Organization:Bloomberg Global Business Forum

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Overview and Purpose

The Bloomberg Global Business Forum is a conference in New York City that brings together many of the most significant world leaders and international CEOs to address some of the most critical questions facing the global economy. Some of the topics addressed in the forum are related to sustained job and economic growth, international trade and immigration policies, the climate change crisis, and reducing inequality while driving economic prosperity. The forum is held during UN General Assembly week, and participation is by invitation only. 

This conference builds on the success of Bloomberg's 2014 and 2016 U.S.-Africa Business Forums, and expands the discussion to a global level with leadership from every continent. The purpose of the conference is to solve the most pressing challenges facing global leaders, which requires partnerships between government and business, as well as targeted investment in critical sectors and economies.

Distinct Differences From Other Offerings

The Bloomberg Global Business Forum is unique from other offerings because it is a gathering of the world's most influential leaders rather than an organization dedicated to assisting students and other entrepreneurers. Although it does not offer direct oppourtunites for students to be involved, it provides videos and livestreams from past and current Forums that provide insight into entrepreneurial and innovative practices that can be useful to students interested in both business and global policy.

Impact Achieved For Students and Campus

The Bloomberg Global Business Forum provides students with many leaders to whom they can look up to in order to learn about leadership and innovation on a global scale. The Forum's videos and livestreams give students a chance to hear industry leaders discuss today's most important topics. By following the arguments made throughout the Bloomberg GBF, students will gain a greater look into the intersection of business and policy on a global scale. These resources, espically considering that they are from the most well known and powerful leaders of our age, are extremely helpful for budding innovators. The Forum is also a good place that students can aspire to be invited to speak at one day!


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Tim Cook Talks Global Leadership


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  • Mastercard
  • Uptake

Participating Countries

Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Australia, Republic of Austria, Kingdom of Belgium, Kingdom of Bhutan, Republic of Botswana, Republic of Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Republic of Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, People’s Republic of China, Union of the Comoros, Republic of Croatia, Kingdom of Denmark, French Republic, Gabonese Republic, Republic of The Gambia, Georgia, Republic of Ghana, Republic of Haiti, Hungary, Republic of Iceland, Italian Republic, Hashemite, Kingdom of Jordan, Republic of Kazakhstan, Republic of Kiribati, Republic of Kosovo, Republic of Latvia, Kingdom of Lesotho, Republic of Macedonia, Republic of Malta, Islamic Republic of Mauritania, United Mexican States, Mongolia, Republic of Namibia, Republic of Nauru, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Sultanate of Oman, Republic of Palau, Republic of Panama, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Republic of Serbia, Republic of Seychelles, Republic of Singapore, Slovak Republic, Republic of Slovenia, Saint Lucia, United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of Turkey, Tuvalu, Republic of Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Republic of Zambia

2017 Agenda & Speakers


  • The Honorable William J. Clinton, 42nd President of the United States
  • Michael R. Bloomberg, Founder of Bloomberg L.P. and Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • His Excellency Mr. Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic of France
  • Jack Ma, Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group

Civic Leadership from CEOs; Challenges and Opportunities

  • Tim Cook, CEO, Apple
  • Michael R. Bloomberg, Founder of Bloomberg L.P. and Bloomberg Philanthropies

Perspective: How Financial Institutions Can Deliver Broad-Based Prosperity

  • Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairman, State Bank of India 

The Prospects for Expanding Trade

  • The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
  • His Excellency Mr. Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Laurence D. Fink, Chairman and CEO, BlackRock
  • Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman, CEO & Co-Founder, Blackstone

View from Europe: The European Union in the Twenty-First Century

  • The Honorable Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the European Commission

Perspective: Africa and the Sustainable Development Goals

  • His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana

Why the UN's Sustainable Development Goals are Good for Business

  • Ajay Banga, President and CEO, Mastercard
  • John Elkann, Chairman and CEO, EXOR
  • Anand G. Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group
  • Arif Naqvi, Founder and CEO, The Abraaj Group
  • Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever

China's Belt and Road Initiative and the Changing Landscape of Global Commerce

  • The Honorable Cui Tiankai, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the United States
  • Lucy Peng, Executive Chairman, Ant Financial
  • Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Founder and CEO, Paytm
  • Zhang Xiaoqiang, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of the Executive Office and Legal representative of the China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE)

Morning Close

  • Robert K. Steel, Partner and CEO, Perella Weinberg Partners 

View from Ankara: Security for a Region in Flux

  • His Excellency Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of the Republic of Turkey 

Development, Investment and the Future of Energy in the Middle East

  • His Excellency Yasir bin Othman Al-Rumayyan, Chief Executive, Managing Director and Secretary-General of the Board, Public Investment Fund, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and ADNOC Group CEO
  • Lloyd Blankfein, Chairman and CEO, Goldman Sachs 

Climate Change, Mass Migration and Economic Transformations

  • His Excellency Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of the Republic of Gabon
  • His Excellency Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission
  • Isabelle Kocher, CEO, ENGIE 
  • Strive Masiyiwa, Founder and Executive Chairman, Econet Wireless 

Perspective: The Future of Global Cities

  • Jean Liu, President, Didi Chuxing 

View from Rome: Global Challenges - a Holistic Approach

  • His Excellency Paolo Gentiloni, Prime Minister of the Italian Republic 

How Technology is Disrupting Poverty, Energy and Health Care

  • Aliko Dangote, President and Chief Executive, Dangote Industries Limited
  • Bill Gates, Co-Founder, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 
  • Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo 
  • Masayoshi Son, Chairman and CEO, SoftBank Group Corp.

Afternoon Close

  • Michael R. Bloomberg, Founder of Bloomberg L.P. and Bloomberg Philanthropies

News about the Conference

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