30 Aug 2022

IFA+ Summit to weigh up risks and opportunities of deglobalisation

The conference, which will take place on 5 September from 10 am to 5 pm at the IFA Convention Area in Hall 23, will examine the risks and opportunities of deglobalisation.

Under the heading “In the Face of Disruption De/Globalisation – The Universal Remedy” , a wide range of national and international experts will come together and share their views on our global world.

While globalisation has opened up new markets and opportunities, it has also been a source of tension which is directly linked to many of the major crises we are currently facing, including climate change, the pandemic, Ukrainian conflict and resulting raw material shortages. As these become increasingly pressing, it seems only fitting that IFA’s IFA+ Summit would centre deglobalisation.

The summit will welcome a wide range of hard-hitting speakers to present their views on the topic. Proponents and skeptics will answer the question “What are the opportunities and risks of deglobalisation?”, offering scientific and philosophical opinions.

A number of hard-hitting speakers have already been confirmed for the summit, including Dr. Reinhard Zinkann, Executive Director and Co-Proprietor of the Miele Group, the world’s leading premium manufacturer of domestic appliances. Dr Zinkann studied Economics, Business Administration, History and the History of Music and Philosophy in Freiburg, Boston (Harvard) and Cologne.

He will be joined by the renowned German philosopher, cultural scientist and publisher Peter Sloterdijk, who has published many articles and books on the topic which have been the subject of much debate.  In particular, his 2005 book entitled ’In the World Interior of Capital: Towards a Philosophical Theory of Globalization’.

Also among the most prominent figures speaking at the IFA+Summit is the economist and former Greek finance minister Professor Yanis Varoufakis, who has witnessed first hand the social, political and economic challenges of globalisation. He will be sharing his views on the topic and help outline concrete practical scenarios for the future.

The IFA+Summit will be moderated by Geraldine de Bastion and Daniel Anibal Bröckerhoff. Over the past 18-years, Ms De Bastion’s work has focused on the digital transformation, international cooperation, innovation and human rights. Mr Bröckerhoff on the other has experience as a journalist and moderator for analogue television, digital video content and innovative events.

IFA+SUMMIT – “In the Face of Disruption De/Globalization – The Universal Remedy”
Location: IFA Convention Area in Hall 23
Date: Tuesday 5 Sept. 10am-5pm