Global Resilience Summit

Dec 11 to 13, 2018 5:00 PM - 12:00 PM
Registration Closed

Florida Earth Foundation will host The Global Resilience Summit at the world-famous Breakers Hotel and Resort in Palm Beach beginning Tuesday, December 11 through Thursday, December 13, 2018.  The Summit will bring together a wide variety of stakeholders, especially in the private and academic sectors, to share ways in which collaboration and partnership can be fostered around resilience themes.  Global challenges in resilience are mounting at an alarming rate and no one entity or organization has the ability to make much of a dent in solutions...however, together we might.  Using case studies of resilience in coastal communities, opportunities to come away from the Summit with the beginnings of significant impacts based on working together, is the anticipated outcome of this game changing event.  As this is primarily an invitation driven event, an atmosphere of commraderie and partnership will allow C-level executives to be at ease with their colleagues and fellow participants.  A registration fee of $750 for individuals and corporate sponsorships are available that include registration fees for participants.


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Registration in South Ballroom Foyer

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Reception at The Beach Club

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

7:30 am to 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast in the South Ballroom Foyer

8:30 am to 9:30 am

Opening Session in Ponce de Leon 4

Welcome: Paul Leone, CEO, The Breakers and Ernie Cox
Plan of the Day:  Stan Bronson, Executive Director, Florida Earth Foundation
Keynote: Jan Hartke, Director (retired), Clinton Climate Initiative

  The Case Studies

9:30 am to 10:15 am

Smart, Resilient and Just Cities: A quadruple helix approach to Urban Resilience based on People’s perspective supported by Innovative Technologies - Arjan van Timmeren, AMS Institute/TU Delft

10:15 am to 10:30 am Coffee and Networking Break in the South Ballroom Foyer
10:30 to 11:30 am Florida In the CrossHairs: Where Florida Infrastructure Stands and Its Resilient Future - Frank Bernardino, President, Anfield Consulting; Wayne Pathman, Chair, Miami-Dade Sea Level Rise Task Force; Jason Bird, Resilience Program Manager, Jacobs
11:30 am to 12:30 pm Engineering as an Infrastructure Tool - Moderator, Adam Hosking, Global Water Resources Technology Lead, Jacobs; Amy Knowles, Deputy Chief Resilience Officer, City of Miami Beach; Craig Cliffton,Global Resilience & Climate Change Technology Lead, Jacobs; Roselyn Smith, Clinical Psychologist, Fulbright Specialist in Human Resilience and Rockefeller 100 Resilient Cities Subject Matter Advisor; Hardeep Anand, Deputy Director, Miami-Dade Sewer and Water

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Lunch in the Circle
Keynote Address: Chris Walker, North American Director, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

1:45 pm to 2:45 pm

The Future of the Global Resilience Center: Near Term and Long Term Next Steps (the University Alliance, the Stimson Center and the Future of Resilience), Stan Bronson and Antonella Calvia-Goetz, Senior Advisor, European Investment Bank; Jan Hartke

2:45 pm to 3:00 pm


3:00 pm to 3:50 pm

The Power of Research and Innovation in Shaping Resilience:  Moderator; Dale Sands, UNISDR; Christian Neilssen; Global Water Director, Ramboll; Peter Hall, Director of Resilience, Wood

3:50 pm to 4:40 pm

Financing the Future:  Creative New Ways to Approach an Old Problem – Moderator, Antonella Calvia-Goetz, Senior Advisor, European Investment Bank.  Stephen Freedman, US Sustainable Investment Forum; TBA, UBS Sustainable Investment

4:40 pm to 5:00 pm

Discussion and Adjourn

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Evening Reception in the Mediterranean Patio

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Dinner in the Mediterranean Ballroom - A Fireside Chat with the Universities - Moderator: Dan Vermeer, Director, Duke EDGE Center; Wellington Rieter, Arizona State University Sustainability Institute; Kirk Hatfield, Director, UF Engineering School for Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment (ESSIE); John Woolschlager, Director, FGCU Innovation Institute

Thursday, December 13, 2018

7:30 am to 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast in the South Ballroom Foyer

8:30 am to 9:00 am

Gray and Green:  Integrated Solutions to Resilience - Bob Sokolov, Ecology & Environment, Inc.and Sarah Murdock, North American Director of Resilience, The Nature Conservancy

9:00 am to 11:00 am

Speed Dating Sessions

Infrastructure: The Critical Link – Ted Zoli, Senior VP, HNTB (30 minutes)

Merging Big Data and Decision Making – Paul Fleming, Director of Sustainability, Microsoft

Early Solutions Driving Market Behavior in the Insurance Sector – Elise Zoli, Partner, Jones Day and Tom Bossie, Deloitte

11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Concluding Plenary in Ponce de Leon 4

1:30 pm to 3 pm

Reporting on Resilience and Water at the Federal Level:  The Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable (SWRR) - David Berry, Roundtable Manager, SWRR; Stan Bronson, Member, SWRR Steering Committee

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Event Information

The Breakers Palm Beach
One South County Road
Palm Beach, FL 33480
(561) 281-5081


Contact Us

Address: 500 S Australian Ave Suite 530
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401-4237

Phone Number: (561) 281-5081
Fax Number: (561) 746-8333