The 2019 FORTUNE Global Forum will be held 18-19 November in Paris. Since 1995, the FORTUNE Global Forum has been hosted by the editors of Fortune in great cities on the dynamic frontiers of global business. This annual by-invitation-only meeting brings together the CEOs of the world’s biggest corporations–the FORTUNE Global 500–with innovators, builders, and other selected experts to explore the key issues shaping global business.
“The FORTUNE Global Forum creates a valuable opportunity for the CEOs of the world’s biggest multinational companies and economic leaders to actively engage in discussions and potentially on a common roadmap. I am happy to place this event under my high patronage and to ensure that this event will be a success.”– President Emmanuel Macron of France
The 2019 program will unfold at a time when the role of business, especially multinational companies, is at a turning point. Globalization is under attack, and the power of business to address pressing social problems is being questioned.
At the same time, CEOS face technology-driven industry disruption, changing government policies, volatile markets, and new requirements for satisfying next generation employees and customers. The best companies are finding ways to turn these challenges into opportunities for renewal and growth.
Over the last two years, France has made a concerted effort to promote new technologies and build a more business-friendly environment, and has taken a lead in addressing pressing issues like climate change. It also has become an epicenter of debate around populist backlash that has afflicted other Western countries, making it an ideal location to discuss the critical themes that will shape the future of business and society in the next decade.
We’ll explore opportunities to engage digital technologies like artificial intelligence, automation, and the cloud to transform products and processes; to promote clean energy and greater environmental stewardship, win the battle for current and future talent by dedicating resources to education and re-skilling and creating more equitable corporate cultures; and effectively navigate the power shifts occurring across financial markets, trade, and politics.
Participants in recent FORTUNE Global Forums have included chairmen and CEOs Jack Ma of Alibaba, Larry Page of Alphabet, Tim Cook of Apple, Robert Iger of Disney, Fred Smith of FedEx, Bill Ford of Ford Motor, Terry Gou of Foxconn, Ginni Rometty of IBM, Chanda Kochhar of ICICI Bank, Jamie Dimon of J.P. Morgan Chase, Marillyn Hewson of Lockheed Martin, Joe Kaeser of Siemens, Pony Ma of Tencent, Richard Branson of Virgin Group, and Greg Penner of Walmart, as well as His Holiness Pope Francis, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, China’s Vice President Wang Qishan and Vice Premier Wang Yang.