IV. Annual Report 2021/2022: Convening

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The Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum

The Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum is the go-to conference for energy and foreign policy leaders to set the energy agenda for the year and examine the longer-term geopolitical and geoeconomic implications of the energy transition.

In January 2022, the Global Energy Center postponed the Forum due to rising COVID-19 cases and virtually convened a series of events alongside Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW). This year’s ADSW programming provided opportunities to address the outcomes of COP26 and discuss opportunities to move forward on climate goals. Global Energy Center programming during ADSW included a discussion with COP26 President Rt Hon Alok Sharma; COP27 President H.E. Sameh Shoukry; and H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, which was moderated by Fred Kempe.

As part of its programming in partnership with ADSW, the Global Energy Center launched the second edition of its flagship publication, The Global Energy Agenda, with a conversation between Francesco La Camera, director-general of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA); Mele Kyari, group managing director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation; Majid Jafar, CEO of Crescent Petroleum; Helima Croft, managing director and head of global commodity strategy at RBC Capital Markets; and Ambassador Daniel Fried. Two additional panels addressed the role of hydrogen in the energy transition and examined the divergent pathways to net-zero emissions that different countries might take.

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H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber speaks at the opening session of the 2022 Global Energy Forum.

In March 2022, the Global Energy Center convened the Global Energy Forum in person—alongside the closing of Expo 2020 in Dubai and in conjunction with the 2022 World Government Summit—and held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces. The forum was convened in partnership with the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Masdar, and Mubadala Investment Company. Crescent Petroleum was a platinum co-chair, and RBC Capital Markets, Siemens Energy, General Electric, GS Energy, and Saudi Aramco were gold partners. CNBC served as the forum’s international media partner.

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2021 Distinguished Leadership Awards

On November 10, the 2021 Distinguished Leadership Awards (DLA) honored exceptional individuals meeting today’s extraordinary challenges. In celebration of the Atlantic Council’s sixtieth anniversary, we welcomed 500 guests to the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium for our first in-person awards dinner in more than two years. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Pfizer’s Albert Bourla, BioNTech’s Özlem Türeci and Uğur Şahin, and Grammy-winning artist Dua Lipa all earned the Atlantic Council’s highest honors for shaping the global future together.

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen at DLA, November 2021.
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Singer Dua Lipa, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Pfizer’s Albert Bourla, and BioNTech’s Özlem Türeci and Uğur Şahin earn the Atlantic Council’s highest honors for shaping the global future together.
The stage at the Mellon Auditorium for the Distinguished Leadership Awards, November 2021.

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Atlantic Council Front Page

AC Front Page is our premier live ideas platform, featuring the world’s most important leaders discussing the challenges of our time.

Founded in April 2020 in response to the global pandemic, the Atlantic Council Front Page harnesses the convening power and expertise of the Council’s fifteen programs and centers to spotlight the world’s most prominent leaders and the most compelling ideas. Through purposeful and thought-provoking conversations, the virtual platform engages a global audience eager for nonpartisan and constructive solutions to current challenges. This widely promoted platform features the Council’s most important guests and content, serving as the highlight of our programming.

Africa Center Senior Director Ambassador Rama Yade interviews Rep. Gregory Meeks, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, for #ACFrontPage, September 2021.
Europe Center Senior Director Ben Haddad (left) discusses the EU’s digital and trade policy with EU
Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton, September 2021.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in the Atlantic Council studio, June 2021.

The Atlantic Council Front Page has become a platform of choice for leading government, business, and civil society leaders given the high level of discussion, its superior-quality production value, and its reach to a globally relevant audience. Select global leaders who joined the series in 2021 include President of France Emmanuel Macron, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, President of the European Council Charles Michel, Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Gregory Meeks, WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and leader of the democratic opposition in Belarus, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, among many others.

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360/Open Summit: Bringing Together Those Committed to Democracy Over Disinformation

The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) hosted its fourth annual 360/Open Summit in June, bringing together its global network of experts with policymakers, journalists, civil society leaders, and industry representatives for four days of cutting-edge programming focused on technology, human rights, and democracy in a hyperconnected world.

The summit’s theme, the “World in Motion,” shed light on the urgent challenges that converged and accelerated in 2021 as COVID-19 sped digitization and supercharged long-running trends upending the world.

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Last year was the most ambitious 360/OS yet, convening the most topically, geographically, and demographically diverse group of speakers and participants of any Atlantic Council flagship event, with 113 speakers who represented twenty-two countries across forty-four panels, lightning talks, and fireside chats. Notable speakers included Nobel Prize winner Maria Ressa, Representative Tom Malinowski (D-NJ), African Journalist of The Year Hopewell Chin’ono, former Wikimedia CEO and Senior Fellow Katherine Maher, Hong Kong activist Nathan Law, and Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health Ashish Jha, now on leave to serve as White House COVID-19 response coordinator.

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DFRLab Senior Director Graham Brookie and Director of the Democracy + Tech Initiative Rose Jackson welcome viewers and participants from around the world to DFRLab’s virtual 2021 flagship event, 360/Open Summit: The World in Motion, June 2021.

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EU-US Future forum

On May 5-7, 2021, the Atlantic Council, in partnership with the Delegation of the European Union to the United States, held the EU-US Future Forum (EUFF), a three-day conference bringing together top policymakers and experts to celebrate the US-EU relationship and provide a platform to discuss and debate the future of the historic relationship across a range of issues including COVID-19 recovery efforts, transatlantic digital policy, trade cooperation, climate change, European defense, and more.

The forum was one of the first and largest gatherings of transatlanticists since the inauguration of the Biden administration. With over ninety speakers from twenty-one countries, EUFF served as the premier platform for world leaders to discuss the transatlantic partnership.

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Fred Kempe and Ambassador of the European Union to the United States Stavros Lambrinidis speak to the virtual audience at the EU-US Future Forum.
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Europe Center Senior Director Benjamin Haddad and the Transatlantic Security Initiative Deputy Director Leah Scheunnemann speak at the EU-US Future Forum in May, 2021.

The EUFF’s sessions included joint appearances by US and European policymakers like US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and her counterpart in the European Commission Kadri Simson, US Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), European Commission Vice-President Věra Jourová, and US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and then President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid. The EUFF also featured US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman for her first public appearance since confirmation and then co-leader of the German Greens and now German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock.


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Annual Report

May 10, 2022

V. Annual Report 2021/2022: Financial summary

By The Atlantic Council

We provide an overview of our 2021-2022 finances and set out the numbers and trends that make us one of the world’s leading ideas organizations

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Image: The evening’s honorees–European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Pfizer’s Albert Bourla, BioNTech’s Özlem Türeci and Ugur Sahin, and Grammy-winning artist Dua Lipa–accompanied by their introducers, Governor of New Jersey Phil Murphy, National Academy of Medicine President Victor J. Dzau, President of the Republic of Kosovo Vjosa Osmani, and the National Endowment for Democracy President and CEO Damon Wilson, November 2021.