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GES Speaker 2014: We welcome Ravi Chidambaram

August 31, 2014

Ravi Chidambaram

Ravi Chidambaram, President, TC Capital, Singapore, will join the Global Economic Symposium 2014. He will speak in the Session Investing in Asia - Cyclical or Structural Growth Slowdown?

Ravi Chidambaram is the President and co-­‐founder of TC Capital, a leading Singapore-­‐based independent Asian investment bank specializing in M&A and capital markets transactions for Asian mid-­‐cap and family-­‐owned companies. Previously, Ravi held senior positions in the investment banking divisions of Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank in both Asia and Europe. He holds a BA (Hons) from Duke University and an MBA from Wharton School. He was also a Fulbright Scholar in Economics.


WHU students: Global Societal Challenges and Solutions

August 29, 2014

The MSc seminar 'Global Societal Challenges and Solutions' at the WHU is held in close collaboration with us. In this seminar, students analyze global challenges and develop concrete measures of how to address these issues.The seminar aims at sensitizing students for problems in order to make their own contributions to global problem solving. At the same time, the seminar allows us to integrate more members of the younger generation into global problem solving activities. In the academic year 2013/14 students developed own ideas to address the following global societal challenges.

GES Speaker 2014: We welcome Jayanthi Naidu Desan

August 27, 2014

We welcome: Jayanthi Naidu Desan

Jayanthi Naidu Desan, Managing Director, Synergio, Malaysia, will join the Global Economic Symposium 2014. She will speak in the Session Adventures in Waste and Recycling – Creating Value.

Jayanthi Naidu Desan is the founder and Managing Director of Synergio, one of Malaysia’s leading sustainability strategy consultancies. She has wide experience in the area of governance and sustainability and has worked extensively with governmental agencies, corporations and non- profit organisations in Malaysia. She is published in the area and is regularly invited to conferences both domestically and internationally.


German "Digital Agenda":
Ensure adequate protection of organized cyber crime

August 26, 2014

German Digital Agenda

Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet has approved Germany's first "Digital Agenda", including plans to expand internet security. There needs to be a better relationship between individual and law enforcement to ensure adequate protection and detection of organized cyber crime, GES-experts suggest.

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Crisis in Iraq: Better governance of transnational challenges needed

August 24, 2014

Crisis in Iraq: Better governance of transnational challenges needed

More arms and aid are being sent to Iraq, in a growing international push to tackle jihadist militants and help those who have fled their advance. The reason why this joint reaction of the West has taken so long is that the management of systemic global risks and the protection of the global commons is poor, GES-experts say. A better governance of transnational challenges is needed.

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GES Speaker 2014: We welcome Dato’ Sri Abdul Wahid Omar

August 22, 2014

Abdul Wahid Omar

Dato’ Sri Abdul Wahid Omar, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Malaysia, will join the Global Economic Symposium 2014. He will speak in the Opening Plenary.

Dato’ Sri Abdul Wahid Omar, aged 50, was appointed as a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of Economic Planning on 5th June 2013. He oversees a number of government agencies such as Economic Planning Unit, Public-Private partnership Unit (UKAS), Department of Statistics, Ekuiti Nasional Berhad (EKUINAS), Talent Corporation (TALENCORP), TERAJU and Yayasan Pendidikan Peneraju Bumiputera. Prior to his cabinet appointment, Dato’ Sri Abdul Wahid was formerly the President and CEO of Maybank, Malaysia’s largest banking group and the fourth largest in Southeast Asia, from May 2008.


See how GES solutions can be implemented:
IOU option as an alternative to crop insurance


August 20, 2014

IOU option as an alternative to crop insurance

The India Development Foundation (IDF) in collaboration with the Price Stabilization Fund Trust (PSFT) set up by the Government of India is going to launch a pilot project over five years to test the IOU option.
The IOU option was developed to provide financial relief to the farmers as an alternative to crop insurance. The scheme is targeted at the plantation farmer who is vulnerable to price shocks in addition to other factors affecting his output.

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Solutions on "Innovation, Dynamism and Entrepreneurship"

August 18, 2014

Innovation Dynamism and Entrepreneurship Check out our solutions on "Innovation, Dynamism and Entrepreneurship" generated by the GES 2013 in Kiel.

- Tackle youth unemployment and promote youth entrepreneurship.
- Recognize the key role that activist governments can and do play in encouraging innovation.
- Recognize that innovation is typically disruptive, often emerging from trial and error...
- Provide access to financial literacy so everyone has the opportunity to be an entrepreneur.


GES Speaker 2014: We welcome Duncan Campbell

August 16, 2014

Duncan Campbell

Duncan Campbell, Director for Policy Planning in Employment, International Labour Office, Switzerland, will join the Global Economic Symposium 2014. He will speak in the Session The Future of Jobs.

Duncan Campbell is Director for Policy Planning in Employment at the International Labour Office and a Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labour, IZA. He joined the ILO in 1990 from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he had been a member of the Management Department faculty and Associate Director of the Center for Human Resources.

He is a citizen of the USA, has an A.B. from Bowdoin College, an M.A., M.B.A., and a PhD (with distinction) from the Applied Economics Graduate Group, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.


See how GES solutions can be implemented:
UNESCO IHE Institute for Water Education


August 14, 2014

UNESCO IHE Institute for Water Education

The UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education was established in 2003. It carries out research, education and capacity building activities in the fields of water, environment and infrastructure. UNESCO-IHE continues the work that began in 1957 when IHE first offered a postgraduate diploma course in hydraulic engineering to practicing professionals from developing countries.

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GES Speaker 2014: We welcome Andrew Sheng

August 12, 2014

Andrew Sheng

Andrew Sheng, Board Member, Khazanah National Berhad, Malaysia, will join the Global Economic Symposium 2014. He will speak in the Session The New Global Financial Architecture.

Andrew Sheng is well known in global financial circles as a former central banker and financial regulator in Asia and a commentator on global finance. As the Institute’s President, heis responsible for its operations and, with the support and advice of the Academic Council, for driving its research agenda and thought leadership.

In April 2013, Andrew Sheng was named by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.


GES Presents: “Revolution of the Present”

August 12, 2014

Watch the Film

GES is proud to present Revolution of the Present, a feature-length documentary featuring interviews with thought leaders designed to give meaning to our present and precarious condition. The film prompts us to us re-think our presumptions and narratives about the individual and society, the local and global, our politics and technology. Revolution of the Present is an invitation to join the conversation and help contribute to our collective understanding.

Watch the Film


See how GES solutions can be implemented:
Earth Island Institute’s International Monitoring Program
for Dolphin Safe Tuna (IMP)



August 11, 2014

Earth Island Institute’s International Monitoring Program for Dolphin Safe Tuna (IMP)

Earth Island's unique International Monitoring Program maintains twelve staff members in seven countries around the world, who regularly inspect tuna in canneries, at dockside, and aboard fishing vessels in order to insure consumers that the tuna they buy is truly “dolphin safe“. Earth Island’s monitoring program is one of the largest and most successful environmental monitoring programs in the world, encompassing more than 450 tuna companies, brokers, fishermen, and retail outlets in more than 65 countries.

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Drought in California: Better education about water conservation needed

August 09, 2014

Tackling the Tragedy of the Water Commons

California faces a historic drought with an incredible three-year duration, which has nearly depleted both the state’s topsoil moisture and subsoil moisture reserves. GES-experts propose to strengthen efforts to educate people about water conservation. This should start at early ages, since research shows that this is most effective.

Read more about water conservation and drought


GES Speaker 2014: We welcome Thomas Mirow

August 07, 2014

Thomas Mirow

Thomas Mirow, Chairperson of the Supervisory Board, HSH Nordbank, Germany, will join the Global Economic Symposium 2014. He will speak in the Session Dealing with Rising Inequalities .

Thomas Mirow works currently as a Senior Adviser to several companies, among them Rothschild & Cie., and holds a number of board seats, notably chairing the Supervisory Board of HSH Nordbank AG. He is a “Fellow at Large” of the Kiel Institute for World Economy and a “Senior Fellow” at the Berlin Hertie School of Governance.

Thomas Mirow started his career as an assistant and then chief of staff to former Chancellor Willy Brandt, Chairman of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD). Born (06.01.1953) and raised in Paris and later in Bonn, he holds a degree in Political Sciences (Dr. Phil) of the Bonn University.


GES-experts: Comprehensive peace between Israel
and all Arab states inevitable

August 06, 2014

Responding to the challenge of global terrorism

Israel has begun to withdraw its ground forces from Gaza, there is hope for peace in Gaza. For a comprehensive peace between Israel and all Arab states, both sides must be ready for compromises, GES-experts say. Peace is premised on the birth of a politically and economically viable Palestinian state, restoration of the Golan Heights to Syria, recognition by all parties of Lebanon’s independence and territorial integrity, and diplomatic recognition of the State of Israel by all Arab states in accordance with the Saudi Arabian proposal approved by the Arab League.

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GES-experts: The world must prepare for environmental refugees

August 05, 2014

Preparing for Environmental Migration

A family claiming refugee status because of rising sea levels around their Pacific island home have won an appeal to stay in New Zealand. The case of a family coming to New Zealand from Tuvalu in 2007 is thought to be the first time climate change has been successfully used in an immigration case. For people in areas where human survival is becoming infeasible due to environmental degradation, a legal status of "environemental refugee", broadly similar to the status of refugee from persecution, should be defined, GES-experts say. Provisions for international support for these refugees and for their resettlement should take into account that, while persecution may end due to a change in the political regime, environmental degradation is mostly permanent. Therefore, environmental refugees should bequickly be resettled permanently.

Read more about environmental migration national policies to mitigate environmental degradation


See how GES solutions can be implemented:
Kilimo Salama


August 03, 2014

Kilimo Salama

Kilimo Salama ("Safe Agriculture") is an insurance designed for maize and wheat farmers so they may insure their farm inputs against drought and excess rain. Kilimo Salama is a product launched under the Agricultural Index Insurance Initiative, a partnership between UAP Insurance and the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA).

The product is furthermore implemented in partnership with the agribusinesses MEA Limited and Syngenta East Africa Limited, the telecommunications company Safaricom, the Kenya Meteorological Department, and the NGO CNFA/AGMARK. The project offers farmers who plant on as little as one acre insurance policies to shield them from significant financial losses when drought or excess rain are expected to wreak havoc on their harvests. Reflecting Kenyan farmers’ cash flow, where farmers invest in their farm as they plant, farmers can insure as little as 1 kg of maize seed or fertilizer.

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