Top global thinker confirmed as keynote speaker at Auckland APEC CEO Summit 2021


Can business become a force for good?

Top international psychologist Jonathan Haidt will be speaking to this question in his keynote address at the APEC CEO Summit 2021 in Auckland in November.

A New York University professor, Haidt was named one of the “top global thinkers” by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines.

For the first time, this year’s CEO Summit is a hybrid gathering of the world’s most powerful CEOs, business leaders, entrepreneurs, prime ministers and presidents of APEC economies. Delegates can attend online or in person at the summit that will be hosted and broadcast from Auckland’s Aotea Centre on November 11-12.

Professor Haidt will discuss the need for businesses to demonstrate how they operate, treat employees and customers, and their ethical engagement with their global supply chains

“By understanding more about our moral psychology and its biases we can design better institutions (including companies, universities and democracy itself), and learn to be more civil and open-minded toward those who are not on our team,” he says.

This year’s Summit will be a hybrid event – live in Auckland and online across the Asia-Pacific.

Genesis Energy Chair and  deputy Chair of public policy think tank The New Zealand Initiative Barbara Chapman will chair this year’s Summit which is supported by premier partners: PwC (Knowledge Partner); Contact Energy; Fonterra; Microsoft; and Westpac NZ.

Professor Haidt joins Canadian scientist and environmentalist Dr David Suzuki, digital innovation expert Amber Mac, and co-founder of low-cost carrier AirAsia, Tony Fernandes, as keynote speakers at the summit.

The APEC CEO Summit 2021 will focus on five themes:

  • The state of the world with-and-post Covid: economic recovery, trade and protectionism.
  • The Digital Disruption Opportunity: digital transformation, technology and innovation, and the importance of digital equity.
  • The Primacy of Trust: ESG (environmental, social, governance) – the next focus for business, and business as a force for good.
  • The Future of Energy: clean technology, renewable energy, and energy transition including hydrogen.
  • The Sustainability Imperative: sustainable growth, climate change, food sustainability and provenance.

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