LEAVE IT TO A CITY

TO INSPIRE SOLUTIONS

TO THE WORLD'S PROBLEMS.

LEAVE IT TO A CITY

TO INSPIRE SOLUTIONS

TO THE WORLD'S PROBLEMS.

2017 Chicago Forum on Global Cities

June 7-9, 2017

Solving the world’s biggest challenges takes time.
Start with three days in Chicago.
Big issues. Big ideas. Global cities.

What is the Chicago Forum on Global Cities?

The Chicago Forum on Global Cities, hosted annually by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Financial Times, raises provocative questions about the influence of global cities and how they can solve pressing global challenges. Participating thought leaders and decisions makers make new connections and develop innovative solutions to advance in their own cities. 

Connect with Leaders in the Headlines 

Speakers include business innovators, education visionaries, cultural luminaries, and civic pioneers.

Jamil Anderlini

Asia Editor, Financial Times
HONG KONG
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Irina Bokova

Director-General, UNESCO
PARIS
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Eduardo Paes

Former Mayor, City of Rio de Janeiro
RIO DE JANEIRO
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Oussama Rifahi

Executive Director, Arab Fund for Arts and Culture
BEIRUT
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Michael A. Nutter

Former Mayor, City of  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
PHILADELPHIA
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Jim O'Neill

Former Commercial Secretary to HM Treasury
LONDON
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Janette Sadik-Khan

Former Commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation
NEW YORK
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Richard Florida

Co-Founder and Senior Editor,
The Atlantic City Lab
TORONTO
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Rahm Emanuel

Mayor, City of Chicago
CHICAGO
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Caroline Daniel

Partner, Brunswick and Former Editor, FT Weekend
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Vikram Patel

Professor of International
Mental Health
GURGAON
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Robert Muggah

Research Director, Igarapé Institute
RIO DE JANEIRO
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Martin Wolf

Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times
LONDON
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Ivo Daalder

President, Chicago Council
on Global Affairs
CHICAGO
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Carl Bildt

Former Prime Minister and
Foreign Minister, Sweden
STOCKHOLM
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Dora Bakoyannis

Former Mayor of Athens; Director, Council of Europe, Committee of Political Affairs and Democracy
ATHENS
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Niamh King

VP, Programs and Strategic Content,
Chicago Council on Global Affairs
CHICAGO

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe

Commissioner, London’s Metropolitan Police Service
LONDON
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Khaled Koser

Executive Director, Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund
GENEVA
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Jussi Pajunen

Mayor of Helsinki, Republic of Finland
HELSINKI
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Gert Christen

Director of Technology,
City Innovate Foundation
SAN FRANCISCO
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Carlo Ratti

Director, MIT Senseable City Lab; Founding Partner, Carlo Ratti Associati
TURIN
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Mark Hoplamazian

President and CEO,
Hyatt Hotels Corporation
CHICAGO
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​Gillian Tett

US Managing Editor,
Financial Times
NEW YORK
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Henry Cisneros

Founder and Chairman, CityView 
SAN ANTONIO
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Keith Willliams

President and CEO, UL LLC
CHICAGO
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Patricia McCarney

CEO, World Council on City Data
TORONTO
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Brendan Carr

Lord Mayor of Dublin, Ireland
DUBLIN
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Edward Luce

Chief US Commentator and Columnist, Financial Times
WASHINGTON, DC
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Karen Weigert

Senior Fellow, Global Cities,
Chicago Council on Global Affairs
CHICAGO

Martin Kimani

Director, National Counter-Terrorism Center, Kenya
NAIROBI
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Gerald Lawless

Chairman, World Travel & Tourism Council; Head of Tourism and Hospitality, Dubai Holding
DUBAI
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Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson

US News Editor, Financial Times
NEW YORK
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Leoluca Orlando

Mayor, City of Palermo, Italian Republic
PALERMO
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Sophie Body-Gendrot

Emeritus Professor, 
Université Sorbonne-Paris IV
PARIS
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Andres de Leon

COO, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies
BARCELONA
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Jay Walder

President and CEO, Motivate
NEW YORK
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Richard Lambert

Chairman, British Museum
LONDON
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Reinier de Graff

Partner, Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)
ROTTERDAM
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Who Attends?

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CEOs & business leaders of companies driving the global economy.
Mayors & policymakers working to turn wealthy cities into rich lives. 
Practitioners solving problems and developing new technologies. 
Planners, engineers, & architects designing sustainable cities.
Educators & civic pioneers shaping what—and how—we learn.
Cultural luminaries & artists setting trends and inspiring creativity.

Why attend?

Why Attend?

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Collaborate with partners in other sectors.
Share your experiences and insights.
Influence policy and decision-making.
Learn proven strategies and new technologies.
Engage in discussions that will shape the future.
Understand your role in tackling global challenges.

Who attends?

Agenda at a Glance

DAY 1:
Wednesday, June 7

  • Pre-registration
  • Optional Tours
  • Opening Program
  • Dinner Reception

DAY 2:
Thursday, June 8

  • Breakfast
  • Plenaries
  • Lunch
  • Working Groups and Plenaries
  • Night Owl Session

DAY 3:
Friday, June 9

  • Breakfast
  • Plenaries
  • Closing Lunch
  • Adjournment

PLENARIES

Discover how global cities attract the world’s most ambitious people and innovative companies.

WORKING GROUPS

Identify best practices for tackling security issues, educating tomorrow’s workforce, and using big data to solve big problems.

NETWORKING

Share ideas for growing investments, curbing climate change, integrating immigrants, and reducing violence.

Detailed Agenda

Wednesday, June 7

Unless otherwise noted, all sessions will take place at the Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 South Columbus

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Pre-registration and Check-in
Venue: Park Hyatt Chicago, Lower Level, 800 North Michigan Avenue
4:45 p.m.
Opening Program Registration and Check-in
5:30 p.m. 
Opening Keynote Panel
6:45 p.m.
Opening Networking Dinner Reception

Thursday, June 8

Unless otherwise noted, all sessions will take place at the Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 South Columbus

8:30 a.m.
Breakfast and Gallery Viewing
9:00 a.m.
Plenary Session I
10:00 a.m.
Flash Talk
10:10 a.m.
Networking Break
10:45 a.m.
Plenary Session II
11:45 a.m.
Flash Talk
12:00 noon
Networking Lunch
Venue: Art Institute, Terzo Piano, 159 East Monroe Street
2:00 p.m.
Plenary Session III
3:45 p.m.
Plenary Session IV
9:00 p.m.
Night Owl Networking Session
Venue: NoMI Outdoor Garden, Park Hyatt Chicago, 800 North Michigan Avenue

Friday, June 9

Unless otherwise noted, all sessions will take place at the Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 South Columbus

8:30 a.m.
Breakfast
9:00 a.m.
Plenary Session V
10:00 a.m.
Flash Talk
10:10 a.m.
Networking Break
10:45 a.m.
Plenary Session VI
12:00 noon
Closing Lunch Registration and Check-in
Venue: University Club of Chicago, 76 East Monroe Street
12:30 p.m. 
Closing Lunch Keynote Panel
2:00 p.m.
Adjournment

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