Join us for Arts Leadership in Focus – Carnegie Hall. February 18, 2010

I’m thrilled to participate in this unique event in New York as a moderator of the panel discussion (see below).

The World Economic Forum and Forum of Young Global Leaders (YGL) Present: Arts Leadership in Focus, a Concert Highlighting the Work of Young Global Leaders, at Carnegie Hall on February 18, 2010
Join us for an extraordinary concert as well: Violinists Joshua Bell and Julian Rachlin with Conductors Valery Gergiev and Carlos Miguel Prieto Join Musicians From Youth Orchestra of the Americas, El Sistema of Venezuela, Manhattan School of Music and New England Conservatory

Panel Discussion and Remarks by WEF Founder and Executive Chairman Professor Klaus Schwab; Jose Antonio Abreu, Founder of El Sistema; Young Global Leaders; and Arts Community Leaders
On February 18, 2010, the World Economic Forum and the Forum of Young Global Leaders will present an event to highlight the transformational power of arts in society and the critical role of cultural institutions and arts education, particularly during times of economic challenge. Musicians who are members of the Forum of Young Global Leaders and the World Economic Forum will be featured in performance at Carnegie Hall, and members of the Forum and the arts community will convene in a panel discussion.


During the evening at Carnegie Hall, in addition to the musical performances, remarks will be made by Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum; Clive Gillinson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Carnegie Hall; Jose Antonio Abreu, Founder of El Sistema, and Young Global Leader John Hope Bryant, Vice President of U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy and Founder and CEO of Operation HOPE. Bryant will also introduce a video presentation highlighting major initiatives by Young Global Leaders in the arts, including Midori’s and Lang Lang’s foundations, as well as by El Sistema of Venezuela and the Youth Orchestra of the Americas.

Founded in 2001 by New England Conservatory and Vision, Inc., Youth Orchestra of the Americas was inspired by José Antonio Abreu and the National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras of Venezuela. Led by its Artistic Advisor Plácido Domingo, YOA makes it possible for outstanding American talent from all socio-economic backgrounds to realize their true artistic and leadership potential. Hailing from more than 20 western hemisphere nations, YOA musicians are immersed in a multitude of cultures within the orchestra, and through international concert tours they are exposed to diverse peoples, traditions and realities outside of their own lives and countries. Audiences, in turn, experience a dynamic, multi-national ensemble of young people working hard together, side-by-side, in harmony.

“Arts and culture play a central role in the transformation of human society. The passion, performance, courage and imagination of artists are qualities of genuine leadership and teamwork needed in the world today. We hope that this event will inspire other cultural leaders to play a prominent role in addressing society’s challenges and helping restore the values needed to reshape our future,” said Professor Schwab.

The Forum of Young Global Leaders is a unique, multi-stakeholder community of exceptional young leaders who share a commitment to shaping the global future. Each year the World Economic Forum identifies 200-300 extraordinary individuals under 40 from the worlds of politics, business, civil society, academia, arts and culture. Together they form a dedicated community that works to address and craft innovative responses to global and regional challenges, dramatically affecting the lives of future generations.

Panel discussion

Participating in the panel discussion at 11:00 am on February 18 will be leaders from the worlds of business, arts, academia and politics. It will focus on the long-term transformational impact of arts education on society and the role of the arts and cultural leaders in the collaborative process of addressing and solving global challenges in the areas of crime, education, poverty and international diplomacy. The panel is open to members of the media and the arts community.

Panelists include:

Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum
Jose-Antonio Abreu, Founder, El Sistema
Matthew Bishop, New York Bureau Chief, The Economist (YGL)
Deborah Borda, President and Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles Philharmonic
Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, DC
Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg, Chief Executive Officer, Strategic Investment Group and Founding Chairman, Youth Orchestra of the Americas
James Wolfensohn, Chairman, Wolfensohn & Company; former president of the World Bank group

The moderator of the panel discussion will be Erwann Michel-Kerjan, Managing Director of the Risk Management and Decision Processes Center at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (YGL)