2009 GCLS Registration

September 9, 2009

Thank you for registering for the 2009 Global Creative Leadership Summit.


July 30, 2009
Heads of State
HE Jan Peter Balkenende, Prime Minister of the Netherlands
HE Dr. Sali Berisha, Prime Minister of Albania
HE Dr. Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile
HE Dr. Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, President of Iceland
HE Lech Kaczynski, President of the Republic of Poland
HE Matti Vanhanen, Prime Minister of Finland
HE Asif Ali Zardari, President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Pheobe Asiyo, Chairperson, The Kenya Women’s Political Caucus
Michael Chertoff, Former US Secretary for Homeland Security, Department of Homeland Security
Dr. Renate Christ, Secretary, Intergovern-mental Panel on Climate Change
Aart de Geus, Deputy Secretary General, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
Johann Koss, Founder and President, Right to Play
Dr. Gerd Leipold, Executive Director, Greenpeace International
Nuhu Ribadu, Former Executive Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nigeria
Richard Samans, Managing Director, World Economic Forum
Dr. Ivo Sanader, Former Prime Minister of Croatia
Ismail Serageldin, Director, Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Dr. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
Changhua Wu, Greater China Director, The Climate Group
Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General, UNIDO – United Nations Industrial Development Organization
Dr. Douglas Arent, Center Director, Strategic Energy Analysis Center of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Dr. Antonio Damasio, David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience, University of Southern California
Dr. Gerald Fischbach, Scientific Director, Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative
Dr. Eric R. Kandel, Professor of Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Physiology & Cellular Biophysics, Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics – Columbia University
Robert Laubacher, Research Associate, MIT Sloan School of Management
Dr. Benoit Mandelbrot, Sterling Professor Emeritus of Mathematical Sciences, Yale University
Mr. Ellis Rubinstein, President and CEO of the New York Academy of Sciences
Dr. Joanna Rubinstein, Chief of Staff to Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of Global Health and Science Initiatives – Columbia University Medical Center
Dr. Cori Bargmann, Torsten N. Wiesel Professor, The Rockefeller University
Dr. Eric Bonabeau, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientific Officer, Icosystem Corporation
Dr. Barry Bloom, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor and Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson Professor of Public Health
Dr. Richard Bulliet, Professor of History, Columbia University
Dr. John Henry Clippinger, Professor, Harvard University
Majid Fotuhi, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Johns Hopkins Hospital
Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Allan E Goodman, President & CEO, Institute of International Education
Dr. Stephen Kosslyn, Dean of Social Science, Harvard University
Dr. Thomas Malone, Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management, MIT Sloan School of Management
Eric Maskin, Professor, Princeton University
Dr. Fred Mednick, Founder, Teachers Without Borders
Dr. Frank Moss, Director, MIT Media Lab
Professor Marcelo Suarez Orozco, Courtney Sale Ross University Professor of Globalization and Education, New York University
Susan Polgar, Director of the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence at Texas Tech University, and Founder of the Susan Polgar Foundation
Dr. Lisa Randall, Professor, Harvard University
Dr. Priya Satia, Professor of Modern British History, Stanford University
Professor Paul Sullivan, Professor of Economics, National Defense University
Dr. Mustapha Tlili, Founder and Director, Center for Dialogues, New York University
Dr. Linton Wells, Distinguished Research Fellow and Force Transformation Chair, National Defense University
Professor Li Xiguang, President, Tsinghua University – International Center for Communication Studies
Mark Angelson, Chairman and CEO, Worldcolor
Bob Annibale, Global Director of Microfinance, Citigroup
Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director Community Affairs Worldwide, Microsoft Corporation
Stanley Bergman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Henry Schein Inc
Ozwald Boateng, OBE, Founder and Chief Designer, Ozwald Boateng for Bespoke
Eric Broyles, Chief Executive Officer, Megree
John Copelyn, Chief Executive Officer, Hosken Consolidated Investments
Charles Edelstenne, Chairman & CEO, Dassault Aviation
Kamran Elahian, Philanthropist, Chairman & Co-Founder, Global Catalyst Partners
Lex Fenwick, Chief Executive Officer, Bloomberg Ventures
Michael Goldberg, General Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures
Badr Jafar, Executive Director, Crescent Petroleum Group
Mohan Kaul, Director General, Commonwealth Business Council
Josh Margolis, Co-Chief Executive Officer, CantorCO2e
Mike Medavoy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Phoenix Pictures
Juan-Felipe Muñoz, Managing Director, The Otun Group
Mr. Craig Newmark, Customer Service Rep & Founder, Craigslist, Inc.
Stephen Shapiro, Founder and Advisor, 24/7 Innovation
Larry Stone, “Master Sommelier”, Gerant-General Manager, Rubicon Estate
John Studzinski, Founder, Genesis Foundation
Peter Tichansky, President & CEO, BCIU
Richard Turner, CEO, Egyptian Resorts Company
Martin Varsavsky, Founder, FON Wireless Ltd.
Paul Wilmott, Founder, Wilmott Magazine & Wilmott.com
David A. Andelman, Editor, World Policy Journal
John Authers, Investment Editor, Financial Times
Matthew Bishop, Chief Business Writer, The Economist
Chrystia Freeland, US Managing Editor, Financial Times
Felice Friedson, Co-Founder, President and CEO of The Media Line
Jared Kushner, Publisher and Chairman, The Observer Media Group
Kenneth Li, Media Correspondent, Financial Times
Bill Roedy, Vice Chairman, MTV Networks
Joshua Schachter, Founder, Delicious
Magnus Scheving, CEO and Co-Founder, LazyTown Entertainment
Jonathan Shen, Founder and CEO, Shinework Media Inc.
Ted Turner, Founder, CNN and WTBS
Ali Velshi, Chief Business Correspondent, CNN
Jimmy Wales, Founder and President, Wikimedia Inc.
Mr. Robert Weiss, President and Vice Chair, Prize Foundation
Jean-Jacques Aillagon, President, Public Establishment of Museum and National Estate of Versailles
Alex Katz, Artist
Rick Lowe, Founding Director, Project Row Houses
Elizabeth Ann Macgregor, Director, Museum of Contemporary ARt, Australia
Jason Martin, Artist
Bruce Mau, Creative Director and Founder, Bruce Mau Design
Gérard Mortier, General Manager, Opéra National de Paris
Jorge Pardo, Founder, Jorge Pardo Sculpture
Peter Sellars, Professor, UCLA
Juan Ignacio Vidarte, Director General, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Dr. Eyal Weizman, Director, Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths College
Ambassador Elizabeth Bagley, Special Representative for Global Partnerships, US State Department
Kathy Bushkin Calvin, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, United Nations Foundation
Dr. John Felmy, Chief Economist, American Petroleum Institute
Major General Schmidle, Assistant Deputy Commandant for Programs and Resources, United States Marine Corps
R. Timothy Ziemer, United States Malaria Coordinator, President’s Malaria Initiative
Mark Inglis, Mountaineer and Motivational Speaker
Reza Pahlavi of Iran


July 30, 2009

United Nations Office for Partnerships


Financial Times


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Travel and Logistics

July 30, 2009
23-25 SEPTEMBER 2009
23 – 25 September 2009
Award & Gala Ceremony
24 September 2009
Louise Blouin Foundation Contacts
Melissa Stevens
Conference & Sponsorships
Tel: +1 646 753 9099
Cell: +1 917 951 0850
Michael-John Pierce
Summit Manager
Tel: +1 646 753 9109
Cell: +1646 552 3566
Jasmine Plummer
Summit Coordinator
Tel: +1 646 753 9071
Accomodation Partners
Sherry Netherland Hotel
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New York NY 10022
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Metropolitan Club
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Fax: +1 212 277 8538
Virgin Atlantic Airlines
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July 30, 2009
September 23, 2009
GCLS Opening Keynote Speech: Global Futures, Global Risks: Trends, Needs, Opportunities, Crises
Prospects: Corporate Culture and Entrepreneurship after the Credit Crunch
Internet Technology: Tools for Social Change
Spotlight on Africa: Trade, Security, Economy, Development
Global Financial Crisis: Risk, Regulation, Remuneration
September 24, 2009
Global Health: Development Needs, Research Developments
Education: Cognitive and Digital Tools for the Minds of the Next Generation
Socio-biological Perspectives of Neuroscience
Social Entrepreneurs—the next generation of Smart Philanthropists
Emerging Security Challenges
National Targets, Global Challenge: Climate Change, Copenhagen and Beyond
GCLS Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony
September 25, 2009
Innovation, Entrepreneurialism and National Competiveness in a Global Age
Geo-Politics/Geo-Economics of the Middle East: Israel/Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran, Lebanon
Global Commodity Crunch: Food, Water, Oil, Energy, Trade?
Culture Beyond Borders
GCLS Closing Keynote Speech and Summary of Summit Actions
Topic Details


July 30, 2009

2008 Speakers

Delegates, including heads of state, acclaimed artists, Nobel Prize recipients, global CEOs and the most influential international thought-leaders will gather in New York City on September 23-25, 2009 for the fourth annual Global Creative Leadership Summit – a platform in partnership with the United Nations designed to address the challenges and opportunities of globalization.

Globalisation has connected the world more closely than ever – there are no more borders. The Financial Crisis has shown us that culture, values, politics, business, economics and poverty have shared causes and consequences. Only a cross-disciplinary approach by a united international community will be effective. The Global Creative Leadership Summit brings humility, cultural
understanding and just such a multi-dimensional approach to define the issues and affect transformational policies.

The Summit will feature a Gala and Awards Ceremony dedicated to honouring leaders in politics, science, business and the arts who have made a global contribution.


Louise Blouin MediaFounder’s Note >

Welcome. The Global Creative Leadership Summit, now in its fourth year, is a three-day think tank and discussion forum aimed at addressing the challenges and the opportunities that confront us in our era of globalization. The Summit brings together a multidisciplinary cast of world leaders who provide insight into such international issues as the financial crisis and climate change while sharing the best practices of their respective fields and proposing practical solutions.

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PHOTOS: TOP ROW FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: His Excellency Bingu wa Mutharika, President of Malawi, Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna Khalid Sultan al Qasimi,
Minister of Foreign Trade, United Arab Emirates, Jeff Koons, artist, Dr. Craig Barrett, Chairman of the Board, Intel Corporation, Renée Fleming, soprano
BOTTOM ROW FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Craig Venter, NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, Ms. Blouin and President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso,
Robert Hormats, Vice Chairman of Goldman Sachs International, and His Excellency Jan Peter Balkenende- Prime Minister of the Netherlands


April 24, 2009


Since 2005, the Louise Blouin Foundation, with the support of the United Nations Office for Partnerships, has organized the annual Global Creative Leadership Summit to identify and implement solutions based on international best practices to the challenges arising from globalization.

The Summit brings heads of state together with representatives of global agencies and 120 leaders in the areas of science, technology, culture, business and politics. Together the delegates address the interconnected threats and challenges of the 21st century through multidisciplinary exchanges that place cultural dialogue and understanding at the fore. The open, constructive discussion facilitates the creation of cross-cultural networks committed to change and transformative action.

The Summit encourages collaboration across disciplines in an effort to spark creative thinking and to ultimately develop innovative approaches to global problems. The Summit focuses on issues as diverse as emerging global security threats, climate change, foreign policy and education, with specific attention to development and foreign policy concerns in Africa, China, Russia and the Middle East.

Over the past three years, the Summit has been honored to feature President José Manuel Barroso, of the European Commission; Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, of the Netherlands; President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, of the Republic of Iceland; President Bharrat Jagdeo, of Guyana; President Stjepan Mesic of Croatia; President Bingu wa Mutharika, of Malawi; Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, of NATO; and President Manuel Zelaya, of Honduras. In addition, the Summit has hosted a variety of distinguished international leaders, such as Nobel laureate Eric Kandel; anthropologist Jane Goodall; business leaders Harold Burson, founder of Burson-Marsteller; Henry Silverman, CEO of Realogy Corp., Craig Barrett, chairman of Intel and Lex Fenwick, CEO of Bloomberg, along with Riz Khan of Al Jazeera; David Boies, chairman of Boies, Schiller & Flexner and UNICEF executive director Ann Veneman. A full listing of Summit participants from 2008 can be found at:


The Summit has been covered by a wide-range of media, including CNN, Al Jazeera, the Financial Times, The Economist, the BBC, and the International Herald Tribune. Although this is an intimate event, with only 120 delegates, the Summit proceedings are Web cast live and, its conclusions shape thinking, create new projects and stimulate debate across the globe. The Summit proceedings and commitments are also written up in a white paper available for download from the Summit Website.


The Louise Blouin Media group’s collaboration with the Foundation has established a 12-month program for potential sponsors and advertisers. Corporations have the opportunity to sponsor the 2009 Summit Gala and the panel discussion sessions.

Corporate sponsors are given the opportunity to engage in workshops and participate in proactive discussions with global stakeholders in both the private and public sectors at the Global Creative Leadership Summit. Further opportunities for exposure are available through live blogs and Webcasts of panel discussions, as well as through publicity on the Global Creative Leadership Summit and Louise Blouin Foundation Web sites.

For more information on the Global Creative Leadership Summit or on Sponsorship Opportunities, please contact Alexandra Zafiriou.

Contact Us

April 24, 2009
Melissa Stevens
Director, Strategic Development and Event Marketing
Louise Blouin Foundation
601 W 26th Street Suite 410
New York NY 10001
Tel: +1 646 753 9099
Cell: +1 917 951 0850
Michael-John Pierce
Summit Manager
Louise Blouin Foundation
601 W 26th Street Suite 410
New York NY 10001
Tel: +1 646 753 9109
Alexandra Zafiriou
Development Director
Louise Blouin Foundation
3 Olaf Street
London W11 4BE

Jasmine Plummer
Summit Coordinator
Louise Blouin Foundation
601 W 26th Street Suite 410
New York NY 10001
Tel: +1 646 753 9071

If you would like to be updated of news and developments, please send us a note below. Please be sure to include your email address for future updates.

Press Information 2009

April 22, 2009

Thank you for your interest in covering the 2009 Global Creative Leadership Summit, scheduled for 23-25 September 2009 in New York City. Below is some information that will help you plan ahead for this important gathering.

For the fourth consecutive year the Louise Blouin Foundation will host the Global Creative Leadership Summit, bringing together an unparalleled group of participants from multi-disciplinary fields that includes heads of state, Nobel laureates, global CEOs, leading scholars, technologists, artists and diplomatic leaders. The Summit provides a unique platform to address the threats and opportunities presented by globalization focusing on topics such as: geo-economics, foreign policy, education, health, poverty and the environment. The Summit works with developed and developing nations alike on an ongoing basis in order to best address global issues.

The Summit has already attracted a wide range of press, including CNN, Al Jazeera, the Financial Times, the Economist, BBC, and the International Herald Tribune, and its proceedings are webcast to the world.

This invitation-only, multi-disciplinary event brings together the world’s greatest minds, with the goal of developing solutions to global issues based on best practices and creating new partnerships and collaborations.

For press accreditation or inquiries please contact apolier@artinfo.com.

Trade and Economic Development

April 3, 2009

Trade and economic development have been the most effective instruments of poverty alleviation during the past 20 years, with almost half the gains made in China. They can play a similar role in Africa and also aid in defusing protracted regional conflicts such as those in the Middle East. This is because economic development not only enables greater consumption, but gives individuals, groups and communities hope and tools to better their situation. A major problem in Gaza and the West Bank, beyond the continued fighting, is the Palestinians’ inability to grow their own economy through export and trade. This lack of control has resulted in feelings of hopelessness and loss of dignity, with many taking up arms as the only solution.

The Doha Round trade talks were initiated by the United States shortly after September 11, 2001 in the belief that greater openness, sharing and trade will increase prosperity in developing and developed nations alike, persuading those in need to realize their potential rather than turn to violence and terrorism. Although difficult to realize in a trade agreement, as we have seen over the past several years, this ambition still speaks to the central role of trade and economic development in enabling individuals and communities to better themselves and work together to reach their goals. It is only through cooperation and mutual support and trust that we can truly turn such challenges as the financial crisis, climate change, terrorism and poverty in Africa into opportunities.

With a multidisciplinary approach emphasizing culture, science, policy and economics, the Global Creative Leadership Summit seeks to identify best practices and generate innovative solutions to the challenges of globalization. Our aim is to provide a forum for discussion and reflection
among leaders of global agencies, industry, science, technology and the arts as well as heads of state to better prepare countries, corporations
and individuals for our present and future challenges.

We simply cannot afford to maintain the status quo. Our primary obstacle is the difficulty of replacing or transforming methods we have become accustomed to over decades. How can we develop measures to avoid rather than create emergencies, of which the global financial crisis is only the latest instance?