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FRAME THE FUTURE 
CONVERSATION
SERIES

The Global Federation of Competitiveness Council (GFCC) hosted eleven conversations defined by five future-defining attributes: innovation, partnership, resilience, inclusiveness, and sustainability. For the GFCC, these attributes are interconnected and must be applied simultaneously to drive future strategies into a truly transformative agenda.

 

Throughout these conversations, policymakers, CEOs, researchers, entrepreneurs, government and civil society leaders gathered to share insights and expertise on ten subjects: innovation, talent, intellectual property systems, infrastructure, public-private partnerships, regulations, local development, natural assets, trade & global partnerships, and benchmarking.

 

Below you can find a brief recap, teaser video, post-event video, post-event report, list of panelists, a list of resources, and the full video for each individual session. You are also able to jump directly to the session of your interest by choosing one of the options below.

Opening Session | Innovation | TalentIntellectual Property Systems | InfrastructurePublic-Private Partnerships | Regulation | Local Development | Natural Assets | Trade & Global Partnerships | Benchmarking

Frame the Future Guidelines and Recommendations for Future Competitiveness

The report gathers best practices, trends, and recommendations related to the ten strategic competitiveness areas covered in the GFCC Global Competitiveness Principles.

 

It also informs the trends shaping the future of innovation, sustainability, resilience, and inclusiveness and provides concrete and actionable steps for leaders to take action.

Read the report here.

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Session #11: BENCHMARKING

Benchmarking performance and practices is essential to support competitiveness strategies. Societies are living through a period of accelerated transformation and uncertainty. Learning and adaptation have become critical capabilities at the center of any economic and business strategy. Countries and organizations that benchmark business models, initiatives, regulatory frameworks, and policy will be better prepared to react to future shocks and jump ahead in global competition. The COVID-19 pandemic stressed the importance of learning from past crises to build resilience and ensure the sustainability of social and economic models. Future-looking perspectives must consider innovation, resilience, sustainability, and partnership as design-criteria for benchmarking initiatives.

 

Session Speakers - Benchmarking

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Sekai Nzenza

Nzenza Minister of Industry and Commerce Zimbabwe

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Colin Grant

Vice-Principal International, QMUL UK

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HOST

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Yuichi Ono

Professor, International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University Japan

Deborah L. Wince-Smith

President, Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC), President & CEO, Council on Competitiveness (CoC)

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Chad Holliday

Michinari Hamaguchi

Chairman, GFCC Former Chairman Dupont, Shell, and Bank of America

President, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) Japan

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Roberto Alvarez

Executive Director - Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC)

Session Video Clip - Benchmarking

Full Session Video - Benchmarking

Situation Paper - Benchmarking

Post Event Report - Benchmarking

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Session #10: TRADE & GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS

Global flows of goods, finance, people, and information have been a common thread in economic growth for centuries. But today's increased interconnectedness has accentuated interdependence across consumers and producers worldwide. Decisions made at a local level can have global impacts. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of having
manufacturing capabilities to respond, sustain, and guarantee populations' well-being during disruptive scenarios. In addition, sustainability, social responsibility, and resilience have become crucial to assessing global supply chains' performance. Open and transparent markets and institutions must support the international flows of goods, capital, information, talent, and ideas. With a fast-changing and more digital global landscape, the need for a new framework is
evident.

 

Session Speakers - Trade and Global Partnerships

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Stefan Kraxner

Head of Competitiveness Performance Division Competitiveness Office of Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development UAE

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Simos Anastasopoulos

President, The Council on Competitiveness of Greece Chairman & CEO, PETSIAVAS S.A. Greece

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HOST

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Barbara Stephenson

Vice-Provost for Global Affairs and Chief Global Officer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

Deborah L. Wince-Smith

President, Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC), President & CEO, Council on Competitiveness (CoC)

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Ana Maria Monteverde

President, Lee&Ko Global Commerce Institute; Former Minister of Trade, South Korea

Co-founder and CEO Mujeres WOW Ecuador

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Roberto Alvarez

Executive Director - Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC)

Session Video Clip - Trade & Global Partnerships

Full Session Video - Trade & Global Partnerships

Post Event Report - Trade & Global Partnerships

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Session #9: NATURAL ASSETS

Population growth and the expansion of the global economy are putting pressure on natural resources. Biodiversity loss has reached unprecedented levels, and the effects of climates are threatening societies worldwide. The preservation of water, land, forests, minerals, and biodiversity is critical for global health. It supports the sustainability and resilience of cities and nations, and ultimately, humanity's collective future. In low-middle income countries, populations often rely on the depletion of natural resources to generate basic income, engaging in activities such as deforestation, animal trafficking, poaching, informal and low-tech mining that directly harm the environment and compromise the future of the planet. Restructuring economic outlooks to include more people in the knowledge economy can be a pathway out of this negative circle.

 

Session Speakers - Natural Assets

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Omar Al-Ansari

Secretary General at Qatar Research, Development, and Innovation Council, Qatar

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C. Derek Campbell

Zakri Abdul Hamid

Guy Poppy

Executive Chairman, AlphaSierra Group, USA

Science Advisor Campaign for Nature & Scientific Advisor to the President Islamic Development Bank, Malaysia

Chief Scientific Advisor to the Food Standards Agency, UK Government; Director, Transforming UK Food Systems SPF; and Professor of Ecology, University of Southampton, UK

HOST

HOST

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Karin Calvinho

CTO and co-founder, RenewCO2, Brazil

Deborah L. Wince-Smith

President, Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC), President & CEO, Council on Competitiveness (CoC)

Roberto Alvarez

Executive Director - Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC)

Session Video Clip - Natural Assets

Full Session Video - Natural Assets

Post Event Report - Natural Assets

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Session #8: LOCAL DEVELOPMENT

Cities respond for 80% of the global economic output. They concentrate talent and resources, provide citizens with services and businesses, infrastructures, connections, and knowledge, and are essential for innovation. Cities also respond to most of the consumption of global resources, and will need to decouple growth from energy consumption, regulate emissions, and use resources in the years to come. Innovation is the answer to drive these changes, reduce city footprints and promote a positive impact. Orienting innovation efforts and entrepreneurship towards concrete solutions for city problems can create many opportunities for investment, growth, and local innovation ecosystems.

 

Session Speakers - Local Development

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Jefferson Gomes

Superintendent of Innovation and Technology of National Service for Industrial Training - National Department (SENAI-ND), Brazil

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Kwanza Hall

Maria Skotte

Petros Doukas

GFCC Senior Fellow, Former US Representative, US

Director, Clean, Denmark

GFCC Distinguished Fellow, Chairman of the Board, Capital Partners, Mayor of Sparta, Greece

HOST

HOST

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Paul Madden

Director, Centre for Competitiveness, UK

Deborah L. Wince-Smith

President, Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC), President & CEO, Council on Competitiveness (CoC)

Roberto Alvarez

Executive Director - Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC)

Session Video Clip - Local Development

Full Session Video - Local Development

Situation Paper - Local Development

Post Event Report - Local Development

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Session #7: REGULATION

Regulatory frameworks and institutions at large are the operating systems of societies. They set the limits of what public and private sector entities can do and define the roles that they can play in the economy. Regulatory approaches must push economies to operate with the lowest level of friction. At the same time, they need to assure collective rights and steers the actions of economic players towards desired social goals. The exercise of regulating the economy has become more challenging due to the acceleration of technology growth, the proliferation of new business models, and the increased complexity of societies and economies.

 

Session Speakers - Regulation

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Chad Evans

Executive Vice-President, Council on Competitiveness and Treasurer, GFCC

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Juan Pedro Corica

Laura Sandys CBE

Margareta Drzeniek

Co-Founder & Executive Director, QMAX Energías Renovables

Chair, BEIS Ofgem Energy Digitalisation Taskforce

Managing Partner, Horizon

HOST

HOST

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Tengku Azhar

Deborah L. Wince-Smith

Roberto Alvarez

Head of Innovation Ecosystem, Futurise Malaysia

President, Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC), President & CEO, Council on Competitiveness (CoC)

Executive Director - Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC)

Tengku Azrul

Head of Innovation Ecosystem, Futurise

Deborah L. Wince-Smith

President, Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC), President & CEO, Council on Competitiveness (CoC)

Roberto Alvarez

Executive Director - Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC)

Session Video Clip - Regulation

Full Session Video - Regulation

Post Event Report - Regulation

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Session #6: PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS

Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) are essential for the advancement of economies and societies. Partnerships between the public and private sectors help develop local and national economies and increase global progress. Effective PPPs involve exchanging information, the circulation of resources and talent, risk-sharing, joint investment, and transparency. They are enabled by the alignment of interests, trust, and clear and stable rules of engagement. A critical aspect of this conversation is the nature and configuration of PPPs and building them to foster a positive and lasting impact.

 

Session Speakers - Public-Private Partnerships

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Lori Schmidt

President, Loral Management Group
Canada

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Anuar Buranbayev

Eduardo Jorge Oliveira

Tapiwa Chiwewe

Managing Partner, Center for Research and Consulting, LLP
Kazakhstan

Head of the Center for Strategic Technologies in Health, Paraiba State University
Brazil

Senior Research Manager and Program Director, IBM Research
South Africa

HOST

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Deborah L. Wince-Smith

President, Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC), President & CEO, Council on Competitiveness (CoC)

HOST

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Roberto Alvarez

Executive Director - Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC)

Session Video Clip - Public-Private Partnerships

Full Session Video - Public-Private Partnerships

Post Event Report - Private-Public Partnerships

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Session #5: INFRASTRUCTURE

Every country depends on infrastructure to function appropriately and cost-effectively and to provide basic living standards to its populations. Investments in energy, transport, water management systems, and telecommunications are crucial to drive future prosperity and advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Today, economies across the globe struggle to finance infrastructure needs. Estimates show a 15 trillion-dollar gap in investments in the sector beyond commitments already announced by governments and through Public-Private Partnerships. Innovation, sustainability, resilience, and inclusiveness will be imperatives to optimize the design of future systems and bridge current gaps.

 

Session Speakers - Infrastructure

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Chad Holliday

Elisa Jagerson

Mahmoud Samir Abdulwahed

Pia Henrietta Moon

Chairman, GFCC; Former Chairman Shell, DuPont and Bank of America
U.S.

General Partner, Wildcat Venture Partners
U.S.

Director of President's Strategic Innovation Office, Qatar University
Qatar

CEO & Co-Founder, Carbo Culture
Finland

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HOST

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Frannie Leautier

Senior Partner at SouthBridge Group and CEO of SouthBridge Investments
France

Deborah L. Wince-Smith

President, Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC), President & CEO, Council on Competitiveness (CoC)

Roberto Alvarez

Executive Director - Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC)

Full Session Video - Infrastructure

Session Video Clip - Infrastructure

Post Event Report - Infrastructure

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Session #4: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SYSTEMS

Intellectual property (IP) lays the foundation for the innovation economy. It allows artists, scientists, creators, and businesses to commercially benefit from their original work, incentivizing creativity and competitiveness. In recent years, technological advancements have added a new emphasis to IP policies and strategies. Trends related to open innovation and collaboration challenge available mechanisms, demanding new models to pursue collective creations. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is also pushing a revolution in the field, and IP systems still need to catch up with regulations for computer-generated inventions.

 

Session Speakers - Intellectual Property Systems

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Gulay Ozkan

Design lead, EU Maturolife and Founder, GEDS
Turkey

Paul Roben

Associate Vice Chancellor-Office of Innovation and Commercialization, University of California San Diego
U.S

Claudio Furtado

President, National Institute of Industrial Property
Brazil

Christopher Geiger

Enterprise Rise and Sustainability Director, Lockheed Martin
U.S.

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Noam Shemtov

Deputy Head of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London
UK

Deborah L. Wince-Smith

President, Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC), President & CEO, Council on Competitiveness (CoC)

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Roberto Alvarez

Executive Director - Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC)

Full Session Video - Intellectual Property Systems

Session Video Clip - Intellectual Property Systems

Situation Paper - Intellectual Property

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Post Event Report - Intellectual Property Systems

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Session #3: TALENT

Human capital is the backbone of any economy. It is the people, with their capacities, capabilities, and skills, that lead nations and perform the tasks needed for business to thrive. Today, talks about talent development occupy a central stage because every country in the world is dealing with a skills shortage.

 

At the same time, increased global connectivity can enable governments and organizations to mobilize talent at scale and speed from virtually everywhere to solve global challenges and foster a positive impact. This conversation analyzed the main trends in the talent landscape and potential future opportunities.

 

The GFCC launched a new report during the session, Future Skills: Lessons and Insights from a Review of Innovative Skills Development Initiatives.

 

Session Speakers - Talent

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Isabelle Christina

Ashoka Young Changemaker Founder, Black Girls Project, Program Ambassador, Unicef Brazil

Isabel Gil

Rector, Universidade Católica Portuguesa
Portugal

Michael Fung

Deputy Chief Executive, SkillsFuture
Singapore

Chad Holliday

Chairman, GFCC;
Former Chairman Shell, DuPont and Bank of America
USA

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Aleksandar Subic

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (STEM College) & Vice President Digital Innovation - RMIT University
Australia

Deborah L. Wince-Smith

President, Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC), President & CEO, Council on Competitiveness (CoC)

HOST

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Roberto Alvarez

Executive Director - Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC)

Full Session Video - Talent

Session Video Clip - Talent

Situation Paper - Talent

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Post Event Report - Talent

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Session Cases & References - Talent

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Session #2: INNOVATION

Innovation is a key driver for future growth. We need innovation to build sustainable, resilient, and inclusive businesses, urban systems, and economies.

 

At the same time, these three imperatives forge massive opportunities to create new value. The session surveyed how sustainability, resilience, inclusiveness, and partnership can simultaneously be translated and addressed through innovation strategies.

 

We displayed concrete solutions, models, programs, initiatives, and cases that can serve as models for leaders and citizens interested in framing the future of innovation.

 

Session Speakers - Innovation

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Ghadah Al-Dabbagh

Head of the Omnipreneurship Lab, Al-Dabbagh Group Saudi Arabia

Jaime Alvarez

Head of Future Studies, National Council of Innovation for Development (CNID) Chile

William Lese

Managing Partner, Braemar Energy Ventures - USA

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Hiro Nishiguchi

CEO, Japan Innovation Network
Japan

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HOST

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Ken Sloan

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Senior Vice-President, Monash University
Australia

Deborah L. Wince-Smith

President, Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC), President & CEO, Council on Competitiveness (CoC)

Roberto Alvarez

Executive Director - Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC)

Full Session Video - Innovation

Session Video Clip - Innovation

Situation Paper - Innovation

Post Event Report - Innovation

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Session #1: OPENING

Five future-defining features will guide the conversations throughout the Frame the Future series: innovation, partnership, resilience, inclusiveness, and sustainability.

 

These attributes are interconnected and must be applied simultaneously to drive future strategies into a truly transformative agenda.

 

They will also help map out strategic issues and interdependencies across the ten competitiveness areas based on the GFCC Global Competitiveness Principles framework.

Session Speakers - Opening

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Socrates Lazaridis

CEO - Athens Exchange Group
Greece

Mohd Yusoff Sulaiman

President & CEO, Malaysian Industry-Government Group For High Technology (MIGHT)
Malaysia

Gianna Sagazio

Innovation Director, Brazilian National Industry Confederation (CNI)
Brazil

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Alfred Ongere

Managing Director, Mind Intelligence Ltd; Founder, AI Kenya

HOST

HOST

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Chad Holliday

Chairman, GFCC; Former Chairman Shell, DuPont and Bank of America
USA

Deborah L. Wince-Smith

Roberto Alvarez

President, Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC), President & CEO, Council on Competitiveness (CoC)

Executive Director - Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC)

Session Video Clip - Opening

Full Session Video - Opening

Post Event Report - Opening

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Session Cases & References - Opening

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement is an agreement to broaden and deepen ASEAN’s engagement with Australia, China, Japan, Korea and New Zealand. Together, these RCEP participating countries account for about 30% of the global GDP and 30% of the world population. The objective of the RCEP Agreement is to establish a modern, comprehensive, high-quality, and mutually beneficial economic partnership that will facilitate the expansion of regional trade and investment and contribute to global economic growth and development. Accordingly, it will bring about market and employment opportunities to businesses and people in the region. The RCEP Agreement will work alongside and support an open, inclusive, and rules-based multilateral trading system.

Link: https://asean.org/summary-regional-comprehensive-economic-partnership-agreement/

Malaysia’s National Technology & Innovation Sandbox Initiative

National Technology and Innovation Sandbox (NTIS) is a facility that allows researchers, innovators, startups and high-tech entrepreneurs to test their products, services, business models and delivery mechanisms in a live environment.

Link: https://sandbox.gov.my/

Free the Seed Sdn. Bhd.

An enterprising firm in Malaysia addressing a problem unwittingly created by farmers burning rice straw when they are preparing their soil. Free the Seed Sdn. Bhd. a company which is converting rice straw and husks into biodegradable packaging. The company uses its patented biotechnology process, utilizing protease serene enzymes, delignified cellulose fibers and enzymatic gratification methods, to produce packaging products that once used organically compost within six months.

Link: https://www.freetheseed.com.my/