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Creating the Future Economy, Tianjin, People's Republic of China, 11-13 September 2012

The arrival of the 7 billionth person on the planet is a 21st century milestone that signals opportunities and challenges of an unprecedented scale. The optimal future scenario assumes that the global economy can deliver social cohesion, technological innovation, sustainable consumption and meaningful employment. The discussions in Tianjin will focus on how to ensure that the right values, incentives and models are in place to deliver the best possible outcomes for global prosperity, national competitiveness and entrepreneurial growth for future generations.

In this context, "Creating the Future Economy" serves as the theme of the Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2012 and requires an exploration of the following four sub-themes:

  • Rethinking traditional markets and existing value chains

  • Rising to societal challenges through entrepreneurial solutions

  • Reinventing institutions and industries through innovative models

  • Recognizing the new frontiers of science and technology

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A select group of executives from the world's most influential companies are also invited as Mentors of the Meeting to exchange experiences and ideas on critical issues with the New Champions. Jeffrey A. Joerres, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ManpowerGroup, is among this year's Mentors.

Joerres will participate in the following sessions:

European Crisis, Global Impact
Tuesday 11 September 10:30 

What is the impact of the European crisis on the global economy?
Dimensions to be addressed:

  • EU emerging market trade and investment

  • Role of the euro in the international monetary system

Leadership: Turning Chaos into Engagement
Tuesday 11 September 12:00 

Joerres shares his perspective with Global Growth Companies on the leadership skills that are essential to maintaining an engaged and outcome-oriented workforce in the midst of an ever-changing, complex and challenging environment.

For more information on the summit, you can view the program of events here.

David Arkless, ManpowerGroup President of Corporate and Government Affairs, will participate in the following sessions:

Is Asia ready for a knowledge transformation?
Tuesday 11 September 14:00 
– 15:30 

Dimensions that will be explored include:

  • Development of talent and leadership

  • Creating an environment for knowledge sharing across borders

  • Innovation and investment in R&D

Redefining the Human Capital Agenda
Wednesday 12 September 09:30 

The global economy is facing crises of both structural unemployment and an unprecedented skills gap. In order to move the needle towards a solution for this critical issue, this session will explore what measures and approaches will help economies use their human capital endowment more effectively to avoid people being "the most wasted resource on the planet"?

This is the first of a pivotal dialogue series which aims to connect the areas of primary, secondary and tertiary education with skills, lifelong learning, entrepreneurship and talent mobility, all within the context of demographics (youth bulges, ageing populations, the female workforce).

Other ManpowerGroup participants in the forum are:

Darryl Green, ManpowerGroup President of Asia-Pacific and Middle East





Danny Yuan, ManpowerGroup China Managing Director