Carmelo Ferlito

Carmelo Ferlito (Verona, Italy, 1978) is currently the Director of the Center for Market Education (CME)*, a think tank based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Dr Ferlito is also a Research Advisor for Provalindo Nusa (Jakarta, Indonesia) and Senior Fellow Southeast Asia for the Property Rights Alliance (Washington, DC).

Carmelo Ferlito holds a Master in Economics (2003) and a Ph.D. in Economic History (2007) from the University of Verona. Between 2013 and 2019 he has taught History of Economic Thought and Microeconomic Theory and Policy at INTI International College in Subang Jaya, Malaysia. In 2017 he was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Bergamo, Italy. 

Dr Ferlito is author of five books and more than thirty academic papers. He has delivered guest lectures in several academic and educational institutions in Malaysia, Italy, Indonesia, Singapore and Pakistan. His opinions on policy has been reported by several international media such as The Financial Times, Forbes, The Star, The Malaysian Reserve, Free Malaysia Today, The Jakarta Post, Gatra, The New Straits Times and BFM 89.9

Dr Ferlito leads the Center for Market Education (CME)m think thank that is animated by scholars from around the world ( In 2020, the CME has promoted important initiatives in the field of economics ( and launched an educational paper series ( In 2021, CME will launch economics modules inspired by the principles of pluralism and multidisciplinarity, in cooperation with Taylor’s University Malaysia.  

Maria Alejandra Madi

Maria Alejandra Madi holds a PhD in Economics (UNICAMP, Brazil). Her academic career includes a long-term professorship at the State University of Campinas UNICAMP (1983-2012) and visiting professorships at the University of Manitoba (Canada) and at the University of Kassel (Germany).

 He is currelty Director of the Green Economics Insittute Academy (UK)  and senior researcher and professor of economics at CEDES and FIA Business School, Brazil. She is also Chair of the World Economics Association (WEA) Online Conferences Programme, Editor of the WEA Books Conference Series and founding editor of the WEA Pedagogy Blog ( On behalf of her  interest in a pluralist Economicss Education, she has been Assistant Editor of the International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education.

Besides having published research papers and book reviews in international journals, she co-edited some of The Green Economics Institute (UK) books, including The Greening of Global Finance, The Greening of Latin America and Values, Valuation & Valuing. She also co-edited some of the World Economics Association (UK) books: The Economics Curriculum: towards a radical reformulation, Ideas towards a new international financial architecture and Capital and Justice

Her latest authored books include Small Business in Brazil: competitive global challenges, Pluralist Readings in Economics: key-concepts and policy-tools for the 21st century, Private Equity Globalisation: ethical business challenges, and The Dark Side of Nudges. Her 2020 books are: A new look at the philospsophy of Keynes and Hayek: semiotic paths to complexity and Complexidade, economia e sociedade. 

Among other activities, she is Vice-President of the Ordem dos Economistas do Brasil, fellow of the Center for Market Education ( CME) and member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Green Economics. 

In addition to her overall research interest that lies in the economic, social and environemtnal challenges of globalization, her current line of investigation includes a philosophical discussion both of realism in economics and in the methodology of economics within the wider context of the philosophy of science.