The 2021 Global Action Summit was presented for the first time as a virtual event. The timing at the end of 2021 was designed to provide an opportunity to synthesize major findings and lessons learned from disruptions of COVID and to frame a new solutions-oriented agenda to create more resilient and inclusive food, health, and economic systems.
The Summit engages the world's most influential thinkers in business, academia, capital markets, government, and international nonprofits working on adaptive solutions to reimagine food, health, and economics in our COVID-disrupted world. Among the program partners are
· World Bank
· United Nations
· UC Davis
· Vanderbilt University
· Harvard Business School
· Ernst and Young (EY)
· FINN Partners
· Rotary international
· Oak Ridge Associated Universities
· Social Progress Index, among others.
A partial list of speakers includes,
Fareed Zakaria (CNN), Host and Moderator
Jon Clifton, Global Managing Partner, GALLUP
Martina Cheung, President of S& P, Global Market Intelligence
Abby Maxman, President, Oxfam America
Michael Green, President, Social Progress Imperative
Bruce Gellin, Chief of Public Health Strategy, Rockefeller Foundation
Mary Lou Valdez, Deputy Director, PAHO, U.S. Representative to WHO
Khalid Abu-ismail, Senior Economist, UN-ESCWA
Elizabeth Usovicz, Rotary International
Rob Dongoski, Partner, Food and Agribusiness Lead, EY
Julio Frenk, President, University of Miami
Joxel Garcia, 14th Assistant Secretary for Health, and US Representative, World Health Organization during SARS Epidemic
Scott Miller, President and CEO, Circles USA
Efoso Ojomo, Global Prosperity Lead Researcher, Christensen Institute, Harvard Business School
The Summit also included release of major new reports and announcements for the launch of new initiatives. Through a new partnership with Oak Ridge Associated Universities, the Summit program serves as the foundation for the creation of a new research agenda to solve problems in the food/health/prosperity nexus through the work of the National Lab and their network of 127 affiliated research universities.
The overall objective was to conduct an end-of-year synthesis of findings and recommendations for action that can strengthen the local and global food, health, and economic systems as we continue to adapt and move beyond the impact of the pandemic.