GZERO SUMMIT Japan 2021 | Agenda
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State of the World

December 7, 2021 10 am JST / December 6, 2021 8 pm EST

Ian Bremmer’s view of the ‘State of the World’ outlines the geopolitical events shaping politics, business, and society. Mr. Bremmer’s speech will address the ‘technopolar moment’ – a consideration of how the geopolitical influence among tech giants is rising steadily and how this evolving dynamic will reshape the global order. How are nonstate actors increasingly shaping global geopolitics? Is the digital realm growing beyond the reach of regulators? 

A panel discussion made up of government officials, and tech visionaries will follow to distill key takeaways from Bremmer’s speech and debate the next steps for companies and countries. 

10:00 am JST | State of the World by Ian Bremmer

Long-COVID: How can Asia’s businesses and economies grow amid ongoing disruptions?

December 8, 2021 10 am JST / December 7, 2021 8pm ET

Before the Delta variant took hold, Asia was on track to lead a global economic recovery. The region had navigated COVID-19 relatively well and was forecast to grow at over 4%. The reimagined TPP–the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)–was also contributing to optimism about the region’s growth prospects. Yet port closures and shuttered factories have hit trade and led the World Bank to revise its growth forecast down to 2.5%. And though there is hope that the CPTPP will boost trade, the US’ absence remains a notable drawback to its potential. In this session, panelists will examine Asia’s trade and economic prospects in the near future, addressing big questions about the region’s growth trajectory, investment trends, policy shifts, and innovations that could reinvigorate Asian economies. 

10:00 am JST | Opening Remarks

10:05 am JST | Keynote Interview

10:15 am JST | Macro & Micro: The Impact of COVID-19 trade disruptions
Deborah ELMS, Founder and Executive Director, Asian Trade Centre
David GORDON, Former Chairman, Eurasia Group 
Alicia GARCIA HERRERO, Chief Economist, APAC, Natixis

10:40 am JST | Lessons learned: The business perspective on COVID-19
Eric SCHMIDT, Former CEO and Chairman, Google
TV NARENDRAN, Global CEO and Managing Director, Tata Steel 
SAKURADA Kengo, Chairman, Keizai Doyukai & Group CEO, Director, President, and Representative Executive Officer of SOMPO Holdings Inc.

11:10 am JSTClosing remarks

Resiliency beyond COVID-19: Can Japan lead the way?

December 9, 2021 10 am JST / December 8, 2021 8pm ET

This panel takes a long, hard look at what countries are doing to build more resilient health systems, promote environmental sustainability, foster inclusive growth and development, and improve the lives of people across all wealth classes. Panelists will evaluate how well countries have risen to the challenges that COVID-19 has created and crystalized and debate what role Japan can play as a leader in the region. The session will also examine new and innovative technologies, policies, and collaborations in and beyond Japan to help steer the global health, sustainability, development, and security agendas.  

10:00 am JST | Opening Remarks

TOKURA Masakazu, Chairman, Keidanren and Chairman of the Board, Sumimoto Chemical Company, Limited

10:05 am JSTSpotlight interview: Asia’s role in tackling global challenges

Kevin RUDD, 26th Prime Minister, Australia
Ian BREMMER, President and Founder, Eurasia Group & GZERO Media

10:15 am JST | Panel discussion: Health-security beyond COVID-19
Noubar AFEYAN, Founder and CEO, Flagship Pioneering
Senior Representative, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (to be confirmed)
Ian BREMMER, President and Founder, Eurasia Group & GZERO Media

10:35 am JST | Resiliency beyond COVID-19: Can Japan lead the way?

10:40 am JSTGreen Growth, Sustainability, and ESG​ 
ISOGAI Yuki, Partner and Technical Lead, Sustainability Center of Excellence, PwC Japan 
NIINAMI Takeshi, CEO, Suntory
NAKAO Takehiko, Chairman, Mizuho Research Institute & Former President, Asian Development Bank 
Ian BREMMER, President and Founder, Eurasia Group & GZERO Media

11:15 am JST | Closing remarks

*The schedule and panelists are tentative and subject to future change.