CHAIRMAN’S RECEPTION

Navigating the new world disorder

Hosted by Nandan Nilekani & The Economist | January 17th, 2024

For the year ahead, uncertainty is the only certainty. Armed conflict and shifting alliances will continue to reshape the world’s geopolitical order. With 2024 predicted to be the hottest year on record, extreme weather events will challenge businesses and governments and draw attention to just how far we are from emissions targets. Advanced technologies offer a glimmer of hope and competitive advantage, but also carry significant–some say existential–risk. And democracy will be in the spotlight as countries with more than half the world’s population hold elections in 2024.

Against this backdrop, how can leaders strike the “right” balance between caution and opportunism? Businesses are under pressure to transform their businesses to decarbonise and reap the benefits of AI.

But how can leaders equip themselves to pursue these strategic objectives while navigating significant uncertainty at the same time? What does good leadership and success look like in this new environment?

This event explored upcoming trends and pressures on business, governments and society, and how leaders can navigate this uncertain and new territory.

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Speakers

Nandan M. Nilekani

Nandan M. Nilekani
Co-founder & Chairman of the Board, Infosys

Bill Gates

Bill Gates
Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Founder, Breakthrough Energy and TerraPower

Moderator

Zanny Minton Beddoes

Zanny Minton Beddoes
Editor in Chief, The Economist