OWSD Ambassadors are usually senior women or men who have influence, credibility and visibility in science and science policy, in both the developed and the developing world. They are invited by the OWSD President to represent the organization at international level to undertake specific functions. This role is voluntary and renewable on an annual basis.
OWSD Ambassadors are advocates for OWSD in the scientific circles in which they work and/or have influence (in research, policymaking or industry, for example). Please note that no remuneration for activities or trips is foreseen unless explicitly invited by OWSD as a trainer or keynote speaker for our core programmes.
Specific activities of Ambassadors made in agreement with OWSD might be to:
- Invite OWSD fellows or members to attend conferences or workshops in which the Ambassador is involved
- Nominate OWSD fellows or members for prizes or awards
- Offer their services as a speaker or trainer at OWSD national chapter events
- Identify possible sources of funding (e.g. foundations, private companies) and link the OWSD Secretariat with appropriate contacts
- Link OWSD fellows and members with collaborators in their field of specialisation
- Make reference to OWSD whenever possible and relevant at meetings they attend in the course of their duties
- Serve OWSD executive board members in an advisory capacity
In addition, OWSD may invite OWSD Ambassadors to attend workshops or conferences in order to meet OWSD members, share their expertise and gain a first-hand insight into OWSD programmes and activities.
Current OWSD Ambassadors
Alberto Quadrio Curzio
Professor Alberto Quadrio Curzio is an Italian economist whose work has concentrated largely on institutional political economy and economic structural development, both in theory and in policy. He is Professor Emeritus at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
, Milan, and President Emeritus of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei
, Rome, Italy. He was Full Professor of Economics at Università Cattolica from 1976 to 2010, and Dean of the same faculty from 1989-2010. He founded and directed the Research Center of Economic Analysis and International Economic Development (CRANEC) from 1977 to 2010. Since 2011, he has been Professor Emeritus at the university as well as Chairman of the Academic Board of CRANEC. He has been a member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei since 1996 and served as President of the academy from 2015-2018. Prof. Quadrio Curzio graduated from the Catholic University of Milan. Following a period of research at St. John's College in Cambridge, he taught at the University of Cagliari, and later the University of Bologna where he was also Dean of the Faculty of Political Sciences from 1972-1975. He was a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Financial History at the University of Cambridge (2013-2015), President of Società italiana degli economisti (the Italian Economics Association), and the representative for Italian economists at CNR (the Italian National Research Council) for 10 years. He is a member of various Italian science academies and of the Academia Europaea. He is also a member of various Boards and Committees including Fondazione Edison, the International Balzan Prize Foundation, Il Mulino publishers, Aspen Institute Italia, and many other important scientific and cultural institutes. In 1984 he founded and became Editor-in-Chief of the journal Economia Politica: Journal of Analytical and Institutional Economics,
and sits on the Editorial Board of several other international journals. He has also written regularly for Il Sole 24 Ore
and currently for Huffington Post Italia
. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of TWAS
, the World Academy of Sciences. Prof. Quadrio Curzio is the subject of many Festschrift, including Resources, Production and Structural Dynamics
(ed. M. Baranzini, C. Rotondi, R. Scazzieri: Cambridge University Press, 2015) and a chapter of A Compendium of Italian Economists at Oxbridge
(ed. M. Baranzini and A. Mirante: Palgrave MacMillan, 2016).