From Davos to Digital

Frank-Jurgen Richter's unexpected mastery of the virtual summit

Watch the highlights of the 2020 Horasis Extraordinary Meeting

Highlights of the 2020 Horasis Extraordinary Meeting hosted on Run The World

Frank-Jurgen Richter runs a one-man operation of global consequences. And when 2020 is over, he might have done what he and his community thought was completely unimaginable: transitioned the legendary Horasis global economic summits entirely online.

As a former director of the World Economic Forum, Frank knows the power of getting the right people in the room together. In 2005, he founded Horasis The Global Visions Community, an international think tank of distinguished business and policy leaders dedicated to the innovation and development of sustainable emerging markets. The Horasis conferences were celebrated as incubators of new initiatives, providing platforms of cooperation and knowledge-sharing between governments, international organizations, and governments.

Prior to Covid-19, it was nearly unthinkable these conversations could happen virtually.

But in July, with the world firmly in lockdown and his scheduled Horasis India Meeting no longer viable as a physical event, Frank embraced the digital opportunity to go virtual on Run The World. About the July event, he says:

"The Horasis India meeting was a revelation. It allowed a congregation of a greater number of people to join who would otherwise have not been able to physically attend or speak. The digital meeting also extended an inclusive dimension, encouraging the sharing of myriad ideas."

And with opportunities for 1:1 networking the camaraderie and conversations formed within the community "holds great promise," says Frank.

"Horasis is definitely going to embrace digital meetings as part of its new normal scope."

Emboldened by high attendee participation, an increase in admission revenue, sponsorship support, and the air of positivity and collaboration from the July event, Frank pressed forward with an even more ambitious virtual gathering on October 1st for the Horasis Extraordinary Community Meeting.

Over the course of 15 hours, more than 1500 business leaders and global policymakers convened online with a simple, ambitious goal: to form an action plan to overcome the profound economic, political, and social disruptions caused by Covid-19. The meeting brought together four heads of state, fifty ministers and hundreds of government representatives as well as CEOs and entrepreneurs from around the world.

The President of Namibia, Hage Geingob logged in from his capital office in Windhoek for an open, honest discussion with Axel Threlfall, Reuters Editor-At-Large, about the economic recovery facing his country. Shortly after, Sir Richard Branson dialed in from Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands to discuss with the former President of Iceland how a new global awareness was transforming the planet. And to start it all off, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres addressed the entire conference with his best wishes. In total, 900 speakers contributed to the discussion of themes spanning politics, business, and civil society across 150 sessions.

"The event’s grand success has reaffirmed Horasis’ belief that technology is key to novel solutions," concludes Frank.

What's ahead for Horasis?

By popular demand and overwhelming praise for the virtual format, Horasis has more gatherings scheduled on Run The World, including frequent community-building networking sessions and the November 30 Horasis Asia Meeting.

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