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Alec L. Hansen
 B.A. Economics, University of California  Berkeley, 1984
Ph.D,  Economics, Boston University, 1990

Senior Competitiveness



Selections from Alec's
Curriculum Vitae:


ECG is a small consulting company (10 people). It specializes in regional economic analysis and cluster strategy development. 
Much of Alec's work focuses on small business development and improving technology transfer mechanisms to promote regional growth.  Extensive prior experience in regional impact studies, transportation economics, cost/benefit analysis and environmental studies.  

 Alec Hansen has engaged in or led cluster-based strategy projects in Georgia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Armenia, Malaysia, Morocco, Pakistan, South Africa, Panama, Nicaragua and Mexico, as well as regions in or state-wide strategies for Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee, California, Texas, Kansas, Florida, Louisiana and Pennsylvania...

In the former centrally-planned economies of Russia, Slovenia, Kazakhstan and Nicaragua, he has conducted seminars on competitiveness and worked with local officials to design implementable competitiveness programs. 

He served as Project Director of a $2 million World Bank-funded cluster development project in Georgia (FSU), responsible for the methodology as well as training and supervision of 50 local consultants.  He has developed a 2-day training course that incorporates theory and case studies based on his experience in over 25 countries.


Alec is currently also serving  a 2-year term  as
President of  The Competitiveness Institute


TCI is a not-for-profit alliance of cluster practitioners. TCI's mission is to improve living standards and the local competitiveness of regions throughout the world, by fostering cluster-based development initiatives. Its membership base is more than 300 leading practitioners from all levels of governments and from the private sector, coming from more than 40 countries.



Selected ECG Assignments:


Puget Sound Prosperity Partnership. 
Kazakhstan National Competitiveness Program.
Danish Workshop on Cluster and Innovation Systems.
Keynote Speaker & Conference Facilitator in Slovenia. 

Guyana Trade & Investment Support. 

Armenia Competitiveness Assessment. 

Marin County (California) Target Industry Study.
Georgia Food and Beverage Enterprise Restructuring Project. 
Nicaragua National Competitiveness Program. 
Volga Regional Development Strategy, Perm, Russia.
Sarasota County (Florida) Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.
Compite Panamá.
Pasadena Biotechnology Training and Innovation Center.
Long-range Perspective Plan for Pakistan.
Louisiana Competitiveness Training Workshop.
Nicaragua:  Assessment of National Competitiveness Program.
Monterey County Comprehensive Economic Strategy. 

Kansas Comprehensive Economic Strategy Update.
South Africa:  Tourism Clustering Initiative. 
Louisiana Economic Development Strategy

Pennsylvania’s Clusters.
Indiana:  Blueprint for a Dynamic Small-Business Community.
Transformando Campeche
:  Cluster-based economic strategy project for Campeche, Mexico.



1992-1996  Principal, Economic Competitiveness Group, DRI/McGraw-Hill, San Francisco

Industrial Master Plan for Malaysia.
Agenda El Paso:
 one-year economic strategy development project for the City of El Paso, Texas.
Chihuahua Siglo XXI

Los Angeles Goods Movement Study. 
Economic Impact of Great Lakes Water Quality Initiative.


1985 - 1992  Regional Economist, Development Alternatives, Inc., Washington, D.C.

Indonesia: Development Studies Project II.
Sri Lanka: Rural Income Study
Pakistan:  Transport Advisory Project Design.
Washington, D.C.: Employment and Enterprise Policy Project. 
Eastern Caribbean:  Road Rehabilitation Evaluation. 
Washington, D.C.:  World Sugar Market Analysis.

1980-1985  Transportation Economist, Volvo Transportation Systems, Gothenburg, Sweden




30.01.03 18:43 St Petersburg, the conference hall
at the Center for Strategic Research North West

«Competitiveness and Sectorial Clusters:
New Agenda For Russian Business Community and Authorities»

January 28 the Center for Strategic Research North West along with Moscow State Technical University n.a. N.E. Bauman (MSTU), the consultancy Bauman Innovation (Russia), and the Economic Competitiveness Group (USA) held a seminar “Competitiveness and Sectorial Clusters: New Agenda for Russian Business Community and Authorities”.

The seminar was attended by the president of the Economic Competitiveness Group Alec Hansen (U.S.), the executive partner of the consultancy Bauman Innovation Sergey Lozinsky and the head of the cluster project carried out by the Moscow Technical University n.a. N.E. Bauman Alexey Prazdnichny. There were over 40 participants at the conference including officials of various calibers, especially those responsible for regional development, representatives of different business communities and unions, of trade and industrial chambers in the Northwest district, etc.

The sophisticated term “cluster” should be defined as a group of companies sharing local resources, using similar technologies and forming linkages and alliances. These linkages may take a form of buyer-supplier relationships, as well as of diverse trade and economic networks. Groups of hi-tech companies in Silicon Valley, telecoms in Helsinki, film production in Hollywood – these are typical examples of successful economic clustering.

The term “cluster” enjoyed wide popularity among economists in the 1980s. Nowadays, the cluster approach is regarded as one of the most efficient ways of regional development.

Speakers outlined the cluster theory and those methods, which can be followed to boost economic growth of the regions. The seminar highlighted not only foreign, but also Russian experience in clustering. There have been efforts made to establish the textile cluster in Tver region, the forestry cluster in Perm region, and the service cluster in Moscow.

Participants of the conference managed to single out the following fields of the most perspective clusters in the Northwest district of Russia: shipbuilding, food, energy, forestry, metallurgic, telecom, transport and building equipment.

Clustering is beneficial for both small and large-scale enterprises. Getting united into clusters, businesses can economize their expenses and get a real possibility to access the global marketplace. For example, there was an idea, expressed at the conference that Russian auto producers will manage to become successful and profitable only in case they develop the respective clusters. The deployment of the cluster approach will not solely spur the development of local businesses and brighten up the regional entrepreneurial environment, but also will attract significant external direct investments.

The following questions gave rise to heated debates: whether it is possible to apply foreign methods while establishing clusters in Russia and who should initiate clustering in Russia – regional and local authorities or business communities, which pursue their commercial interests.






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