Over the course of four days and spanning multiple time zones, influential business executives, technology innovators, academics and government leaders will come together in a collaborative effort – between East and West, public and private sectors, developed and developing nations – to help design a more inclusive and sustainable future for all, says Bloomberg Media.
“The coronavirus pandemic is an enormous global challenge that requires cooperation across borders and between the public and private sectors,” says Michael R. Bloomberg, Founder of Bloomberg L.P. and Bloomberg Philanthropies, and Three-Term Mayor of New York City. “If we act wisely, our response to this crisis can also help us address many of the other major challenges facing our world – from climate change and pollution to racial inequity and injustice. The more we work together, the stronger we’ll emerge from the pandemic and the brighter the future will be – and that’s what the New Economy Forum is all about. It’s an opportunity to bring together leaders to share ideas and build support for policies and partnerships that have the potential to help lift our world back up - and move us all forward.”
Launched in Singapore in 2018, the Bloomberg New Economy Forum is a global convening platform to address the most urgent disruptions facing our planet as a result of the massive economic transitions already underway. In 2019 the forum was held in Beijing, as more than 500 public and private sector leaders from 45 countries around the world came together for an open exchange of ideas. The 2020 virtual convening will feature town hall meetings and thought-provoking plenaries, as well as breakouts and bilateral meetings, to advance a practical agenda for recovery across five core topic areas: finance, trade, climate, health and cities, say the organisers.
To advance this effort, Bloomberg New Economy will welcome a number of new Advisory Board members and participants to the 2020 forum, including: Charlene Barshefsky, former U.S. Trade Representative and Senior International Partner, WilmerHale; Leila Fourie, Group CEO, Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE); Cecilia Malmström, former European Commissioner for Trade; Susan Shirk, Research Professor and Chair of the 21st Century China Center at UC San Diego; Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, first female President of Liberia and Nobel Peace Laureate; Josephine Wapakabulo, Founder and Managing Director, TIG Africa.
This year, for the first time ever, the Bloomberg New Economy Forum will invite widespread participation with a number of live-streamed, interactive sessions to elevate a range of voices and drive deeper engagement across all sectors and regions.