2017 Agenda Overview
Openness and Innovation: Shaping the Global Economy
THE FORTUNE GLOBAL FORUM will focus on the key issues facing multinational companies at a crucial time of change in China and the global economy. With unprecedented speed, a new innovation revolution is building in the digital era. Industries are being transformed by breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, biotechnology, drones, robotics, the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, nanotechnology, 3-D printing, and other fields. Lives on every continent will be improved…and disrupted. Entire industries will become smarter…and potentially less secure. At the same time, globalization—long taken for granted—is being challenged by a backlash against trade and immigration in many parts of the world.
These forces are colliding to produce complex challenges for today’s global business leaders. This year’s Fortune Global Forum will explore these trends, both in China and throughout the world, providing clarity for decision-makers as they seek more opportunity, with less risk, in the emerging innovation revolution. Nowhere in the world will this revolution be more profoundly felt than in China–with its new and burgeoning middle class, accelerating urbanization, and expanding digital technologies.
From manufacturing and health care to mobility and finance, we’ll explore global competitive advantage in the age of technology as well as the critical role corporate leadership plays in building more inclusive economies. Throughout our discussions, we’ll highlight how openness and innovation—in China and beyond—are primary forces in guiding economic development, leading to prosperity and progress.
The Forum will convene around the following themes:
Innovation Revolution. The pace of today’s global innovation is unprecedented in human history. New technologies are converging across sectors at warp speed. What will that mean for decision-makers at global enterprises? How will technologies help, and hurt, workers around the world, especially as countries such as China bet big on robotics and AI? China’s ecosystem of advanced manufacturing, engineering, infrastructure investment, and skilled labor puts the world’s second-largest economy at the center of the innovation revolution. What new opportunities will be created by China’s continued evolution from “imitator” to “innovator”?
The Future of Globalization. China’s historic decision to open up and embrace globalization has been a driving force in the country’s economic success, with benefits that have been felt worldwide. Now, with protectionist sentiments rising elsewhere, China is stressing an even greater commitment to openness and engagement with the world. What will trade and capital flows look like in the coming years? Will “localization” become the era’s new brand of “globalization”—with global enterprises operating more like locals in countries outside their borders? How can business leaders help shape a “new globalization” that is more inclusive and attentive to communities left behind?
21st-century Leadership. Corporate leaders face no shortage of challenges—from new economic realities to increasing demands to innovate. Being a “good” corporate leader once meant delivering results to shareholders. Today, that’s necessary, but not sufficient. CEOs are being held accountable—by their employees, customers, and the communities in which they operate. Meanwhile, the voices of stakeholders have been amplified by social media, often complicating decision-making. Is there a new playbook for leadership in this era of compressed hierarchy?
Sustainable Development. The environmental effects of population growth, rapid urbanization, and technological development have led to an alarming depletion of precious resources and a greater need for more sustainable solutions around energy, pollution, and food security. What are the cutting-edge technologies that will move industries and the planet into a more sustainable future? How can global business help develop these technological resources and promote an economic recovery and development that benefits all?
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
8:30 AM–11:30 AM GUANGZHOU BUSINESS TOURS
Visit leading-edge business operations that are leveraging the power of Guangzhou’s advanced infrastructure and innovation hubs.
10:25 AM–11:55 AM SPECIAL ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS
The Future of Healthcare
The Future of Mobility
The Future of Global Finance
12:05 PM–1:20 PM LUNCH
1:30 PM–4:15 PM OPENING AND GENERAL SESSIONS
5:30 PM–6:15 PM OPENING CEREMONIES AND KEYNOTE ADDRESS
7:00 PM–9:30 PM WELCOMING RECEPTION, ENTERTAINMENT, AND GALA DINNER
Thursday, December 7, 2017
8:30 AM–10:15 AM GENERAL SESSIONS
10:15 AM–10:45 AM REFRESHMENT BREAK
10:45 AM–11:45 AM GENERAL SESSIONS
11:45 AM–11:55 AM BREAK
11:55 AM–12:55 PM CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Choice of Concurrent Sessions
1:05 PM–2:15 PM NETWORKING LUNCH
2:25 PM–3:25 PM CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Choice of concurrent sessions
3:25 PM–3:45 PM BREAK
3:45 PM–5:30 PM GENERAL SESSIONS & FORTUNE INNOVATION AWARDS
5:30 PM–6:15 PM FREE TIME
6:15 PM–7:00 PM TRANSPORTATION TO RECEPTION AND DINNER
7:00 PM–10:00 PM RECEPTION AND DINNER
Hosted by City of Guangzhou
Friday, December 8, 2017
8:30 AM–9:30 AM CONCURRENT SESSIONS
9:30 AM–9:40 AM SWITCH BREAK
9:40 AM–11:00 AM GENERAL SESSIONS
11:00 AM–11:30 AM CLOSING SESSION
11:30 AM PROGRAM CLOSE