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Date and Time
9:00-17:30, September 18th, 2017 (followed by a reception, 18:00-20:00)
Creative Evolution in a Volatile World
GLOBIS University, Tokyo, Japan
Expected no. of participants
Registration Fee
58,000 JPY (registration by July 20th)
78,000 JPY (registration July 21st-August 10th)

Launched in 2011, the G1 Global Conference addresses global and regional challenges through English-only discussions. The G1 Global provides a unique opportunity for global leaders to interact, share visions for the future, and develop ideas into concrete actions.

  • 1 Cross-industry, multi-sector networking with opinion leaders and corporate and government decision-makers from around the world
  • 2 An outreach platform showcasing the diverse potential of a changing Japan to the world

This year's theme is “Creative Evolution in a Volatile World.” Deep social divides in the US and Europe can be seen in Brexit and the election of President Donald Trump. Europe and the US are questioning globalization, turning inward and embracing populism that has lead to a volatile world. However, Japan, in contrast, is surprisingly stable economically and politically, with few social divisions.

Meanwhile, developments in technology bring new threats and breakthroughs. New, creative actions are needed to evolve in Politics/Foreign Affairs, Economics/Business, and Technology. At the 7th G1 Global Conference, we will discuss "Creative Evolution in a Volatile World," bringing together the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe.

Theme: "Leadership: Thinking the Unthinkable"

In June, the Brexit triggered an avalanche of events for which most leaders have been unprepared: the resignation of UK PM Cameron, a possible second referendum on Scottish independence, and havoc in the global markets, not to mention the implications for immigration, business, and the world order.

Brexit and the popularity of Donald Trump have confirmed the unthinkable that many political and corporate leaders would not even accept: the scale of public disillusionment at leaders' assumptions that they know what is best for their people and customers. Brexit showed how out of touch the UK government was, and the strategic error of believing they held the high ground of political wisdom.

The Brexit was once "Unthinkable." How can we learn to “Think the Unthinkable”? Nik Gowing, the former BBC broadcaster who is now a Visiting Professor at King’s College London & Nanyang University in Singapore, has conducted research on this topic and will be joining us again as the main G1 Global Facilitator. His research shows us that to respond effectively to events like this, a new type of leadership is required. G1 Global participants will discuss “Thinking the Unthinkable” and taking action, with focus on the realms of business, technology, and diplomacy, and with special attention on the role of Japan.

For more information on "Thinking the Unthinkable," click here.

Date Monday, September 18, 2017
Registration Fee
Number of Pepple
Organized by G1 Institute

Please note that all the session titles, speakers and other details are subject to change.

Gold Sponsor
Ernst & Young ShinNihon LLC
Bronze Sponsors
Edelman Japan
Individual Sponsors
Mr. Naoki Endo
Mr. Ross Rowbury
In cooperation with
Urakasumi Sake Brewery Saura Co., Ltd.
Advisory Board
Robert Alan Feldman 
Senior Advisor of Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities Co., Ltd.
Ken Jimbo 
Associate ProfessorFaculty of Policy ManagementKeio University
Jesper Koll 
WisdomTree Japan KK
Taro Kono 
Member of the House of Representatives
Soichiro Minami 
CEO & Founder, BizReach
Yumiko Murakami 
Head of Tokyo Centre at OECD
Ross Rowbury 
President andRepresentative DirectorEdelman Japan KK
William Saito 
Special Advisor - Cabinet Office, Government of Japan
Makoto Takano 
CEO, Editor-in-Chief of Forbes JAPAN
atomixmedia inc.
Heizo Takenaka 
Professor Toyo University
Professor Emeritus Keio University
Tomohiko Taniguchi 
Special Advisor to the Cabinet of
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Miki Tsusaka 
Senior Partner and Managing Director
The Boston Consulting Group
Yoshito Hori 
President, GLOBIS University
Managing Partner
GLOBIS Capital Partners
International Advisors
Ian Bremmer 
Founder and President
Eurasia Group
Victor Chu 
Chairman and CEO
First Eastern Investment Group
Nik Gowing 
International Broadcaster
and Journalist
Barbara Judge 
Deputy Chairman
TEPCO Nuclear Reform
Monitoring Committee
Moon Chung-In 
Professor of Political Science
Yonsei University
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