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Plenaries: Redefining Success


Opening Plenary - Redefining Success - Why?

Tuesday, October 1st, 08:45 - 10:30

In the opening plenary leading decision-makers will articulate new ideas and identify novel approaches to guide our global problem-solving efforts.

In today’s globalized and interconnected world, too much emphasis is placed on success measured in terms of material wealth. What gets overlooked is that GDP and other economic activities are means to ultimate ends, not the ends in themselves. We need to redefine success in terms of the well-being generated by our activities and how this well-being is distributed across populations and generations. Such a redefinition can lead to new approaches to achieving fair and sustainable prosperity. It can also uncover new opportunities for human cooperation.

Opening Address

Dennis SnowerDennis J. Snower
President, Kiel Institute for the World Economy; Director, Global Economic Symposium (GES), Germany


Martti AthisaariMartti Athisaari
Founder and Chariman of the Board, Crisis Management Initiative, Finland

John BryantJohn Bryant
Founder, Chairman and CEO, Operation HOPE, USA

Jürgen FitschenJürgen Fitschen
Co-CEO, Deutsche Bank, Germany

Robert JohnsonRobert Johnson
President, The Institute for New Economic Thinking, USA

Roza OtunbayevaRoza Otunbayeva
Head, “The Initiative of Roza Otunbayeva” International Foundation, Kyrgyz Republic


Nik GowingNik Gowing
Main Presenter, BBC World News, UK

Closing Plenary - Redefining Success - How?

Wednesday, October 2nd, 17:30 - 19:00

In the closing plenary leading decision-makers will debate innovative approaches to redefining success.

What model or models might serve as an example for nations around the world? For example, the abolition of slavery and intolerance for child labor have become paradigms for countries around the world: are there approaches that can be used as paradigms for other countries? Which of the existing models works best? What should its characteristics be? How can success be measured in such a model?

How would economic growth objectives be balanced with social values — community, equity and the reduction of economic disparities? How do we need to proceed to achieve the new model? Which norms would regulate this model? The plenaries will emphasize holistic thinking (taking account of diverse interconnections among global problems) and the associated need for “holistic policy-making” (spanning the political silos of government ministries and international organizations).


Victor ChuVictor Chu
Chairman, First Eastern Investment Group, Hong Kong

Ted FishmanTed Fishman
Journalist, USA

Roman FrydmanRoman Frydman
Professor of Economics, New York University, USA

Peter EselePeter Esele
President, Trade Union Congress of Nigeria

Mahmoud Mohieldin Mahmoud Mohieldin
President’s Special Envoy on Millenium Development Goals and Financial Development, World Bank, USA

Ndidi Nnoli-EdozienNdidi Nnoli-Edozien
President and Founder, Growing Business Foundation, Nigeria


Declan CurryDeclan Curry
Business Journalist and Conference Speaker, UK

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