The 2019 FORTUNE Global Forum will be held 18-19 November in Paris. Since 1995, the FORTUNE Global Forum has been hosted by the editors of Fortune in great cities on the dynamic frontiers of global business. This annual by-invitation-only meeting brings together the CEOs of the world’s biggest corporations–the FORTUNE Global 500–with innovators, builders, and other selected experts to explore the key issues shaping global business.
“The FORTUNE Global Forum creates a valuable opportunity for the CEOs of the world’s biggest multinational companies and economic leaders to actively engage in discussions and potentially on a common roadmap. I am happy to place this event under my high patronage and to ensure that this event will be a success.”– President Emmanuel Macron of France
2019 Participants include L’Oréal CEO Jean-Paul Agon, Renault CEO Thierry Bollore, StartupDelta Special Envoy Prince Constantijn, Doğan Online Chairwoman Hanzade Doğan Boyner, AB InBev CEO Carlos Brito, Dassault Systèms CEO Bernard Charlès, SoftBank Group International CEO Marcelo Claure, OpenClassrooms CEO Pierre Dubuc, Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde GebreMariam, Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky, Huawei Technologies Deputy Chairman Ken Hu, GE Healthcare CEO Kieran Murphy, Novartis CEO Vasant Narasimhan, Consumer Technology Association CEO Gary Shapiro, McKinsey & Company Global Managing Partner Kevin Sneader, Samsung President and Chief Strategy Officer Young Sohn, Volvo Group Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg, African Leadership Academy Founder and Executive Chairman Fred Swaniker, Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya, Santander U.K. Chairwoman Baroness Shriti Vadera, and University of Oxford Blavatnik School of Government Dean Ngaire Woods.
The 2019 program will unfold at a time when the role of business, especially multinational companies, is at a turning point. Globalization is under attack, and the power of business to address pressing social problems is being questioned. Our theme is Action 2020: Reinventing for a New Decade.
At the same time, CEOS face technology-driven industry disruption, changing government policies, volatile markets, and new requirements for satisfying next generation employees and customers. The best companies are finding ways to turn these challenges into opportunities for renewal and growth. We’ll explore opportunities to engage digital technologies like artificial intelligence, automation, and the cloud to transform products and processes; to promote clean energy and greater environmental stewardship, win the battle for current and future talent by dedicating resources to education and re-skilling and creating more equitable corporate cultures; and effectively navigate the power shifts occurring across financial markets, trade, and politics.
Participants in recent FORTUNE Global Forums have included chairmen and CEOs Jack Ma of Alibaba, Larry Page of Alphabet, Tim Cook of Apple, Robert Iger of Disney, Fred Smith of FedEx, Bill Ford of Ford Motor, Terry Gou of Foxconn, Ginni Rometty of IBM, Chanda Kochhar of ICICI Bank, Jamie Dimon of J.P. Morgan Chase, Marillyn Hewson of Lockheed Martin, Joe Kaeser of Siemens, Pony Ma of Tencent, Richard Branson of Virgin Group, and Greg Penner of Walmart, as well as His Holiness Pope Francis, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, China’s Vice President Wang Qishan and Vice Premier Wang Yang.