What qualities are defining the next great cities: places the world will go to do and fund business, to seek the best education, to experience great culture, and to model environmental and social standards? Which cities are pointing the way? And what must today's great cities do to maintain leadership?
These questions set the agenda for The Future Capitals World Summit, a first-of-its-kind gathering of leaders to occur in Abu Dhabi – itself a living, sneak-preview future city – from January 13-15, 2009. Former President of Mexico Vicente Fox, renowned physicist Professor Stephen Hawking, award-winning musician, composer and producer Peter Buffett, and chairpersons of next-generation corporate leaders like Advanced Micro Devices and Research in Motion, are among a growing roster of innovators confirmed to speak or attend.
"Recent events only underscore how rapidly the global landscape is shifting, and the implications reach far beyond finance. For certain, there is the question of which cities will thrive and lead economically," said H.E. Eng. Salah Salem bin Amir Al Shamsi, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
"Abu Dhabi emerged as this Summit's natural venue because of its visible commitment to investing not only in its business climate, but in everything making a city a fine, perfectly balanced place to live, learn and visit," said Sam Hamdan, CEO of Global Leadership Team, the event's U.S.-based organizer, and Founder of the Summit.
Produced in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce, and with support of the CEOs for Cities, United Nations Culture of Peace program, United Nations Office for Project Services, Women Impacting Public Policy, and Mercociudades, the Summit will join top finance professionals, business leaders, mayors of major and emerging cities and other government leaders from more than 50 nations, to hear and interact with innovators in economics, development, technology, education, city planning and the environment -- all toward a goal of creating tomorrow's next great cities: the world's future capitals.
The event's focus is discussion and action. Sessions will be structured to minimize one-way communication, through the format of town hall meetings, interactive panels and collaborative multimedia.
Speakers will include Mike Lazaridis, Founder and co-CEO of BlackBerry parent Research in Motion; T.H. Gianni Alemanno, Mayor or Rome; Abdullatif Al Sayegh, CEO of Arab Media Group; Sir Peter Cook, renowned architect; and Chris Rainier, National Geographic Fellow and award winning international photojournalist.
For information on registering to attend The Future Capitals World Summit, please visit http://www.futurecapitals.org/08/register/register.asp. Companies interested in sponsorship may visit http://www.futurecapitals.org/08/sponsorship.asp