Monday 11th June - Prefonference Day

9:00am - 2:30pm — FDI Training Seminar

6:30pm - 8:30pm — Welcome Reception

Tuesday 12th June - Conference Day One

8:00am - 8:45am — Registration

8:00am - 8:45am — Sponsored Breakfast (by invitation only)

8:45am - 9:00am — Welcome & Opening Remarks

9:00am - 10:15am — Panel I - The Next 25 Years: Water Wars & Climate Change

Demand and competition for water is growing, with many experts predicting humanity will exhaust the world’s clean water supply before there is a shortage of fossil fuels. Water-intensive industries will address responsible consumption of this precious resource, and discuss environmental issues and sustainable development as demand for agricultural advancement, clean water, and energy production grow across the globe. What will the next 25 years bring, and how will we balance industrial growth with sustainable development?

10:15am - 10:45pm — Networking Break & Country Profile

10:45am - 11:45am — Industry Snapshot: Energy & Renewables

11:45am - 1:00pm — Lunch

1:00pm - 2:00pm — Panel II - Workforce Development & Talent Acquisition

This panel explores the role of partnerships between industry and education in preparing students and employees for the modern workforce, and how companies and governments attract and retain top talent.

2:00pm - 3:00pm — Panel III - Cybersecurity: Opportunities & Obstacles

Securing data and protecting intellectual property has never been more important or more challenging. How will companies and governments address these issues so critical to economies across the world?

3:00pm - 3:30pm — Networking Break

3:30pm - 4:30pm — Panel IV - Rise of the Robots

Robots and artificial intelligence are replacing traditional workers across myriad industries around the world. What will this mean to future generations, and how can we best prepare for these inevitable changes?

4:30pm - 5:30pm — International Business Festival Keynote & Cocktails

6:30pm – 9:00pm — Own the Night Networking Reception

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  • I've been referencing some of the insights I gained from the panel discussions which validates for me that it was time well spent."
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