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August 5, 2010 Third Global Economic Symposium on "Achieving Sustainability in the Face of Systemic Risks" to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, hosted by the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey


Invitation to the Media

The Global Economic Symposium (GES) goes even more international. In its third year the GES will move from Northern Germany to the vibrating city of Istanbul. On Septem­ber 28 and 29 experts from all over the world will discuss global economic problems and develop possible solutions.

In our interdependent world national government cannot find political and economic solutions alone. Systemic risks like global financial failures, climate vulnerability, diffi­culties in financing old age and education, energy insecurity, water and food problems, and global interdependencies in growth, employment, and political security are a challenge for worldwide cooperation between firms, governments, decision-makers and international organisations.

The 2010 Global Economic Symposium will consider new ways of thinking about these systemic risks and examine how to achieve more sustainability in economic policies, business models, institutions of transnational governance and civic initiatives.

The GES is jointly organized by the Kiel institute for the World Economy and the German National Library of Economics (ZBW) – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, and hosted by the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey, and will press ahead with a more forthcoming international cooperation.

Experts from business, politics and academia will develop solutions in more than 20 panel sessions. Among them are:


    • Shumeet Banerji, CEO, Booz & Company,
    • Hans-Paul Bürkner, President and CEO, Boston Consulting Group,
    • John J. Haley, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Towers Watson,
    • Peter Jungen, Chairman, Peter Jungen Holding,


    • Ömer Dinςer, Turkish Minister of Labour and Social Security,
    • Karel De Gucht, Commissioner of the EU for Trade,
    • George Papaconstantinou, Greek Minister of Finance,
    • Mehmet Şimşek, Turkish Ministers of Finance,


    • John Deutch, Professor of Chemistry, MIT and Former Director of CIA,
    • James Heckman, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences,
    • Erik Stark Maskin, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences,
    • Edmund Phelps, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences.

The organizers would like to invite you to attend the Global Economic Symposium 2010 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Conference Venue will be the Istanbul Conference Center (ICC) / Istanbul Kongre Merkezi.

On the evening of September 27 the President of Turkey Abdullah Gül will open the GES 2010. This event will be of particular interest to photojournalists.

The preliminary program and more information about the panelists and the sessions can be found here.

Please visit the GES homepage for additional information.

Please use the attached accreditation application form to register to attend the opening ceremony as well as the panel discussions, the applications and ideas labs, and plenary meetings that interest you. Further, our media agency will gladly help you in arranging interviews with conference participants. Please indicate which meetings and/or panel sessions you would like to attend on the accreditation application form as well as the participants with whom you would like to conduct an interview. Please note that the conference will be held in English.

We look forward to seeing you at the symposium.

For questions about the GES and registration, please contact the Kiel Institute’s media agency:

Effect Public Relations
Kısıklı Cad. No. 35/2 Altunizade
İstanbul, Turkey

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Phone +90 (533) 664 25 47 (Ms. Tugce Gozen)
Fax +90 (216) 474 00 01

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