A Window to Global Challenges

Proud host of the Salon series since 2008

The Credit Suisse Salon is a unique by-invitation-only thought leadership platform which brings together global opinion leaders and influential individuals from the worlds of politics, business and academia.

Through this exclusive platform, we are able to bring together our best clients with leading international decision-makers and encourage a high-level dialogue around current economic, political and social affairs.

Urs Rohner
Chairman of the Board of Directors

Past Salons

  • Changing Center of Gravity

    London, June 12, 2019
    4th Industrial Revolution: Healthcare Transformation

    Nobel Laureate Sir Angus Deaton and Peter Sands, Executive Director of The Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria joined industry experts, investors, and clients to exchange knowledge and ideas about how the future of healthcare is being shaped by the latest artificial intelligence (AI) innovations.

  • Changing Center of Gravity

    Hong Kong, November 5, 2018
    Changing Center of Gravity

    China already has the world’s largest population. Before long it will have the largest economy, while leadership in technology, financing and military power is on the way. Former US Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter, Dr. Keyu Jin, Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and George Yeo, former member of the cabinet of the Singaporean government expressed their views about the impact for the global economy.

  • Janet Yellen:

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

  • Should Children Be Allowed to Buy Everything with Their Own Money?

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.