Global Resilience Summit

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

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.

Draft Agenda

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 8:45 am

Continental Breakfast in the South Ballroom Foyer

9:00 am to 10:00 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: Ambassador Henne Schuwer, Netherlands Embassy, Washington DC (Invited)

10:00 am to 10:15 am

Coffee and Network Break in the South Ballroom Foyer

10:15 am to 12:30 pm

The Case Studies in Ponce de Leon 4

The AMS Institute:  Creating the World’s Largest Smart City of Tomorrow
South Florida: Economic Value at Risk, Wayne Pathman, Chair, Miami-Dade Sea Level Rise Task Force
100 Resilient Cities: Seeking Solutions on a Mega-Scale

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Lunch in the Circle

Keynote Address: TBA

1:45 pm to 2:45 pm

Private Market and Insurance Frameworks to Advance Climate Resilience – Moderator, Elise Zoli, Partner, Jones Day; 

2:45 pm to 3:00 pm


3:00 pm to 3:50 pm

Engineering as an Infrastructure Tool -Moderator, Steven Demetriou, Chairman and CEO, Jacobs Engineering.  Christian Nielsen, Ramboll; Peter Hall, Wood Group; 

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, UBS; 

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 "The Presidents"

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

Keynote Address in Ponce de Leon 4 – Diana Mangalagiu, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford

9:00 am to 10:00 am

What's Missing?  Identifying gaps that need to be addressed.  Breakout sessions facilitated by Christian Schoen, IBM and Jeff Senne, PWC

  1.  Building a Business School Coalition – Dan Vermeer, Duke’s EDGE Center at the Fuqua School of Business
  2. Creating an Platform of Innovation – Peter Hall, Global Resilience Director, Wood Group LLP
  3. Imagining the Future with Creative Finance – Jervis Smith, Managing Director, Citi Bank and Kathy McLeod, ESG Officer, Bank of America
  4. Merging Big Data and Decision Making – Paul Fleming, Director of Sustainability, Microsoft
  5. Problems in the Insurance Sector - 

10:00 am to 11:00 am

Solutions Roundtables
A.  Education:  Eddy Moors, Rector, IHE Delft
B.  Research: Gary Cecchine, Director, Rand Center for the Gulf States
C.  Finance:
D.  Engineering:  Kirk Hatfield, Director, University of Florida ESSIE
E.  Legal:
F.  Insurance:

11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Concluding Plenary in Ponce de Leon 4


Event Information
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