Bloomberg New Economy Forum 2021
Breakout & Special Sessions

Between morning and afternoon plenary sessions, delegates will have the opportunity to attend one breakout session of their choice, per day. Delegates can also participate in special sessions during the Forum.

Please note that sessions are a work-in-progress and may be updated.
*Last updated: October 08, 2021



Biodiversity: A Trillion Dollar Opportunity

Theme: Climate

It is not enough to limit our destruction of the biosphere, we must actively contribute to its regeneration if we want to meet the Paris Agreement goals. Join Hank Paulson, former US Treasury Secretary and founder and chairman of the Paulson Institute, to discuss: What will it take to convince business, governments, and society at large to think of natural capital as a new asset class? How can promoting biodiversity unlock $10 trillion in business opportunities? This session will be facilitated by Gerald Butts, former Principal Secretary to the PM of Canada.


Financing Climate Action

Theme: Climate

Under the auspices of the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ), hundreds of financial firms representing trillions of dollars in assets have committed to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, in line with global attempts to limit warming to 1.5C. The financial sector’s efforts could not come at a more critical time: the UN-backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned in its August 2021 report that we are already facing climate change-driven heat waves, droughts, floods, hurricanes, and other extreme weather patterns – and that it will only get worse. This roundtable discussion will focus on what the financial sector needs to do to make good on its net zero commitments. How should firms adjust their lending and investment activities to align with their climate objectives? What sectors and project types offer the dual promise of high returns and climate progress? How should financial firms approach the economic risks posed by climate change? What policies and programs should governments put in place to enable the financial sector’s transition to a net zero economy?


Hydrogen for a Greener Planet

Theme: Climate

Hyundai is committed to becoming 100% carbon neutral by 2045 and ushering in a sustainable future. The company is focusing on hydrogen, among other climate technologies, as a key lever for realizing its vision. How will decarbonization through hydrogen energy contribute to a greener planet? How can the public and private sectors accelerate the adoption of this clean energy? This panel discussion, hosted by Hyundai, invites thought leaders and subject-matter experts to share insights on hydrogen energy and a cleaner future for all.


Mental Health and the Future of Work

Theme: Health, Cities

As office buildings closed during the pandemic, millions turned kitchen tables and bedrooms into workspaces. With return strategies varying, will offices eventually regain maximum capacity or will the scheduling flexibility offered by remote work win out? The implications to the well-being of the workforce cannot be ignored. How can employers best support their employees’ mental health? How are leading companies managing work-life balance to attract talent amid labor shortages?


New Forms Of Digital Money

Theme: Finance

From crypto to stablecoins to Central Bank Digital Currencies, the form, function, and value of money is changing. What are the benefits and which guardrails need to be put in place? This session, hosted by HSBC, explores how banks, central banks and the wider financial services industry can work together to advance the digitization of finance and payments.


The Road to a Lower-Carbon Future

Theme: Climate

Energy is the cornerstone of modern life. As global populationsgrow and demand for energy increases, the world will need diverse resources with fewer emissions.Technology has the power to transform new frontiers on climate action, from manufacturing to agriculture. Investment in technology to advance a lower-carbon future is taking place in many different sectors. Yet, technology gaps remain, and society needs to move quickly to broaden deployment of technologies that are ready today to be scaled and shared across borders. What will it take to get the required public-sector policy support and incentivize more private-sector investment? In this session hosted by ExxonMobil, industry experts and practitioners will come together to talk about accelerating the pipeline of technology development and the government policies and support that will be needed.


US-China Scenario Game: Supply Chain Disruption

Theme: China

A geopolitical crisis occurs between the US and China, generating obstacles to supply chains through transportation blockages (such as shipping and flights) and disrupting financial markets. Concerns are raised about the operations and staff of US multinationals operating in China and discussions in Beijing and Washington regarding possible sanctions or other moves start to make waves. Are you prepared for this? How do you move forward and plan your next steps?


Vaccinating The World: Closing Gaps In Manufacturing And Distribution 

Theme: Health

While billions of vaccine doses have been administered globally, the distribution in rich countries has been more than 20 times faster than poor countries. Vaccine hoarding, poor financing, and a lack of manufacturing and distribution capacity is slowing down vaccination in some of the most vulnerable parts of the world. What are the short-term and long-term measures we can take to rebalance the scale and enable equitable vaccine distribution?


2021 Bloomberg New Economy Gala Dinner, co-hosted with Singapore

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

In conversation with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong



A Sustainable Future For Agriculture

Theme: Climate

Food is integral to every single Sustainable Development Goal, and building food systems we need for 2050 presents a global challenge given its complexity. This session, hosted by Bayer, dives into how we can accelerate collective action to achieve climate goals and work toward a sustainable agricultural system that delivers safe, affordable, nutritious food to all.


China: The Next 100 Years

Theme: China

2021 marked the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party and 2021 will issue the third—and indefinite—term of its supreme leader, Xi Jinping. With China set to be the world’s largest economy by the end of the decade, what’s the next iteration of the CCP—and Xi’s—agenda and what does it mean for the world?


Dynamic Cities: Rebooting Global Innovation

Theme: Cities

As drivers of the global economy, cities rely on human capital to innovate and launch new businesses. But deepening inequality, as well as the demographic and work-from-home shift underway, undermines their potential. This economic dynamism will be a defining characteristic of cities’ ability to constantly evolve, break ground, and shape the New Economy. How might a shift in focus from what makes cities “liveable” to what makes them “dynamic” give cities a more competitive edge?


Managing China Business Risk

Theme: China

Multinationals in China are caught in the crossfire of Sino-Western geopolitical tensions. In their home markets, they are widely criticized for putting profits over values and for weakening national security by building economic and supply chain dependencies between China and the West. How can businesses get ahead of this issue before it is too late? On the one hand, they must convince the Chinese side they are reliable partners. But they must also satisfy their home side that they are not enabling ESG abuses or leaking sensitive technologies with military applications. The ideal solution would be to clarify boundaries, creating safe space for normal commercial activities in non-sensitive areas – the so-called “small yard, high fence” approach proposed by former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Businesses must take the lead in designing and deploying such an arrangement before regulators try to enforce unworkable mandates that will force them to “take sides.” This breakout session will discuss a framework for corporate action.


New Opportunities for African Trade and Beyond

Theme: Trade

As the global economy adjusts to supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19, new trade agreements and industry developments in Africa offer unique international investment opportunities. In 2021 alone, the development of The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) created the largest free trade area in the world, and Nigeria passed into law a new Petroleum Industry Act. How can increased trade, collaboration, and investments create opportunities for the global economy? How might AfCFTA relieve international supply and distribution constraints brought on by COVID-19? This roundtable, hosted by Dangote Group, dives into the unique opportunities and linkages that exist in a new era for African trade and the global economy.


Recalculating Supply Chain Risks

Theme: Trade

Until now, the supply chains on which the global trade system operates have been optimized to achieve one overriding goal: minimizing cost. But this single-minded focus has consolidated global supply chains in too few countries, surfacing new risks that are creating inefficiencies and bottlenecks with serious local and global repercussions from security to public health. Should costs still be the predominant factor shaping global trade? Can we use trade to spread and diversify economic prosperity? How can we take a long-term, strategic approach to supply chain efficiency? Can supply chain disclosure elucidate risk exposure, inform CEO decision-making, and change consumer behavior?


Sustainable Infrastructure In Emerging Economies

Theme: Climate

While sustainable infrastructure has turned a corner in terms of economic viability getting through grid parity in the last years, the developed world failed to meet its $100 billion promise to help developing countries manage climate change and build resilience. What will it take to close the $4 trillion annual infrastructure gap in emerging economies? This session will first update the audience with the latest public-private collaboration experience in India, and frameworks to provide a liquid market to accelerate capital allocation from mainstream investors into sustainable infrastructure investment. The audience is encouraged to take part in a solutions-focused discussion on the challenges and opportunities to mobilizing private investment into sustainable infrastructure in developing economies.


US-China Scenario Game: Decoupling

Theme: China

Extensive decoupling of technology, finance and other elements of the US-China relationship, initially adopted on both sides through formal policies and regulations, suddenly intensifies through a variety of coercive actions. Are you prepared? What are your next steps to mitigate exposure and risk?