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.

Dr. Isher Judge Ahluwalia

Chairperson of Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations
NEW DEHLI
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Eduardo Paes

Former Mayor, City of Rio de Janeiro
RIO DE JANEIRO
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Irina Bokova

Director-General, UNESCO
PARIS
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Olaf Scholz

Mayor, City of Hamburg, Germany
HAMBURG
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Richard Florida

Co-Founder and Senior Editor,
The Atlantic City Lab
TORONTO
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Valerie Jarret

Former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama
WASHINGTON, DC
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Michael A. Nutter

Former Mayor, City of  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
PHILADELPHIA
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David Paulison

Former Director of FEMA
WASHINGTON, DC
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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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Martin Wolf

Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times
LONDON
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Jennifer Scanlon

President and CEO, USG Corporation
CHICAGO

Mark Hoplamazian

President and CEO,
Hyatt Hotels Corporation
CHICAGO
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Robert Muggah

Research Director, Igarapé Institute
RIO DE JANEIRO
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Patricia McCarney

CEO, World Council on City Data
TORONTO
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Charles Montgomery

Founder and Principal, Happy City
VANCOUVER
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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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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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Dora Bakoyannis

Former Mayor of Athens; Director, Council of Europe, Committee of Political Affairs and Democracy
ATHENS
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Edward Luce

Chief US Commentator and Columnist, Financial Times
WASHINGTON, DC
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Henry Cisneros

Founder and Chairman, CityView 
SAN ANTONIO
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​Gillian Tett

US Managing Editor,
Financial Times
NEW YORK
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Fernando Romero

Director and Founder, FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise
MEXICO CITY
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Brendan Carr

Lord Mayor of Dublin, Ireland
DUBLIN
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Niamh King

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

Jim O'Neill

Former Commercial Secretary to HM Treasury
LONDON
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Misha Glenny

Journalist and author of McMafia
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Oussama Rifahi

Executive Director, Arab Fund for Arts and Culture
BEIRUT
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Leoluca Orlando

Mayor, City of Palermo, Italian Republic
PALERMO
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Karen Weigert

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

Jamil Anderlini

Asia Editor, Financial Times
HONG KONG
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Jay Walder

President and CEO, Motivate
NEW YORK
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Reinier de Graff

Partner, Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)
ROTTERDAM
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Martin Kimani

Director, National Counter-Terrorism Center, Kenya
NAIROBI
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Sophie Body-Gendrot

Emeritus Professor, 
Université Sorbonne-Paris IV
PARIS
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Jussi Pajunen

Mayor of Helsinki, Republic of Finland
HELSINKI
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Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson

US News Editor, Financial Times
NEW YORK
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Carl J. Schramm

University Professor, Syracuse University
SYRACUSE
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Gerald Lawless

Chairman, World Travel & Tourism Council; Head of Tourism and Hospitality, Dubai Holding
DUBAI
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Keith Willliams

President and CEO, UL LLC
CHICAGO
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Andres de Leon

COO, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies
BARCELONA
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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

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Registration
Park Hyatt Chicago, Lower Level, 800 North Michigan Avenue
5:45 p.m.
Opening Program Registration
Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 South Columbus Drive
6:30 p.m. 
Opening Panel
7:45 p.m.
Opening Dinner Reception
Art Institute of Chicago, Griffin Court, 159 East Monroe Street

Thursday, June 8

8:30 a.m.
Breakfast
Art Institute of Chicago, Stock Exchange Room, 230 South Columbus Drive
9:00 a.m.
Plenary Session I & II 
Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 South Columbus Drive
12:00 noon
Lunch
Art Institute, Terzo Piano, 159 East Monroe Street
2:00 p.m.
Plenary Session III & IV
9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Night Owl Session
NoMI Outdoor Garden, Park Hyatt Chicago, 800 North Michigan Avenue

Friday, June 9

8:30 a.m.
Breakfast
Art Institute of Chicago, Stock Exchange Room, 230 South Columbus Drive
9:00 a.m.
Plenary Session V & VI
Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 South Columbus Drive
12:00 noon
Closing Lunch
University Club of Chicago, 76 East Monroe Street
2:00 p.m.
Adjournment

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