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.

*click on each session to view theme, description and speaker details

Day 2 – Thursday, November 18

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 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 Rodrigo Santos, member of Bayer’s Board of Management and President of the Crop Science Division, and in collaboration with former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, 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.  The conversation will be facilitated by Gerald Butts, Vice Chairman of Eurasia Group, former CEO of the World Wildlife Fund Canada, and former Principal Secretary to the Canadian prime minister.

Theme: Climate

In a world of climate change, we need a new division of labor among the continents. Millions, if not billions of people may eventually have to relocate from uninhabitable parts of Asia. Emigrants will pour out of South America and Africa. Join H.E. Armen Sarkissian (President, Republic of Armenia), Dr. Johannes Cullmann (Director of Water & Cryosphere, World Meteorological Organization), Parag Khanna (Founder & Managing Partner, FutureMap), Stuart Lea (Co-Head, Global Banking AsiaPac, HSBC), and Wang Shi (Chairman, Vanke Foundation) to discuss: how can humanity rise beyond national sovereignty to build a more fluid global system that makes best use of our most precious global resource – habitable geography?

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.” Join Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia and President & CEO of Asia Society to discuss a framework for corporate action, facilitated by David Hoffman (SVP Asia and MD of the China Center for Economics & Business, The Conference Board).

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. Join Chan Heng Chee (Ambassador-at-Large, Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Bert Hofman (Director, East Asian Institute, Professor in Practice, Lee Kuan Yew School, National University Singapore), Mikko Huotari (Executive Director, MERICS), Richard McGregor (Senior Fellow for East Asia, Lowy Institute), James McGregor (Chairman, APCO Worldwide Greater China), and Leland Miller (CEO, China Beige Book) to discuss: 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?

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. Join New Economy Cities Council members Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr OBE (Mayor, Freetown), Greg Clark CBE (Group Advisor, Future Cities & New Industries, HSBC Group), Hugh Lim (Executive Director, Centre for Liveable Cities), and Jan Vapaavuori (fmr Mayor, Helsinki) to discuss: how might a shift in focus from what makes cities “liveable” to what makes them “dynamic” give cities a more competitive edge?

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. Join John W.H. Denton (Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce) and Tom Orlik (Chief Economist, Bloomberg Economics) to discuss: 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? This session will be facilitated by Alessio Botta (Partner, McKinsey & Company).