Event London, 21 Jun 2016

2016 Global Cities Symposium

The Symposium was a highly targeted, invitation-only event attended by more than 150 senior representatives from business, cities, academia, international organisations and wider urban stakeholders, including leaders from 9 global business capitals: Beijing, Boston, Buenos Aires, Chicago, London, Madrid, Moscow, Paris and San Francisco.

The symposium provided the opportunity for participants to:

  • network with their peers from the public and private sectors
  • share their views on the outputs of the work streams undertaken and what this means for all stakeholders
  • debate their key priorities and challenges
  • shape the agenda for the Alliance’s future work.

Agenda for 2016 Global Cities Symposium:

12:00-13:30      Networking Lunch

13:30-14:00      Opening Conversation

  • Val Shawcross, Deputy Mayor for Transport, London
  • Jean-Louis Missika, Deputy Mayor for Economic Affairs, Paris
  • Sir Michael Rake, Chair, Global Cities Business Alliance
  • Chair: Prof Michael Enright, University of Hong Kong

14:00-15:00      Panel: Cities and Business together for Growth
Through research and interviews in more than 15 global business capitals, the Alliance has examined a range of models for city-business interaction. This panel will highlight their findings and explore how cities and businesses can work together to support economic growth. 

Opening address: Jonathan Dimson, Partner, McKinsey & Co

  • Jonathan Dimson, Partner, McKinsey & Co
  • Gordon Sheret, Managing Director Cities &  Communities, ENGIE
  • Mark Chandler, Director, San Francisco Mayor’s Office of International Trade and Commerce
  • Diego Santilli, Deputy Mayor, Buenos Aires
  • Chair: Linda Yueh, Co-Chair, GCBA

15:00-15:30      Coffee Break

15:30-16:30      Panel: Housing for Inclusive Cities
Accessible housing is a key issue facing many of the world’s leading cities. The Alliance has examined the economic implications of this challenge, its impact on employees, and the steps cities around the world are taking to address it. This panel will review their findings and explore how businesses can help cities to address this challenge.

Opening address: Nick Anstee, Senior Director, King & Wood Mallesons

  • Nick Anstee, Senior Director, King & Wood Mallesons
  • Stephen Engblom, Global Director of AECOM Cities
  • Jean-Louis Missika, Deputy Mayor for Economic Affairs, Paris
  • David Lunts, Executive Director Housing and Land, Greater London Authority
  • Tim Williams, Chief Executive Officer, Committee for Sydney
  • Chair: Nicholas You, Co-Chair, GCBA

16:30-18:00      Round Table Discussions (running in parallel)

  • Software and Hardware – Optimizing Infrastructure Development for Urban Mobility
    Efficient urban mobility is a top priority for city and business leaders. This session seeks to explore how cities can weigh decisions around the development of new mobility infrastructure assets on one hand and the deployment of digital technologies to enhance the efficiency of existing assets on the other.
  • The Power of Place Making – Roles for Businesses, Cities and Knowledge Institutions in Building Vibrant Cities
    Making cities and neighbourhoods attractive to talent is a multifaceted challenge and a shared priority for city governments, businesses and knowledge institutions.  This session will explore the contributions the different stakeholders can make to this objective and what support they need from the others.

18:30-21:30      Reception & Gala Dinner