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Aart De Geus

Chairman and CEO, Bertelsmann Stiftung

Aart De GeusSince its founding in 1977, the Bertelsmann Stiftung has worked to identify and address key social challenges. In keeping with the entrepreneurial spirit of its founder Reinhard Mohn, we have striven to provide concrete solutions for concrete problems. As national economies and polities have become more intertwined, so have these problems. Demographic change, financial instability and sustainable development are by no means confined by national borders.
When problems go global, problem-solving must go global, too. That is—in a nutshell—the idea of the Global Economic Symposium (GES). It aims to be an opportunity for decision-makers, entrepreneurs and researchers from all across the globe to learn from each other, connect their knowledge, and transfer it into effective policies. The Bertelsmann Stiftung is proud of its role as the co-host of this important initiative from the Kiel Institute for the World Economy.

In 2012, we are very grateful to be joined by a formidable local host. The Fundaçao Getulio Vargas has long been a driver of economic and social change. As one of the world’s most prominent emerging economies, Brazil is a natural venue for the 2012 GES. In a time of economic uncertainty and stagnation, we stand to profit from the new impetus of the vibrant Brazilian society— especially when it comes to this year’s GES overarching theme: “Growth through education and innovation.”

On behalf of the Bertelsmann Stiftung: Welcome to the GES 2012. I look forward to meeting you in Rio.

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