The New Economy Forum will focus on the current wave of digitalization and explore its many angles: from Fintech to AI. What are the technologies bringing about these changes? Will digitalization bring about more inequality? Should there be more regulation around these innovations? Are there historical perspectives that may help inform our course of action?

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

HQ1 Atrium, HQ1-1-700

This seminar will explain the characteristics of the gilded age in the US, seek to draw parallels with situations today, and look to answer questions for the future.


Christine Lagarde
Managing Director


Tharman Shanmugaratnam
Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister 
Bridget van Krilingen
Senior Vice President, Global Industries, Platforms and Blockchain, IBM
Richard White
Historian, Professor
Alec Ross
Author, former Senior Advisor for Innovation to U.S. Department of State

Thursday, April 19, 2018
9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

Cedar Hall, HQ1-1-660

Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi of Kenya became Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, UNCTAD on 1 September 2013. Immediately prior, Kituyi was Chief Executive of the Kenya Institute of Governance, based in Nairobi.

Organization: United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD).


Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi
Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development


Jianhai Lin
Secretary, IMF

Thursday, April 19, 2018
4:45 PM - 5:30 PM

Cedar Hall, HQ1-1-660

Over the last three years, Indonesia has risen as one of the most promising digital economies. Four from seven unicorns(startups valued over $1 billion) in Southeast Asia hail from the home of over 140 million internet users. Minister Rudiantara will discuss how Indonesia's digital startups are shaping the economy of Indonesia, and how this strategic approach —to grow the digital economy to a predicted valuation of US$130 billion by 2020—can really work for everyone.

Minister Rudiantara
Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of Indonesia

Michael Chui
Partner at McKinsey Global Institute

Friday, April 20, 2018
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Cedar Hall, HQ1-1-660

AI’s unrelenting ascent produces extraordinary innovation, systemic changes, hopes and fears in domains ranging from healthcare to warfare, and from the labor market to the administration of all institutions of society. Increasingly, AI affects the rights, quality of life, freedom of opportunity, agency and dignity of citizens. Tomorrow, it will challenge our conception of what it means to be human. How should policy makers and ordinary citizens think about the impact of artificial intelligence in the midst of great uncertainty? What unique ethical and societal challenges arise from AI’s ascent? What governance frameworks are available to the international community?


Nicolas Economou
Chief Executive of H5
Future Society at Harvard Kennedy School


Ana Rold
Founder, Publisher
Diplomatic Courier

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

iLab, HQ1-2-701

The purpose of this workshop is to take stock of emerging best practices on big data and facilitate peer-learning across the membership. The discussion brings together government agencies, international organizations, and the private sector at the forefront of using big data and new technology to produce macroeconomic and financial indicators.


Louis Marc Ducharme
Chief Statistician and Data Officer for the IMF


Dmitri Adler
Chief Data Scientist
Data Society
Angelique Faustino
Global Head of Analytics Platform Technology
Lucia Foster
Chief Economist and Chief of Center
Economic Studies, US Census Bureau
Michael Lokshin
Manager and Lead Economist
Development Data Group, World Bank
Magchieval van Meeteren
Managing Director
Center for Big Data Statistics at Statistics Netherland
Arvin Subramanian
Chief Economic Advisor
Government of India
Marvin Ward
Research Lead
JP Morgan Chase Institute

April 19th

Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), Cross Border Payments and Financial Inclusion

Presenter: Ryan Zagone, Jeremy Allaire
Moderator:  Herve Tourpe
Time: 9:45 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: iLab

Blockchain: Successful Applications and New Opportunities

Presenter: Mercina TilleMann, Jane Thomason
Moderator: Stela Mocan
Time: 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Location: iLab

Digital Identities and Know Your Customer (KYC) Utilities 

Presenter: Bryn Robinson-Morgan, Niall Dennehy
Moderator:  Simonetta Nardin
Time: 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: iLab

Cryptocurrencies: Opportunities, Risks and Regulation

Presenter:  Lawrence Wintermeyer, Valerie Szczepanik, Carolyn Wilkins 
Moderator: Dong He
Time: 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: iLab

April 20th

RegTech and Suptech: The Future of Compliance

Presenter: Sopnendu Mohanty, Brad Carr, Michael Gronager
Moderator: Melissa Koide
Time: 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Location: iLab

Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs): The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Presenter: Marco Santori, Jill Carlson, Domitille Dessertine
Moderator: Andi Dervishi
Time: 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: iLab


Smart Contracts: Are They Really Contracts and Are They Really Smart?

Presenter: Houman Shadab, Patrick Murck, Caitlin Long
Moderator: Ross Leckow
Time: 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: iLab

TechFin: The Expansion Of The Technology Firms Into The Financial Sector

Presenter: Long Chen, Rory Macfarquhar, Nasir Zubairi
Moderator: Vikram Haksar
Time: 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM