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Technology, Innovation and Inclusive Growth: panel & talk by Ray Kurzweil
October 1, 2016

Ray Kurzweil will be presenting along with key experts in a variety of fields at the International Monetary Fund’s New Economy Forum held in Washington, DC to discuss: the future of work & jobs, the impact of automation and rapidly advancing tech on the economy, plus other financial and exploratory issues. The first part of the event is a panel round table. Later, he gives a talk in part two.

International Monetary Fund | New Economy Forum

part 1.  panel discussion — Technology, Innovation & Inclusive Growth Seminar
part 2.  speaker series — New Economy Talks

event dates: October 5, 2016 — October 6, 2016
venue: International Monetary Fund — 700 19th Street NW, Washington, DC 20431

about | The ongoing tech revolution has far reaching implications for social and political developments, productivity, and global economic trends.

It raises important questions: will it continue to benefit the haves and leave behind have nots?

Can a digital divide be bridged with inclusive growth?

How can we keep the shift to automation from reducing employment, job security, and income? And how to ensure that benefits accrue not only to advanced economies but to developing and emerging markets? These fundamental questions help tech innovation shape the future global economy.

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International Monetary Fund | New Economy Forum: part 1. Tech, Innovation & Inclusive Growth Seminar
International Monetary Fund | New Economy Forum: part 2. New Economy Talks

part 1. | New Economy Forum
panel discussion — Technology, Innovation & Inclusive Growth Seminar

when: October 5, 2016
where: International Monetary Fund: HQ1 atrium — 700 19th Street NW, Washington, DC 20431

Moderator and Panelists

moderator: Christine Lagarde
role: Managing Director, IMF

Christine Lagarde is first woman Managing Director of IMF. She practiced law for 20 years with the international law firm Baker & McKenzie, where she became global chairman in 1999.

In 2005, Lagarde joined the French government as Trade Secretary. She was the first woman to hold the post of Finance and Economy Minister of a G7 country.

panelist: John Chambers
role: Chairman of the Board, Cisco Systems

John Chambers is Executive Chairman of Cisco. He grew the company from $70 million when he joined Cisco in January 1991, to its current $40 billion.

In November 2006, Chambers was named Chairman of the Board, in addition to his CEO role. Chuck Robbins officially took over as CEO in 2015.

panelist: Leila Janah
role: founder & CEO, Sama and LXMI

Leila Janah is the founder & CEO of Samasource, a non-profit social business giving digital work to impoverished people, and LXMI, a social impact luxury brand. Samasource gives computer based work to people living in poverty.

Samasource provides free tech training in 16 centers in 9 countries like India, Pakistan, Haiti, Kenya and Uganda. Leila Janah uses the power of the internet and to solve world challenges.

panelist: Ray Kurzweil,
role: inventor, author &  futurist

Ray Kurzweil has been described as a pioneer in the field of human / computer interfacing. He invented the flatbed scanner, the Kurzweil reading machine for the blind, the Kurzweil 1000 optical recognition software, the first commercially marketed large vocabulary speech recognition software, and the Kurzweil music synthesizer.

He is also the author of many books, and considered one of the world’s leading inventors, thinkers and futurists.

panelist: Hilda Moraa
role: founder, Weza Tele and Fintech

Hilda Moraa is founder & former CEO of Weza Tele, providing value added mobility and financial solutions in the micro-distribution sector. Hilda has experience in developing and scaling start-ups and innovations in Africa.

She plays a key role in tech innovation in Kenya by building iHub Research, and research projects in Africa. She founded the Kenya tech entrepreneurship group of 100+ start-ups, to bring local owners together for peer mentoring.

speaker: Don Tapscott
role: CEO, Tapscott Group

Don Tapscott is a leading authority on innovation, media, and economic & social impact of tech.

He advises business and government leaders. He 15 books including Macrowikinomics, New Solutions for a Connected Planet, Paradigm Shift, and Radical Openness.

20th anniversary edition of his popular book The Digital Economy was released foreword by Eric Schmidt, Chairman of Google, and 12 new essays. Don’s book The Blockchain Revolution explains why blockchain tech will fundamentally change the internet, what it does, how we use it, and promise & peril for our civilization.

part 2. | New Economy Forum
speaker series — New Economy Talks

when: October 5, 2016 — October 6, 2016
where: International Monetary Fund: HQ1 Bistro — 700 19th Street NW, Washington, DC 20431

about | Speakers will give short talks on their areas of expertise.

1. Ray Kurzweil | October 5, 2016 — 2:00 pm
2. Leila Janah | October 5, 2016 — 3:00 pm
3. Hilda Moraa | October 5, 2016 — 4:00 pm
4. Don Tapscott | October 6, 2016 — 11:00 am


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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an international organization headquartered in Washington, DC of 189 countries working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world. It plays a central role in the management of balance of payments difficulties and international financial crises. Countries contribute funds to a pool through a quota system, from which countries experiencing balance of payments problems can borrow money. As of 2010, the fund had US $755.7 billion.

Through the fund, and other activities such as statistics keeping and analysis, surveillance of its members’ economies and the demand for particular policies, the IMF works to improve the economies of its member countries.The organization’s objectives are to promote international monetary cooperation, international trade, high employment, exchange rate stability, sustainable economic growth, and making resources available to member countries in financial difficulty.

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