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Hans-Paul Bürkner

President and CEO, The Boston Consulting Group

"In these turbulent times, the discussions during the GES have provided lots of food for thought. And indeed, also provided interesting and new solutions for the many challenges in the global economy. After the discussions I remain optimistic that we will solve the many problems we are and will be facing."






Colin Chartres

Director General, International Water Management Institute

“The GES forces us out of individual comfort zones and facilitates collaborative thinking to develop innovative solutions to 21st century issues confronting the economy and environment in developed and developing nations.”




Kim Cloete

Journalist, Moneyweb

“The GES presents a wonderful opportunity to tap into the knowledge and insights of leaders in their fields.”

“The innovative approach of the GES ensures that participants come up with fresh and compelling solutions to some of the challenges facing the global economy.”



Pablo Guidotti

Professor at the School of Government and Member of the Board of Directors, Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Argentina

“Participating at the Global Economic Symposium (GES) is a truly motivating experience. Year after year the GES brings together some of the best academic minds and some of the most experienced practitioners from policymaking and business with the aim of generating real solutions for the most pressing global problems.”


Peter Kinyanjui

Consultant, International Education

“By focussing on workable solutions, GES 2011 was such an enriching opportunity for me to meet and dialogue with professional colleagues drawn from different parts of the globe. I have continued to maintain contacts with three of them. The Symposium encouraged me to think about and develop better ways of "Reinventing Technology" as spearheaded by developing countries such as Kenya in the novel applications of mobile technology to serve unbanked populations. The extension of this technology to enhance education and training will yield enormous payoffs.”



Barbara Krumsiek

CEO Calvert Investments, Inc.

“The Global Economic Symposium provides a unique platform to share ideas and challenge conventional opinions on some of today’s most pressing challenges. It was a wonderful opportunity to focus on solutions to the challenge and opportunity of adding diversity to corporate governance structures with thought leaders from the private sector, politics, and academia.”





Edward Lazear

Professor of Human Resources Management and Economics, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution

"The GES meetings are always superb. There is a very fine array of talent and the meetings are serious. The focus is on substance rather than showmanship. I have attended each one and always have found every one of them worthwhile."






Maurice Obstfeld

Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley

“GES provides a unique forum for addressing a range of issue areas critical to global peace, prosperity, and well-being. The quality of the high-level panels is unparalleled, and the opportunities for one-on-one interaction are just as valuable.”






Thomas Mirow

President EBRD

"The GES succeeds in bringing together a diverse group of outstanding individuals to jointly expand the range of possible solutions to global issues"






Joachim von Braun

Director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF Bonn)

“GES has not just helped to put land and water policy issues higher on the policy agenda, but actually came up with innovative market oriented and institutional solutions to the related burning global resource conflicts”.






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