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Changes in energy landscape, climate change and divergent demographics between the developed and developing world and powerful new technologies will create intersecting vulnerabilities and opportunities with potentially cascading consequences. Are we ready for a new world order?

Among the confirmed speakers will be Matteo Renzi, Former Prime Minister of Italy; Ehud Barak, Former Prime Minister of Israel; Javier Solana, Former Foreign Affairs Minister of Spain; Ronnie Chan, business man & one of the largest real estate developers in Hong Kong.

Matteo Renzi, Senator for Florence and former Prime Minister of Italy

Matteo Renzi was born in Florence in January 1975. In 2004 he is elected President of the Province of Florence. In 2008 he decides to take on a new challenge: he announces his intention to stand in the primary elections to become candidate for Mayor of Florence. Defying the immobility of the political establishment he manages to win, surprising everyone, receiving 40,52% of the votes cast. In June 2009 he is elected Mayor. In 2012 he announces his candidacy as leader of the Centre-left, standing in the primaries. Meanwhile he continues his commitment as Mayor of Florence. The primary campaign lasts for two months: in a journey by camper van Matteo visits every Italian province and region. However on the 2nd of December he loses the primary elections in a second ballot against Pier Luigi Bersani. In 2013 he stands once again in the primaries, this time for leader of the PD and this time he wins with 67,5% of the vote. In 2014 he becomes Prime Minister of Italy, the youngest in history. After the negative result of the constitutional referendum in December 2016, he resigns as Prime Minister. Following the results of the Italian parliamentary election, in 2018 he resigns as Leader of the PD. Matteo Renzi is currently Senator for Florence. His activity as a politician has been accompanied by his writing: “Fuori!” (2011), “Stilnovo” (2012), “Oltre la rottamazione” (2013), “Avanti! Perché l’Italia non si ferma” (2017)" and a new book out this year: “Un’altra strada”.

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Ehud Barak, Former Prime Minister of Israel

Ehud Barak was born in February 1942 in kibbutz Mishmar HaSharon in what was then Mandatory Palestine. He  is an Israeli general and politician who served as the tenth Prime Minister from 1999 to 2001. He was leader of the Labor Party until January 2011. He previously held the posts of Minister of Defense and Deputy Prime Minister under Ehud Olmert and then in Benjamin Netanyahu’s second government from 2007 to 2013, as he retired from politics at the end of the tenure, though he returned in June of 2019 with the formation of a new party. A Rav Aluf (Lieutenant general) in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Barak is the joint most highly decorated soldier in Israel’s history, having taken part in many battles and combat missions. Following a highly decorated career, he was appointed Chief of General Staff in 1991, serving until 1995. He is a graduate in physics, mathematics, and economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Stanford University. 

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Javier Solana, Former Secretary General of NATO and former EU High Representative For Foreign Affairs & Security Policy

Javier Solana is one of Spanish democracy’s most important political figures, both because of his national standing and his key role in the development of international relations for over three decades. He has been one of the top officials at two supranational organizations of fundamental global importance: NATO and the EU. Pro-European and a champion of multilateralism, he is considered a man of consensus and a skillful negotiator. Solana drew up the EU’s first strategic security doctrine and gave substantial input to the European Security and Defense Policy. Since 2009 Solana has been a regular speaker at important institutions and think tanks such as the Council on Foreign Relations, the Foreign Policy Association and the East West Institute (EWI). Solana began his career as a public administrator in Spain and held the posts of Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Education and Minister of Culture, as well as government spokesperson. In the international arena, he has been Secretary General of NATO, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Commander in Chief of EUFOR. Solana’s term at NATO coincided with a crucial stage in the western defense organization’s history. Nowadays he continues his work focusing on the preparation of the Spanish Security Strategy and is President and Rafik Hariri professor at Esade’s Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics. He is also a Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institute and President of the Aspen Institute in Spain.

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Ronnie C. Chan, Chairman, Hang Lung Properties

Ronnie Chan Chi-chung, born 1949 is a Hong Kong billionaire businessman. In 1976, Chan received his MBA from the University of Southern California. He has received honorary doctorates from Tel Aviv University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. In 1991, Chan became the chairman of Hang Lung Group and its subsidiary Hang Lung Properties. As of 2014, it was one of the largest real estate developers in Hong Kong. He succeeded the chairman position in the companies from his uncle. He is also the vice-president of the Real Estate Developers Association of Hong Kong, a Co-Chairman of the Asia Society and Chairman of its Hong Kong Center, and an advisor to the China Development Research Foundation of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. He has served on the governing or advisory bodies of several think-tanks and universities, including China Foreign Affairs University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and his alma mater, the University of Southern California. He was a director of Enron Corporation and a member of its audit committee when it filed for bankruptcy as a result of fraud. In November 2009, he attended the Horasis Global China Business Meeting in Lisbon, where his criticisms of American financial policy garnered widespread 
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