Global Solutions Summit

April 9, 2014 - 1:00 pm

1030 15th Street, NW, 12th Floor (West Tower)
Washington, DC

The Global Solutions Summit is based on the premise that in the coming decades, with population growth, rising incomes, and increasing rates of urbanization in emerging markets, billions more people will have the income to afford such basic necessities as electricity, adequate nutrition, clean water, clean air, and essential health care as well as other middle class amenities and life styles. Meeting these demands is both a moral imperative and an unparalleled business opportunity that can generate high returns for investors in both developed and developing countries and serve as a new, powerful engine of global growth.

The Summit will focus on three broad topics:

1. Examining megatrends that will exert a strong influence on the evolution of the global economy over the next 20 to 30 years;
2. Developing a robust financial system that can move private sector money from the “crowd,” to where it is needed to finance commercially viable enterprises and projects;
3. Fostering new business models for deploying technology, products, and services from where they have been invented and deployed initially to new markets where they can be used to exploit opportunities generated by global mega-trends. 

Participants will engage in discussions on finding and developing new financial, investment, and business models for opening access to private capital in an effort to bring technologies to emerging markets more effectively and efficiently.

If you would like to register for the SECOND DAY (April 10) please email Nate Schaefle.


1:00 - 1:30 p.m. | Welcome and Opening Remarks
Alfred Watkins, Chairman, Global Solutions Summit
Mathew Burrows, Director, Strategic Foresight Initiative, Atlantic Council

1:30 - 2:45 p.m. | Megatrends Shaping the Future
We are on the verge of a new era in which the rapid-fire emergence of breakthrough, disruptive technologies, the rise of megacities and peri-urban area, the youth bulge in emerging markets, and ageing populations in many developed countries promise to usher in an era of prosperity or uncertainty depending on how we respond. Advanced manufacturing, 3D printing, crowd sourcing of technological solutions and financial resources, the emergence of disruptive technologies and the potential for more rapid deployment of existing, proven technologies all hold the potential to change development models and create new markets and business opportunities for entrepreneurs and those who finance them. 
These megatrends will exert a strong steering influence on the evolution of the global economy over the next 20 to 30 years. They will shape the contours of the broader global economy, defining and creating new opportunities, shaping challenges, and posing threats to stability, the status quo, and business-as-usual complacency. This session will outline the contours of these mega-trends and set the stage for the ensuing discussion during Day 2 of the new financial architecture and technology deployment models. 
Robert Stoner, Deputy Director of Science and Technology, MIT Energy Initiative and Codirector, Tata Center for Technology and Design, MIT

Mathew Burrows, Director, Strategic Foresight Initiative, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council
David Roberts, Vice President and Director, Graduate Studies Program, Singularity University
Banning Garrett, Strategic Foresight Senior Fellow for Innovation and Global Trends, Strategic Foresight Initiative, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council

2:45 - 3:15 p.m. | Coffee Break
3:15 - 4:15 p.m. | Megatrend Opportunities, Challenges, Dangers

William Colglazier, Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary, US Department of State

William B. Bonvillian, Director, MIT Washington Office
Alex Deghan, Former Chief Scientist & Director, Office of Science & Technology, US Agency for International Development

4:15 - 5:15 p.m. | Snapshot Session: The Future is Now
Brief vignettes of 8-10 companies from around the world whose current game-changing, proven technology can address such critical emerging market issues as food security, clean energy, clean water, and low-cost, high-quality health care.

Mark W. Grobmyer, Chairman, Global Technology Deployment Initiative and Managing Director, P80 Group Foundation

5:15 p.m. | Closing Remarks
Alfred Watkins
Mathew Burrows