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Bain's Global Future Councils

Bain's Global Future Councils

The World Economic Forum's Network of Global Future Councils is the world's foremost interdisciplinary knowledge network dedicated to promoting innovative thinking on the future.

The network convenes more than 700 of the most relevant and knowledgeable thought leaders from academia, government, business and civil society, grouped in expertise-based, thematic councils. They provide thought leadership on key global challenges, and the impact and governance of emerging technologies.

Members of the network meet annually at the Annual Meeting for the Global Future Councils in the United Arab Emirates, and virtually several times a year, to monitor trends, identify global risks, discuss ideas and explore interconnections between issues. They also develop recommendations and integrate their findings into World Economic Forum activities such as the Annual Meeting in Davos and regional and industry events, as well as into global decision-making processes.

Global Future Council on the New Economic Agenda

Global Future Council on the New Economic Agenda

A member of the Global Future Council on the New Economic Agenda, Karen Harris is the Founder and Managing Director of Bain & Company’s Macro Trends Group, based in New York.  The Bain Macro Trends Group (MTG) is the capability group for developing Bain’s insights about global macroeconomics, macro social trends and geopolitics as they impact the results of Bain’s clients.  The group’s proprietary research includes work on trends driving global growth in GDP and in capital markets, as well as specific geographic analyses (including China, the United States, and the Eurozone), which it uses to help clients understand the potential impact of the volatile global environment on their businesses. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Committee on US-China Relations, and the Economics Club of New York. The New Economic Agenda Council explores the future of new economic models, standards and policies, addressing globalization, technological change, rising inequality and sustainability concerns.

Global Future Council on Europe

Global Future Council on Europe

A member of the Global Future Council on Europe Olivier Marchal is the Chairman of Bain & Company France and a leader in Bain's Retail and Private Equity practices. He was the Managing Director France from 2001 to 2008 and subsequently the Regional Managing Director of Bain & Company EMEA. He is an expert on French Competitiveness, an advisor to the current President Macron, and is frequently solicited by media and industry for his perspective on the topic as well as on other macro-economic issues. He is also on the  board of various NGOs and organisations, including the thinktank PlaNet Finance. He is also a co-founder of the French Cercle du Management in collaboration with Les Echos, a yearly meeting with the heads of France’s CAC 440. The Global Future Council on Europe examines the ability of democratic governance to adjust to the changing economic context, considers how Europe can drive necessary reforms, and helps European decision-makers develop an inspiring narrative for the region, including an ambition to assume global leadership in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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