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Upcoming: 22nd Credit Suisse Salon
Hong Kong, November 5, 2018
London, June 25, 2018
Janet Yellen: "A trade war could lead to a shallower path of rate hikes."
In an inspiring conversation, Sir John Major, former UK Prime Minister, and Janet Yellen, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from 2014 to 2018, discussed what lies ahead for central banks and monetary policy.
Zurich, December 20, 2017
The More Private Investment, the Bigger the Impact
Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group, together with their host Tidjane Thiam, CEO of Credit Suisse, discussed different paths to achieving philanthropic impact.
Dubai, May 9, 2017
Living in times of uncertainty: the path ahead for the Middle East
Former U.S. Secretary John Kerry sat down in conversation with Sir John Major, former UK Prime Minister and covered a wide range of topics: climate change, the Iran deal, Syria, the root causes for the surge in public dissatisfaction, and the roles of governments and the private sector.
London, November 30, 2016
Can Europe reinvent itself? Consequences for the global economy
In the aftermath of Brexit and the US elections, Sir John Major, Dr. Olivier Blanchard and Romano Prodi discussed the way forward for Europe and the world.
Zurich, May 19, 2016
Emerging Markets – Back to the Future?
In a riveting discussion, former Mexican President Dr. Ernesto Zedillo, economist and former UNDP head Dr. Kemal Derviş and international investor Jim Rogers laid out their perspectives on where emerging markets are headed.
London, November 11, 2015
The rise of cybercrime: can the war against it be won?
Leon Panetta, former U.S. Secretary of Defense and ex-CIA director, and Sadie Creese, Professor of Cybersecurity, University of Oxford, shared with the Salon their insights on cybercrime, its potential impact and possible deterrents.
Tokyo, June 28 & 29, 2015
Japan towards 2030
The Tokyo Salon covered a lot of ground on Japan with an impressive speaker line-up including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, former Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and Masaaki Shirakawa, former Governor, Bank of Japan.
London, October 24, 2014
Future Role of Central Banks
Dr. Ben S. Bernanke, former Fed Chairman, drew out the contours for central banks’ roles in the future and outlined the challenges and opportunities.
Zurich, May 28, 2014
Strategic Opportunities of the Middle East
Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al-Thani, former Prime Minister of Qatar, and Tony Blair, former UK Prime Minister, expressed their optimism about the future of the Middle East.
London, October 22, 2013
From crisis to tapering: considerations on economic recovery in Europe and the US
Eminent economist and former US Treasury Secretary Lawrence H Summers discussed Fed policies and their impact, and other global issues.
Zurich, May 15, 2013
Tapping Africa’s Potential
Two of Africa’s leading lights – Thabo Mbeki, former President of South Africa, and John Kufuor, former President of Ghana – shared with Salon members their views on what the future holds for the African continent.
Hong Kong, October 30, 2012
The Role of the China-USA Relationship in the 21st Century
Former US Secretary of State and Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, former Chief Executive Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Donald Tsangand former US Ambassador to China Clark T. Randt, Jr. shared their perspectives on where the China-USA relationship is headed.
London, May 3, 2012
The Euro Crisis – Collapse or Rescue?
Václav Klaus, Joschka Fischer, Javier Solana and Sir John Major sat down together to discuss Europe's way forward at a very difficult time. Václav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic; Joschka Fischer, former Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor of Germany; Javier Solana, former Secretary General of the Council of the European Union; and Sir John Major, former UK Prime Minister sat down together to discuss Europe’s way forward at a very difficult time.
Zurich, July 5, 2011
The Middle East – Quo Vadis?
Dr. Mohamed El-Baradei, Egyptian opposition leader and former Director General of the International Atomic Energy Association, talked about the current situation in Egypt, the most urgent measures needed and what motivates him personally.
Abu Dhabi, September 20, 2010
Redefining World Trade
Distinguished economist Nouriel Roubini shared his views on how the dynamic shifts in global economic and political power were impacting trade.
Zurich, June 2, 2010
Latin American Opportunities
Dr. Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Léon, former President of Mexico, explained why Latin America has escaped relatively unscathed from the crisis and laid out the roadmap for sustainable success in the region.
Singapore, October 8, 2009
Global Recovery – Asia’s Role & Impact
Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, first Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore and its founding father, assessed Asia’s role and its importance for the global economy – now, and in the future.
London, June 5, 2009
Reshaping the Global Financial System
Paul Krugman, winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, shared his personal views on the crisis and discussed with moderator Sir John Major how, and if, the crisis could have been averted, and what the future financial landscape is likely to look like.
New York, April 17, 2009
The American Renaissance
Former US Secretary of State General Colin L Powell, USA (Ret.) delineated the immense opportunities and challenges that lay before the USA in the context of the recent tectonic shifts in their economic and political landscape.
Zurich, October 31, 2008
Insights into Microfinance
Nobel Peace Prize winner and Grameen Bank founder Muhammad Yunus shared with the Salon the inspiring story of the inception and development of microfinance as a transformational force and his vision for the future.
Zurich, April 23, 2008
Africa: Opportunities Unveiled
Former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan shared with the Salon his deep understanding of what ails Africa and also why he is optimistic about the future of the continent.