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IMG_8892In the afternoon of the first day of GWFDubai on February 23, I rushed from CEO workshop on diversity organized by McKinsey to the plenary panel entitled “Innovative Thinking for the Future of Cities. ”
The reason I had to run around was because the official opening took much longer than scheduled. At the opening, we had Queen of Jordan and Christine Lagarde of IMF as key note speakers, in addition to the leading men and women of Dubai.
IMG_8900I was very happy to see such visionary leaders and was particularly impressed with the session by C. Lagarde. I have always admired her, and she is so clear in what she says and so cool in how she says it. (She also looked stunning.) I was happy to talk very briefly with her at the CEO workshop.
The plenary session on Innovative city was my main role, and we had three other women and one man, moderated by the well known French media leader.
My comment was on the increasing importance of the cities, in particular as innovation hub. I also introduced the Global Power City Index developed by Mori Memorial Foundation. The remarks by other panelists included actual activities by public officials and potential of applying space related project to the cities.  I met with many who came to exchange cards after the session.

IMG_8921IMG_8913Feeling relieved after the plenary panel, I attended some Discovery sessions which is done in an interesting format.

In the evening, I went to spectacular gala dinner hosted by Cartier to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards.  It was such a fabulous event where video of 10 years of Cartier Women Initiative Awards was shown, following welcome remarks by CEO and by C.Lagarde.  I happened to sit next to the finalist of the 1st Award and fond our conversation very interesting and exciting.   We also had some music which I loved.   I left before dessert was served as it was getting late (after 10 pm) and I had been up since 3:00 a.m.  It was a great and inspiring day.  I am so fortunate to be given this opportunity.

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