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Brookings Institution, one of the leading think tanks in the world, published the paper “The global brain capital dashboard” co-authored by EMEA President, Prof Rym Ayadi, EMEA Advisory Board member Harris Eyre, Brookings Senior Fellow Carol Graham, EMEA Researcher Sara Ronco and EMEA Junior Researcher Elena Stotts-Lee.

Brain health is a critical aspect of human well-being, affecting cognitive abilities, socioemotional stability, and overall quality of life. However, the growing prevalence of brain disorders is taking a steep economic toll. Brain health plays an increasingly critical role in an economy predicated on “Brain Capital” (which encompasses an individual’s social, emotional, and cognitive resources). Global economies are becoming increasingly dependent on Brain Capital, whereby a premium is placed on brain skills (both cognitive and non-cognitive) and brain health.

The Brain Capital Grand Strategy was launched in early 2021 and urged the need for Brain Capital in all policies, for more investment in Brain Capital, and a global dashboard to monitor essential trends for more informed policymaking. Within the same period, the OECD Neuroscience-inspired Policy Initiative (NIPI) was launched by the then OECD Secretary-General, Angel Gurria, and Admiral William H. McRaven

This paper presents the Global Brain Capital Dashboard which has been developed by the OECD NIPI, Brain Capital Alliance, the EMEA team, and the Global Brain Capital Dashboard Working Group since mid-2021.

The Dashboard aims to quantify and track Brain Capital as well as provide a platform to inspire novel policy innovation. The paper follows the structure of the dashboard. It describes Brain Capital and then presents evidence around the relevance of the selected pillars and dimensions. It concludes by offering a vision of what is next for the Brain Capital Dashboard.

The Global Brain Capital Dashboard was official launched at the Science Summit of the 78th United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, September 19th, 2023. Prof. Rym Ayadi, EMEA President, CEPS Senior Advisor, and co-founder of the Brain Capital Alliance, launched the Brain Capital Dashboard during her keynote speech in a session entitled, “Brain Capital Building: Brain Deals to Meet SDGs by 2030”.

The paper is available at

Link to EMEA publication

Link to the Global Brain Capital Dashboard

The Brookings Institution, is an American think tank that conducts research and education in the social sciences, primarily in economics, metropolitan policy, governance, foreign policy, global economy, and economic development. The University of Pennsylvania’s Global Go To Think Tank Index Report has named Brookings “Think Tank of the Year” and “Top Think Tank in the World” every year since 2008. The Economist described Brookings as “perhaps America’s most prestigious think-tank.

Prof. Rym Ayadi is Professor at the Bayes Business School, City University of London, President and Founder of the Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association – EMEA, CEPS Senior Advisor, Chair of the Banking Stakeholders Group of the European Banking Authority, and co-founder of the Brain Capital Alliance.

Harris Eyre MD PhD is fellow with Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, member of the EMEA Advisory Board and Lead of the Brain Capital Alliance.

Carol Graham is a senior fellow in the Economic Studies program at Brookings, a College Park Professor at the University of Maryland, and a senior scientist at Gallup.

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