|[October 31, 2013]
Global Leaders Convene To Solve Future Challenges at Global South Summit in Nashville
NASHVILLE, Tenn. --(Business Wire)--
Four hundred business executives, industry experts, NGO leaders,
scientists and student fellows from five continents will gather on Nov.
11 at the second annual Global South Summit to build a roadmap for
solving some of the biggest challenges facing our planet in food, health
and economic prosperity.
Dr. Scott T. Massey, chairman and CEO of CumberlandCenter (Photo: Business Wire)
CNN host and Time Magazine editor-at-large Fareed Zakaria and
xPrize Foundation founder Peter Diamandis will join cross-sector experts
in food, health and prosperity who are actively working on issues
critical to our world's future: How will we feed our growing population?
How will we ensure health for all citizens? How will we prosper and
create expanding opportunity for all?
The Global South Summit will take place at Nashville's new
state-of-the-art Music City Center on Nov. 11 and 12, 2013. It is
organized by the CumberlandCenter, a university-business alliance
created to transform innovation into prosperity through the growth of
regional innovation hubs, and is supported by its lead institutional
partner, the Cambridge Mindful Living Foundation. CumberlandCenter is
the centerpiece think tank of oneC1TY, a 20-acre innovation campus being
developed in Nashville by Cambridge Holdings, Inc.
"The next three to five years are critical for building consensus on
strategies to address the world's major challenges in food, health and
prosperity," said Juergen Voegele, Ph.D., director of Agriculture and
Rural Development for The World Bank, a founding partner in the Summit
and a key presenter.
Among the speakers and attendees are leaders from The World Bank,
Harvard's Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, the Innovation
Council from STEMconnector, Mars Incorporated, Walmart, Sodexo, Clorox,
Philips (News - Alert), BlueCross BlueShield, Real New Energy, BM, SNV Netherlands
Development Organization, Brookings Institute, Vanderbilt Medical
Center, UC Davis Foods for Health Institute, and
the Agricultural Sustainability Institute.
"Our goal is to convene world leaders, challenge out-of-the-box
thinking with investments in new enterprises and innovation, connect
successful models and entrepreneurs, and communicate globally about
solutions and actions," said Dr. Scott T. Massey, chairman and CEO of
CumberlandCenter. "What is emerging is an entirely new platform for
enhancing local, regional and global economies through uncommon
collaborations and investments that reward scalable and sustainable
solutions," he added.
The Global South Summit is based on the belief that a promising future
is entirely achievable by harnessing the transformative power of
innovation in regional economies to create new models of abundance in
food, health and prosperity. It is quickly becoming recognized as the
most dynamic, agile and innovative and fastest-growing forum for leaders
who are already working to make a difference in our future.
The Diplomatic Courier is a strategic partner with the Global
South Summit. Publisher Ana C. Rold said, "At the Diplomatic Courier,
we have embarked on a study of critical trends that will change or
revolutionize the future, among them food, health and energy. If the
world in 2050 will reach 9 billion and if agriculture output needs to
double by then to feed a growing world, the solutions must come from a
collaboration of media, academics, practitioners, governments, nonprofit
leaders and ultimately innovators who transcend their respective
disciplines to create a consortium of no precedence.
Other presenters and attendees include leaders from Oak Ridge National
Laboratory, MIT (News - Alert), World Food Prize, Cures Within Reach, Smithsonian
Science Education Center, Nashville Entrepreneur Center, RegionalCare,
Lasker Foundation, Institute for Food Technologists, and Cambridge
Mindful Living Foundation, to name a few.
Jean-Claude Saada, chairman and CEO of Cambridge Holdings, Inc., said,
"In two weeks, Cambridge's Mindful Living Foundation will partner with
Massey and the CumberlandCenter to host the Global South Summit focusing
on global access to food, health and prosperity. We'll see then an
example of how the collaboration of great minds can do great things -
can bring about positive change for people, communities, for countries -
for the world."
As part of the Global South Summit's program, the Global Food and Health
Innovation Challenge will recognize the finalists in the first
million-dollar Innovation Challenge through which investment offers will
be made. The Innovation Challenge is funded by a combination of private
equity funds, angel investors and public funds from TNInvestCo, with
business investment management from the Nashville Entrepreneur Center.
The purpose of the Innovation Challenge is to launch innovative business
solutions that can make a measurable impact in the global market.
For more information, including the full agenda and list of speakers,
please visit www.GlobalActionPlatform.org,
or call (310) 980-9982.
TO ATTEND: All sessions open to credentialed media. For
credentials, please register at http://gssmediaregistration.eventbrite.com/.
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