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Welcome Addresses


José Manuel Barroso

Patron of the Global Economic Symposium 2011

The overarching theme of the GES 2011, “New Forces of Global Governance,” is very timely. Recent events highlight how some of these “new forces” are reshaping the world and its governance. The wide-ranging and sometimes profound effects of the Fukushima nuclear disaster around the world underscore how both people and political systems are affected by events thousands of miles away, increasing awareness of our interdependence at all levels.



Dennis J. Snower

Director, Global Economic Symposium (GES) President, Kiel Institute for the World Economy

Welcome to the GES. Our challenge is clear: We live in a world of integrated economies and divided polities. As the global economy becomes increasingly interconnected and interdependent, we are generating not only increasing wealth in both developed and developing countries, but also increasing problems that are global. From climate change to financial crises, the globalization of problems is widely recognized.




Gunther Thielen

CEO and Chairman, Bertelsmann Stiftung Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Bertelsmann AG

On behalf of the Bertelsmann Stiftung, I am delighted to welcome you to the Global Economic Symposium 2011. In keeping with the longstanding social commitment of its founder, Reinhard Mohn, the Bertelsmann Stiftung is dedicated to serving the common good. Our work is based on the conviction that freedom, competition, social inclusion and civic engagement are essential for social progress. We view ourselves as a catalyst for social change and a driver of reform.



Alessio J.G. Brown

Executive Director, Global Economic Symposium (GES), Kiel Institute for the World Economy

In the name of the whole GES Team I welcome you to the Global Economic Symposium (GES) 2011.

The GES 2011 builds on our established efforts in global problem-solving. While the thrust of our Symposium remains unchanged, our ambitions have grown. We have come to recognize that generating ideas and solution proposals is not enough. The next step is to create ongoing networks of decision-makers who are actively seeking to implement these ideas and proposals.



Klaus Tochtermann

Director, ZBW-Leibniz Information Centre for Economics

The Internet and its convergence with mobile communications have enabled greater access to information and communication resources. Today, almost 2 billion people worldwide have access to and use the Internet. Still, the full potential of the huge treasures of digitally and online available knowledge and resulting opportunities for innovation and economic growth have not yet been fully exploited.



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