Previous Sessions

Recession or Recovery: What Can We Expect From The Global Economy Post COVID-19?


Kevin O’Leary

Businessman and Global Investor


Alain Bejjani

CEO, Majid Al Futtaim Holding


Sarah Hewin

Managing Director, Chief Economist, Europe and Americas, Standard Chartered Bank


Hadley Gamble,

News Anchor and International Correspondent, CNBC

What if recessions weren’t always about the losses we incur but also the possible gains we can make? This pandemic poses a big threat, but also a great opportunity. In this session, investor and businessman Kevin O'Leary is joined by Alain Bejjani, CEO of Majid Al Futtaim Group to share their views on the challenges and opportunities tied to the global crisis we are witnessing today. Can we exit this pandemic winners? Join this session to find out more.

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The Role of Innovation in Global Crises


Professor Soumitra Dutta

Professor of Management, SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell University


Christopher M. Schroeder

Global Venture Investor and Author


Saeed Kharbash

Deputy Managing Director, World Government Summit Organization

Global crises have an inevitable effect on the rate of innovation in any given economy. Although such crises offer invaluable opportunities for innovation, they tend to also devastate the economic landscape and cause huge financial strains. In this session, Professor Soumitra Dutta presents the key players in the innovation system and the role of innovation in building a sustainable and inclusive future. He is joined by Christopher Schroeder, who will represent the entrepreneurial landscape under the COVID-19 pandemic, and how key stakeholders in the global innovation ecosystem can work together and share insights. Join this session to discover the role of innovation in overcoming global crises.


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Limitless: Maximizing Productivity in Uncertain Times


Jim Kwik

Business Coach and Author


Patrick Noack

Executive Director, Future Foresight and Imagination at Dubai Future Foundation

The COVID-19 pandemic has led the majority of the work force, whether they be huge corporations or small businesses or even freelancers, to work from home. In different studies around remote work during the pandemic, 53% of responders reported lower productivity levels while 85% felt helpless and needed support. And as the concepts of work and leisure melt into each other, it is ever more important to learn the skills of time management and focus. In this session, Jim Kwik teaches us to be limitless, to unleash our mind's full potential to focus and increase productivity, while balancing some downtime to help us replenish our creativity.


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The New Model of Education & Talent Creation in a Post COVID-19 World


Prof.Cass Sunstein

Harvard Law Professor and Author of ‘Nudge’ and ‘How Change Happens’


Abdulaziz AlJaziri

Deputy CEO and Chief Operations Officer, Dubai Future Foundation and CEO of Palmwood

In 2020, the social construct of society was hit by many, still evolving, challenges that have changed the way we interact with one another. From the COVID-19 pandemic, to a looming economic crisis, society has had to adapt to a new and constantly changing 'normal'. Are these changes constant? They might not be, but the constant we are sure of is the need for good and sustainable governance. In this session, best-selling author of 'Nudge' and 'How Change Happens' Prof. Cass Sunstein will share his insights on the future of governance in an everchanging world.


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How Social Change in the COVID-19 Pandemic Inspires Better Governance


Ben Nelson

Chairman and CEO at Minerva Project


Hind AlMualla

Chief of Creativity, Happiness, and Innovation, KHDA

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced education systems around the world to embrace new and innovative models in distance learning, including virtual classrooms and remote teaching. Education systems are now expected to change even more over the next period to meet new and unprecedented challenges. Will virtual classrooms suffice? And will distance learning help us overcome these challenges? Join this session to find out more about the new and unimagined models of education.


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Will COVID-19 Change Governments Forever?


Prof. James Robinson

Professor of Global Conflict Studies, University of Chicago


Mina Al Oraibi

Editor in Chief, The National

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a global-wide event that has fundamentally changed the way humans go about their lives. From education, to work, to healthcare and safety, all the familiar systems and processes have been replaced with new, unfamiliar ones. Concepts like remote work and virtual education, which were forecasted to take place gradually over the course of many years, occurred suddenly. Will COVID-19 change governments forever? In this session, Prof. James Robinson shares his insights on the future of governments post the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Key Economic Answers to 10 Global Questions


Michala Marcussen

Group Chief Economist, Société Générale


Richard Soundardjee

CEO, Société Générale Middle East

Governments need to address their post-COVID-19 response strategies. There have been many conversations regarding what will occur to national and international ties, policy, and the economic situation. How will the economic situation look like the pandemic comes to an end? How will governments and private sectors help economies recover, come out of the impending recession and replenish global trade?


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