ISTANBUL--(BUSINESS WIRE)--More than 2,500 chief executives from 101 countries are gathered in Istanbul for the 2013 Global Leadership Summit hosted by YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization), a not-for-profit, global network of young chief executives connected around the shared mission of becoming Better Leaders Through Education and Idea ExchangeTM.
Among other topics, Former Chancellor of Germany Gerhard Schröder spoke about prospects for the euro zone.
“Even if times are turbulent, I am convinced that Europe has great future prospects,” he said. “Europe can play a constructive and valuable role interposed between, but also working with, the world power centres, the USA and China. If the European Union continues its integration course both inwardly and outwardly, the union will remain a valid, lively and dynamic social, economic, cultural and political society, a role model for other nations and regions. Only a united Europe can stand a chance in a globalized political and economic world.”
Other keynote presenters include Tony Blair, former prime minister of Great Britain and Ireland; Lord Sebastian Coe KBE, chairman of the British Olympic Association; Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO of the Coca-Cola Company; and George Papandreou, former prime minister of Greece.
The Summit, one of the largest gatherings of chief executives in the world, will focus on subjects including navigating challenging economies; firsthand accounts from former heads of state; and idea exchange with business leaders on the front lines of the economy.
Past Global Leadership Summits have been held in Singapore, Barcelona, Miami, Cape Town, Sydney and other major cities and have featured prominent leaders including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, King Abdullah II of Jordan, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson.
YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization) is a not-for-profit, global network of young chief executives connected around the shared mission of becoming Better Leaders Through Education and Idea ExchangeTM. Founded in 1950, YPO today provides 20,000 peers and their families in more than 120 countries with access to unique experiences, world-class resources, alliances with top learning institutions, and specialized Networks that help them enhance their business, community and personal leadership. Altogether, YPO member-run companies employ more than 15 million people around the world and generate US$6 trillion in annual revenues. For more information, visit www.ypo.org. Also see us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.