AGENDA

The seventh edition of the Global Investment Forum will be held on the 15th and 16th of June in Geneva, Switzerland, at Hotel Intercontinental. The Forum is an exclusive invitation-only event bringing together thought-leaders from the business, academic and political sectors to discuss the major challenges faced at a global and regional level as well as solutions and opportunities ahead.

Titled New World, New Choices, the program will address rising environmental, social, geopolitical and economic tensions leading to a context of massive uncertainty, instability, as well as volatility. The pace at which the world is changing is unprecedented: the way we live, work, and relate to one another as individuals and communities is indeed evolving as fast as our adoption of disruptive technologies, now fusing physical, digital, and biological universes.

Recognizing that private investors and the private investment industry play an important role in supporting innovative strategies needed to solve these challenges, the 2023 forum will focus on the tools, skills and strategies that will allow us to collectively build resilience, guiding investment decisions towards collective prosperity and ultimately contributing to making better choices.

Our speakers this year will include:

François Hollande, Former President of France

François Hollande was the President of the French Republic from May 2012 to May 2017. During his mandate, he carried out important reforms which restored the competitiveness and the growth of the French economy. He faced with authority the terrorist attacks that afflicted the country in 2015 and 2016. President Hollande took important decisions on behalf of France, in particular the engagement of the Army in Mali in order to fight against terrorist groups located in the Sahel. It is under his presidency that the global climate agreement was adopted in Paris in December 2015.

Today, President Hollande chairs the Foundation “France is committed” whose mission is to support all initiatives that contribute to reinforcing solidarity and creating bonds between citizens. Since his departure from the Elysée, he has written several books, amongst them “The lessons of power” in which he describes the high points, and the low points of his presidency, and “The democratic crisis” where he suggests major modifications to the constitution of the fifth Republic.

Gaya Herrington, Vice President Sustainability Research at Schneider Electric

Gaya Herrington is Vice President Sustainability Research at Schneider Electric. Her work focuses on how global environmental, social, behavioral and economic trends interact. Previous positions include sustainability consulting at KPMG U.S. and policy advisor at the national (Dutch) and E.U. level on economic and financial issues. Gaya’s research about the first systems model of the world, published in Yale’s Journal of Industrial Ecology and a subsequent book, went viral in 2021. She is a regular speaker at conferences, workshops, and as a guest lecturer, spanning events over five world regions on fora like the United Nations, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and many universities.

Gaya is also a Member of the Economic Transformation Committee of the Club of Rome: an international 100-member club of scientists and economic thinkers. Gaya has a Master’s degree in Econometrics from the Liberal Amsterdam University and another Master’s in Sustainability from Harvard University.

Sa’ad Shah, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Noetic

Sa’ad Shah is the co-founder and managing partner of Noetic, a venture fund investing in global mental health solutions, with a focus on Central Nervous System (CNS) therapeutics, biotech, medical technology and wellness companies. This includes emerging and early-stage psychedelic-based wellness, therapeutic and pharmaceutical companies around the world.

Sa’ad has spent the last 25 years in capital markets and asset management industry with a focus on alternative investment strategies. Prior to co-founding Noetic, Sa’ad was a managing director at The Carlyle Group. Sa’ad is also a co-founder and managing partner at Grey House Partners, the general partner of the Noetic Funds. He is a member of Mensa, sits on several for-profit and non-for-profit boards, including The Necessary Angel Theatre in Toronto, and serves on the Council of Advisors for The Wende Museum in Los Angeles. Sa’ad graduated with a BA Economics and Political Science from Columbia University. He has an interest in documentary filmmaking (Tribeca 2017), esoteric philosophies and metaphysics. He is the proud father of two daughters, and lives in Toronto.

Jason Thomas, Managing Director and Head of Global Research at Carlyle

Sa’ad Shah is the co-founder and managing partner of Noetic, a venture fund investing in global mental health solutions, with a focus on Central Nervous System (CNS) therapeutics, biotech, medical technology and wellness companies. This includes emerging and early-stage psychedelic-based wellness, therapeutic and pharmaceutical companies around the world.

Sa’ad has spent the last 25 years in capital markets and asset management industry with a focus on alternative investment strategies. Prior to co-founding Noetic, Sa’ad was a managing director at The Carlyle Group. Sa’ad is also a co-founder and managing partner at Grey House Partners, the general partner of the Noetic Funds. He is a member of Mensa, sits on several for-profit and non-for-profit boards, including The Necessary Angel Theatre in Toronto, and serves on the Council of Advisors for The Wende Museum in Los Angeles. Sa’ad graduated with a BA Economics and Political Science from Columbia University. He has an interest in documentary filmmaking (Tribeca 2017), esoteric philosophies and metaphysics. He is the proud father of two daughters, and lives in Toronto.

The event will be presented and moderated by journalist and Global Investment Foundation advisor Bruno Giussani, and is supported by our partners ACE & Company, Citi Private Bank, and IPG Howden.

We will announce additional speakers along with other useful information about the event in the months leading up to the conference.

For more information on our agenda, partnership opportunities and media relations please contact Sandra Humbel, Director of the Global Investment Foundation: sandra@globalinvestmentfoundation.com

​​Bruno Giussani, Journalist and Moderator of the 2013 Global Investment Forum

A writer and commentator, Bruno Giussani is the global curator of TED and the co-organizer and lead curator of TED’s climate initiative, Countdown. He joined TED in 2005, and produced the first TEDGlobal conference that year in Oxford. For 12 years, he was the organization’s European director and member of its senior team, curating and cohosting a number of events, curating hundreds of talks (including, famously, two by His Holiness Pope Francis) and participating in the definition and implementation of TED’s international strategy.

Giussani is also an advisor to Science Gallery Venice and to other idea-sharing initiatives. Prior to joining TED, Giussani was head of online strategy at the World Economic Forum, a senior adviser to the Atlantic Council, a JS Knight Fellow at Stanford University, and the cofounder of three internet companies.Giussani’s writings have been published in print and online outlets in Switzerland (where he lives) and across the world, including the New York Times (for which he wrote the Eurobytes column from 1996 to 2000). He has also authored and coauthored several books. In January 2016 he received the “SwissAward/Person of the year” prize.

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