Agenda as of November 18, 2013*

TUESDAY DECEMBER 3, 2013Global Thinkers Forum* ‘Leadership & Collaboration’


GTF MC Ali Aslan, Talk Show Host Deutsche Welle TV
09.30-09.45am Keynote Excellence & Collaborative Leadership’: HE the UN Alliance of Civilizations High Representative Mr Nassir Abdulaziz Al Nasser
09.50-10.40am Panel Leadership & Collaboration: Globalisation requires a society and its leaders to be aware of the need to collaborate – not only locally, but also regionally and internationally. It is the responsibility of a government to assume responsibility for critically reviewing the impact of increased globalization on all aspects of society, including education. It is, however, first of all necessary that countries have a plan. To do so requires, first and foremost, assembling leaders who understand the importance of collaborative leadership and engagement that enable the origination, socialisation and execution of novel approaches to economic and social development.

  • How is a nation to succeed in an interconnected world?
  • “Social Capital” and how to create it by building the habits, norms, attitudes and networks that motivate citizens to work for the common good and economic development.
  • How do we recognise leaders who understand the value of collaborative leadership?
  • How do we promote cultural understanding in our increasing multinational societies?
  • What happens when leaders need to address major political, social, economic and other challenges?
  • What ways can we find to promote understanding and collaboration for social development?


Daniel R. Fung, Senior Counsel Des Voeux Chambers

Dr Heinrich Kreft – Ambassador

Tu Weiming, Lifetime Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies at Peking University

Athanassios G. Platias Professor of Strategy at the University of Piraeus

Chair: Yavuz Baydar – Journalist

10.40-10.55am10.55-11.10am Q & ACoffee Break
11.15-12.20am Panel An Era of Change: International Collaboration and the Challenges of Domestic Transformation; In environments of internal social change and regional tensions of international character, how can we preserve strategic national focus, maintain reason and protect stability?

  • What happens when extremism permeates the social fiber generating ideological rifts, polarizing and inciting hatred within a society?
  • How does the information surplus affect or even trigger social uprisings?
  • How do we effectively promote collaboration as well as domestic social progress in shifting environments?


Tariq Ramadan, Professor Islamic Studies University of Oxford

Hakan Altinay, Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution

Geir Lippestad, Lawyer

Despina Syrri – President SymBiosis

Christiana Lambrinidis – Scholar

Chair: Thanos Dokos –Director General, ELIAMEP

12.20-12.40 Q & A

12.45- 1.30 Light Buffet Lunch
1.30-2.15 Panel Women and Excellence in Business, Society & Governance GTF 2012 in Amman focused on Women Leaders in MENA and attracted a line-up of top female leaders. Taking further the messages voiced in Jordan, GTF 2013 features a panel on women leaders who excel, who are leading thinkers and change-makers.

  • What is the role of Women Leaders in societies in transition?
  • What are the world’s most pressing issues and how can women find solutions?
  • How can we bring down stereotypes and myths?
  • What are the best lessons to learn from top female leaders?
  • How do some of MENA’s most influential women view excellence?
  • What are the best and most effective governance strategies as proposed by women?
  • Can women promote collaboration and understanding better than men?


HRH Princess Sumaya of Jordan (via Skype)

Rodi Kratsa, Member of the European Parliament, EP Vice-President 2007-2012

Dr Maisah Sobaihi – Academic/Writer/Director/Performer

Victoria Budson, Executive Director Women and Public Policy Program Harvard Kennedy School (via Skype, TBC)

Chair: Shahira Amin, Journalist

2.20pm-3.05pm Panel Attracting Investments, Generating Opportunities for Trade and Partnerships- A conversation around opportunities for growth, investment and social development in our societies is more imperative than ever. It is very timely and relevant to the current political, economic and social circumstances. There are numerous opportunities for investment and collaboration in Greece and the wider region and entrepreneurs can undertake a pivotal role to improve the economic climate and shape the future.

  • How do we do business in insecure environments?
  • What new challenges and new opportunities for cross border business, collaboration and knowledge exchange?
  • What type of projects are investors looking for?
  • How do we create ecosystems for entrepreneurship to thrive?
  • What is changing in the Energy/Resources landscape?
  • How do we mitigate risk?


Panos Papazoglou- Country Managing Partner EY

Lindsey Oliver, International Commercial Director Bloomberg TV

Wole Omoboriowo II, CEO Genesis Electricity Ltd, Nigeria

Ambassador (Ret) Ram Aviram

Chair: Ali Aslan, Deutsche Welle

3.15pm-4pm Panel Becoming a success story; forward thinkers make the best entrepreneurs. Almost two-thirds of the world’s 946 billionaires made their fortunes from scratch, relying on grit and determination, and not good genes. Fifty of these self-made tycoons are college or high school dropouts, the most famous billionaire dropout being Microsoft’s Bill Gates!

  • Inspirational stories from rags to riches
  • Silicon Valley: the world’s top ‘hub’ for ideas, ventures and rewards for those who dare!
  • Best sources for support on the road to riches: Incubators, Accelerators, Mentors, Angel Investors, VCs
  • System building for Success
  • Stories from Palo Alto, Oxford’s spin offs and even China!


Professor Marc Ventresca, Said Business School Oxford

Nidal Eses – Founder Eses4 Ventures

Dr Ibrahim Abouleish, Founder SEKEM

Humaira Wakili, Tomorrow’s Youth Organization

Marco Veremis, CEO Upstream

Chair: Georgia Kartsanis – CEO of SARGIA Partners & President of CEO Clubs SEE Europe

4pm-4.15pm Q & A
4.15pm-4.30pm Closing Remarks GTF 2013



GTF 2013 Awards for Excellence Ceremony Dinner

Excellence in Leadership (H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, High Representative for the UN Alliance of Civilizations )

Excellence in Promoting Peace & Collaboration (His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew)

Excellence in Philanthropy (Hani Masri, President Tomorrow’s Youth Organization)

Excellence in Global Thinking (Nouriel Roubini)

Excellence in Media (Sir David Frost)

Excellence in Entrepreneurship (Marco Veremis)

Excellence in Humanitarian Work (Professionals for Humanity & Gbemouotor Kama)

Excellence in Innovation (Nikos Floros)

Excellence in Positive Change (Dr Ibrahim Abouleish)

Excellence in Gender Equality (Shahira Amin)

Excellence in Cultural Understanding (Tu Weiming)

Excellence in Cultural Creativity (Dirk Brosse & Ludwig Wicki)

Excellence in Pioneering (Maisah Sobaihi)


More Award Nominations TBC


*GTF Agenda is subject to change

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