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Selected Sessions 2014 | Preliminary Program 2014

Opening Plenary
Restructuring Economies, Transforming Societies

Sunday, September 7 | 8:45 - 10:15


The time has long come when simply talking about the challenges we face as an interconnected world is not enough. We are beyond the point of talking. What is required are actionable solutions that engage multistakeholders across sectors, geographies, philosophies, and all barriers – real or imagined. Our economies are not structured to handle the rising tides of inequality, stagnation and climate change. Addressing the challenges we face together may require us to rethink societal structures pushing our abilities to innovate effectively, to focus on equitable growth, and to put the long term view ahead of the short term one.

Join our esteemed panellists who will outline where they see the challenges ahead and where they think progress and workable solutions may be likely.



Dennis Snower
President, Kiel Institute for the World Economy; President, Global Economic Symposium, Germany

Laszlo Andor
Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission

Azman Mokhtar
Managing Director, Khazanah, Malaysia

Chandran Nair
Founder and CEO, Global Institute for Tomorrow, Hong Kong

Irene Natividad
President, Global Summit of Women, USA

Abdul Wahid Omar
Minister, Prime Minister’s Department, Malaysia

Joseph Stiglitz
Nobel Laureate; Professor, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University, USA



Nik Gowing
Main Presenter, International Broadcaster, UK

Officiation Ceremony & Concluding Plenary
Solutions in Action

Monday, September 8 | 17:00 - 18:45

Over the course of this year’s Global Economic Symposium we have looked at various global issues that present both challenges and opportunities to today’s and tomorrow’s leaders and leaders-to-be. Our discussions and research have helped us collectively brainstorm, identify, and elaborate on solutions that could be implementable. What have we learned over the course of our deliberations here in Kuala Lumpur? Which solutions are ready for the next step and who could their champions be? On which global issues can we expect progress in the coming year?

Join us in a closing discussion with our esteemed panellists, who will highlight where they see opportunities for real action and change.


Dennis Snower
President, Kiel Institute for the World Economy; President, Global Economic Symposium, Germany

Sahol Hamid Abu Bakar
President and Vice Chancellor, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia

Pascal Lamy
Honorary President, Notre Europe - Jacques Delors Institute, France; Former Director-General, World Trade Organization, Switzerland



Declan Curry
Business Journalist and Conference Speaker, UK

Special Address

Muhyiddin bin Mohd Yassin
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Malaysia