act Together explores ways in which corporations can increase employee satisfaction, decrease their carbon footprint, and maintain good business practices while reaping the continued benefits of yearly revenue. With examples of successful Corporate Social Responsibility and analyses of the current economic and environmental climate, this book is the perfect resource for any company hoping to improve its impact on both the globe and the community..


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