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Former PM Helen Clark to speak at CEO Summit


Addressing the disruption of Covid on the 21 APEC economies and how the region can recover from the pandemic, will be the focus of a keynote interview with former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark at the APEC CEO Summit being hosted in Auckland, New Zealand in November.

Ms Clark will share her thoughts on what we can learn from economies around the world about a pathway forward and discuss opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for business in the APEC region as it reconnects.

“COVID-19 has been a pandemic of inequalities. Recovery from it must focus on inclusion and leaving no one behind. It should also aim to build greater resilience to shocks, and it offers the opportunity to build a green economy,” says Helen Clark.

Helen Clark is a respected global leader and served three successive terms as Prime Minister of New Zealand between 1999 and 2008. She then became the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator for two terms from 2009 to 2017 and was the first woman to lead the organisation.

Recently Helen Clark co-chaired the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response, which spent a year investigating the WHO’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak. Ms Clark briefed the United Nations on the Panel’s report in May this year and continues to work tirelessly to encourage a global response to the pandemic.

Helen Clark joins Richard Edelman,  Professor Jonathan HaidtDr David SuzukiAmber Mac and Tony Fernandes as keynote speakers at the summit. More speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

This year’s APEC CEO Summit is a virtual gathering of the world’s most powerful CEOs, business leaders, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, prime ministers and presidents of APEC economies. Delegates will attend online at the Summit which is being hosted and broadcast from the Aotea Centre in central Auckland on 11 and 12 November 2021 (NZT).

The APEC CEO Summit 2021 will focus on five themes:

The state of the world with and post Covid: economic recovery, trade and protectionism.

The Digital Disruption Opportunity: digital transformation, technology and innovation, and the importance of digital equity.

The Primacy of Trust: ESG (environmental, social, governance) – the next focus for business, and business as a force for good.

The Future of Energy: clean technology, renewable energy, and energy transition including hydrogen.

The Sustainability Imperative: sustainable growth, climate change, food sustainability and provenance.

The Summit is being supported by premier partners:  PwC (Knowledge Partner), Contact Energy, Fonterra, Microsoft, and Westpac NZ.

For more information:

Cas Carter, 021 341 509, APEC2021media@mfat.govt.nz

Visit the website APEC 2021 NZ: APEC CEO Summit for the latest news and information on the programme, speakers and registration.

Media is welcome to attend the APEC CEO Summit 2021. Visit the website for more information.

Follow the CEO Summit LinkedIn @APEC CEO Summit 2021.

Editor’s note:

About the APEC CEO Summit

The APEC CEO Summit is the most influential meeting of business and government in the Asia Pacific. The forum provides opportunities for governance, chief executives and world business leaders to engage with each other and with the leaders of the APEC economies. Each year, the CEO Summit draws the region’s business leaders, intellectuals, and media personalities for interactive discussions with APEC Leaders on key trade and economic issues facing the Asia-Pacific. 

The summit in November will address the biggest challenges and opportunities of our time, providing a forum to develop solutions for the region’s future. It will be a virtual event – live in Auckland, New Zealand and broadcast across the Asia-Pacific. It will provide a unique opportunity to connect with other business leaders around the region. PwC has retained their long association as Knowledge Partner of the 2021 APEC CEO Summit. They are joined by additional Premier Partners Contact Energy, Fonterra, Microsoft and Westpac NZ. Barbara Chapman is the Chair of the APEC CEO Summit 2021.