On 22 February 2023, the European General Studies Programme organized an honorary lecture in honour of Prof. Dr. Carol Cosgrove-Sacks.
On this occasion, Honorary Professor Cosgrove-Sacks gave a keynote lecture on "The EU, Digitalisation and Global Impact". She walked us through her reflections on the external implications of the EU's Digitalisation Strategy and the emergence of EU Digital Diplomacy. Taking a pluri-disciplinary perspective, she looked at Trade & Tech, Digital for Development, Humanitarian Affairs and the challenges of integrating Digitalisation and Diplomacy. Honorary Professor Cosgrove-Sacks was a visiting Professor at the College of Europe 1990-2020, teaching an interdisciplinary course on Globalisation, the EU & Developing Countries. While being an inspirational and highly esteemed figure at the College, she has had an impressive international and European career. She is a policy advisor and economist specializing in EU trade and development issues, international economic negotiations, and the global digital economy. From 1994 to 2005, she was a senior United Nations official: Director of Trade & Regulatory Affairs in the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Geneva. From 2006 to 2022, she was Senior Advisor on International Standards Policy to OASIS, the global internet standards consortium, and founder member of the high-level EU advisory group: the Multistakeholder Platform on ICT Standards (MSP). From 2006 to 2016, she was Director of the Ethics in Finance-Robin Cosgrove Prize, now the global Ethics & Trust in Finance Prize (Geneva). She has published 14 books on international economic issues and is a British/Swiss national living in Geneva.
We warmly thank her for her outstanding contribution to the EG programme.