Coming from 18 countries, some 200 leaders, intellectuals and NGO representatives took part from Thursday to Saturday in the 2nd Zermatt Summit. A quality platform of discussions and sharing in favour of humanizing globalization, the 2011 edition benefited from the contributions of prestigious speakers such as the founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi or the economist Hernando de Soto. The third edition will take place from June 21st to 23rd, 2012.
« The result is clearly positive, for instance we had a lot more young business leaders than last year, » shares Christopher Wasserman, President of the Zermatt Summit. « Our ambition is to contribute towards humanizing practices in a globalized business environment, to change hearts and minds. To this effect, we need to dialogue with the leaders of the next generation to show them that this is not only possible or desirable but that it benefits the companies themselves ».
If participation increased to 200 people of 18 nationalities, it is especially the return of some of last year’s speakers as participants that delighted the organization team: « We clearly cherish the quality of talks, including the informal ones in a high level event whilst maintaining a human scaled size » pursues Christopher Wasserman. « It is what people like about this summit and we will keep an eye on the dimension of this meeting to protect this specificity ».
With the « Servant Leaders » theme as a Red Thread, emphasizing the role and the responsibility of business leaders, this 2011 edition was paved with numerous memorable speeches such as that of Jimmy Wales (founder of Wikipedia), Shirin Ebadi (Nobel Peace Prize 2003) or Hernando de Soto (Institute for Liberty and Democracy). The Zermatt Summit also welcomed a delegation from the Aconcagua Summit (www.aconcaguasummit.org), a sister event that will take place from October 13 to 16 in Chile.
In 2012, the third edition of the Zermatt Summit will take place from the 21st to the 23rd of June on the theme of “Towards the Common Good”. « For next year, we wish to work even more on fostering the diversity of participants and speakers, in order to further enrich the discussions » explains Christopher Wasserman.
The condemning of financial, economical, ecological and social imbalances gave rise to real questioning of the macro-economical paradigm, throwing light on the specific responsibility of leaders and encouraging them to innovate in their own respective fields of activity, finally inviting them to use their influence to humanize the world.