Island Finance Forum 2021

About The Event

The Island Finance Forum brings together senior financiers, development partners and regulators to share and exchange expertise on sustainable and inclusive financial structures in island communities. The Forum aims to highlight the unique financial challenges faced by global island communities and the solutions for sustainable economic recovery and inclusive growth in a post-pandemic world.

This virtual event will be accessible to attendees from across the globe in a variety of interactive sessions, including networking opportunities to meet and exchange ideas face to face or in small groups. Attendees can choose which of the topics and sessions they actively participate in and after the event many will also watch and comment on the session recordings.

The Island Finance Forum will:

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Bridge the gap between sustainable development practitioners and financial stakeholders.

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Help island stakeholders access expert knowledge and financial opportunities available to them.

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Showcase the economic opportunities available from investing in the sustainability sector on islands – particularly impact investing and ESG.

Island Finance Forum 2021

Free Registration!

Register now to attend the various online sessions taking place 13-16 April 2021.

Registration is FREE, but spaces are limited, so reserve your spot now!

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Island Finance Forum 2021

Key Topics

The Island Finance Forum will address the following topics:

Impact Investing & ESG

Climate Change, The Blue Economy & Natural Capital

Insurance & Risk Management

Economic Growth in a Post-Pandemic World

Financing the Green Energy Transition & Low-Carbon Infrastructure

Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies

Access to Finance & Debt Restructuring

Fintech for Financial Inclusion

Island Finance Forum 2021

Meet our Speakers

More speakers coming soon!

Hon. Curtis Dickinson

Minister of Finance, Government of Bermuda

Mr. Curtis L. Dickinson was elected to the House of Assembly on June 7, 2018 to represent Constituency 25 – Warwick North East. He is currently employed as the Group Head of Private Banking at Butterfield Bank. He is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Finance. He furthered his studies at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business where he received a Master of Business Administration degree. Prior to his return to Bermuda in 2006, Mr. Dickinson worked in the United States and the United Kingdom as an investment banker raising capital for companies in the media & telecommunications and consumer & retail industries with Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corporation, Credit Suisse First Boston Corporation and Wells Fargo Securities. Mr. Dickinson currently serves as the chairman of the Bermuda Hospitals Board and is a trustee of the Montessori Education Trust. Previously he served as chairman of the Board of Education, deputy chairman of the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation and director of the Bermuda Land Development Company.
Hon. Curtis Dickinson

Minister of Finance, Government of Bermuda

Kristina Háfoss

Secretary General, Nordic Council

Kristina is a Faroese economist and lawyer and former MP and Minister. Kristina was Minister of Finance of the Faroe Islands from 2015-2019 and has also been a member of the boards of directors of various companies in the Faroe Islands and chair of the Faroese Economist and Lawyers Union. Kristina is currently the Secretary-General of the Nordic Council.
Kristina Háfoss

Secretary General, Nordic Council

Hon. Vittus Qujaukitsoq

Minister of Finance & Mineral Resources, Government of Greenland

Qujaukitsoq was appointed as Minister of Finance and Interior of Aleqa Hammond cabinet from May 2013 to November 2014. After November 2014 to 2017 Qujaukitsoq was Minister of Industry, Labour, Trade and Foreign Affairs of Kim Kielsen cabinet. After disagreements on complaint to United Nations for environmental restoration of former U.S. Military installations in Greenland. He was previously a member of Siumut, and served as Minister of Industry, Labour, Trade and Foreign Affairs, caretaker as Minister of Finance and Foreign Affairs on two occasions during 2014-2017 in the Kielsen government.

He founded the patriotic party Nunatta Qitornai in March 2018 prior to the Parliamentary election in April 2018.

Vittus Qujaukitsoq was elected to Greenland Parliament on behalf of Nunatta Qitornai, and was appointed as Minister of Mineral Resources and Labour in May 2018 in Kim Kielsen government III. He then was appointed as Minister of Finance and Nordic Cooperation in October 2018. After the cabinet was including the Demokraatit, Qujaukitsoq has been Minister of Finance since October 2019.

Hon. Vittus Qujaukitsoq

Minister of Finance & Mineral Resources, Government of Greenland

Angelique Pouponneau

CEO, Seychelles Conservation & Climate Adaptation Trust

Angelique Pouponneau is CEO of Seychelles’ Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust, barrister and attorney at law. She is a legal expert in climate change, oceans and global commons. She is a speaker on youth, Blue Economy, Islanders' rights in the face of rising sea levels, climate change, and legal barriers to gender equality.
Angelique Pouponneau

CEO, Seychelles Conservation & Climate Adaptation Trust

Angella Rainford

CEO and Founder, Soleco Energy

Angella is the founder of Soleco and Rekamniar Frontier Ventures (“Rekamniar”). Rekamniar co-developed one of the largest solar plants in the Caribbean and the largest in Jamaica (51 MWp). Prior to this, Angella worked at Goldman Sachs in the Merchant Banking division (Principal Investment Area) in London and New York.

Prior to joining Goldman, she worked as part of the portfolio team at Sterling Stamos, a private investment management firm specialized in alternative and multi-asset investment solutions. She began her career as a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company in New York.

Angella has served as an advisor to Helios Investment Partners, a $3.0 billion private equity fund based in London focused on investments in Africa. She is also served on the Board of Directors for GK Capital Management, the financial advisory and investment arm of the GraceKennedy Group, and currently is a Director of PanJam Investment Limited, GK UK Foods, and JN Money Services, a subsidiary of the Jamaica National Building Society.

Angella holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge. She also graduated with a BA (magna cum laude) in Government from Harvard College.

Angella has travelled to >70 countries and lived on 3 continents. She is a keen motorcyclist, classical pianist, and has her private pilot license. She has also climbed 3 of the 7 summits.

Angella Rainford

CEO and Founder, Soleco Energy

Rt. Hon. Lord Zac Goldsmith

UK Minister for Pacific & the Environment

Frank Zacharias Robin Goldsmith, Baron Goldsmith of Richmond Park PC (born 20 January 1975) is a British politician and journalist who serves as Minister of State for Pacific and the Environment. He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Richmond Park from 2017 to 2019, previously holding the seat between 2010 and 2016. A member of the Conservative Party, he was its candidate at the 2016 London mayoral election, which he lost to Sadiq Khan of the Labour Party. Ideologically characterised as having liberal and libertarian views, Goldsmith is known for his support for environmentalism, localism and Brexit.
Rt. Hon. Lord Zac Goldsmith

UK Minister for Pacific & the Environment

Jackie Marati

Senior Vice President, Bank of Guam

Jacqueline (“Jackie”) A. Marati is the eldest of the eight children of former Speaker Joaquin C. Arriola and former Senator Elizabeth P. Arriola. She attended Cathedral Grade School and graduated salutatorian from the Academy of Our Lady of Guam in 1972. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science at Vassar College in 1976, where she was student government secretary from 1975-1976 and class president from 1977-1986.

Marati began her career at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City as a Credit Officer and Management Trainee. She moved to San Francisco and after four years became Vice President of the Retail Banking Group at Wells Fargo Bank. She then co-founded EM & T Corporation, a telecommunications and office systems company in which she was director of Administration and Finance, Operations and Sales.

Jackie Marati

Senior Vice President, Bank of Guam

John Miller

President, Board Director, & Co-Founder, Mana Pacific

John has 20 years of energy & microgrid industry experience in the Pacific, in isolated, and in high-risk regions. John is skilled in strategic planning, transformative business models, international business & logistics, entrepreneurship, and utility RE project development and financing. John was mentored by Utu Abe Malae who was Executive Director of the American Samoa Power Authority, working to combat critical environmental challenges in American Samoa and greater Polynesia.
John Miller

President, Board Director, & Co-Founder, Mana Pacific

Adam Borison

Senior Vice President, Nathan Associates

Dr. Adam Borison, an internationally recognized energy consultant, has applied advanced analytic methods to strategy, valuation, operations, and risk in power and fuels for more than 25 years. He has led engagements in investment evaluation, performance improvement, corporate M&A, ERM, project planning and management, product pricing and design, capital allocation, and government policy and regulation. He has submitted expert testimony in arbitration, litigation, and regulatory settings in the US and abroad.
Adam Borison

Senior Vice President, Nathan Associates

Chantal Dagnaud

President, Institutions & Strategies SAS

Chantal Dagnaud is a lawyer in European public law and a consulting engineer in international affairs. She specializes in international project management, public-private co-financing, European grants, and lobbying.
Chantal Dagnaud

President, Institutions & Strategies SAS

Geoff Sinclair

Managing Director, Camco Clean Energy

Geoff Sinclair is Camco’s Managing Director and has 25 years’ experience in clean energy and climate finance. He joined Camco in 2015 after 10 years working for Standard Bank, during which time he built and led the bank’s multi-award-winning international climate finance business. Geoff has completed transactions on over 1GW of renewable energy and efficiency projects across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, and has experience across a wide range of technologies and financing structures in both the primary and secondary markets.
Geoff Sinclair

Managing Director, Camco Clean Energy

Sandra Uwantege Hart

Blockchain Innovations & Cash Transfer Lead, Oxfam

Sandra is Rwandan-American and has 10+ of experience in natural disaster response and humanitarian work across the Caribbean, Pacific Islands, West Africa and Southeast Asia, including in microfinance, the UN and INGOs. She is currently the creator and lead of Oxfam’s award-winning UnBlocked Cash Project, the world’s first crypto-enabled digital cash assistance programme, involving and 19 organisations serving over 16,000 people across 3 countries. Sandra is also a panel expert for the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum and a Regional Ambassador to the Pacific for the Global Blockchain Business Council. She is also the co-founder of Emerging Impact, a blockchain for social impact advisory firm.
Sandra Uwantege Hart

Blockchain Innovations & Cash Transfer Lead, Oxfam

Hon. Dr. Gale T C Rigobert

Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development, Government of Saint Lucia

Dr. Gale T C Rigobert obtained her first degree in Government with first class honours from the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, and was awarded a Swiss scholarship in 1996 to pursue a post-graduate diploma in at the Institute of International Relations, St. Augustine. During that period, she won a National Cambridge Commonwealth Scholarship and pursued a Master of Philosophy in International Relations at the University of Cambridge (1998) where she was awarded the title of Sir Patrick Sheehy Scholar. In 2007 she received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in International Relations from UWI St. Augustine and is the author of the book, Bridging the Digital Divide? Prospects for Caribbean Development in the New Techno-economic Paradigm. Dr. Rigobert has previously lectured at the University of the West Indies, served as a member of the Senate, and as an advisor on National Development to the Ministry of Finance, Economic Affairs and National Development. Dr. Rigobert’s “call” to politics long preceded her actual entry into the arena in April 2011, literally on the expiration of her one year’s secondment to the Government of Saint Lucia as Advisor on National Development. After a gruelling seven-month campaign, Dr. Rigobert emerged victorious in a three-way fight, beating two other women, incidentally! Dr. Rigobert made history by becoming the youngest and first female Leader of the Opposition in Saint Lucia on 1 February 2014. Following the success of her party (The United Workers Party) at the June 2016 national polls, she was appointed Minister of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development in Saint Lucia. Dr. Rigobert is passionate about infusing the formal curriculum with gender-sensitive learning, with the view to raising a new generation of citizens who have a heightened sense of gender awareness, gender-appropriate behaviours and the importance for the healthy co-existence of the genders. Dr. Rigobert is very cognizant of the overarching goal of sustainable development and what that means especially for small islands states (SIDS) such as Saint Lucia. In that regard, Education, Gender Relations and Innovation are intimately interwoven, and strategic to the quest to leverage science, technology and critical thinking to devise creative and innovative ways to improve the Saint Lucian economy and the wellbeing of the people.
Hon. Dr. Gale T C Rigobert

Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development, Government of Saint Lucia

Johannes Zutt

Director of the Strategy, Risk, Results and Learning Department at The World Bank

Johannes Zutt became the Director for Strategy, Results, and Risk in the World Bank’s Operations Policy and Country Services (OPCS) vice presidency in January 2019.

In this role, Zutt focuses on strengthening the results focus and managing the risks of World Bank operations as well as the overall staff learning program. He also plays a key role in various strategic engagements, including for IDA.

Before joining OPCS, Zutt served as the World Bank’s Country Director for Turkey. Previously, he held several other Country Director positions for: Comoros, Eritrea, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles and Somalia; and also for Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan.

In 2008, he served as the acting head of the Department of Integrity (INT), the anti-corruption unit of the World Bank Group, and prior to that, as the Adviser to one of the Bank’s two Managing Directors.

From 2000 to 2006, he worked as the Country Program Coordinator for Angola, China, Malawi, Mongolia, Mozambique, and Zambia, as well as the team leader for numerous country strategies and projects.

A Dutch national, Zutt joined the World Bank in 1999. He has a J.D. from Harvard University and a D.Phil. (in philosophy) from the University of Oxford.

Johannes Zutt

Director of the Strategy, Risk, Results and Learning Department at The World Bank

Sharmyn Powell

Chief Risk Officer, Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB)

Ms Sharmyn Powell has been employed at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank for the past 24 years and currently holds the position of Chief Risk Officer. She leads the Office of Corporate Strategy and Risk Management with responsibility for Enterprise Risk Management, Compliance, Strategic Plan development and monitoring and Business Continuity Management. Prior to assuming this role, she served in various capacities at the Bank including, Deputy Director, Accounting Department, Director, Currency Management Department and Director, Support Services Management Department. She is the Chairperson of the Bank’s internal Fintech Working Group, which is leading the implementation of the pilot project for the issuance of a block-chain based digital version of the EC Currency.

Ms Powell is a Certified Accountant (ACCA), and also carries the designations of Chartered Director (C. Dir) and Audit Committee Certified (A.C.C).

Sharmyn Powell

Chief Risk Officer, Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB)

George Siosi Samuels

Managing Director, Faiā

George Siosi Samuels is the Managing Director of Faia, a consultancy for high-growth startups and communities. He helps entrepreneurs and professionals get back on path by building productive communities. Having been named one of Australia's Top Community Builders by Pause Fast, and featured by the likes of Adobe, Slack, and Foundr, he constantly looks for ways to build communities that last.
Thanks to his diverse career, unique upbringing, and Polynesian roots, George understands the concept of community as a part of his culture. With time, he extended his understanding into a strong concept-driven approach to community building for various startups including Draper Startup House (previously Tribe Theory Startup Hostels), co-working spaces such as Dimension⁵ and Hub Australia, and legal tech firms such as LawAdvisor.
With more than 7 years of experience across SEA and Australia as a community builder, George is a true expert at building communities for ventures and loves motivating people into action.
George Siosi Samuels

Managing Director, Faiā

Yabanex Batista

Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Caribbean Biodiversity Fund

Yabanex Batista is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund where he oversees operations and development of new initiatives. With over 20 years of experience he has focused his career on international financing institutions and sustainable financing for conservation and development, government relations and policy, and Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs). He has extensive experience on environmental negotiations, establishment of conservation trust funds and other financial mechanisms, fundraising and resources mobilization, and climate change adaptation and mitigation in Small Islands Developing States (SIDS), Latin America and the Caribbean, and Africa.

Prior to joining the CBF he worked for GITEC/GIZ (German Government Technical Cooperation Agency) in Mexico, The Nature Conservancy’s International Government Relations Department and Europe Office, the World Bank-GEF Unit, the United States Geological Survey, and IPAM (Amazon Environmental Research Institute) in Brazil. He holds an MA in International Relations and Environmental Policy from Boston University.

Yabanex Batista

Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Caribbean Biodiversity Fund

James Ellsmoor

Director, Island Innovation

James Ellsmoor is the Director of Island Innovation, a communications agency focused on the need of island communities. He has a passion for sustainable development and renewable energy, particularly applications for rural and isolated communities. Last year he ran the inaugural Virtual Island Summit, which brought together 4,000 participants from Scotland to Samoa to share stories about their communities. James has always used technology to advance his mission, allowing him to live and work anywhere and manage a team spread over 4 continents. Island Innovation focuses on bringing together NGOs, the private sector, universities and government with projects covering topics including lithium extraction, climate change and public policy.
James Ellsmoor

Director, Island Innovation

Hon. Rui Augusto Gomes

Minister of Finance, Government of East Timor

Rui Augusto Gomes is an East Timorese politician, administrator and academic. He is the incumbent Minister of Finance, serving since November 2020 under the VIII Constitutional Government of East Timor led by Taur Matan Ruak. Previously, he served in the same office in the earlier VII Constitutional Government, as economic adviser and Chief of Staff to the President of East Timor, and as a university lecturer.
Hon. Rui Augusto Gomes

Minister of Finance, Government of East Timor

Dr Martin Kimmig

Chief Risk Officer, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

Kimmig heads AIIB’s Risk Management Department. His main responsibilities are to ensure the stability and financial continuity of AIIB. He oversees risk capital allocation and utilization, manages financial and non-financial risks, including reputational consequences, as well as fosters a strong risk culture throughout the Bank. He further oversees the Bank’s compliance and integrity function assuring KYC/AML/Financial Crime and sanction compliance. Before joining AIIB in September 2016, he was with the Rock Creek Group where he served as Managing Director covering emerging market equities. Previously, he spent 24 years at the World Bank, primarily at the International Finance Corporation, where he held leadership positions in both investment operations and risk management. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Freiburg, Germany. Kimmig is from Germany.
Dr Martin Kimmig

Chief Risk Officer, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

Hon. Simon Kofe

Minister for Justice, Communication & Foreign Affairs, Government of Tuvalu

Hon. Simon Kofe was appointed as the Minister for Justice, Communication & Foreign Affairs, in the cabinet of Kausea Natano following the 2019 Tuvaluan general election. He is the son of a Tuvaluan teacher at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Suva, Fiji, he is educated in a primary school of the Marist Brothers in Suva. He attended secondary school in various schools while his parents worked in countries of Oceania.
Hon. Simon Kofe

Minister for Justice, Communication & Foreign Affairs, Government of Tuvalu

Island Finance Forum 2021

Agenda

More details coming soon

Wednesday

April 14, 2021

Official Opening Session

The opening session of the Island Finance Forum will provide an overview of the key topics and areas of discussion taking place across the two-day event.

Economic growth in a post-pandemic world

This session will explore approaches and solutions for economic recovery and inclusive growth in a post-pandemic world.

Impact Investing and ESG

How can impact investing and ESG drive sustainable and green economic growth for island communities?

Financing the Green Energy Transition & Low-Carbon Infrastructure

Using different case studies, this panel will discuss moves to cleaner and sustainable energy and the role of finance as an enabler to the green energy transition and a low carbon future.

Insurance & Risk Management

Mitigating risk in small economies and finding creative insurance solutions for infrastructure projects.

Pacific Islands Energy Roundtable

The session co-organised with Mana Pacific will analyze and discuss solutions to the specific financial challenges Pacific Islands face in the sustainable energy transition including:
– Access to capital
– Cost of equipments (lack of scale)
– Master planning for renewable energy and island resiliency (lack of coordination)
– Geopolitical issues

Networking Sessions

We will host interactive networking sessions on each day of the Forum where attendees can jump from table to table and meet key stakeholders from across the globe, engage with one another and make connections.

Thursday

April 15, 2021

Climate Change, The Blue Economy & Natural Capital

What opportunities does The Blue Economy and Natural Capital offer to mitigate climate change across island communities?

Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies

How can blockchain & cryptocurrencies accelerate sustainable development?

Fintech for Financial Inclusion

How can Fintech transform the way organisations operate?

Access to Finance & Debt Restructuring

This session will explore approaches needed/being implemented to steer economies towards resilient and green growth.

Networking Sessions

We will host interactive networking sessions on each day of the Forum where attendees can jump from table to table and meet key stakeholders from across the globe, engage with one another and make connections.

Closing session

This closing session will focus on the crucial messages derived from the key themes and lessons-learned during the Forum with a look at how they can help inform approaches going forward for the benefit of island communities.

Island Finance Forum 2021

Sponsors & Partners

Sponsors

Get in touch with us today and find out how you can support the Finance Forum.

Click Here to Learn More about Sponsorship Options.

Invest Barbados

GOLD SPONSOR

Invest Barbados (IB) is an economic development agency of the government of Barbados. IB is responsible for attracting, winning and sustaining international investment for Barbados. The corporation is also responsible for helping to develop and manage the Barbados international business brand.

Mana PACIFIC INC.

”Mana” throughout the Pacific is the “life force” within all living things and is grounded in the Hawaiian tradition of “Ahupua’a” or Collective and Equitable Prosperity.

We are a renewable energy project development Benefit Corporation focusing our ‘mana’ on delivering resilient and renewable energy projects that reduce dependence on imported fossil fuels and lessens the impact on the environment while improving the equitable access of sustainable, affordable energy.

We are different because of Our People and Our Approach.

We are addressing energy and resource scarcity and climate risk in the Pacific by employing transformational, disruptive, and regenerative business models and solutions to create opportunities for change at every segment of the economic spectrum.

By returning the Pacific Island Communities to their ancestral ways of living in a self-sustaining manner which operates in harmony with their environment, we can create jobs, reduce waste, spur economic growth, restore our cultural identity, and most importantly, Empower the Pacific!

Nathan Associates

SILVER SPONSOR

Nathan Associates delivers creative, viable, and defensible analytic and economic solutions for government and commercial clients around the world. Our multidisciplinary, high-performing teams use a proactive, structured approach to navigate complexity, mitigate risk, and optimize success on every engagement. For more than 70 years, clients have relied on Nathan to handle complex, high‐stakes assignments, and provide exceptional value.

Camco Clean Energy

Camco Clean Energy is a fund manager specialising in climate and renewables. With 30 years’ experience in the sector, the Camco team provides practical financing solutions to lead the clean energy transition, pairing the conscience of a development bank with the agility of a small private company. Camco currently manages around $200m and is active in the development of financing facilities for island nations.

Caribbean Biodiversity Fund

BRONZE SPONSOR

Established in 2012, the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF) is the realization of a bold vision to create reliable, long-term funding for conservation and sustainable development in the Caribbean region. The CBF and a group of National Conservation Trust Fund form the Caribbean Sustainable Finance Architecture, which, among other objectives, supports and incentivizes targeted Caribbean nations to meet the goals of the Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI), national conservation priorities, and targets under other international and regional commitments.

Partners

Roundtable

Pacific Islands Energy Roundtable

The Pacific Islands Energy Roundtable invites key stakeholders from the 22 Pacific Island Nations to plan and execute a cohesive strategy to adopt resilient solutions for the Pacific.  This is an invitation only event available to individuals and organizations working on island resiliency initiatives in the Pacific.

The roundtable will centre on the participant’s creation of tangible and actionable solutions that address the Pacific’s resilience needs. There are 4 key topics that will be covered during the session:

  • Cost-Effective Standardized Renewable Energy Systems in the Pacific Islands
  • Regional Coordination
  • Access to capital
  • Geopolitics

Island Finance Forum 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should attend the Island Finance Forum?

The forum is the first of its kind, and totally free! You can learn from world-leading experts from diverse backgrounds about the latest projects being deployed in island communities, with applications far beyond. Each session will be interactive with opportunities to ask questions and make connections. This year we are expanding to have even more features!

How do I participate?

All are welcome to participate in the summit – feel free to invite friends and colleagues. Participants can take part in every session, or simply choose the sessions most relevant to them and are all encouraged to join the social media conversation.

Will the forum be recorded?

The forum will be broadcast LIVE, taking place over multiple days in various timezones. Ideally, we want guests to join live as there will be opportunities to ask questions and interact with fellow attendees. However, all sessions will be recorded and made available online a few weeks after the forum.

Can I speak or recommend a topic?

We are continually adding more speakers and sessions! If you would like to nominate a speaker click here.

Can I sponsor the event?

We have limited opportunities for sponsors of specific sessions or the event as a whole. If you are interested in sponsoring the event please get in touch.

Can we organize a local streaming?

We are exploring opportunities to screen parts of the summits on islands around the world to ensure local communities can take part. If you would like to organize a screening on your island please get in touch.