Global Innovation Summit & Gala Dinner


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Imperial College London is partnering with the GFCC – Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils – to deliver a high profile conference entitled Cities: Competitive, Innovative, and Sustainable from the 29th-30th November 2016.

In cities population growth is routinely outstripping infrastructural renewal. This is creating a persistent appetite for innovation in sectors such as public utilities, environmental infrastructure and healthcare to name just a few. As more and more of the world’s population continues to flood into city – a percentage that is set to reach 66 by 2050 – this trend will only continue.

As innovation becomes more critical for cities talent and technology are being perpetually encouraged to unite to drive economic growth. Cities – and the businesses that drive them – not only need to look inwards now but outwards to the global stage where becoming and remaining attractive is a constant issue for denizens and their leaders.

The conference will bring together entrepreneurs, policy makers, CEOs, investors, thinkers and innovators from around the world.

Speakers will include Chad Halliday, Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell; Alice Gast, President of Imperial College London; Mehmood Khan, Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer, PepsiCo; Lord Malloch Brown; Keoki Jackson, VP and CTO, Lockheed Martin; Alan Mitchell, Executive Director, Cities at KPMG Canada; Dr. Geoff Mulgan, CEO, NESTA; Dr. Erik Stenehjem, Executive Director of IP and Tech Transfer, Qatar Foundation; Dr Chris Locke, Head of Portfolio Strategic Policy Division at Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, Australian Government; Prof. Tan Sri Zakri Abdul Hamid, Science Advisor to the Prime Minister, Federal Government of Malaysia. You can see a full list of speakers here.

Panel conversations and break-out group sessions will investigate four themes:


How different stakeholders and technology come together in cities to improve urban living and how cities are connected with their surrounding regions.


How cities are transformative entities that change continuously, creating resilience to external and internal pressures.


How sustainability in cities plays an active role in public health, wellbeing and competitiveness.


How freedom of expression plays a role in city growth and development.

A Gala Dinner at the Guildhall will close the event. It will be themed ‘Envisioning our urban future’ and feature four Imperial academics presenting visions of the future based on their own academic research.

IBP members will have 2 places reserved at the day event and 4 at the Gala dinner. Non-IBP members may buy via the event’s Eventbrite page here.

Contact us at to register your interest. Find out more about the GFCC here.

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