INCAE at the 2019 World Government Summit

04 de Marzo 2019

The 2019 World Government Summit was held in Dubai on February 10-12, bringing together 4,000 participants from 150 countries. The WGS annual meeting brings together world leaders, thinkers, and change agents to discuss over 100 high-impact topics in seminars, lectures, and interactive workshops about governance, artificial intelligence, sustainable development, and climate change, among other topics.

The 2019 WGS was attended by the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, IMF Managerial Director Christine Lagarde, OECD Secretary General José Angel Gurría, and Paul Krugman, who was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2008, among others. Delegates from different international organizations including the World Bank, the European Investment Bank, IRENA, and the UN also attended.

A major activity in the event was the Global Universities Challenge with representatives from 19 universities including the 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 of developing a 10-year reconstruction plan for a war-torn country in just 48 hours. Although Tuck was the winner, INCAE stood in the upper third of competitors (the only ranking besides the winner). Innovation, communication, viability and impact of plan were evaluated.

INCAE Business School is the first Latin American school invited to take part of the Challenge. It sent a team from MBA students representing the region and made up of Priscilla Rodríguez and Víctor Varela from Costa Rica, Xaviera Tapia from Bolivia, Andrea Oyanguren from Perú, and Noel Chamorro from Nicaragua mentored by senior CLACDS researcher and project director for the Social Progress Index Jaime García from México.

The Global Universities Challenge was a great experience for these students. Not only it provided them with an opportunity to apply their learning and represent INCAE but also they took part in a global discussion looking to provide innovative, inclusive solutions to social and environmental problems and demonstrate that INCAE provided them with tools to stand out at an international level.