Published on Oct 16, 2013

In the opening plenary leading decision-makers will articulate new ideas and identify novel approaches to guide our global problem-solving efforts.

In today's globalized and interconnected world, too much emphasis is placed on success measured in terms of material wealth. What gets overlooked is that GDP and other economic activities are means to ultimate ends, not the ends in themselves. We need to redefine success in terms of the well-being generated by our activities and how this well-being is distributed across populations and generations. Such a redefinition can lead to new approaches to achieving fair and sustainable prosperity. It can also uncover new opportunities for human cooperation.

Dennis J. Snower, President, Kiel Institute for the World Economy; Director, Global Economic Symposium (GES), Germany


Martti Athisaari, Nobel Laureate, former President of Finland, Founder and Chariman of the Board, Crisis Management Initiative, Finland
John Hope Bryant, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Operation HOPE, USA
Jürgen Fitschen, Co-CEO, Deutsche Bank, Germany
Robert Johnson, President, The Institute for New Economic Thinking, USA
Roza Otunbayeva, Head, "The Initiative of Roza Otunbayeva" International Foundation, Kyrgyz Republic

Nik Gowing, Main Presenter, BBC World News, UK

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