November 16 - Monday
Day 1: Finance/Trade Part 1
Opening Address of the Bloomberg New Economy Forum
Michael R. Bloomberg
Spotlight: #OurNewEconomy: The Global Fight Against Inequality
Epidemics show the world as it really is. Covid-19 has exposed a deep sickness in global society: inequality. Will the recovery entrench divisions, or can humanity build back together, regardless of race, ethnicity or income level?
Panel: A ‘New Deal’ for Workers
Low-income essential workers suffered disproportionately in Covid-19 lockdowns. Their livelihoods are now threatened by a wave of digitization, and reduced spending on travel and leisure by the wealthy, which will exacerbate inequality. As governments and companies begin the task of economic rebuilding, what would a new social contract look like?
The Post-Covid World Order
Henry A. Kissinger
Panel: Deglobalization? Reglobalization? Slowbalization?
The global pandemic has exacerbated U.S.-China tensions and created new barriers to cross-border movement of goods, services, money and people. Does globalization thrust into reverse, or continue advancing at a regional and local level?
Luis Alberto Moreno
Panel: Main Street or Wall Street? A New Mandate for Central Banks
Central banks have flooded the capital markets with liquidity to prop up prices, begging the question: Do they exist to serve Wall Street or Main Street? If central banks had a new mandate to build a more equal society, what would they have in their toolkit?
Mervyn King (Lord King of Lothbury)
Closing Address with Henry M. Paulson
Henry M. Paulson
Day 1: Finance/Trade Part 2
Opening and Welcome
In Conversation with Lee Hsien Loong on the Future of Trade
Lee Hsien Loong
Panel: The Post-Pandemic World
The coronavirus has devastated lives and livelihoods around the globe. Borders have been sealed, cities locked down. The impact has disproportionately affected blue-collar workers in almost every country, from restaurant staff to hospital cleaners, while setting back economic development among the world’s developing nations— and returning tens of millions into poverty. The world must come together to meet this unprecedented challenge, yet Covid-19 has exacerbated geopolitical rivalries. Who will lead the global revival?
Panel: U.S. and China in the 21st Century
The world’s two largest economies risk decoupling, even though businesses in both countries see opportunities in closer ties in areas from finance to technology — and policymakers in both Beijing and Washington have a mutual interest to collaborate on pressing global problems like climate change. How can the U.S. and China balance legitimate security concerns with the imperative to keep trading and investing? Where is the new U.S.-China equilibrium?
Panel: The Rise of Regional Champions: The Search for Resilience in a Fragmenting Global Economy
As the global economy fragments, multinationals are building resilience by diversifying production around the world, while portfolio investors look for safety in new countries and companies. Where are the opportunities in the Middle East, Latin America and other emerging economies? Who will be the new regional champions?
H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber
November 17 - Tuesday
Day 2: Cities Part 1
Michael R. Bloomberg
Panel: New “Cities of Light”
Cholera and yellow fever spurred 19th century New York to create Central Park; London installed sewerage and drainage systems; overcrowded Paris transformed itself into the “City of Light.” How can cities use this moment to imagine a better urban environment?
Lord Foster OM
Panel: Digital Cities
From Seattle to Shanghai, urban lockdowns have propelled the rise of digital enterprises, while hastening the demise of countless restaurants, bars, and corner stores. Can technology save cities? Or will the urban economies that emerge from Covid-19 replicate the bubble of the Roaring Twenties?
New Economy Game Changers on Cities
Panel: Startup Cities: The Post-Pandemic Reboot
A good way to build urban prosperity: invest in communities. Lifting the most neglected populations through better housing and infrastructure will boost consumption, while improving health and the environment. Cities are the engines of growth and are the place where connections are made. How will it work if people choose to work outside of cities? What does the future look like for office culture and urban life?
KT Rama Rao
Xin (Shynn) Zhang
Panel: The Changing World Order: Impact on the Global Economy
Day 2: Cities Part 2
Panel: Financing the “Real” Economy
Too little of the world’s savings is channeled into investment and growth. Will the pandemic force a fundamental rethink of the goals of finance? How can banks and other financial institutions shore up small and medium-sized enterprises buried under the Covid-19 economic collapse?
Panel: After the Lockdown: The Future of Travel
When the world starts traveling again, where will we go, how will we get there — and will we be welcome once we arrive? The travel question goes beyond just tourism dollars: a disrupted global travel system has huge implications for labor markets, cross-border investment, supply chains and ultimately the entire structure of the global economy. How will the global travel industry reinvent itself?
Arnold W. Donald
November 18 - Wednesday
Day 3: Climate Part 1
Michael R. Bloomberg
Panel: Jobs, Growth, Sustainability: The Case for a Green Recovery
Covid-19 is a warning. Climate change is a looming disaster of vastly greater proportions. A green — G-shaped — recovery will create jobs, improve competitiveness and accelerate growth. How can governments, companies and investors align on how to build back better and stronger?
Panel: Unleashing the Power of the Green Consumer
Consumers increasingly demand green products and services. How is the power of the consumer changing, especially in a social media-driven world where reputations can be built and lost in days? How can retail brands move beyond green marketing and toward new business models to build consumer loyalty around sustainability?
New Economy Game Changers on Climate
Panel: Energy’s New “Prize”
The history of oil has been framed as an epic struggle for wealth and power. More importantly, though, it has been about economics and modernization. What do the economics of supply and demand tell us about the future energy requirements of high, middle and low income countries? How will new fuels help some countries modernize, cleaning the air and improving health? How can 21st Century corporations be clean, green and mean?
José Ignacio Sánchez Galán
Panel: Investing in Net Zero
Whether equities, corporate debt, gilts or indexes, investors are demanding green investments. But what is green? How should investors benchmark performance? Is it better to divest or push for change from the inside?
Day 3: Climate Part 2
Peter T. Grauer
CEO Spotlight: In Conversation with Larry Fink
Laurence D. Fink
David M. Rubenstein
Spotlight on ‘Just Energy transition’
André de Ruyter
Panel: A “Just Transition”: Pathways to a Low-Carbon Energy Future
Covid-19 shows that humankind’s relationship with nature is broken. Many of the root causes of climate change, including deforestation, also make societies more vulnerable to pandemics. Scores of countries, including China, have pledged to become carbon neutral. What are the pathways to net-zero? How can industries from power generation, to finance, to the auto sector work with governments to lead the transformation without leaving anyone behind? The fate of our planet is at stake.
Panel: Asia’s Energy Destiny
Energy demand in Asia is growing faster than anywhere else, and Asia is already the world’s largest source of carbon emissions. The future composition of the global energy mix – and, to a significant extent, the future of the planet — will largely be shaped by the continent, and by China and India especially. What energy sources will fuel Asia’s future growth? Can China and India turn away from coal as they restart their economies? Will the battle against climate bring the world together, or create new sources of geopolitical tension?
Yeo Bee Yin
November 19 - Thursday
Day 4: Health
Justin B. Smith
Spotlight: Virus Hunters
Wild animals are hosts to thousands of deadly viruses, some with the potential to infect humans. We speak to some of the scientists studying zoonotic pathogens about the lessons learned from Covid-19 — and how to head off the next pandemic.
Anne W. Rimoin
Panel: Never Again: Rebuilding Global Public Health
Covid-19 cost hundreds of thousands of lives and trillions in economic damage. Entire populations have been thrown back into poverty. How can the world ensure that such a catastrophe never reoccurs?
CEO Spotlight: In Conversation with Anne Wojcicki
David M. Rubenstein
Panel: The Age of Digital Health
The pandemic has accelerated what might have been a 10-year adoption curve for digital medicine into a few months. How can the world scale up the digital migration of every aspect of healthcare, from wellness, to medical records, to deployment of AI to training, consumer and provider behavior?
New Economy Game Changers on Health
Panel: Saving Lives and Livelihoods in Africa
Africa faces an unprecedented public health catastrophe. What role can China’s “Health Silk Road” play in rebuilding the continent’s stressed health systems? How can the rich world answer Africa’s urgent funding needs?
Abiy Ahmed Ali
Closing Panel: #OurNewEconomy
Rebuilding a shattered global economy begins by acknowledging a reality: public health is the foundation of global prosperity and security. We are all in this together: no country can be safe until every country is safe. How can we restore trust in multilateral institutions? Where is the new resilience?