Emerging Economies | Resource Scarcity

Global cities drive political, social, and economic policies and solve critical world challenges. The following two panels are part of the Chicago Forum on Global Cities. This three-day forum, hosted by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Financial Times, will bring together leaders in the major pillars of urban life–business innovators, education visionaries, cultural luminaries, civic pioneers–to discuss how they can collaborate to improve their cities, and the world. Join us for this afternoon session that includes two panel discussions on the following topics:

Emerging Economy Cities and Boom Towns      
2:00-3:15 p.m. 

Many cities in developing countries are fast becoming global cities. They are dynamic, reinventing themselves, growing, and transforming. Which cities in developing nations around the world are likely to emerge as new global cities? What factors are driving their growth? What impact will these new global centers have on the economies of their countries and regions?

Rolf Alter, Director for Public Governance and Territorial Development, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
Mark Hoplamazian, CEO, Hyatt Hotels
Frederic Sicre, Managing Director, The Abraaj Group
Yuan Ming, Professor of International Relations, Peking University
Moderated by Jamil Anderlini, Beijing Bureau Chief, Financial Times 

Scarcity of Resources: A Growing Demand for Food, Water, and Energy      
3:30-4:45 p.m. 

Cities are growing in population, and decreasing in available resources. Many of the world’s global cities were designed centuries ago and are adapting their antiquated infrastructure to meet twenty-first century demands. How can global cities harness their concentration of wealth, human resources, private  investment, and research capacities to devise solutions for the world’s greatest challenges, particularly the growing demand for food, water, and energy? 

Eilon M. Adar, Alain Poher Chair in  Hydrogeology and Arid Zones; Director, Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research, Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Phil Enquist, Partner, Urban Design and Planning, Skidmore Owings & Merrill
David Miller, CEO, WWF Canada; Former Mayor of Toronto
Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology; Cochair, The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University
Moderated by Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson, US News Editor, Financial Times


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1:30 p.m.
Registration for both panel sessions begins

2:00 p.m.
Panel discussion: Emerging Economy Cities and Boom Towns

3:15 p.m.
First panel adjourns

3:15-3:30 p.m.

3:30 p.m.
Panel discussion: Scarcity of Resources

4:45 p.m.
Second panel adjourns
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