Horasis Global Meeting – 2016


Impressions from the 2016 meeting:

  • The more successful our business the more successful our society.

    Mark Price, Minister for Trade and Investment, United Kingdom

  • Liverpool is a city built on its links around the world.

    George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, United Kingdom

  • Social innovation is necessary.

    Kris Peeters, Deputy Prime Minister, Belgium

  • The recognition of the need for change could start through the process of deep self-introspection.

    F.W. de Klerk, Nobel Laureate for Peace, South Africa

  • I question people’s ability to learn to trust.

    Her Highness Shaikha Al Maskari, Chairwomen, Al Maskari Holding, UAE

  • It will take a generation to re-build trust in the financial sector.

    Antonio Simoes, Chief Executive, HSBC Bank, United Kingdom

  • Future technologies are going to change the way humanity has ever lived. Technology has the power to disrupt.

    Naveen Jain, Co-founder and Chairman, Moon Express, USA

  • Social stability had to be maintained building on traditional senses of community supported by social welfare systems developed.

    Takumi Shibata, CEO, Nikko Asset Management Co, Japan

13-14 June 2016, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Visions for Tomorrow – from Uncertainty to Confidence


Horasis convened the 2016 Horasis Global Meeting in Liverpool on 13-14 June. The event was part of the International Festival of Business, a series of global business events held in Liverpool to celebrate entrepreneurship and economic growth. The annual Horasis Global Meeting is one of the world’s foremost gatherings of business leaders who interact with key government officials and eminent thought leaders. The meeting’s purpose is to advance solutions to the most critical challenges facing corporations today. Download the report and visit the photo gallery.


Economic and political uncertainty are threatening to end an era of global integration that grew through the boom years after the fall of the iron curtain.


Under the theme ‘Visions for Tomorrow – from Uncertainty to Confidence’, participants shared insights on the current state of the world and identified visions to build confidence enabling decisive progress towards a richer society. George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, United Kingdom, presented the opening address. His viewpoints – local and global in reach – provided a base for the rest of the meeting. A special panel with F.W. de Klerk, Former President of South Africa focused on the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate’s unique contribution to world history in initiating, leading and then handing on power in what could be termed Africa’s first Velvet Revolution. The following political leaders addressed the meeting as well: Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, United Kingdom; Mark Price, Minister of State for Trade and Investment, United Kingdom; Kris Peeters, Deputy Prime Minister, Belgium; Huang Weiping, Special Adviser to the State Council of the PRC, China; Ayoob Kara, Minister of Regional Cooperation, Israel; James Rubin, Former Assistant Secretary of State, USA; John Bruton, Former Taoiseach (Prime Minister), Ireland; and Henning Christophersen, Former Vice-President of the European Commission, Denmark.


UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne and Her Highness, Shaikha Al Maskari, Abu Dhabi Nobel Award Winner F.W. de Klerk and Max Steinberg, Chairman of the International Festival for Business


The co-chairs were:


Bo Inge Andersson, Chief Executive Officer, Bo Group Enterprises, Sweden
Carla Cico, Member of the Supervisory Board, Alcatel-Lucent, France
John Holland-Kaye, Chief Executive Officer, Heathrow Airport, United Kingdom
Naveen Jain, Co-founder and Chairman, Moon Express, USA
Shaikha Al Maskari, Chairwomen, Al Maskari Holding, UAE
Martin Richenhagen, Chairman, AGCO Corporation, USA
Dhruv M. Sawhney, Chairman, Triveni Engineering & Industries, India
Takumi Shibata, Chief Executive Officer, Nikko Asset Management Co., Japan
Antonio Simoes, Chief Executive, HSBC Bank, United Kingdom
Jaan Tallinn, Co-founder, Skype, Estonia
Shirley Yeung, Founder & Managing Partner, Dragonrise Capital, China/USA
William Zhang, Chairman, Europe-China Culture and Economy Commission, China


About Horasis:
Horasis – a global visions community committed to enact visions for a sustainable future – provides a unique platform for companies from emerging and developed markets to globalize their organisations. In addition to the Horasis Global Meeting, Horasis hosts summits with a focus on China, India, Russia and the Arab world.


About the International Festival of Business:
The International Festival of Business is a 3-weeks business festival hosted in Liverpool during June-July 2016. Comprising over 100 world-class events, the festival is a key part of the UK government’s ambition to promote economic growth. Backed by the UK government, the festival will cast a light on the spheres of commercial endeavour that are transforming the world’s business landscapes.