500 leaders across climate, health, education and workforce came together in Mexico City for the second of our 2022 Global Impact Summits.
Following a sold-out New York Summit the previous week, our focus moved to Mexico City where the agenda and summit spaces were once again packed out with leaders from across this incredibly diverse region. Stretching across two days, the Summit was hosted by the Institute for the Future of Education (IFE) at Tecnológico de Monterrey's Mexico City Campus, together with EDI who held an opening reception on the Tuesday evening at the Children's Museum in Polanco to celebrate the largest known gathering of Impact leaders across the region to date.
As Day 1 started, Co-CEOs Maria Spies and Patrick Brothers took to the stage with HolonIQ’s signature interactive overview of the global impact economy from population growth, advanced technology, capital markets and how the innovation economy is evolving. Dr Michael Fung Executive Director of the Institute for the Future of Education and Innovation Director, Jose Escamilla de los Santos, welcomed the summit to the campus and followed the opening presentation with a presentation on how universities and higher education can start to approach delivering skills for the future of workforce, noting that higher education needs to transform everything from decision making and governance, to curriculum.
These themes echoed in sessions throughout the Summit, with education, sustainability, and healthcare sharing common challenges and calls for innovation. Several sessions tied these threads together in broader discussions on impact, including a fireside chat with one of Mexico’s most notable entrepreneurs and business builders, Gina Diez Barroso, on how conflict can act as a catalyst for growth, change, new solutions and necessary transitions. We also heard about the importance of building capacity across the region from Alejandro Caballero, Principal Education Specialist at the IFC, and Elena Heredero at IDB Lab, the laboratory of innovation of the Inter-American Development Bank Group who have been investing and capacity-building in Latin America and the Caribbean for many years.