Pre-conference session

Pre-conference Activity: December 14th 2022
Venue: Online (Link)
From 3:00 to 4:15

Mother Earth’s final push – The story of humanity’s gestation
“La Terre Accouche: Histoire d’une humanité en gestation”

Author: Martin Schmalzried, political blogger, author and lecturer,

Rym Ayadi, President Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA), Director, Euro-Mediterranean and African Network for Economic Studies (EMANES), Spain
Giovanni Ferri, Professor of economics, LUMSA University, Italy

About the book:
Here is a summary of the book, framed so as to make it relevant for your event:
“Mother Earth’s final push” leverages the field of biomimetics, or taking inspiration from nature’s wisdom, to improve man-made systems. This book looks specifically at the functioning of the human body, and transposes many of its mechanisms to humanity as a whole. If we consider that humanity is a global collective organism, how could our own body’s functioning help us improve our economic and financial system? Our political systems? Our communication networks? How can we achieve the same degree of harmony between humans as the harmony that exists between all of our bodily parts, all of the cells within our bodies?

Bio of the Author:

Martin Schmalzried

Martin Schmalzried holds a Master’s Degree from the ULB (Brussels) in Political Science. He has been working at COFACE-Families Europe as a Senior Policy and Advocacy Manager for 12 years. He was an expert at the FSUG (Financial Services Users Group) and is currently a member of the EBA BSG and EIOPA IRSG. He is also an author and lecturer, writing and speaking about major challenges humanity is facing, and how to address them by shifting our perspective. For more information, visit his official website:


Rym Ayadi

President Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA), Director, EU-Mediterranean and African Network for Economic Studies (EMANES

Professor Rym Ayadi is Founder and Director of the EU-Mediterranean and African Network for Economic Studies (EMANES, formerly EMNES), Founder and President of the Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA), Professor at the Bayes Business School, City University of London, and Member of the Centre for Banking Research (CBR). 

She is also Associated Scholar at the Centre for Relationship Banking and Economics (CERBE) at LUMSA University in Rome.

Senior Research Advisor at the Euro-Mediterranean University (EMUNI) in Piran, Slovenia.

Giovanni Ferri

Director of the Master in Management of Sustainable Development Goals at Università LUMSA

Professor Giovanni Ferri received his BSc in economics from the University of Siena and his Ph.D. in Economics from New York University. Since 2012 he is full professor of economics at the Department of Law, Economics, Politics & Modern Languages at LUMSA University in Rome where, from 2014 to 2018, he was Deputy Rector for Academic Affairs and chaired the Quality Assurance and Library Committees. He also co-founded and chairs the Center for Relationship Banking & Economics ( to foster research for a better understanding of relational goods to promote society wellbeing. He founded and chairs the Master in Management of Sustainable Development Goals (

He previously served at the University of Bari, World Bank, Banca d’Italia.

He visited: ADB Institute, HKMA, NBER, Princeton University, Tokyo University. He consulted for EU Commission/Parliament, Italy’s Treasury and partook in EBA’s Banking Stakeholder Group. He is editor-in-chief of Economic Notes and led (or consulted for) policy/research projects in many countries, including Albania, China, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Serbia, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam.

He has published extensively on/for several world recognized journals/publishers on various fields: financial shocks, banking structure, rating agencies, corporate governance, migration, firm internationalization, Chinese economy, family firms, inequality, sustainability.

To support the sustainable transition by providing innovative consulting and knowledge building to both public and private sector organizations through an ethically sound business model, he has co-founded (and is scientific chair) of Sustinentes (