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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.

Frame the Future Final Report GFCC
Opening

Frame the Future
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

Mohd Yusoff Sulaiman

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

gianna sagazio

Gianna Sagazio

Innovation Director, Brazilian National Industry Confederation (CNI)
Brazil

alfred ongere

Alfred Ongere

Managing Director, Mind Intelligence Ltd; Founder, AI Kenya

HOST

chad holliday

Chad Holliday

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

Deborah L. Wince-Smith

Deborah L. Wince-Smith

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

Roberto Alvarez

Roberto Alvarez

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 Thought Pieces

when framing the future open the aperture for innovation

When Framing the Future, Open the Aperture for Innovation

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strategic partnerships and innovation

Strategic Partnerships and Innovation

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collaboration competetiviness and collective well being

Collaboration, Competitiveness and Collective Well-Being

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The case of ATHEX Stock Exchange in a Mission to Sustainable Growth

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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/

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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.

Innovato

Session Speakers - Innovation

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Ghadah Al-Dabbagh

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

jaime alvarez

Jaime Alvarez

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

william lese

William Lese

Managing Partner, Braemar Energy Ventures - USA

hiro nishiguchi

Hiro Nishiguchi

CEO, Japan Innovation Network
Japan

HOST

ken sloan

Ken Sloan

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

Deborah L. Wince-Smith

Deborah L. Wince-Smith

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

Roberto Alvarez

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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post event report innovation

Session Thought Pieces

societes need innovation more than ever

Societes need innovation more than ever

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Anticipation: a key conversation for resilience

Anticipation: a key conversation for resilience

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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.

Talent

Session Speakers - Talent

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Isabelle Christina

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

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Isabel Gil

Rector, Universidade Católica Portuguesa
Portugal

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Michael Fung

Deputy Chief Executive, SkillsFuture
Singapore

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Chad Holliday

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

HOST

Aleksandar Subic

Aleksandar Subic

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

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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 - Talent

Full Session Video - Talent

Situation Paper - Talent

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Post Event Report - Talent

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Session Thought Piece

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Ecosystem Approach to Build Lifelong Learning Societies

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Session Cases & References - Talent

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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.

IPS

Session Speakers - Intellectual Property Systems

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Gulay Ozkan

Design lead, EU Maturolife and Founder, GEDS
Turkey

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Paul Roben

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

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Claudio Furtado

President, National Institute of Industrial Property
Brazil

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Christopher Geiger

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

Noam Shemtov

Noam Shemtov

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

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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)

Session Video Clip - Intellectual Property Systems

Full Session Video - Intellectual Property Systems

Situation Paper - Intellectual Property

Systems

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Post Event Report - Intellectual Property Systems

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Session Thought Pieces

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Sustainable Data Require Governance + Stewardship

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Closing the Intellectual Property-Diversity Gap

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Redesigning
IP Systems
to Boost
the Creative
Economy

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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.

Infra

Session Speakers - Infrastructure

Gulay Ozkan Design lead, EU Maturolife and Founder, GEDS Turkey
Chad Holliday Chairman, GFCC; Former Chairman Shell, DuPont and Bank of America U.S.

Chad Holliday

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

Elisa Jagerson General Partner, Wildcat Venture Partners U.S.

Elisa Jagerson

General Partner, Wildcat Venture Partners
U.S.

Mahmoud Samir Abdulwahed Director of President's Strategic Innovation Office, Qatar University Qatar

Mahmoud Samir Abdulwahed

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

Pia Henrietta Moon CEO & Co-Founder, Carbo Culture Finland

Pia Henrietta Moon

CEO & Co-Founder, Carbo Culture
Finland

Pia Henrietta Moon CEO & Co-Founder, Carbo Culture Finland

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 Competiti

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)

Roberto Alvarez

Executive Director - Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC)

Session Video Clip - Infrastructure

Full Session Video - Infrastructure

Post Event Report - Infrastructure

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Session Thought Pieces

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Accelerate and Prioritize Sustainable Infrastructure

 

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A New Era of Cleantech Venture Capital

 

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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.

PPP

Session Speakers - Public-Private Partnerships

Gulay Ozkan Design lead, EU Maturolife and Founder, GEDS Turkey
Lori Schmidt President, Loral Management Group Canada

Lori Schmidt

President, Loral Management Group
Canada

Anuar Buranbayev Managing Partner, Center for Research and Consulting, LLP Kazakhstan

Anuar Buranbayev

Managing Partner, Center for Research and Consulting, LLP
Kazakhstan

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

Eduardo Jorge Oliveira

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

Tapiwa Chiwewe Senior Research Manager and Program Director, IBM Research South Africa

Tapiwa Chiwewe

Senior Research Manager and Program Director, IBM Research
South Africa

Deborah L. Wince-Smith President, Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC), President & CEO, Council on Competiti

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)

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 Thought Piece

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A Blueprint for Innovation Competitiveness

 

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Session Cases & References - Public-Private Partnerships

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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.

Regulation

Session Speakers - Regulation

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Chad Evans

Chad Evans

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

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Juan Pedro Corica

Co-Founder & Executive Director, QMAX Energías Renovables

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Laura Sandys CBE

Chair, BEIS Ofgem Energy Digitalisation Taskforce

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Margareta Drzeniek

Managing Partner, Horizon

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Tengku Azhar

Head of Innovation Ecosystem, Futurise Malaysia

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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)

Session Video Clip - Regulation

Full Session Video - Regulation

Post Event Report - Regulation

GFCC Frame the Future Regulation

Session Thought Pieces

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Regulation for the Future

 

 

 

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Regulations to Foster Innovation, Sustainability, and Resilience

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Evolving
Regulation
to Fuel
Innovation

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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.

Local Dev

Session Speakers - Local Development

Gulay Ozkan Design lead, EU Maturolife and Founder, GEDS Turkey
Jefferson Gomes Superintendent Innovation and Technology of National Service for Industrial Training - National Department

Jefferson Gomes

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

Kwanza Hall GFCC Senior Fellow, Former US Representative, US

Kwanza Hall

GFCC Senior Fellow, Former US Representative, US

Maria Skotte Director, Clean, Denmark

Maria Skotte

Director, Clean, Denmark

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

Petros Doukas

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

Paul Madden Director, Centre for Competitiveness, UK

Paul Madden

Director, Centre for Competitiveness, UK

Deborah L. Wince-Smith President, Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC), President & CEO, Council on Competiti

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)

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

GFCC Frame the Future LocalDevelopment
GFCC Frame the Future LocalDevelopment

Session Thought Piece

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Transforming a Regional Economy by Building on a Heritage of Creativity and Innovation

 

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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.

Natural Assets

Session Speakers - Natural Assets

Gulay Ozkan Design lead, EU Maturolife and Founder, GEDS Turkey
Omar Al-Ansari Secretary General at Qatar Research, Development, and Innovation Council, Qatar

Omar Al-Ansari

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

C. Derek Campbell Executive Chairman, AlphaSierra Group, USA

C. Derek Campbell

Executive Chairman, AlphaSierra Group, USA