INCAE at the World Government Summit 2019

February 18 2019

From February 10 to 12, the VII Summit of Governments 2019 (WGS) was held, bringing together 4.000 participants from 150 nations in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The organization welcomes world leaders, thinkers and creators of change in an annual meeting to discuss more than 100 high-impact topics in seminars, talks and interactive workshops on governance, artificial intelligence, sustainable development and climate change, among others.

The 2019 World Summit of Governments was attended by personalities such as Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, José Angel Gurría, Secretary General of the OECD, Paul Krugman, award Nobel Prize in Economics, among others. In addition, delegates from various international organizations such as the World Bank, the European Investment Bank, the United Nations, IRENA, etc. attend.

One of the main activities of the event was the Global Universities Challenge; where 19 universities participated (London Business School, The University of Sydney, The University of Tokyo, University of Oxford, Wharton School University of Pennsylvania, The American University in Cairo, IESE Business School, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Imperial College London, INSEAD, IIM Ahmedabad, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, McGill Desautels, United Arab Emirates University, Tuck, CEIBS, Cornell University, and INCAE Business School.)

The challenge consisted in developing, in 48 hours, a 10-year plan to rebuild a country devastated by civil war. The winner of the award was Tuck, but INCAE was among the most prominent, ranking in the first third (the only existing classification beyond the winner). The concepts to be evaluated were, innovation, communication, feasibility and impact.

INCAE Business School has been the first school in Latin America invited to participate in this event. And he competed with a team of MBA students with regional representation, made up of Priscilla Rodríguez and Víctor Varela from Costa Rica, Xaviera Tapia from Bolivia, Andrea Oyanguren from Peru, and Noel Chamorro from Nicaragua. And they had as a mentor the senior researcher of CLACDS and director of projects of the Social Progress Index, Jaime García de México.

The event has been a great experience for the students, not only for applying their knowledge and representing INCAE in a high-level international forum. But for the opportunity to be part of a global conversation that seeks innovative and inclusive solutions to address the problems of society and the environment, and to confirm that INCAE has given them the tools to stand out internationally.