Opening Session


Plenary Session 1

The Future of Work

When looking at growth, employment and innovation one must examine the future of work and the place it will have in tomorrow’s societies.

Will we be able to provide decent jobs to as many people as possible or will we witness the growth of precarious labour?

Has full employment become a utopia or will it become the primary objective of democratic societies?

The never-ending development of “new innovative machines” create new types of jobs, which ones?

What will the jobs of the future be and what shape will the reorganization of work take?

How can the skills and know-how of workers be permanently improved?



– Hugh Carnegy : 

Paris Bureau Chief, Financial Times


Plenary session 2

The End of Innovation?

Has the developed world lost its power of innovation and its R&D leadership, or has it preserved the necessary innovation dynamism required in a competitive global economy?

The digital society brought technological innovation to its highest level all over the world and the brain drain has reached its paroxysm.

However, in historic terms, can the 2000s decade be considered as a big cycle of innovation comparable to the industrial revolution?

Which innovations could change the world and who really innovates today?

Are there social needs leading to innovation and what should the priorities be (t echnological, energy, societal….)?

What could be the next industrial revolution boosting development and economic growth?



– Etienne Gernelle : 

General Manager, Le Point


Plenary session 3

What Europe for the Generations to come?

Have the European people and their leaders definitively given up on building a political Europe with a central governance having real power?

While the common currency is frequently accused of destroying Europe’s economic vitality it seems that the crisis, increasing unemployment and the rise of nationalist feelings are breaking down the European ideal.

Beyond the Euro, that unifies the people of Europe in their daily acts, which ingredients are needed to cement the much-questioned construction of Europe?

Faced by so many doubts and uncertainties what kind of Europe do we want to bequeath to future generations?


Keynote address by Jean-Claude Trichet : “Europe : An already submerged or soon emerging economy?”



– Eugenio Occorsio : 

Senior Editor, La Repubblica



Sustaining human progress, reducing vulnerabilities and building resilience

Presentation of the 2014 UNDP Human Development Report by Khalid Malik


– Martine Durand :

Director of Statistics and Chief Statistician of the OECD


  • Jean-Marc Chataigner :

    Former Deputy Director General of Global Affairs, Development and Partnerships at Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development

  • Jean-Paul Fitoussi :

    Economist, Professor Emeritus, Founder and co-Chairman of the New World Forum

  • Khalid Malik :

    Director of the Human Development Report, UNDP

  • Philippe Orliange :

    Executive Director for external relation, strategy and communication at Agence Française de Développement

Plenary session 4

Where are the New Emerging Areas?

By 2050, more than 70% of the world population will be living in cities.

At the same time, many developing economies gifted with human and natural resources will soon have exceptional growth rates while others will have built very competitive poles of excellence and innovation.

What are the world’s new emerging spaces: big urban areas, fast growing countries, new economic areas?

What are the assets, specific talents and expectations of these nevertheless so different new emerging spaces?

This session will explore how these changes reshape the economic and political zones of influences.



–  Nina Dos Santos : 

Anchor and London correspondent, CNN International


  • Reuben Abraham :

    CEO and Senior Fellow at the IDFC Institute, Visiting fellow, Urbanization Program, Stern School at New York University

  • Gérard Mestrallet :

    Chairman and CEO of GDF Suez, co-Chairman of the New World Forum

  • Mario Pezzini :

    Director of the OECD Development Centre

  • Jan Svejnar :

    Professor of Global Political Economy at Columbia University, Director of the Center on Global Economic Governance

  • Sandiaga S. Uno :

    President-Director of PT Saratoga Investama Sedaya

Consumers across the globe: fuel for growth!


Plenary session 5

Africa: the Future is now

With exceptional growth rates in recent years, Africa appears today as being the emerging continent.

Its growth rates fascinate, but the political organization of the continent remains worrisome, just as much as the poverty and precariousness of a large part of its population. Will growth alone be enough to overcome the many accumulated difficulties of the continent?

The African realities are complex and, if Africa takes off, will the population really take advantage of it?

Who, amongst the multinationals, local entrepreneurs and the population itself, are the first winners?

We are probably witnessing the development of a multi-speed continent: Who are the champions and what are the engines of the African success?

Many African countries have two major assets: the creativity of its young population and the emergence of a middle class eager to consume and increase its living standards.

How can these trump cards be transformed into factors of stable and sustainable growth to allow Africa to treat as an equal with other continents?



– Sébastien Le Fol : 

Managing Editor, Le Point


Plenary session 6

Should Economic Policies Pursue Other Objectives?

Is the State’s economic room for manoeuvres almost inexistent in this globalized world?

Even though governments still have the means to act on their country’s short and long-term economic performance it seems that, whatever their determination and the effects of their action, the well being of the majority of the population does not increase.

What is the real objective of these economic policies and what role could concepts such as well-being and social progress play?

Are countries getting it right when taking primarily into account macroeconomic indicators?

Where does the disruption point between such policies and the new deep aspirations of societies lie?

How can political decision making get a new meaning and what results could it have on the economic dynamism or sluggishness of countries?

What means do States still have to draw the future and what is left of the economic and social boldness of a State?



– Emmanuel Lechypre : 

Editor, BFM Business


Closing Session