The Future of Global Trade Beyond COVID-19


H.E. Roberto Azevêdo

Director General, World Trade Organization

Social distancing, physical safety measures and regulations have had an unprecedented impact on global trade, in a world that continues to find a way to stay connected against the odds. Increased concerns regarding the survival of trade relations, supply chains and safety of shipments present an additional challenge to the trade systems in place today. We are honored to welcome H.E. Roberto Azevedo, Director General of the World Trade Organization, to highlight how the COVID-19 pandemic has shaped global trade, the consequences it may pose in the following period, and what long term changes may occur as a result.


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COVID-19 & The Human Journey


Dr. Deepak Chopra

Author and Founder of The Chopra Foundation


Dr. Lamees Hamdan

Founder of SHIFFA and theDLMD

As we begin to emerge through the COVID-19 pandemic, we must ask ourselves a few profound questions.. What did we learn from this pandemic? Did we evolve as a humanity or devolve? Did our actions raise our morality? Or did our morality influence our actions through this crisis? Have we parted a positive impact on ourselves and each other? In this session, world renowned expert and author, Dr. Deepak Chopra, will share his insights on how this pandemic affected us as individuals, as collective units and as a constellation of decision makers across different fields and sectors. Did our lifelong systems change through this crisis? Join this session to find out more.


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Regional and Global Investment Dynamics in the New Normal


H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber

UAE Minister of State and Group CEO of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)

Laurence Douglas Fink

Laurence Douglas Fink

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BlackRock, Inc.

Bruce Flatt

Bruce Flatt

Chief Executive Officer of Brookfield Asset Management Inc.

Adebayo Ogunlesi

Adebayo Ogunlesi

Founding Partner, Chairman & Managing Partner, Global Infrastructure Partners


Francesca McDonagh

Chief Executive Officer, Bank of Ireland Group


Hadley Gamble

News Anchor and International Correspondent, CNBC

As the global economy begins to heal from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, investors are seeking opportunities for sustainable growth across sectors and geographies. In this session, Laurence Fink, CEO of BlackRock, Bruce Flatt, CEO of Brookfield Asset Management, Adebayo Ogunlesi, Chairman and Managing Partner of Global Infrastructure Partners and HE Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and ADNOC Group CEO will share their insights and expectations on regional and global investment dynamics.


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COVID-19: The New Historic Divide

Thomas L. Friedman

Thomas L. Friedman

Internationally Renowned Author, Reporter, and a Recipient of Three Pulitzer Prizes


Thomas Fletcher

UK Ambassador to Lebanon (2011-2015), Visiting Professor at New York University Abu Dhabi and Author of the "The Naked Diplomat"

The COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the globe, we saw a world connected through globalization, but divided in response, and disproportionately implicated by it. Is the pandemic driving the world to close off and become more homogeneous? In this session we are joined by Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times Op-Ed columnist, and bestselling author, to share his insights on the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on unity and divisiveness of a globalized world.


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COVID-19: Responsible Leadership in the Age of Uncertainty

Gavin Patterson

Gavin Patterson

President and Chief Revenue Officer, Salesforce

H.E. Omar Sultan Al Olama

HE Omar Sultan Al Olama

Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, UAE & Managing Director of World Government Summit Organization

During times of enormous uncertainty we are shaken to our core, as people and decision makers alike. Leaders are also faced with the obligation of making decisions which affect their stakeholders, employees, and businesses as a whole. Can leaders show responsibility during critical times while driving positive growth to overcome the challenges? We are joined in this session with Gavin Patterson, President and Chief Revenue Officer of Salesforce and HE Omar Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, UAE & Managing Director of World Government Summit, to highlight how leaders can initiate transformative change on the back of the coronavirus.


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Virtual Health Forum

Monday 22nd of June 2020

While the world is disproportionately experiencing the detriments of the COVID-19 pandemic, policymakers are keen on rebuilding public healthcare systems to be more resilient and agile. We learn more about the world’s response to COVID-19, and how might we pave the way forward together, to a more prosperous future at the World Government Summit’s Virtual Health Forum. The first digital forum of its kind, which is dedicated to supporting governments around the world in overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic and preparing for what’s to come next, is part of the World Government Summit’s Online Series: COVID-19 & Government.

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COVID-19: Keynote Address by the World Health Organization


H.E. Dr.  Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus


H.E. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Director General of the World Health Organization


How Did the COVID-19 Pandemic Influence Healthcare Systems Globally?



HE Bent Hoie

Minister of Health of Norway


HE Lena Hallengren

Minister of Health & Social Affairs of Sweden


H.E. AbdulRahman Al Owais

Minister of Health and Prevention, UAE


Dr. Mansoor Habib

Family Medicine & Occupational Health Consultant, Head of Sustainability & Wellbeing, Emirates Integrated Telecommunication Company, du


Global State of COVID-19: Where to From Here?


Dr. David Nabarro

Dr. David Nabarro

WHO Director General Special Envoy on COVID-19

COVID-19: Widening Cracks in a Divided World

Tim Marshall

Tim Marshall

Journalist and Best Selling Author of "Prisoners of Geography"


Becky Anderson

Managing Editor & Anchor, CNN

The rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe is a testament to how connected the world is. This increasingly-connected world is also a world divided. More walls are being built around the world, both physically and mentally, threatening our progress in creating a more integrated, peaceful and hopeful global society. Tim Marshall, New York Times best-selling author of “Prisoners of Geography” and “Divided”, sheds light on how the COVID-19 pandemic is widening the cracks in our fragmented world. Are we alone? Together? Or are we alone together?


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Consciousness in Challenging Times



Yogi, Author and Founder of the ISHA Foundation


H.E. Omar Saif Ghobash

Assistant Minister for Public and Cultural Diplomacy, UAE

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered transformative change across all aspects of life, this change altered a lot more than what we expected. What began as a crisis in healthcare found its way to impact our emotional state, the decisions we make and the way we conduct our daily transactions. In this session, Sadhguru, a globally renowned thought leader and author, and His Excellency Omar Saif Ghobash, Assistant Minister for Public and Cultural Diplomacy in the UAE, will discuss the human journey through this pandemic and how we can collectively pave the way towards a better future for humanity worldwide.


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What Role Can Design Play in the Future of Government Beyond COVID-19?


Sandy Speicher

Chief Executive Officer of IDEO


Paul Bennett

Chief Creative Officer, IDEO


Hugo Macdonald

Contributing Editor at Wallpaper Magazine

We are living in urgent times. Where there is crisis there is also opportunity. As we rethink the systems that shape and govern our lives and how they might be fit for purpose, design can help imagine and create new realities. It can help government address issues with a people-centered approach, to be responsive, efficient and responsible. Design in partnership with government can be a powerful agent of positive change. In this session, Sandy Speicher, Chief Executive Officer of one of the world's leading design firms IDEO, and Paul Bennet, Chief Creative Officer at IDEO, will share their insights on the role design can play in the future of government.


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What is Needed To Accelerate Wellbeing In A Post COVID-19 World?


H.E. José María Figueres

President of Costa Rica (1994-1998) and President of Carbon War Room


Peter Bakker

President and CEO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development


Elizabeth Cousens

President and CEO of the United Nations Foundation

The intersection of government, businesses, and technology can serve to create people-centered sustainable development across the globe. Whether it’s through innovative frameworks to redefine productivity, or applying technology to spearhead the global battle against known enemies, such as viruses, sustainable development is now a necessity rather than a luxury. With the world heading towards a new normal as we emerge through the COVID-19 pandemic, the notion of wellbeing is also redefined. In this session, H.E. José María Figueres, President of Costa Rica (1994-1998) and Peter Bakker, CEO of World Business Council for Sustainable Development will share their experiences on the important role of private-public partnerships in achieving sustainability and improving our approach towards achieving wellbeing.


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The Impact of COVID-19 on Startups and Ecosystems


Fadi Ghandour

Founder of Aramex & Executive Chairman of Wamda Group


Linda Rottenberg

Co-Founder & CEO, Endeavor Global


Frederic Sicre

Executive Advisor, World Government Summit Organization

It is said the most innovative of startups were established amid global recessions, but will this reality stand true in the middle of a global pandemic? In this session, we are joined by Fadi Ghandour, Executive Chairman of Wamda Group, and Linda Rottenberg, Co-Founder and CEO of Endeavor Global, to learn more about the different opportunities available in these current conditions, that could possibly change the face of entrepreneurship as we know it, and what policies would harbor a positive change in order to serve the global community and shape a better future for humanity worldwide.


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Reading Signals: A Guide to Navigating the Future Post COVID-19


Dr. Pippa Malmgren

Former US Presidential Advisor and Founder of DRPM Group


John Defterios

Editor and Anchor, CNN

Does the future leave hints? Could the world have predicted the events unfolding today? Are there telltale signs of where the world is heading in 4 weeks? 6 months? A year? Based on the current trajectory of change – and even in these unprecedented times – certain trends can be uncovered by muting the unnecessary noise and focusing on the underlying signals. COVID-19 has disrupted every aspect of life and has accelerated change across all domains. But the question remains; what are the signals for a new global economic order? What will the shape of the economic recovery look like? What is the future of the global debt crisis? Are there any positive prospects for emerging economies? And what’s the fate of globalization in the face of increasing national interest?


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How Will COVID-19 Reshape the Global Digital Economy?


Raghu Malhotra

President of Mastercard Middle East & Africa


Joy Ajlouny

Co-Founder, Fetchr


Rebecca McLaughlin-Duane

Anchor, euronews

The COVID-19 pandemic, with all its challenges, was a moment of transformative change in the history of businesses around the world. This milestone presented an opportunity for business leaders to revisit their approach and identify innovative solutions to their challenges. In this session, Mr. Raghu Malhotra, President of Mastercard Middle East & Africa is joined by Ms. Joy Ajlouny, Co-Founder of Fetchr to share their insights on the future of the global digital economy. Join this session to find out more.


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Life after COVID-19: The Leadership Imperative for Governments, Business & Citizens


Paul Polman

Chair and Co-Founder of IMAGINE


Lord Mark Malloch‐Brown

Co-Chair of UN Foundation


Jane Nelson

Director of the Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School

As the world heads towards a new normal the relationships between governments, businesses and individuals will be changed forever. Expectations will weigh heavily on the shoulders of decision makers and individuals to make adjustments, redirect resources and create a more sustainable future for the global community. Equity, Security and Sustainability must be at the forefront of our global agenda as of today. In this session, Paul Polman, Co-founder and Chair of IMAGINE and Former CEO of Unilever, Lord Mark Malloch Brown, Chairman of SGO and Jane Nelson, Director of the Corporate Responsibility Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School, share their views on what must change and what consequences we face if we do not!


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Post COVID-19: How Data Will Shape Resilient & Agile Financial Ecosystems


David Craig

Chief Executive Officer of Refinitiv


Saeed AlAwar

Head of Middle East – Rothschild & Co


Axel Threlfall

Editor-at-Large, Reuters

What is the role of data in the COVID-19 pandemic? Had the pandemic taken place 5 years ago, would the world have reacted differently? How can governments and the private sector capitalize on the ‘zettabytes’ of data available to build a more resilient and agile system? Can it be harnessed to prevent future risks ranging from financial crises to pandemics and environmental catastrophes?


All these questions are both timely and important to better understand the world we live in today and plan for the future to come.


David Craig, CEO of Refinitiv is joined by Saeed AlAwar, Head of Middle East – Rothschild & Co to share their insights and answers to these increasingly-important questions and challenges during this session.


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State of Global Emergency: Rising Social Tensions During the COVID-19 Pandemic


Dr. Arie Kruglanski

Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of Maryland


Mina Al Oraibi

Editor in Chief, The National

The COVID-19 pandemic has fueled emotions to unparalleled levels, both positive and negative. The rise of positive social response via volunteerism, philanthropy, global solidarity and the continuous heroism of healthcare professionals across the world showcase our shared humanity. However, the emotional toll COVID-19 has imposed, alongside the evident cracks of an already-faltering system has triggered a wave of hate crimes, acts of terror and violence, riots, racism and injustice across the world. In this session, Dr. Arie Kruglanski, the founding Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and the Response to Terrorism at the University of Maryland, will shed light on an apparently dark reality, sharing his insights on the dynamics of these acts of terror –especially during a pandemic- and how we as a collective humanity can rise above it all and find light at the end of this dark tunnel.


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Does COVID-19 Mean a New Global Order?


Dr. John Chipman

Director General and CEO of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)


Frederick Kempe

President and CEO, Atlantic Council


Becky Anderson

Managing Editor & Anchor, CNN

COVID-19 has put the world through uncharted times and unfamiliar scenarios. Yet, global leaders and decision makers must take swift and decisive action to ensure their nations and organizations remain agile in these turbulent times. In this session, Director General and CEO of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), Dr. John Chipman, is joined by Frederick Kempe, President and CEO of the Atlantic Council, to share their views and expected scenarios for a 'Post COVID-19' world.


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COVID-19: How Can We Harness Technology to Overcome Pandemics?


Dr. Peter H. Diamandis

Executive Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation


Saqr Binghalib

Director, Artificial Intelligence Office, UAE Government

The ongoing debate on the dual nature of technology is inevitable, but the agreed upon fact is that technology carries in itself an immense opportunity for growth and development. In this session, Dr. Peter Diamandis, Executive Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, discusses the ways in which technology can shape our world in this global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, and beyond. Join this session to find an answer to the most sought out question: Can Technology Save Us All?

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Recession or Recovery: What Can We Expect From The Global Economy Post COVID-19?


Kevin O’Leary

Businessman and Global Investor


Alain Bejjani

CEO, Majid Al Futtaim Holding


Sarah Hewin

Managing Director, Chief Economist, Europe and Americas, Standard Chartered Bank


Hadley Gamble,

News Anchor and International Correspondent, CNBC

What if recessions weren’t always about the losses we incur but also the possible gains we can make? This pandemic poses a big threat, but also a great opportunity. In this session, investor and businessman Kevin O'Leary is joined by Alain Bejjani, CEO of Majid Al Futtaim Group to share their views on the challenges and opportunities tied to the global crisis we are witnessing today. Can we exit this pandemic winners? Join this session to find out more.

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The Role of Innovation in Global Crises


Professor Soumitra Dutta

Professor of Management, SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell University


Christopher M. Schroeder

Global Venture Investor and Author


Saeed Kharbash

Deputy Managing Director, World Government Summit Organization

Global crises have an inevitable effect on the rate of innovation in any given economy. Although such crises offer invaluable opportunities for innovation, they tend to also devastate the economic landscape and cause huge financial strains. In this session, Professor Soumitra Dutta presents the key players in the innovation system and the role of innovation in building a sustainable and inclusive future. He is joined by Christopher Schroeder, who will represent the entrepreneurial landscape under the COVID-19 pandemic, and how key stakeholders in the global innovation ecosystem can work together and share insights. Join this session to discover the role of innovation in overcoming global crises.


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Limitless: Maximizing Productivity in Uncertain Times


Jim Kwik

Business Coach and Author


Patrick Noack

Executive Director, Future Foresight and Imagination at Dubai Future Foundation

The COVID-19 pandemic has led the majority of the work force, whether they be huge corporations or small businesses or even freelancers, to work from home. In different studies around remote work during the pandemic, 53% of responders reported lower productivity levels while 85% felt helpless and needed support. And as the concepts of work and leisure melt into each other, it is ever more important to learn the skills of time management and focus. In this session, Jim Kwik teaches us to be limitless, to unleash our mind's full potential to focus and increase productivity, while balancing some downtime to help us replenish our creativity.


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How Social Change in the COVID-19 Pandemic Inspires Better Governance


Prof.Cass Sunstein

Harvard Law Professor and Author of ‘Nudge’ and ‘How Change Happens’


Abdulaziz AlJaziri

Deputy CEO and Chief Operations Officer, Dubai Future Foundation and CEO of Palmwood

In 2020, the social construct of society was hit by many, still evolving, challenges that have changed the way we interact with one another. From the COVID-19 pandemic, to a looming economic crisis, society has had to adapt to a new and constantly changing 'normal'. Are these changes constant? They might not be, but the constant we are sure of is the need for good and sustainable governance. In this session, best-selling author of 'Nudge' and 'How Change Happens' Prof. Cass Sunstein will share his insights on the future of governance in an everchanging world.


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The New Model of Education & Talent Creation in a Post COVID-19 World


Ben Nelson

Chairman and CEO at Minerva Project


Hind AlMualla

Chief of Creativity, Happiness, and Innovation, KHDA

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced education systems around the world to embrace new and innovative models in distance learning, including virtual classrooms and remote teaching. Education systems are now expected to change even more over the next period to meet new and unprecedented challenges. Will virtual classrooms suffice? And will distance learning help us overcome these challenges? Join this session to find out more about the new and unimagined models of education.


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Will COVID-19 Change Governments Forever?


Prof. James Robinson

Professor of Global Conflict Studies, University of Chicago


Mina Al Oraibi

Editor in Chief, The National

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a global-wide event that has fundamentally changed the way humans go about their lives. From education, to work, to healthcare and safety, all the familiar systems and processes have been replaced with new, unfamiliar ones. Concepts like remote work and virtual education, which were forecasted to take place gradually over the course of many years, occurred suddenly. Will COVID-19 change governments forever? In this session, Prof. James Robinson shares his insights on the future of governments post the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Key Economic Answers to 10 Global Questions


Michala Marcussen

Group Chief Economist, Société Générale


Richard Soundardjee

CEO, Société Générale Middle East

Governments need to address their post-COVID-19 response strategies. There have been many conversations regarding what will occur to national and international ties, policy, and the economic situation. How will the economic situation look like the pandemic comes to an end? How will governments and private sectors help economies recover, come out of the impending recession and replenish global trade?


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