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Fueling our Future: The Geopolitics and Economics of Energy in the 21st Century

With seven billion people in the world (nine billion projected by 2050), many of whom live in rapidly developing countries, the need for modern technologies with their attendant energy demands is increasing at an exponential rate. Will it be possible to provide sufficient energy for this generation and the next? How will the energy race change global economies and politics?

Join CGA faculty members and experts in the field to discuss the changing landscape of global energy: its potential, challenges, and impact on how we live today.

Thursday, October 12, 6:30–7:45 p.m.

Innovation is a key driver of growth for firms and nations worldwide. But we can no longer rely on the “more for more” innovation formula—costly R&D, resource-intensive and polluting supply chains—that has sustained growth in the West for decades. Resource scarcity, climate change, new technologies, and empowered customers/citizens are compelling businesses and governments to learn to “do better with less.” Frugal innovation is a radically new paradigm that enables companies to generate greater social and economic value using fewer resources. Entrepreneurs in emerging markets such as Africa, China, and India are using frugal innovation to leapfrog the West in education, finance, energy, and healthcare—launching ultra-affordable solar panels, energyefficient medical devices, and schools-in-a-box. And now, Western nations are embracing frugal innovation to serve thrifty, socially conscious, and eco-responsible citizens at home.

Join Vijay Vaitheeswaran of The Economist in conversation with Navi Radjou, author of Conscious Society (2018), and business leaders for a discussion on how the private, public, and nonprofit sectors could join forces and adopt frugal principles and techniques to co-build sustainable societies and overcome the challenge of climate change.

Monday, October 23, 6:30–7:45 p.m.

The last three years have proven tumultuous for energy producers in the Middle East. In 2014, OPEC elected to maintain production levels, while the US shale revolution drove prices down to new lows. OPEC’s most recent decision to work with Russia and other non-OPEC countries to curtail production has created only a minimal rebound. Most of the region’s economies continue to endure economic weakness as a result of the extended price drop, with significant implications for social and political stability. To add to these challenges, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates cut ties with Qatar in June, creating perhaps the worst diplomatic crisis to hit Gulf Arab states in decades. The embargo remains, affecting Qatar’s energy trade and raising questions about shifting regional relationships, particularly between Qatar and Iran. CGA Academic Director Carolyn Kissane will examine these issues and others in a fascinating panel discussion on the geopolitics of energy in the Middle East.

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