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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 decision 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.

Eduardo Paes

Former Mayor, City of Rio de Janeiro
RIO DE JANEIRO
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Mark Hoplamazian

President and CEO,
Hyatt Hotels Corporation
CHICAGO
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Valerie Jarrett

Former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama
WASHINGTON, DC
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John Tory

Mayor, City of  Toronto, Canada
TORONTO
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Richard Florida

Co-Founder and Senior Editor,
The Atlantic City Lab
TORONTO
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Adriana Krnáčová

Mayor, City of Prague, Czech Republic
PRAGUE
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Martin Wolf

Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times
LONDON
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Claudio Orrego

Governor, Metropolitan Region of Santiago, Chile
SANTIAGO
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Ivo Daalder

President, Chicago Council
on Global Affairs
CHICAGO
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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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Carl Bildt

Former Prime Minister and
Foreign Minister, Sweden
STOCKHOLM
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Akel Biltaji 

Former Mayor, City of  Amman, Jordan
AMMAN
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Patrica de Lille

Mayor, City of Cape Town, South Africa
CAPE TOWN
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Robert Muggah

Research Director, Igarapé Institute
RIO DE JANEIRO
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Michael A. Nutter

Former Mayor, City of  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
PHILADELPHIA
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Robert Doyle

Lord Mayor, City of Melbourne,  Australia
MELBOURNE
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Helen Clark

Former Prime Minister of New Zealand; Administrator, UN Development Programme
NEW YORK
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Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe

Former 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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Henry Cisneros

Founder and Chairman, CityView 
SAN ANTONIO
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Carl J. Schramm

University Professor, Syracuse University
SYRACUSE
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Edward Luce

Chief US Commentator and Columnist, Financial Times
WASHINGTON, DC
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Megan Clifford

Director of Strategy and Innovation, Global Security Sciences Division, Argonne National Laboratory
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Charles Montgomery

Founder and Principal, Happy City
VANCOUVER
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​Gillian Tett

US Managing Editor,
Financial Times
NEW YORK
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Misha Glenny

Journalist and author of McMafia
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Denis Mizne

CEO, Lemann Foundation

Jennifer Scanlon

President and CEO, USG Corporation
CHICAGO

Gerald Lawless

Chairman, World Travel & Tourism Council; Head of Tourism and Hospitality, Dubai Holding
DUBAI
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Theaster Gates

Founder, Rebuild Foundation; Director, Arts and Public Life, University of Chicago
CHICAGO
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Oussama Rifahi

Board Member, Arab Fund for Arts and Culture
BEIRUT
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Jamil Anderlini

Asia Editor, Financial Times
HONG KONG
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Brendan Carr

Lord Mayor of Dublin, Ireland
DUBLIN
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Fernando Romero

Director and Founder, FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise
MEXICO CITY
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Niamh King

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

Andres de Leon

COO, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies
BARCELONA
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Claudia Gonzalez Romo

Chief of Advocacy, UNICEF
NEW YORK
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Martin Kimani

Director, National Counter-Terrorism Center, Kenya
NAIROBI
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Carlo Ratti

Director, MIT Senseable City Lab; Founding Partner, Carlo Ratti Associati
TURIN
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Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson

US News Editor, Financial Times
NEW YORK
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Patricia McCarney

CEO, World Council on City Data
TORONTO
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Keith Willliams

President and CEO, UL LLC
CHICAGO
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Ian Klaus

Nonresident Fellow, Global Cities, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
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Ella Overkleeft

Co-founder, Night-Mayor Foundation
AMSTERDAM
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David Paulison

Former Director of FEMA
WASHINGTON, DC
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Phillip Woolley

Partner, Grant Thornton
MANCHESTER
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Jay Walder

President and CEO, Motivate
NEW YORK
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Karen Weigert

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

Steve Levitt

Professor of Economics,
University of Chicago
CHICAGO
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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?

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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

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Registration
Park Hyatt Chicago, Lower Level, 800 North Michigan Avenue
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Pre-Forum Tour: Motorola Solutions Innovation Center
Motorola Solutions Innovation Center, 500 West Monroe, 42nd Floor
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Pre-Forum Tour: United Airlines' Network Operations Center
United NOC, Willis Tower, 233 South Wacker Drive, 27th Floor
5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Registration and Reception
Art Institute of Chicago, Stock Exchange Room, 230 South Columbus Drive
6:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Welcome
Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 South Columbus Drive
Ivo Daalder, President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Gillian Tett, US Managing Editor, Financial Times
Rahm Emanuel, Mayor, City of Chicago, Illinois
6:45 p.m. - 7:55 p.m.
PLENARY: Open Cities, Closed Borders: A Response to Globalization
Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 South Columbus Drive
How do we balance the tension between progressive urban policies and increasingly insular national agendas? How can global cities decrease the growing divide between cities’ and regional populations? How can collective action among a nation’s cities transform their national policies on issues such as immigration, climate, and trade? Are the urban elite out of touch with today’s realities?
 
Helen Clark, Former Prime Minister of New Zealand; Former Administrator, United Nations Development Programme
Carl Bildt, Former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Sweden
Eduardo Paes, Former Mayor, Municipality of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Martin Wolf, Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times
John Tory, Mayor, City of Toronto, Canada
Moderated by Ivo Daalder, President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Opening Dinner & Night Owl Cocktails
Art Institute of Chicago, Griffin Court, 159 East Monroe Street

Thursday, June 8

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast
Art Institute of Chicago, Stock Exchange Room, 230 South Columbus Drive
9:00 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.
PLENARY: Combating Climate Change
Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 South Columbus Drive
Cities currently account for 70 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions – what are the priorities for adapting existing city infrastructure to reverse this trend? How can private sector innovations lead the effort in global cities to combat climate change? How much do cities need the cooperation and collaboration of national governments in order to realize their local climate action ambitions/goals?
 
Patricia de Lille, Executive Mayor, City of Cape Town, South Africa
Carlo Ratti, Director, SENSEable City Lab, MIT Urban Planning
Jennifer Scanlon, President and CEO, USG Corporation
Moderated by Gillian Tett, US Managing Editor, Financial Times
10:10 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
FLASHTALK: Powering Global Cities
Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 South Columbus Drive
Karen Weigert, Senior Fellow on Global Cities, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
10:20 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.
Break
10:40 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
PLENARY: Planning for Disruption, Promoting Resilience
Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 South Columbus Drive
What are the infrastructure demands and who are the stakeholders needed to be engaged to be a resilient city in the 21st century? How can cities prepare for, prevent, or most effectively respond to the natural and man-made disasters our cities will face? How can local, national, and international agencies better coordinate to improve resilience and security?
 
Megan Clifford, Director of Strategy and Innovation, Global Security Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory
Bernard Hogan-Howe, Former Commissioner, London's Metropolitan Police Services
Martin Kimani, Director, National Counter-Terrorism Center, Kenya and Special Envoy CVE
David Paulison, Former Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency; Board of Trustees, UL
Thomas Tighe, President and CEO, Direct Relief
Moderated by Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson, US News Editor, Financial Times
11:50 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
FLASHTALK: Standardizing Data
Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 South Columbus Drive
Patricia McCarney, CEO, World Council on City Data
12:00 noon - 1:45 p.m.
Lunch
Art Institute, Terzo Piano, 159 East Monroe Street
2:00 p.m. - 2:10 pm
FLASHTALK
Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 South Columbus Drive
Demetrius Amparan, Communications Manager, A Better Chicago
2:10 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.
PLENARY: Liveable City, Healthy World
Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 South Columbus Drive
How do global cities manage wellbeing and deliver the living conditions needed to create a thriving, healthy ecosystem? How does urban design contribute to equity of access for diverse populations? What examples are there of cities leading healthcare reform? How do we ensure new urban development reflects the research to create happy cities?
 
Andres de Leon, COO, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies
Robert Doyle, Lord Mayor, City of Melbourne, Australia
Charles Montgomery, Founder and Principal, Happy City
Michael Nutter, Former Mayor, City of Philadelphia; Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia SIPA
Fernando Straface, Secretary-General of Government and Foreign Affairs, City of Buenos Aires
Jay Walder, CEO, Motivate
3:20 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.
Break
3:40 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
FLASHTALK: The Night Mayor
Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 South Columbus Drive
Ella Overkleeft, Co-founder, Night-Mayor Foundation, Amsterdam
3:50 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
PLENARY: Cultural Evolution
Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 South Columbus Drive
How do cities keep cultures of the past alive, vibrant, and relevant while ensuring resources are available to nurture and support the emergence and growth of new city culture? How do artists use art, theater, and music to provoke a new dialogue about diversity and inclusion? How does public art transform the public’s understanding of global realities and redefine the use of public space? How does new technology help to increase access to the cultural heritage of cities – both across city neighborhoods and from the city to the regional?
 
Brendan Carr, Lord Mayor, City of Dublin, Ireland
Jeanne Gang, Founding Principal, Studio Gang
Theaster Gates, Founder, Rebuild Foundation, Director, Arts and Public Life, University of Chicago
Oussama Rifahi, Board Member, Arab Fund for Arts and Culture
Moderated by Caroline Daniel, Partner, Brunswick Group
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Next Generation at the Chicago Forum Reception
CCGA Conference Center, 130 East Randolph Street, Lobby Level
9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Night Owl Session
NoMi Outdoor Garden, Park Hyatt Chicago, 800 North Michigan Avenue

Friday, June 9

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast
Art Institute of Chicago, Stock Exchange Room, 230 South Columbus Drive
8:30 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.
PLENARY: The Urban Crisis
Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 South Columbus Drive
What policy priorities are needed for global cities to drive more sustainable and inclusive prosperity? How does today’s technology revolution affect how cities build a strong, enduring, middle class? How are cities providing access to the skills and training needed for city youth to fill the jobs of tomorrow? Can global cities grow a thriving creative class without a new urban crisis perpetuating small areas of affluence aside much larger areas of disadvantage?
 
Richard Florida, Professor and Author of The New Urban Crisis
Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama; Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls
Mark Hoplamazian, President and CEO, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Denis Mizne, CEO, Lemann Foundation
Claudio Orrego, Governer, Metropolitan Region of Santiago, Chile
Moderated by Edward Luce, Chief US Commentator and Columnist, Financial Times
9:40 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
FLASHTALK: Fragile Cities
Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 South Columbus Drive
Robert Muggah, Research Director, Instituto Igarape
Misha Glenny, Former Central Europe Correspondent, Guardian and the BBC; Journalist and Author of McMafia
9:50 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
PLENARY: The 2017 Urban Challenge: Global Migration and Refugees
Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 South Columbus Drive
With over 65 million refugees, asylum-seekers, and internally displaced people worldwide, and little over 105,000 of UN-assessed refugees resettled annually, what can global cities to do to help solve this crisis? What can be learned from the different experiences of cities responding to the immediate needs of refugees and cities working on long-term integration efforts of economic migrants? How are global cities transforming the language of crisis into one of opportunity? How do we turn best practice into global action now?
 
Akel Biltaji, Mayor, Greater Amman Municipality, Jordan
Henry Cisneros, Chairman, CityView
Claudia Gonzalez Romo, Chief of Advocacy, UNICEF
Khalid Koser, Executive Director, Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund
Moderated by Jamil Anderlini, Asia Editor, Financial Times
11:00 a.m.-11:10 a.m.
FLASHTALK: Designing a Border Town
Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 South Columbus Drive
Fernando Romero, Architect, Founder, Fernando Romero Enterprise
11:10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Break
11:30 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.
FLASHTALK: City Diplomacy
Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 South Columbus Drive
Ian Klaus, Nonresident Fellow, Global Cities, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
11:40 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.
FIRESIDE CHAT: Globalization 4.0
Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 South Columbus Drive
Patricia de Lille, Mayor, City of Cape Town, South Africa
Keith Williams, President and CEO, UL LLC
Moderated by Ivo Daalder, President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
11:55 a.m. - 1:05 p.m.
PLENARY: The Future Economy
Art Institute of Chicago, Stock Exchange Room, 230 South Columbus Drive
What is the role of private capital and public-private partnerships in shaping the future of cities? How are technology, innovation, and data transforming urban economies? Will the workplace disruption of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and other technological advances, also change how capital markets operate and how profit and risk are calculated? How successful have efforts been to recast measures of growth to focus on sustainable, inclusive prosperity? How will the growth of global cities in the developing world shape the global economy?
 
Gerald Lawless, Chairman, World Travel & Tourism Council; Head of Tourism and Hospitality, Dubai Holding
Steven Levitt, Professor of Economics, University of Chicago
Carl Schramm, University Professor, Syracuse University
Phil Woolley, Partner, Manchester, Grant Thornton
Moderated by Caroline Daniel, US Managing Editor, Financial Times
1:05 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 South Columbus Drive
Ivo Daalder, President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Buffet Lunch and Closing Reception
Art Institute of Chicago, Stock Exchange Room, 230 South Columbus Drive

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