the Horasis Global Meeting began in 2016 and it takes place in Lisbon’s neighboring City of Cascais. Horasis is a relatively new community of more than 600 select world leaders (including several heads of government) from 70 countries that get together for a series of intimate talks and experiences designed to share novel ideas around how to sustain and nurture our development into the future.
Cascais is conveniently located 30 minutes away from the Lisbon Airport and the Chairman of Horasis, German entrepreneur Dr. Frank-Jurgen Richter, and the production team did their part to attract some very notable guests including:
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of Portugal, Portugal
António Costa, Prime Minister of Portugal, Portugal
Peter Mutharika, President, Malawi
Mohamed ElBaradei, Former Vice-President of Egypt, Nobel Peace Price 2005, Egypt
José Manuel Barroso, Chairman, Goldman Sachs International, United Kingdom
Nobuyuki Idei, Chief Executive Officer, Quantum Leaps Corporation, Japan
Pedro Duarte Neves, Alternate Chairperson, European Banking Authority, United Kingdom
Lila Tretikov, Chief Executive Officer, Terrawatt Initiative, France
Deborah Wince-Smith, President, United States Council on Competitiveness, USA
Topics of discussion and presentations ranged from scaling emerging technologies, (A.I., FinTech, Big Data, IoT etc.), finding solutions to the United Nations’ sustainable development goals (SDGs) to maintaining optimism in global markets.
As the world evolves and as more global collaboration is needed to address the exponential changes to humanity as we know it, Portugal attracts this global audience to further the conversation and influence the steps required to succeed.
The United Nations Security-General puts it best: “there is no plan B because there is no Planet B. Portugal has empowered the youth and the citizens of their country to create an agenda that will help navigate us through these treacherous waters. Only time will tell what will come from this leadership, but we know that bold action is necessary to achieve bold results.