The New Club of Paris is the agenda developer for the Knowledge Economy. The Club’s main objective is to create awareness on what the knowledge society is and will be, and also support nations, regions, cities, communities organizations and companies in their transformation into the Knowledge Economy.

The New Club of Paris was founded in 2006. It was emerging as a consequence of two major events: (Download NCP History)

1. The finalization of a report called RICARDIS (Reporting Intellectual Capital to Augment Research, Development and Innovation in SMEs – available via EU Webpages) by a high level experts group, appointed by the European Commission. The report recommended a number of steps to the Commission for stimulating companies in Europe and to apply Intellectual Capital Reporting (in German: “Wissensbilanz”) as a new method of knowledge leadership related to the so called Lisbon agenda. The RICARDIS group itself was initiated by among others by Professor Günter Koch in his role then as a member of the European Association of leading Research and Technology Organizations (EARTO).

2. A major annually ongoing conference under the auspices of the World Bank Institute in Paris, initiated by Professor Ahmed Bounfour on the focus of “Intellectual Capital of Nations, Regions and Communities”. This is also the title of a book initiated and compiled by Professor Ahmed Bounfour and Professor Leif Edvinsson.
The founding persons and initiators of the New Club of Paris then became Edvinsson, Bounfour and Koch. The first two are acting as Chairman and Vice Chairman with the latter acting as General Secretary. The Club as a set up is an international association under Austrian law with its seat in Vienna. The Board is now also supplemented with representatives from Japan (T. Sumita), South America (E. Rath-Fingerl) and Scandinavia (P. Stahle).

The “Credo” of the Club has been documented in its Manifesto, initially signed by some 30 prominent Founding Members. The Club’s membership is focused on “Intellectual Entrepreneurs”, knowledge scientists, opinion leaders in Knowledge Society / Economy and high level “knowledge politicians”. The Club prominently participates in knowledge raising events around the world, runs an annual seminar in Paris, coordinates and contributes to worldwide research efforts on the knowledge economy, that it publishes in papers and books, as well as on its emerging website

The New Club of Paris especially and with great success runs so called Round Table (RT) projects usually based on invitation by Governments or Cabinets. The purpose of RTs is to provide an analyzing dialogue and an agenda setting development process for a country, a region or a city to prepare the transformation towards a knowledge community. Thereby it initiates agenda developing projects clarifying and amplifying the global movement towards the Knowledge Society. Its work has an impact power of Knowledge Navigation leading to the refinement of national or regional Knowledge Policies.

The New Club of Paris cooperates with other important organizations and institutes such as the Club of Rome or the World Capital Institute. The Club has local emerging communities worldwide in different countries which are represented by so called “Ambassadors”, who act due to local needs and preferences.

Current Events


Baltic conference on May 3: European IP-Framework – Legal and Economic Perspectives

The European IP-Framework in a Knowledge-Based Society: Legal and Economic Perspectives, Tallinn, 3 May 2013
Venue: Great hall of the National Library of Estonia, Tõnismägi 2, 15189 Tallinn

Part I: Economic Perspectives
Part II: Legal Perspectives

The participation in the seminar is free of charge, but subject to registration. Please register at

Download PDF to read the detailed program schedule IP-seminar-7-04-2013.pdf


News update and final Information about the NCP meeting in Luxembourg 3-6/2/2013

Dear NCP members,

First of all, although some weeks have already passed, let me join Leif’s and the NCP Board’s greetings and good wishes for the year just begun. We are all optimistic, that our common efforts will help to get NCP growing in its agenda and weight in the discussion of and contribution to the future of knowledge society. Starting the year in this spirit, we also foresee an intense workshop soon run in Luxembourg on February 4th and 5th, plus a public conference adding the day after.

Up to now 18 members have announced to join the Luxembourg meeting, which, considered that theses members will invest their time and energy, is a great result, thanks to the endeavors of the Luxembourg team: Jean-Jacques Mertens, Susan Alexander and Sylvain Cottong.

The program as attached is near to complete, some smaller adjustments will be made short term.

Sunday February 3rd, in the evening starting at around 18:00 those attending will enjoy an NCP get together at Susan’s place, with a nice sampling of wines and cheese. It is not very far from the center – close to the train station – as everything in Luxembourg. For several reasons, not the least because of weather conditions, the organizers also managed to hire a bus to bring the attendees from the hotels to Susan Alexander’s place, which is at 39 avenue de la Gare, on 5th floor.

On Wednesday morning, the Luxembourg IC association LuxIC, has organized a conference, open to the public, on “the Future of Luxembourg”. The conference has been fully booked in less than a week, so it is now “sold out” – which is a great success. Information on the conference you may find on LuxIC’s website:

All those who cannot make it to join now will be informed after the Luxembourg event. Please also keep in mind that end of May the annual assembly on occasion of the IC Conference at the World Bank Institute in Paris managed by Ahmed Bonfour will offer a next occasion to come together.

NCP Lux Winter program_v1f (Download PDF)
NCP Dec 31 2012 from LE (Download PDF)
NCP Luxembourg – Turning ideas into structures (Download PDF)

All the best
Guenter Koch
Gen. Secretary of NCP