Professional training on evidence-based industrial policy and instruments

October 2016 – May 2017 | Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

From October 2016 – May 2017 the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) conducted a series of training courses together with the Industrial Affairs Agency for employees from different Ministries and entities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The first two courses familiarized participants with the technical foundations of evidence-based industrial policymaking by introducing them to relevant statistical databases and calculation methods of core benchmarking indicators. They learnt how to retrieve data and process it in order to get to a comprehensive understanding of Saudi Arabia’s economic structure and the performance of its industry’s sectors.

In a further series of courses participants were exposed to case studies on successful industrial policy implementation and related instruments to boost local content in manufacturing through innovation and technology, public procurement and relevant standards and quality infrastructure.

All courses were based on UNIDO’s long-standing expertise in the related fields and conducted by UNIDO Staff and external lecturers from UNIDO’s network of experts. They included interactive lectures, case studies and exercises.

Module 1 – Industrial diagnosis and benchmarking I

Participants learned hot to retrieve trade statistics data from UNIDO’s Industrial Statistics database (INDSTAT), the World Integrated Trade Solution (WITS) database of the World Bank, IEA World Energy Balances and other relevant sites, how to calculate core industrial statistical indicators and interpret them.

Module 2 – Industrial diagnosis and benchmarking II

Based on the findings from the first module, participants proceeded to analyze some indicators on the sectoral and sub-sectoral level, to assess the manufacturing sector in terms of its diversity and dynamism and to conduct value chain analyses for selected sectors and products.

Module 3 – Industrial policy instruments

This module explored the functioning, relevance, effectiveness of industrial policy instruments and regulations within the context of the programmes they are part of. It also highlighted potential institutional set ups for successful implementation.

Module 4 – Innovation and technology

This module looked at the logic and functioning of specific policies and programmes to promote innovation and technology development. Case studies and examples were based on the experiences of Australia, Brazil, Chile, South Korea as well as of other emerging and advanced countries.

Module 5 – Procurement

This course covers rules and regulations governing public procurement, showcases international best practice and enhances participants’ capability to plan, implement and evaluate a sourcing process appropriate to each context.  It will build skills and capacities of policymakers responsible for designing and implementing legal rules on public procurement and officials involved in the process. Participants will also improve the communication and negotiation skills required by those involved in procurement and learn to effectively manage contracts and evaluate offers.

Module 6 – “Made in Saudi Arabia”

This course will support policymakers and government officials in the development of the relevant guidelines, procedures, and certification scheme for the “Made in Saudi Arabia” standard (a Formal Standard to be issued, administered and regulated by the Industrial Affairs Agency). It will provide an overview of the most important aspects in national Quality Infrastructure schemes and train staff in the government to design and implement a certification programme for Saudi Arabia that will strengthen the competitiveness of the country’s exports.

Course Faculty

André Rauen
Head of Studies on Business Growth Strategy Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea)

André Tortato Rauen holds a BA in Economics and a PhD in Science and Technology Policy from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), where he also obtained a master’s degree.
Currently he is Head of Studies on Business Growth Strategies at the Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA) in Brazil. He was researcher at the National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (INMETRO), technologist at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) and Undersecretary of Research facilities also at MCTI. He was involved in the evaluation of major innovation policies, such as the “Brasil Maior” Plan and the “Inova Empresa” Program. He also participated in the formulation of the Knowledge Platforms Program. Currently he is advising the Ministry of Planning and The Federal Congress in the preparation of the new Brazilian procurement law. His main research interests are: innovation policies and public procurement for innovation.

David Kaplan
Professor, Faculty of Commerce
Cape Town University
South Africa

David Kaplan has extensive experience in working with an in government. He has been engaged in a wide variety of work for a number of government departments particularly the Departments of Science and Technology (DST) and Trade and Industry (dti). He was Chief Economist at the dti, 2000-2003 and is currently Chief Economist (part-time) in the Department of Economic Development and Tourism in the Western Cape. He has served for four years as a member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI). With support from the IRD in France, he established the South African Network of Skills Abroad (SANSA) a network to engage in South Africans located abroad in utilising their skills to support development in South Africa.

At UCT, David Kaplan founded the Science and Technology Research Center (STPRC) in 1994 with the support of the IDRC (Canada). Together with two colleagues, he established the Development Policy Research Unit in 1995. He was Director of the STPRC and the DPRU for much of the period 1995-2000, before joining the dti. David Kaplan is concerned with policy-oriented research, particularly in the fields of industrial and technology policy. The critical concern is how government and business collectively develop policies and strategies that can best enhance development. There is a strong interest in Science and Technology and especially how government policy can serve to enhance innovation on the part of businesses. Research on innovation within South African companies and how this is affected by the policy environment is a central thrust of his research and teaching at the GSB.

Claudio Maggi
Head, Competitive Development Division
Chilean Economic Development Agency (CORFO)

Claudio Maggi is a specialist on regional competitiveness, innovative clusters development, national & regional innovation systems, policymaking on innovation & techonlogical transfer, startup mentoring, economic development agencies as well as multilateral and non-profits agencies. He is currently Head of the Competitive Development Division at the Chilean Economic Development Agency (CORFO). He has been working with CORFO since 2010.

Previously, he was CEO at CORDESAN, Partner at INAP Consultores en Desarrollo Competitivo, Executive Coordinatora at MGET, a Board Member at ESSBIO (Water Company). He also did consultancies for the Inter-American Development Bank, the IDB – MIF, the European Union, the German Development Institute, ECLAC, UNIDO, GTZ, FLACSO, COSUDE, FUNDES, IADB and IADB-MIF.

He is the author and editor of various publications about: strategies in entrepreneurial competitiveness; regional competitiveness; analysis and design of policies for innovation and competitiveness; regional, national study cases and global trends.

Terry Cutler
Cutler & Company

Terry Cutler (FTSE, FAHA) is the Principal of Cutler & Company, an advisory firm.  During 2008 he chaired the Australian Government’s Review of the National Innovation System.  He also served on the CSIRO Board from 2002 to 2012, latterly as Deputy Chairman. Terry Cutler has had a longstanding engagement with public policy.  He has served on numerous Government Boards and advisory bodies.  Apart from his present appointments, from 1996 to 1997 he was Chairman of Australia’s Information Policy Advisory Council.  When Chairman of the Industry Research and Development Board from 1996 to 1998, Terry Cutler spearheaded key initiatives in promoting venture capital and industry innovation and oversaw the licensing of the initial Innovation Investment Funds.  In 1999 Terry chaired Australia’s National Bandwidth Inquiry.
Terry Cutler is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and the Australian Institute of Public Administration.  He has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Queensland University of Technology (2002) and from the Multimedia University, Malaysia (2013).  In 2003 he was awarded Australia’s Centenary Medal.

Juan Rogers
Professor of Public Policy at the School of Public Policy
Georgia Institute of Technology

Juan D. Rogers is Full Professor of Public Policy at the School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Rogers has served as consultant on science, technology and innovation policy in several countries (Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, China, South Korea and United States). He has written reports and policy briefs on technology extension, R&D and Innovation, and management of research for national and regional governments in Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Argentina and Uruguay. He has authored case studies and policy articles for the World Bank – OECD Innovation Policy Platform and for the Inter-American Development Bank. He is a member of the Committee on Opportunities in Science (COOS) for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a member of the Fulbright specialist roster on public policy and public administration and also an evaluator of candidates to the roster.

His current research focuses on innovation policy, modeling and evaluation of R&D process, impact evaluation of R&D, knowledge management and organizational change in the private and public sectors, technology transfer and diffusion policies and creativity in science and engineering. He publishes regularly in academic journals on these topics.

He teaches graduate courses on quantitative and qualitative research methods, multivariate statistics, science and technology policy, information policy and management, knowledge management, logic of policy inquiry and bureaucracy and policy implementation. Professor Rogers received his PhD in Science and Technology Studies from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and is a electrical engineer from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Marco R. Di Tommaso
Professor of Applied Economic Studies
Department of Economics and Management, University of Ferrara, Italy

Marco Di Tommaso currently teaches “Industrial Economics and Policy” and “Development Economics and Policy” at the Università degli Studi di Ferrara in Italy. He is Director of C.MET05 – Interuniversity Centre for Applied Economic Studies (University of Florence, University of  Ferrara, University of Naples L’Orientale, Polytechnic University of Marche), Italy ( and Director of the China and Italy School of Policy ( Furthermore, he is Guest Honorary Professor at the South China University of Technology, China ( and General Secretary of SIEPI – the Italian Society of Industrial Economics and Policy (

He is a member of the Scientific Board and is Deputy Director of EMILIALAB (Universities of Modena Reggio Emilia Ferrara Parma), the Scientific Board of Technehub: Regional Innovation Platform for the Construction Industry, Italy, the Steering Committee: the Regional Industry 4.0 Group, Emilia Romagna Region Industry Association, Italy, the Scientific Board of UNITALIA – Republic of Italy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry for Education.

He studied in Italy and the UK. He has been visiting professor in China (South China University of Technology) and in the USA (University of California Los Angeles). He has focused his research activity on the following topics: industrial sectors; industrial policy; local development, SMEs and clusters; international industry; Chinese economy and industry; health industry.
His books and papers have been published at the national and international level. He has collaborated with Italian and foreign universities, specialized research centers, international institutions (UNIDO, ECLAC, UNDP, OECD) and national and local governments. He has promoted and coordinated research projects in partnership with international networks of academics, universities and institutions.

Hernan Araneda
Head of the Center for Innovation in Human Capital
Chile Foundation, Chile

Hernan Araneda is the Head of the Center for Innovation in Human Capital, Fundación Chile. He has an MSc / MPhil in Sociology from the London School of Economics and Bachelor of Psychology from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. In addition, he is a trainer certified by the Managing Innovation Program of the Center for Research in Innovation Management (Centrim, UK).

Hernan Araneda is an international consultant with more than 20 years of experience in Human Capital Development in Chile and other countries. He has been a consultant for the IDB, World Bank, ILO and UNESCO on lifelong learning, job training and labor markets. Fundación Chile led the design, pilot testing and scaling up of a system of labor competencies along with 15 key business sectors in Chile and more than 400 leading companies.

He is a member of the American Society for Training and Development and the Society for Human Resource Management. In addition, it is continuously involved in national and international seminars on entrepreneurship, technical training, higher education, innovation and human capital.

Adel Moh Rezk
International Accreditation Expert & Senior Trainer & Lead Assessor

Mr. Adel Moh Rezk is Accreditation Director & Quality Manager and International Accreditation Expert at the Egyptian Accreditation Council (EGAC) & National Quality Institute (NQI) & (Industrial Modernization Center (IMC). He worked as an International Accreditation Expert for EGAC, UNIDO, ARAC, AFRAC and other organizations.

Mr. Rezk deals with the assessment of certification bodies, labs (medical, calibration and testing). He is supervising and reviewing the development of the EGAC and the assessment processes.  Furthermore, he conducts international and national assessments and consultations for Labs & CBs & IBs. He is conducting training for EGAC staff, assessors and Lead assessors for Labs, inspection, and certification. He also works for ARAC (Arab Accreditation Cooperation), serves as MLA committee vice chair and AFRAC Technical Committee Vice Chair. Mr. Rezk is Head of Legal Metrology committee in EOS for developing Egyptian standards in this field.

Juan Manuel Garrido Moreno
Deputy Director General for the Promotion of Innovation
Ministry of Economy, Spain

Juan Manuel Garrido Moreno is Deputy Director General for the Promotion of Innovation within the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness of Spain. Since 2010 his team contributes to the development and implementation of innovation policy instruments such as the public procurement of innovation. He has also hold different positions in industrial firms such as Valeo or Airbus Group, where he served as stress lead engineer within the A380 programme and lately as a Head of International Cooperation and Transfer Projects.

Juan Manuel holds M.Sc. degrees in the fields of Aeronautical Engineering (UPM-Spain), Industrial Organization Engineering (UJAEN-Spain), as well as Aerospace Project Management (ISU-France). He also has sound background in business disciplines such as Public Procurement (IE-Spain), Structured Finance (IEB-Spain) and Sustainable Leadership (CISL-UK).

Garth Strachan
Deputy Director General
Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa

Garth Strachan is currently the Deputy Director General of Industrial Development of the Department of Trade and Industry of the Republic of South Africa. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Public Finance from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He serves on the Board of Directors of Trade and Industrial Policy Studies (TIPS) – a not-for-profit research and policy organization. He serves on the National Advisory Council on Innovation In South Africa.

Garth worked for the ANC in exile in Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe between 1976 and 1990. Upon his return, he held various positions in the Provincial Parliament and Provincial Government, Western Cape, including MEC Finance and Economic Development.

Carlo Pietrobelli
Professor of Economics
University Roma Tre

Carlo Pietrobelli is a professor and policy advisor on innovation and industrial development and policy. He is currently Professor of Economics at University Roma Tre, Italy, Professorial Fellow at UNU-MERIT, Maastricht, NL, and Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA. He was Lead Economist at the Inter-American Development Bank, 2009-2016, where he led the preparation of development loans in Latin America and the Caribbean on innovation and industrial policies, and on cluster and value chain programmes, small and medium-sized enterprises and local economic development.

His research interests range from development economics to innovation, trade and industry in developing countries. He has published widely in international journals and his last books were published by Harvard University Press, Edward Elgar, Palgrave and Routledge. His latest books are on The Impact Evaluation of Cluster Development Programs: Methods and Practices (IDB, 2016,, and on Firm Innovation and Productivity in Latin America and the Caribbean: The Engine of Economic Development (Palgrave, 2016,

He was Deputy Rector for promoting links between the University and the private sector and Head of Industrial Liaison Office of the University Roma Tre. He holds a PhD in Economics from Oxford University and has been a regular policy advisor to governments in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Michele Clara
Senior Coordinator
Department of Research, Statistics and Industrial Policy

Michele Clara has been serving as Industrial Development Officer at the Vienna HQ of the United Nations Industrial Development organization since April 2000. He holds a Master Degree in Development Economics from the University of Cambridge (UK), where he completed his PhD on the development of SME clusters in March 1998 under the supervision of Dr.Ha Joon Chang.
Earlier in his career at UNIDO, he was involved in the design and implementation of value chain and cluster development initiatives in India, Pakistan, Iran and Vietnam. He is one of the authors of the UNIDO methodology on cluster development and he has acted as faculty in training programs for clusters brokers from Asia and Northern Africa in collaboration with the ILO, ADB, OECD and several UN Regional Commissions. Together with Doyle Baker from FAO, he co-chaired the working group on value chains under the framework of the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development.
Since May 2010, he coordinates the work of the Research and Policy Advice Group at UNIDO. In his current function, he has been involved in the production of several research documents, including the UNIDO Industrial Report series. He is also responsible for the policy advice services that UNIDO provides to its Member States, both at the country and at the regional level. In this capacity, he has advised governments in Africa and Asia on issues of diversification and industrial policies.

Manuel Albaladejo
Industrial Development & Research Officer

Manuel Albaladejo is an industrial economist working for UNIDO’s policy unit. He has more than 20 years of professional experience in research and advisory work in developing countries in the fields of trade and industry policy, institutional capacity building and investment and business climate. He joined UNIDO in 2007 and has led the program on strategic industrial intelligence and governance implemented in several countries, including Ecuador, Colombia, Paraguay, Cape Verde, Rwanda, Tanzania and Vietnam.
Before joining UNIDO he worked at the World Bank in Indonesia as private sector development and trade specialist leading the trade capacity building program and the rapid response facility on investment climate. Prior to the World Bank he was a research officer at the International Development Center (Queen Elizabeth House) of Oxford University where he published in the fields of innovation capabilities of SMEs, industrial and trade competitiveness and fragmentation. He has worked as consultant to many international organizations including the IADB, ADB, the World Bank, UNCTAD, UNIDO, UNECA and USAID. He has trained more than 300 government officials in UNIDO’s methodology for industrial competitiveness and value chain analysis. He holds a Master of Philosophy in Development Studies at Sussex University.

Nicola Cantore
Industrial Development & Research Officer

Nicola Cantore holds a Ph.D in environmental economics and management at the University of York and a Ph.D in economics at the Universita` Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. He worked as a junior researcher at the FEEM (Fondazione ENI Enrico Mattei) in Milan, as a senior researcher at the Department of Agricultural Economics and Engineering of the University of Bologna and as a research fellow at the Overseas Development Institute in London. He served as a consultant for many organizations such as UNEP, UNDP and DFID. He is currently a researcher at the Department of Policy Research and Statistics of UNIDO where he was the coordinator of the Industrial Development Report 2016. His CV includes a long list of publications in peer reviewed journals. His research interests include environment, development and structural change.