World Strategic Forum - April 11-12 2016

"We need to bring the educational system up to speed in terms of what the positives are, the negatives are and the risks are, online."

-Gerard Lopez, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Nekton; Founding Partner, Mangrove Capital; Founder, Genii Capital; and Chairman, Lotus F1 Team

"President Obama and President Castro deserve a very special place in history because they were very courageous in taking these steps."

-Enrique García, President and Chief Executive Officer, CAF – Development Bank of Latin America

"It would be a terrible mistake to think you can solve your nation’s problems only from the national perspective. You have to be part of the region, you have to be part of the world."

-Leonel Fernández, President, Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE); and Former President of the Dominican Republic

Pioneering For Growth and Prosperity

6th Edition

Biltmore Hotel

Global Economy | Finance | Innovation
Energy | Infrastructure | International Trade

Theme: " Pioneering for Growth and Prosperity "

Theme: " Pioneering for Growth and Prosperity "

The World Strategic Forum is presented by the International Economic Forum of the Americas. Its mission is to address the major governance challenges of the new world economic order, focusing on the central role of the Americas and in the global market.

The objective of the World Strategic Forum is to foster a better understanding of opportunities and challenges at stake for the Americas in the Global Market. The Forum also seeks to provide a platform for business meetings in a broad spectrum of sectors and to foster economic development.


View the preliminary program of the 2016 edition here


Registration includes participation in plenary sessions, forums, luncheons, breaks and receptions as well as documentation.

Confirmed speakers to date with biographies
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Photo Gallery

Yacouba Isaac Zida, Prime Minister of Burkina Faso
Bill Johnson, Secretary of Commerce, State of Florida; and President and Chief Executive Officer, Enterprise Florida
Víctor Villalobos, Director General, Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA)
John Negroponte interviewing Enrique García Rodríguez
Diane Brady interviewing Gerard Lopez
Redrawing the World Energy Map
Redrawing the World Energy Map
Andrés Rozental, José Miguel Insulza and Leonel Fernández
Jean-Jacques Bouya, Minister for Spatial Planning and Delegate-General for Major Public Works, Republic of the Congo
Amadou Diallo, Chief Executive Officer, DHL Freight
The Infrastructure Imperative: Financing for Development
Demetri Sevastopulo, Shaukat Aziz & Strobe Talbott