NOW | BRIDGE | REBOOT

Concept and original conversation series

COVID-19: a game changer

The world has changed. The global COVID-19 crisis has created massive, short-term challenges, and accelerated and/or catalyzed major, long-term transformations - such as digitalization. Countries, organizations and citizens around the globe are simultaneously working to cope with life-and-death challenges and make sense of the new reality that unfolds.

  • What strategies and solutions are needed to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19?
  • What lessons have we learned so far? How can they be disseminated?
  • What are the long-term implications of the current crisis?
  • Can the current crisis be an opportunity to reboot business and institutions?
  • What new opportunities will emerge?
  • What types of partnerships are needed? How can we build them?


Meet the hosts

Team 1

Deborah Wince-Smith

President, GFCC
President, Council on Competitiveness

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Team 2

Roberto Alvarez

Executive Director, GFCC







Now. Bridge. Reboot.

  • The Now. Bridge. Reboot. series features business, research, policy and thought leaders from the GFCC network and selected guests in online conversations.

    This series will be open to non-GFCC members and serve as a platform to engage thinkers and doers from across the globe with the GFCC community.

  • NOW. countries and organizations must take action to mitigate the crisis

  • BRIDGE. action is needed not just to recover, but to transition to a better future

  • REBOOT. the crisis is a game changer and will shape a new reality

Dates and topics of the 8 original conversations

MAY 06

7:30-9:00 am EDT

Bridging crisis and
future prosperity.
  • What is the state of the world in this COVID-19 era?
  • What do we know so far about the health, social and economic impacts of COVID-19?
  • What comes next, and what are the signals we need to track in the economy and society?
  • How can we catalyze a transition toward a better future?

MAY 20

7:30-9:00 am EDT

Response and outcomes.
  • What are the critical issues at stake now, and how can the GFCC help?
  • How are governments, businesses, universities and philanthropy reacting?
  • What is needed to reboot economies? How long will it take?

  • How can we support the most fragile individuals and businesses?

MAY 27

7:30-9:00 am EDT

Turning knowledge
into impact.
  • How can research around the world better inform the response to COVID-19?
  • What are the disease’s implications for governments, policy and entrepreneurs?
  • What types of coalitions and platforms are needed to prepare for the future?

  • What critical knowledge areas pose the most promising opportunities?

JUNE 03

7:30-9:00 am EDT

Global realities I.
  • How are different countries responding to the crisis?
  • What type of help is most needed, and what have we learned so far?

  • What future business, growth and development opportunities do exist?

  • What can nations do to accelerate future prosperity?

JUNE 17

7:30-9:00 am EDT

Global realities II.
  • How are different countries responding to the crisis?
  • What type of help is most needed, and what have we learned so far?

  • What future business, growth and development opportunities do exist?

  • What can nations do to accelerate future prosperity?

JUNE 24

7:30-9:00 am EDT

The economy and society will need innovation
  • What are the main, emerging innovation opportunities?
  • What sectors, industries and domains of life will face the most transformation? How?
  • How will innovation strategies, models, processes and thinking change?
  • Who taking advantage of the crisis to build a better future? How?

JULY 01

7:30-9:00 am EDT

Accelerating digitization.
  • How will the current push toward online education reshape the future?
  • What are the main digital gaps the crisis is highlighting? What needs addressing most?
  • What are the long-term implications for organizational models and work?
  • Who is accelerating the action to build the future? What are they doing?

JULY 08

7:30-9:00 am EDT

Global innovation
coalitions
  • Can we use the crisis to drive sustainable development? How?
  • On which areas should we focus? How could the GFCC make an impact?r?

  • What types of coalitions are needed? How could we build those??

  • What are the top three opportunities to build a more prosperous future?


Conversation 1 | Bridging crisis and future prosperity
May 6 | 7:30-9:00 am EDT (New York City)

Team 1

Charles. O. Holliday Jr.

Chairman, GFCC
Chairman of the Board, Royal Dutch Shell plc.

Team 2

Hiro Nishiguchi

CEO, Japan Innovation Network

Team 3

Kandeh Yumkella

Member of the Parliament, Sierra Leone
Former Director General, UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Team 3

Isabel Capeloa Gil

President, Catholic University of Portugal


Conversation 2 | Response and outcomes
May 20 | 7:30-9:00 am EDT (New York City)

Team 1

Christos Megalou

CEO, Piraeus Bank
Former CEO, Eurobank

Team 2

Dylan Jones

Deputy Minister for Western Economic Diversification, Government of Canada

Team 3

Jane Wilson

Guardian of The Future Fund (Australia)
Board member, Sonic Health Care
Co-Chair of the Australian Government Advisory Board on Technology and Healthcare Competitiveness

Team 3

Joaquín A. Guerra-Achem

Vice-Rector for Academic and Educational Innovation, Monterrey Tech

Team 1

Nathalie Cely

President, Center for Innovation and Competitiveness
President, Edúcate Foundation
Former Ambassador of Ecuador to the United States

Team 2

Rogerio Studart

Global Leader, New Climate Economy Initiative, WRI
Former Executive Director, World Bank & IADB
Distinguished Fellow, GFCC


Conversation 3 | Turning knowledge into impact
May 27 | 7:30-9:00 am EDT (New York City)

Team 1

Colin Grant

Vice President, Queen Mary University of London
British Council, Chair of the Education Advisory Group

Team 2

Petros Doukas

Mayor of Sparta, Greece
GFCC Distinguished Fellow


Team 3

Victoria Alonsoperez

Founder & CEO, Chipsafer
UN Young Leader for SDGs

Team 3

Zakri Abdul Hamid

Science Advisor, Campaign for Nature
Scientific Advisor to the President, Islamic Development Bank
GFCC Distinguished Fellow

Team 1

Paul Levins

Co-founder, Xinova
Chief Business Officer, SousZen


Conversation 4 | Local realities: looking East
June 3 | 7:30-9:00 am EDT (New York City)

Team 1

Adham Nadim

Chairman & CEO, Nadim Industries

Team 2

Ahmad Tajuddin Ali

Co-Chair, Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology
GFCC Distinguished Fellow

Team 3

Rashed Abdul Kareem Al Blooshi

Undersecretary, Department of Economic Development of Abu Dhabi

Team 3

Tae-Shin Kwon

Vice-Chairman & CEO, Federation of Korean Industries
GFCC Distinguished Fellow

Team 1

Yu Serizawa

President & CEO, Forma Corporation
Management Board member, Groupe Renault

Team 2

Jack Sim

Founder and CEO, World Toilet Organization & BOP Hub
Distinguished Fellow, GFCC


Conversation 5 | Local realities: looking West
June 17 | 7:30-9:00 am EDT (New York City)

Team 1

Alexander Idrisov

Founder, Eurasia Competitiveness Institute
Chairman and CEO, Strategy Partners

Team 2

Jan Mládek

General Director, The Czech Institute of Applied Economics
Former Minister of Industry and Trade and Minister of Agriculture, Czech Republic

Team 3

Simos Anastasopoulos

President, Council on Competitiveness of Greece
Chairman & CEO, Petsiavas SA

Team 3

Sylvia Schwaag Serger

Member of the Swedish Prime Minister’s Innovation Council
Chair, STINT Foundation
Deputy Vice Chancellor, Lund University

Team 1

Joan Macnaughton

Chair of the Board, The Climate Group
Former Director General of Energy, UK Department of Trade and Industry
GFCC Distinguished Fellow


Conversation 6 | Economy and society need innovation
Jun 24 | 7:30-9:00 am EDT (New York City)

Team 1

Bedy Yang

Global Managing Partner, 500 Startups

Team 2

Chad Evans

Executive Vice President, Council on Competitiveness
Treasurer, GFCC

Team 3

Gianna Sagazio

Innovation Director, Brazilian National Confederation of Industry (CNI)

Team 3

Jim Metson

Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, University of Auckland

Team 1

Michinari Hamaguchi

President, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)


Conversation 7 | Accelerating digitalization
Jul 1 | 7:30-9:00 am EDT (New York City)

Team 1

Aleksandar Subic

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President, RMIT University

Team 2

Ashwani Kumar

Former Minister of Law and Justice, Government of India
Distinguished Fellow, GFCC

Team 3

Eldar Abdrazakov

CEO, Centras Capital
Chair, Kazakhstan Competitiveness Council

Team 3

Michael Nelson

Director for Technology and International Affairs, The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Senior Fellow, GFCC

Team 1

Regina Njima

Founder & CEO, Kizo Ventures

Team 2

Saif Al-Hiddabi

Assistant Secretary General, The Research Council of Oman


Conversation 8 | Global innovation coalitions
Jul 8 | 7:30-9:00 am EDT (New York City)

Team 1

Charles. O. Holliday Jr.

Chairman, GFCC
Chair of the Board, Royal Dutch Shell plc.

Team 2

Lori Schmidt

President, Loral Management Group

Team 3

Myriam Taylor

Co-Founder and CEO, Muxima Bio

Team 3

Peter Gruss

President and CEO, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST)

Team 1

William Bohnett

President, Whitecap Investments


NOW | BRIDGE | REBOOT

Series II - Future economy


Digital Manufacturing
Nov 5 | 4:00-5:30 pm EST (New York City)

Team 1

Aleksandar Subic

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President, RMIT University

Team 2

Brynn Watson

Vice-President - Digital Transformation Program, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Team 3

Michael Freyny

Executive General Manager Siemens

Team 3

Paul Madden

Director, Centre for Competitiveness

Team 1

Paulo Pires

Engineering Manufacturing Director, Embraer

Team 2

Pelayo Covarrubias

President, Digital Chile Foundation

Digital Manufacturing

This online conversation will continue the GFCC Now | Bridge | Reboot series and focus on the transformations in manufacturing arising from the combined use of different digital technologies and cyber-physical systems. The pandemic has accelerated digitalization across sectors and highlighted the importance of local manufacturing capabilities. How will the global manufacturing scenario evolve as we emerge (reboot) from the pandemic? What levers can nations use to develop digital manufacturing capabilities, boost growth and productivity?


  • What are the missing links in manufacturing strategy & policy to advance digital and make impact?
  • How can we train people at scale and speed?
  • What new opportunities are being opened up for companies and nations?
  • What new business models are emerging?
  • Can emerging nations catch up? How? What is the toolkit for that?
  • What types of partnerships are needed? How can we build them?



| Now. Bridge. Reboot. | Decoding the now: Education

November 12 | 7:30-8:30 am EST (New York City)

Team 1

Maria Norton (moderator)

Deputy Director International Relations, University of Southampton

Team 2

Aidid Chee Tahir

Chief Strategy Officer, University Teknologi Petronas

Team 3

Francisco Marmolejo

Education Advisor, Qatar Foundation

Team 3

Hyoshin Lee

Dean of the Institute of International Education, Konkuk University

Team 1

Paulo Amaral

General Coordinator, Master in Management and Digital Transformation, Catholic University of Portugal

Decoding the now: education

Universities and research organizations are key components of innovation ecosystems and play different roles in economic and social development. A rapidly transforming world is putting pressure on all the roles they play.
The COVID-19 pandemic drastically changed the global scenario and, particularly, the higher education and research space. Trends that were already here were accelerated by the pandemic, including and specially digitalization.
With our former paradigms of time and place now in question in Higher Education, what are the signs for the way out of the crisis? Join the debate with thought leaders from universities in Malaysia, Portugal and South Korea, as well as the Qatar Foundation’s Education Advisor.

- What education models can we envisage now and for the future?
- Creative destruction is at work— what changes might we pre-empt in how we provide Higher Education products and services?
- How might we ensure that the benefits of digital technologies are distributed equitably (amongst a range of demographics) and what role can higher education, industry and EdTech play?
- What strategies and/or approaches might help us ride the wave of what has effectively been a tsunami in Higher Education?


A platform for thinking, sharing and acting

Share ideas on solutions deployed/tested/proposed around the world

Foster collective thinking about the transformations that will emerge

Shape collective action and build innovation-oriented coalitions.

The GFCC is a global, multi-stakeholder, membership organization comprising universities, corporations, government agencies, and private sector industry organizations and councils. Combining its members and fellows, the GFCC has a footprint in more than 30 countries.

The GFCC community is a major resource to help leaders and organizations make sense of the current global situation and build action-oriented global partnerships.

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