World Leadership Forum 2008

Event offered by:
The Foreign Policy Association

Event Details

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - Wednesday, September 24, 2008
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
The St. Regis
2 East 55th Street
New York, NY
Event type
Lecture / Panel  

Event Transcripts and Video

Hosted by the Foreign Policy Association and coinciding with the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly, the annual World Leadership Forum brought key policy makers together for two days of events, including panels on the global economy and energy security.

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Watch panel I: The Word from Wall Street


Wednesday, September 24, 2008


300 Madison Avenue at 42nd Street, New York City


8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:50 a.m. Welcoming Remarks by

Brendan P. Dougher, Managing Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

9:00 – 10:15 a.m. Panel I: THE WORD FROM WALL STREET

From the sub-prime crisis to bank failures, where is Wall Street headed? Leading experts from Wall Street give a comprehensive assessment.

Moderated by: Brendan P. Dougher, Managing Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

James E. Glassman, Director U.S. Economic & Policy Issues Research, JPMorganChase

William N. Goetzmann, Professor of Finance and Director, Yale University International Center for Finance

Henry Kaufman, President, Henry Kaufman & Company, Inc.

Gary Parr, Deputy Chairman, Lazard Group LLC.

10:15-11:15 a.m. Panel II: THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC OUTLOOK

With record energy and food prices and growing volatility in global financial markets, what is the outlook for the U.S. and global economies? How will geo-economics affect U.S. foreign policy?

Moderated by: Theodore Roosevelt IV, Managing Director, Lehman Brothers

Marc Chandler, Global Head of Currency Strategy, Brown Brothers Harriman, Associate Professor, NYU

Robert Hormats, Vice Chairman, Goldman Sachs International

William W. Priest, Chief Executive Officer, Epoch Holding Corporation

Paul Sheard, Global Chief Economist, Lehman Brothers


Venue: Waldorf-Astoria (49th Street and Park Avenue)

Hilton/Empire Room

12:00 p.m. Keynote Address by

H.E. Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, President of The Government of Spain

12:30 p.m. Luncheon in honor of H.E. Lech Kaczynski, President of The Republic of Poland


Venue: PricewaterhouseCoopers – 300 Madison Avenue at 42nd Street


How will trends in energy use and acquisition influence the future of international relations? What role will energy security play in shaping the foreign policy of the United States, and how will the growing energy needs of developing countries such as China and India affect international oil markets.

Moderated by: John D. Hofmeister, Former President, Shell Oil Company

Benita Ferrero-Waldner, EU Commissioner for External Relations and Neighborhood Policy

Ashok Gupta, Program Director Air & Energy, Natural Resources Defense Council

Phil Sharp, President, Resources for the Future

Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran, Correspondent, The Economist


3:30 p.m.

H.E. Abdullah Gül, President, The Republic of Turkey

“WLF 2008 Dinner”

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Pierre

5th Avenue at 61st Street, New York City

6:30 p.m. Reception

7:00 p.m. dinner with keynote address by

H.E. Jan Peter Balkenende, Prime Minister, The Netherlands


H.E. Jan Peter Balkenende, Prime Minister, The Netherlands


H.E. Abdullah Gül, President, The Republic of Turkey


The Hon. David A. Paterson, Governor, State of New York

Jean Charest, Premier of Québec

Felipe Calderon, President, Republic of Mexico

Panel II: Global Economic Outlook


Panel III: Energy Security


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