Chic Icon gets insight from the Chairman and CEO Max Studennikoff regarding the upcoming edition of CC Forum where we participate for the second time as the Official Media Partner. It is an investment conference among world leaders that will take place in the Dorchester Hotel, London on October 17-20th 2023. To address issues of high importance for society- climate change, sustainable energy, environmental preservation, healthcare, and social inclusion- the event gathers up the most reflecting and wise leaders worldwide to share ideas and reflect their thoughts on these crucial issues. The common understanding of the challenges communities face has been evolving due to the rise of awareness of responsible decisions taken by world leaders. Living in such globalized and interconnected societies, the CC Forum takes a leading role in this journey.
The CC Forum believes these complex issues with a high impact should be debated and brainstormed through public discussions to reach the best outcome possible. By convoking experienced and prepared world leaders, CC Forum facilitates a safe environment to discuss and find beneficial solutions for existing paradigms the world is facing. Gathering people from different backgrounds and cultures allows a broader view of how countries handle responsible decisions for the environment and human dignity.
Following the Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations, this edition of the CC Forum will revolve around sustainable developments, environmental impacts, healthcare, social immersion, and education to connect new ideas to essential and influential investors. The core of CC Forum focuses on finding investment opportunities aiming at sustainability and benefiting communities. Innovative thinkers and entrepreneurs have the chance to share their ideas to connect with investors, as well as the possibility of continuous learning.
This edition will take place in London, following a trace of previous editions held in the Kingdom of Bahrain earlier this year with Chic Icon as the Media Partner, Cote-d-Azur and Dubai in 2021, Monaco in 2020, and London during 2020 where the former Queen of the United Kingdom, Elizabeth II greeted the forum.
Max Studennikoff has expressed that the CC Forum focuses on bringing up ideas and taking a step toward an ideal outcome for all of us. Chic Icon had the opportunity to interview Max Studdennikoff, where he gave an in-depth overview of the upcoming CC Forum in London.
What do you intend to promote with the celebration of this 8th edition of the forum in London?
Indeed, we are putting the finishing touches on our upcoming 8th edition of the CC Forum. We are attaching great significance to the London edition, as it is the city where we started and that is exactly where the late HM Queen Elizabeth II gave us her royal greeting back in 2019. The forum has not been in the UK for the last three years due to the covid-induced hiatus. The message we will ‘promote’ is further reconfirming the UK as the spearhead of the green transition. In some way, we are considered as bridging the gap between COP26 in Glasgow and COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh.
Of the different topics to be addressed on the forum, which one do you think should be emphasized the most?
Well, we have been traditionally covering a whole range of topics related to investment in sustainability. However, on this occasion, the one topic that is probably of paramount importance is the short-term and long-term implications of the energy and looming food crises caused by the most significant geopolitical upheaval since WWII.
How do you decide where to start when you have such a big scope of topics?
We are always facing a dilemma when it comes to drafting the agendas of our editions. First and foremost, we take into consideration and focus on the most up-to-date and hot issues. However, much depends on the country in question. For instance, when we were holding our editions in the Middle East on two occasions – Dubai 2021 and Bahrain this year, under the Patronage of HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, and Prime Minister, we were highlighting the set of problems that this particular area has been concerned with – water management, urban development, real estate. When we were holding the edition in Monaco, were more focused on mobility and the naval industry as the Principality has long been known if it’s being home to Formula one and the capital of yachting. Despite Brexit, London remains the world’s key financial hub and much of its agenda will revolve around Investment in Sustainable Finance, capital raising, and startups.
How do you think investment in new technology in a city with millions of population can help to drive efficiency and sustainability across various sectors?
Oh, I am an absolute believer in that. I am positive that investment in such areas as the automotive industry, public transport, construction, and real estate will help make our cities worldwide a lot more sustainable and cleaner. Much is being done in this regard by the likes of the government of Dubai who were some of the first to have famously announced their 2030 program which was then followed by others.
What are the next plans for CC Forum?
We are taking our CC Forum to Los Angeles in March next year. One of our conference days – the 8th of March – we intend to dedicate to an all-out women’s program. That means that whilst gentlemen will remain in the audience day II will only see ladies brainstorming about sustainability issues on the stage, a format we have not used up until now. We are hoping it will be as useful as fun.
Next year will also see the 10th, anniversary edition of CC Forum, take place in Kenya under the high patronage of President Dr. William Ruto and with the support of the Kenyan government. I will be referred to as CC Forum Africa and will get together heads of state, leading entrepreneurs, and global investors for a four-day gathering whose main objective will be exploring the ways of sustainable investment in the African continent.
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