Agora is a two-day annual get-together to help broaden the horizon and stimulate lateral thinking for the new generation of entrepreneurs or who are taking over the family business and are expanding it, leveraging the opportunities opened by globalization and the technology revolutions.
Agora is about thinking together and sharing experiences and perspectives on the new trends reshaping the economic, business technology and geopolitical scene and assessing their impact on business, personal lives and on the way we relate to the world. It is also about creating new, enriching, relationships and generating new business opportunities.
In ancient Greek city-states, the agora was a central gathering place where citizens would meet to discuss all the issues affecting the life and the future of the city and to attend spiritual and athletic events.
The Growth Net
The Growth Net has been created to reflect the new reality of the global economy.
It is the only event of its kind, with its emphasis not only on the new MNCs but also on the MNCs in the making, with its agenda focused on the common opportunities and challenges, the common ambitions and expectations of the new constellation of growth countries; it is also unique in terms of the business to business interaction it creates.
While existing international business conferences remain centered on the traditional players of the global economy and address issues related to this new constellation of growth as a “side show”, the Growth Net is here to meet a growing need and to fulfill an increasingly relevant and necessary role as linkages among the countries of this group keep expanding.
The Inaugural Edition of The Growth Net was held in New Delhi, India on March 10 to 12, 2012.
Roundtable Japan (RTJ)
Created in 2005 in partnership with Forma Corporation, Roundtable Japan is an annual meeting of a unique nature in Japan.
The Roundtable Japan is a brainstorming platform on the key issues and challenges shaping the future of Japan and brings together Japan’s policy making business and academic elites. It has a cap sized attendance of 180 delegates to ensure that the goals of genuine, outcome-oriented interaction can be met.
Participants comprises top business leaders, opinion-makers, and relevant academic experts from Japan. A significant number of business executives from US, European, Chinese, and Asian corporations involved in Japan will also be participating.
The Roundtable Japan is positioned as a high-profile event, meant to bring together among the most innovative thinkers and leaders, the greatest amount of positive energy, in order to provide a substantial contribution to the on-going discussion on the future of Japan.
International Cooperation and Development Forum on Marine Economy
Smadja & Smadja Strategic Advisory has been mandated by the Shenzhen Municipal Government to organize and manage the Forum (Shenzhen, 15-16 October 2019)
The Forum is hosted by the Ministry of Natural Resources of the People’s Republic of China, the People’s Government of Guangdong Province and the Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government. It is being held in conjunction with the China Marine Economy Expo 2019.
The purpose of the International Forum on the Marine Economy is to bring together international and Chinese policy makers, senior executives from major companies involved in maritime activities and issues and top thought leaders and academics in this domain to share their views and insights on:
- Assessing and discussing the development and growth prospects for the Marine Economy – with the potential economic value of the Blue Economy expected to double by 2030 to reach $3 trillion – and its crucial importance for the global economy, for environment sustainability and for the lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world.
- The technology developments helping not only to optimize the economic potential of the Blue Economy but to ensure the sustainability of the world’s oceans and the necessary international cooperation to stop and reverse the environmental degradation.
- The expansion of ocean-based industries – highlighting their growth and innovation potential, and how they could help in our responses to issues such as climate change, energy and food security.
The overall purpose of the Forum is to share views and expertise on these topics, to create some actionable outcomes through discussions and to enhance areas of further international cooperation.
Mexico Business Summit
Created by Smadja & Smadja (successor of Smadja & Associates) in 2003 for Miguel Alemán Velasco, former Governor of the State of Veracruz in Mexico, now the premier business event in Mexico.
In its last editions, the Mexico Business Summit has so-far attracted some 800 participants per year. It has become the premier, must-attend event on the Mexico business scene, for its networking opportunities and for the high level and innovativeness of its programming. Speakers in the Mexico Business Summit always include top political leaders from Mexico, leading members of Mexico’s corporate, political, and media elites. What marks apart the Summit, however, is its ability to attract international speakers of the highest calibre.
The Mexico Business Summit is produced by Smadja & Smadja.
AIMA’s Global Advanced Management Programme
China – and the Chinese economy – have entered a new stage of transition dictated by domestic as well as international developments. On the domestic front, the structural trend of slowing down growth reflects the fact that the country has entered a phase of economic maturation as well as some major issues that the leadership needs to confront such as the need to address significant financial risks borne out, among other factors, of the unmanaged expansion of shadow banking, or the increasingly lower returns on investments in some sectors of activity. At the international level, the trade war initiated by Washington is just one facet of the broader confrontation between the US and a China now seen as a strategic competitor and a threat to America’s prominence.
The conjunction of these two elements creates a new – very complex – context for China’s policies and evolution for the years ahead worth to understand for any business leader given the tremendous impact that China’s actions and policies will continue to have on the global economic and geopolitical environment.
The AIMA Global Advancement Programme in Beijing will allow participants to achieve the following key objectives:
- Getting an “inside look” at the evolution of the Chinese economy and how the leadership is coping with the domestic and international headwinds that are buffeting it. Where will economic priorities be in the coming years?
- Understanding the policies and actions through which China is accelerating the pace of its technology catch up process and pushing forward towards in the leveraging of disruptive technologies and the digitization of its economy.
- Assessing the impact of the US-China confrontation on the world’s economy and trade and on some key third countries such as India.
- Assessing ways to expand and intensify the India-China business interaction despite the numerous issues between the two countries.
- Getting a better knowledge on how the Chinese system works and how the priority on tight political control and sustainability of the system shape policies in every domain.