The knowledge powerhouses behind World Government Summit 2023

14 February 2023 3 min. read

The acclaimed World Government Summit kicked off yesterday, with the three-day event bringing together 10,000 international government officials, thought leaders, global experts and decision makers in the UAE to discuss the future of government and humanity.

Hosted at Dubai’s Museum of the Future, the ninth edition of the World Government Summit (theme: ‘Shaping Future Governments’) will provide participants with more than 220 sessions on topics ranging from economic resilience and smart cities, to the future of societies, healthcare, and sustainability.

According to Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, UAE Minister of Cabinet Affairs and Chairman of the World Government Summit, the event’s star-packed line-up includes 20 Presidents (including the Presidents of Egypt, Turkey and Paraguay), 250+ ministers, dozens of CEOs (including WEF’s Klaus Schwab and Tesla’s Elon Musk), and even a pair of Nobel Prize winners.

The knowledge powerhouses behind World Government Summit 2023

The Summit is powered by an exclusive group of partners, including strategic partners (such as the World Bank and the World Health Organisation), leading partners (for example: Emirates and Masdar) and knowledge partners – with this group of partners constituting the Summit’s thought leadership and preferred consulting partners.

Al Gergawi: “It is crucial that we design strategies and create working models that support governments that seek to improve their performance and develop their services. This showcases the Summits role as a global platform that incubates and stimulates the creation of the best government solutions and practices aimed at serving people.”

“Our knowledge partners are concerned with creating new solutions for the challenges facing governments, and are pioneers of the private sector and global research leaders.”

The knowledge partners

The consulting firms that have the privilege of serving as knowledge partners are: the ‘MBB’ of McKinsey & Company, Boston Consulting Group, and Bain & Company, fellow strategic consultancies Strategy&, Oliver Wyman, Kearney, and Arthur D. Little, the Big Four of Deloitte, EYKPMG and PwC, as well as AccentureMercer and Economic Impact (the think-tank of the Economist).

Most of these firms are longstanding partners of the World Government Summit, and also serve as partners of the annual World Economic Forum in Davos.

During the three-day event, experts from these consultancies will deliver keynotes / presentations, lead workshops, and sit on panel sessions.

The majority of firms will also launch new research reports at the event, with McKinsey taking the stage yesterday to unveil its report the around future of learning (hosted by several McKinsey partners).

Meanwhile, Strategy&’s highly anticipated ‘Moonshot MENA’ study is slated for launch later today – the report focuses on how the region can transform into an engine of innovation.

Also scheduled for today is the launch of Arthur D. Little’s “Governing the Metaverse” report launch (presented by partners Thomas Kuruvilla and Raymond Khoury).