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Meet the hosts

Team 1

Deborah Wince-Smith

President, GFCC
President, Council on Competitiveness


Team 2

Roberto Alvarez

Executive Director, GFCC


May-July 2020

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. 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?

Now. Bridge. Reboot.

  • The Now. Bridge. Reboot. series will feature business, research, policy and thought leaders from the GFCC network and selected guests in 8 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

Join 8 online conversations with global leaders

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?


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?


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?


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?


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?


7:30-9:00 am EDT

Global innovation
  • 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

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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