Opening Plenary Knowledge, New Economy & Global Prosperity
O E C D Plenary Catch the Train of the Knowledge Era: National Strategies
MBN Plenary Nurturing Creative People
PricewaterhouseCoopers Plenary e-Business is Business (Meta-Capitalism)
GKP Plenary Addressing the Digital Divide: Issues of Equitable Access in Development
McKinsey Plenary Understanding the New Economy
Opening Plenary  Knowledge, New Economy & Global Prosperity

The world is rapidly emerging towards a knowledge-based economy. Can the new economy prevail in the current global society? What are the impacts of the new trends in the global society? How do we narrow the knowledge gaps between developed and developing countries? What are the roles of global organizations and developed countries in the face of the knowledge divide? What advices can we suggest to the governments of developing countries?  

Martin, Peter   Deputy Editor , The Financial Times
Thurow, Lester   Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Professor of Management & Economics , MIT Sloan School of Management
Romer, Paul M.   STANCO 25 Professor of Economics, Graduate School of Business , Stanford University

O E C D Plenary  Catch the Train of the Knowledge Era: National Strategies

Without the interest, support and commitment of civil society, the knowledge train may slow down or be broken into carriages moving at different speeds, not all of them in the same direction In this context, what are the strategies to be implemented by governments, the business sector, unions and other key actors? This plenary will encompass various themes including economic growth, social cohesion and political stability.  

Young, Soogil   Vice-Chairman , Korea National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (KOPEC)
Ormala, Erkki   Director, Technology Policy , Nokia Corporation
Evans, John   Secretary General , Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OCED(TUAC)
Andersson, Thomas   President , IKED (International Organisation for Knowledge Economy and Enterprise Development)

MBN Plenary  Nurturing Creative People

An organization is bound to succeed if employees think and work together in a creative environment. How can we cultivate such an environment? What are the ways to revitalize employed emotionally disconnected from the organization employees? Can artificial intelligence replace human tacit knowledge? How can we stimulate personal creativity within an organization?  

Davis, Robert   CEO , Lycos Inc.
Buckman, Robert H.   Chairman of the Executive Committee, Board of Directors , Bulab Holdings, Inc.
Siler, Todd   Founder and Chief Creative Officer , Think Like a Genius, LLC

PricewaterhouseCoopers Plenary  e-Business is Business (Meta-Capitalism)

In its simplest terms, e-business is the application of new technologies and processes to enhance, evolve, and often replace traditional ways of doing business. But taken further, e-business is a holistic, integrated, strategy-driven undertaking. It goes beyond isolated, front-end projects (e.g., building a web site). It demands that enterprises examine, and probably change the way they perform basic business functions: sales, marketing, customer service, purchasing, operations, overseas initiatives, knowledge management, human resources, finance, and, of course, IT.  

Young, Dale   Vice Chairman , PricewaterhouseCoopers
Yoo, Sang Boo   Chairman & CEO , Pohang Iron & Steel Co. Ltd
Morick, Stewart   MCS E-Business Americas Leader , PricewaterhouseCoopers

GKP Plenary  Addressing the Digital Divide: Issues of Equitable Access in Development

Dramatic advances in information and communications technology, and associated global flows of information and knowledge pose both great opportunities and great risks for developing countries. These risks are greatest in rural areas, where the majority of the world's poorest are concentrated, and where access to new technologies is minimal and often difficult and expensive. To assure that the full opportunities of the information revolution are brought to the poor, in ways that can help them create new opportunities and sustainable futures for themselves and their children, the international community must act in innovative and creative ways, and in partnership. These efforts must encompass all sectors; local and national governments and international organizations; the private sector, both local and global; academic, research and non-governmental organizations; and rural communities themselves. Representatives of the Global Knowledge Partnership will analyze the scope of the challenges, share the experience of the approaches being taken by various sectors, and discuss how these efforts can be leveraged through partnership.  

Weigel, Gerolf   Deputy Head of Division , Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation
Shahabudin, Sarifah Hapsref   Professor of Medical Education , NITC Malaysia
Meyanathan, Saha Dhevan   Principal Economist, Private Sector Development Unit , East Asia and Pacific Region, The World Bank
Karp, Philip   Manager, Knowledge Networks and Distance Learning , The World Bank Institute, The World Bank

McKinsey Plenary  Understanding the New Economy

This session is focused on understanding major forces at work driving the "New Economy". Such forces as globalization, free movement of capital, and digitalization are bringing about changes in various aspects of our lives. A good example of this is a rapid and significant drop in interaction costs driven by digitalization. Through this session, participants will have a chance to understand the key implications of the emergence of the "New Economy". In addition, they will also understand challenges to be faced by companies that will lead the "New Global Game" and become winners in the long run.

Choi, Jung Kiu   Partner , McKinsey & Co.
Gupta, Rajat   Managing Director Worldwide , McKinsey & Company, Inc.
Bryan, Lowell   Director , McKinsey & Co.