Certainty to act in uncertain times #WFGM17


Daring to lead in a disrupted world
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5-6 October 2017
Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France


Certainty to act in uncertain times.


Different and often opposing forces are at play in a disrupted world. Automation technology is putting jobs at risk, yet many companies are developing new ways to put humanity at the centre of their organisations. The US Federal Government seems to be moving away from collaboration on climate, yet other leaders from all quarters are stepping up. Amid an unprecedented level of uncertainty, the only thing that’s certain is that we must act — and a gendered perspective can provide new strategies, fresh perspective and concrete solutions.


When it comes to climate action, companiesmayors, governors, NGOs and even architects – have come out to strongly declare their continued support for the Paris Agreement. It has galvanised a global effort, and these leaders have shown just how they would continue to fulfil their commitments. Even as international co-operation faces continued pressure – leaders at the non-national level are finding strategies to co-ordinate and co-operate on what is arguably humanity’s most urgent challenge.


In addition to being more directly and severely affected by the results of climate change globally, women have been the architects of global climate co-operation and are exercising different forms of leadership on climate action. It is in that spirit that we introduced our Climate Manifesto at our recent meeting in Rome, calling on leaders to reaffirm their commitment to the Paris Agreement. We are attracting signatories from around the world, and our Global Meeting in Paris will be an opportunity to turn that commitment into concrete action.


We are excited to welcome speakers from a variety of backgrounds to address a range of global issues. Below is just a sample of those who are lending their voices to the debate on climate actions and other critical questions:



  • Isabelle Kocher, CEO of Engie, joins a discussion on the impact of global disruption and the role of transformative leadership in making the energy sector fit for the future. 

  • Rachel Kyte, CEO of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) and special representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, will discuss the forces that are putting strain on international co-operation and where the leadership will come from to rebuild globalism.

  • Antoine Frérot, chairman and CEO of Veolia, will talk about how companies are taking a stronger stance on social and environmental issues, from public health to immigration and environmental protection.

  • Gilles Babinet, multi-entrepreneur and digital champion of France, will join a discussion on how automation, artificial intelligence and genome engineering might transform society for the better.

  • Passionate entrepreneur and founder & CEO of Tiossan Magatte Wade, once named one of the ‘20 Youngest Power Women in Africa’ by Forbes, will discuss what is needed to cultivate the next generation of daring leaders. 


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