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John Hope Bryant

"GES is an effective staging ground for the next big movement in the world -- economics. It's a place where traditional economists and new era, out of the box thought leaders, like me, come together to frame what comes next in our world. GES understands -- that the focus must be, not just Ph.D solutions, but Ph,DO actions too."

John Hope Bryant
Founder, Chairman & CEO, Operation Hope

Chandran Nair

"GES is unique as it does not side step the issues regarding our current global dilemma, that of an unsustainable and clearly broken economic growth model. It puts it right at the center of the debate about the future and asks for radical solutions. Importantly it is intellectually honest and inclusive, a rare commodity in an age of collective denial.”

Chandran Nair
Founder & Chair, Global Institute for Tomorrow



Arun Maira

"I find the GES a wonderful forum to deepen my understanding of the contentions amongst forces shaping human destiny and desirable collaborations amongst them. The participants are outstanding people in their fields; there is little posturing; and a lot of listening."

Arun Maira
Planning Commission of India

 

Mehmet Simsek

“GES is a unique solution oriented platform which enables academics, policy and decision-makers, leaders of international organizations as well as prominent business people from around the world to find solutions to fundamental global problems and shape the future for the creation of a better world.”

Minister Mehmet Simsek
Finance Minister of Turkey, Member of the GES Advisory Board



Jean Pierre Lehmann

"In this highly complex and turbulent world, knowing the right questions to ask is challenging, let alone proposing solutions. This is where GES makes an especially valuable contribution. While the emphasis is on finding solutions, much time and reflection are invested in identifying what are the really important questions. The approach is holistic and eclectic, while the persons convened to tackle them are from different backgrounds and therefore provide multiple mutually-enriching perspectives."

J.P. Lehmann, Founder
The Evian Group

Carlos Ivan Simonsen Leal

 

“GES initiative is a landmark on the set of initiatives towards better understanding of humanity problems.”

Carlos Ivan Simonsen Leal
President, Getulio Vargas Foundation

 

Irene Natividad

"If you want brilliant economic analysis combined with practical solutions to the world's challenges, then GES is the right forum for you. Just bring an open mind!”

Irene Natividad
President, Global Summit of Women


“GES has become an essential reservoir of knowledge for any leader in the business community, policymaking, or academia. Its research-based approach, its wide-ranging coverage of the most pressing global issues, and its emphasis on real and practical solutions to problems make it a truly unique event.”

Pablo Guidotti
Professor at the School of Government, Universidad Torcuato di Tella


Sita Mazumder

"The GES was a wonderful experience. It's a symposium where a most diverse group gathers to actually tackle challenges our World faces. The energy such a crowd creates is fascinating and the outcome applicable."

Sita Mazumder
Member of the Board of Directors, Coutts & Co Ltd, Professor of Banking and Finance, Institute for Financial Services Zug


Ted C. Fishman

“The Global Economic Symposium has grown into one of the world's best "brain spas." That is especially so for attendees who are willing, and thrilled by, intellectual cross-training. Practitioners, theorists, philanthropists, activists, journalists, politicians and stewards of businesses large and small have the rest of the year to work cross purposes, but at GES the focus is on mutual understanding. Not just on political points of view or economic interest as conventionally framed. But also, how to see the world anew with empirical tools from both a wide range of disciplines and with a common heart. It may surprise some that neuroscience and Buddhism have much common ground, and that band programs in Saxony and environmental activism in developing countries spring from kindred spirits. One of the pleasures and the thrills of GES have been to see, how expert, smart, engaged and passionate people mix and match ideas, challenge orthodoxy with fact and refashion the conversation about the future of us.”

Ted C. Fishman
Journalist


Prof. Joachim von Braun


“The GES uniquely connects global issues related to macro-economy, resource scarcity and poverty.”

Prof. Joachim von Braun
Director, Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Professor for Economic and Technological Change



Dr. Abdul Malik Al Jaber

“It is my pleasure to participate in the GES 2013 and speak at two of its sessions. I found the conference rich, opening a unique platform of openness and critical & innovative thinking. It was future and results oriented rather than taken hostage by the past, and encouraging to look for solutions. I was impressed by the quality, diversity and high level speakers who contributed to the stimulating discussions that we had during the conference.“

Dr. Abdul Malik Al Jaber
Chairman and CEO, Middle East Payment Services, Member of the Board, World Economic Forum


Carol Graham

“The GES is unique among this kind of forums in that it brings together academics, practitioners, and the business community around concrete discussions of new research findings. As such, it not only reviews the latest thinking surrounding global economic issues, but also grounds the debate in concrete, empirical research, combining forward looking macro-level thinking with robust analysis of micro-level trends. It is a refreshing and intellectually stimulating experience.”

Carol Graham
Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, College Park Professor, School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland




Emeritus Prof Datuk Dr Shad Faruqi

“GES is not theory based but outcome based. It is also conscious that one size does not fit all. Context determines content.”

Emeritus Prof Datuk Dr Shad Faruqi
Universiti Teknologi MARA


Oliver Griffith

"I have participated in two Global Economic Symposiums in Kiel, including as a moderator. They are among the most thoughtfully and thoroughly organized events of this kind in Europe."

Oliver Griffith
Head of Communications and Public Affairs, Western Europe, IFC (International Finance Corporation)


 


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