Building on the success of our COP27 Solution Dialogues in Egypt that integrated local and international cultures, this year’s COP28 convenings were hosted in the spirit of the Emirati majlis. They invited real human connections to spark innovation and build lasting partnerships that lead to resilient outcomes.

Our Solutions Dialogues invited carefully curated leaders from agriculture, industry, finance, civil society and government to enter into respectful dialogue to advance concrete action during and beyond COP28.

Our aim is to co-create a new economic mainstream that fully integrates the regeneration of people and nature with the economic development of regions and the business success of farmers and companies.

Throughout COP we hosted, with our co-sponsors, evening events that build on each other and launch ongoing initiatives. 

DECEMBER 1, 17.00-21.30: Terra Pavilion, Green Zone

Financing the Transition Towards Regenerative Food Systems

Transitioning to regenerative and resilient agriculture and food systems is central to strengthening food and water security, health and biodiversity, farmers incomes, economic development and the climate. To accelerate the scaling of successful agriculture and agroforestry approaches, farmers need support with CAPEX, OPEX, cash flow and risk management. At this event and in our ongoing initiatives, we discuss and implement solutions that unlock investments in food systems transformation, including blended finance and public-private partnerships. By invitation.


Co-hosted by: Future Economy Forum, OP2B & WBCSD

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DECEMBER 2, 18.30-21.30

Circles of Trust

Transforming the food system requires partnership from all actors, and lasting partnerships are built on trust and deeper human connections.  This dinner will bring together a small, carefully selected group of global leaders and decision makers from the private and public sectors in a closed-door conversation to explore the importance of trust and how the trust deficit is impacting on our ability to transform food systems for people and planet. 


DECEMBER 3 & 6, 18.00-21.00

kyu House Opening Night

Please join us at the kyu House that features many events that connect creativity to climate action. Future Economy Forum co-founder and secretariat NOW Partners Foundation entered in a Partnership for a Regenerative Economy with kyu Collective, through which we also offer daily Innovation Labs at our Blue Zone Pavilion with ATÖLYE, BEworks, Gehl, IDEO, Lexington, NOW Partners, Neol, and SYPartners. 

DECEMBER  6, 17.30-19.30

The Art of Leading with Vision: SYPartners & NOW Partners

Please join us at the kyu House that features many events that connect creativity to climate action. Future Economy Forum co-founder and secretariat NOW Partners Foundation entered in a Partnership for a Regenerative Economy with kyu Collective, through which we also offer daily Innovation Labs at our Blue Zone Pavilion with ATÖLYE, BEworks, Gehl, IDEO, Lexington, NOW Partners, Neol, and SYPartners. 


Sandrine Dixson-Declève
Women Enablers Change Agent Network

Laura Anne Edwards
Data Oasis & NASA 2017 DATANAUT, NASA

Vijay Kumar Thallam
Rythu Sadhikara Samstha

Walter Link
NOW Partners and Future Economy Forum

Rie Norregaard-Madsen


DECEMBER 8, 17.30-21.30: Terra Pavilion, Green Zone

Strengthening Offer and Demand for Regenerative Products

The transition to farming and economic models that integrate economic success with regeneration of people and planet is necessary and already under way. At this event and in our ongoing initiatives, we discuss how farmers, businesses and regions can strengthen the offer and the demand for regenerative products, and how finance and policy can support them.


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DECEMBER 9: 18.30-21.30, private estate, Dubai

Sustainable Business & Economy. But How?

50 Emirati and 50 international leaders will discuss what business education we need to integrate sustainability ambitions with economic success. How can we go beyond programs designed by and for the Global North to develop learning and development opportunities that are adapted to the specific needs of diverse regions in the Global South and North?


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DECEMBER 10, 17.00-21.30: Terra Pavilion, Green Zone

Mainstreaming Regenerative Agri-cultures on the Road to COP30

Regenerative farming methods in diverse geographies and scales outperform the current chemical mainstream of agriculture in all regards - from productivity and farmers incomes to positive impact on health, biodiversity and climate. The key to their success does not only lie in their superior farming technology but in the human dimension of their implementation. To succeed, we need to strengthen the diverse ‘cultures’ that are central to successful agri-culture. By Invitation.

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  • His Excellency Sheikh Dr. Majid bin Sultan Al Qassimi leads Soma Mater, served as the UAE’s Chief Veterinarian and designed its food security strategy
  • Her Excellency Marina Silva, Brazil’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change achieved in 12 month a 50% reduction in Amazon deforestation.
  • Her Excellency Sonia Guajajara, Brazil’s first indigenous Minister of Indigenous Affairs, catalyzes a new era of inclusion.*
  • The Most Honorable Mark Carney OC, the U.N.’s Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance, fr. Governor for the Bank of England.
  • The Honorable Ertharin Cousin, CEO, Food Systems for the Future, complimentary protein entrepreneur in Africa, fr. UN World Food Program ED.
  • Angela Pinhati, heads sustainability at Natura, a leader in Amazon bio-economy and globally a model for large-scale sustainable business success globally.
  • Antoine B. de Saint-Affrique, CEO and Member of the Board of Danone
  • Bertrand Loumaye, Country Manager UAE, Majid al Futtaim Carrefour
  • Chris Adamo, VP of Public Affairs and Regenerative Agriculture Policy at Danone, as a global food leader an essential aspect of the Amazon bioeconomy and the global food system
  • Dr. Eliane Ubalijoro, Chief Executive of Agriculture Research leader CIFOR-ICRAF and Director General of ICRAF
  • Elisabetta and Jaqueline Illy* of illycaffé and Amarey, a start-up making cosmetics out of coffee waste.
  • Ethan Soloviev, Chief Innovation Officer, HowGood
  • Fritz Lietsch, Publisher of forum Nachhaltig Wirtschaften, keynote speaker and moderator for sustainable and regenerative business
  • Gonzalo Munoz, first private sector COP High Level Climate Action Champion, co-leader of the Race To Zero and Race To Resilience, co-leader of Circular Economy company TriCiclos.
  • Helmy Abouleish, Regenerative Farmer & CEO of Sekem that enables 40,000 Egyptian farmers to increase incomes by transitioning to regenerative agriculture.
  • Hunter Lovins, NOW Managing Partner, co-Author of 19 regenerative business books, co-founded USA’s first accredited MBA on Sustainable Management.
  • Jenny Davis-Peccoud, Partner, Founder of Global Sustainability & Responsibility Practice, Bain & Company
  • Laura Santucci was Chief of Staff of President Obama's White House Political Affairs, the Mayor of New York and the UN’s WFP
  • Lawrence Jones, Senior Vice President, Edison Electric Institute
  • Lucy Wallace, Chief of Staff of the European Union’s Innovation and Technology Institute EIT and leader of the COP28 Food System Pavilion
  • Merijn Dols, Future Economy Forum co-founder and Danone’s fr. Head of Open Innovation and Circularity. EMF Advisory Board.
  • Michiel Bakker, VP at Google, Founder of the Google Food Lab, a collaborative of innovative food system leaders
  • Michiel de Ruiter and Dr. Andy Zynga, respectively Chairperson and CEO of EIT, the European Union’s Innovation and Technology Institute
  • Osvaldo Stella Martins, Rizoma Agro, a leader in large scale agroforestry systems and past public sector leader in Amazon bioeconomy.
  • Paul Polman, Net Positive author, fr. CEO, Unilever, fr. Chair International Chamber of Commerce
  • Pedro Paulo Diniz, Founder of Toca Farm, Brazil’s pioneering organic brand and of Rizoma Agro for regenerative agroforestry transitions.
  • Pieternel Boogaard, Director of Agribusiness, Food and Water at FMO, the Dutch Development Bank
  • Robert Metzke, SVP and Global Head of Sustainability of Philips
  • Richard Zaltzman, senior leader of European Union’s Innovation and Technology Institute EIT
  • Roy Horgan, Group SEVP Strategy, Marketing & Communications, SES-imagotag
  • Sanjeev Krishnan, CIO and Senior managing director of s2g, a multi-stage fund investing in food, agriculture, oceans and seafood.
  • Shiva Dustdar* is a Director at the European Investment Bank, the EU’s climate and development bank.
  • Vijay Kumar heads Andhra Pradesh Community-Managed Natural Farming collaborative whose 850,000 farmers outperform chemical farming in all regards.
  • Walter Link, Future Economy Forum president, as regenerative farmer and industry group owner, co-founded the first sustainable business alliances across Europe and the Americas.


*to be confirmed

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