The World Ahead 2024, in the company of Tom Standage, deputy editor of The Economist.
After joining us virtually last year, Tom will be in Dubai this time to deliver his "Top 10 Forecasts" to EICN members in person.
The World Ahead is The Economist's future-gazing annual publication, edited by Tom. This edition will be the 38th, published ahead of a fascinating year in prospect. As countries with a collective population of 4.1bn people prepare to hold elections in 2024 (more than in any previous year), The World Ahead will consider the continuing geopolitical shifts caused by: the war in Ukraine; the new cold war between America and China; growing competition over the rules and resources that underpin the green-energy transition; and the consequences for countries, companies and citizens around the world as they grapple with economic uncertainty and rapid technological change.
On Friday 15 December, at a Christmas themed event at the Capital Club, Tom will bring to life the content of this year's publication exclusively for members of the EICN in Dubai.
Please join us for forecasts, fellowship, festivities and other frivolities.
1.30pm Registration, lunch, drinks and networking
2pm Welcome by Robert Willock
2.05pm The World Ahead 2024 by Tom Standage
2.45pm Q&A with Tom Standage
3pm End, drinks and networking
Please note that this event is limited to senior-level executives and per invitation only. If you are not an existing member of The Economist Intelligence Corporate Network, but would like to learn how you can attend our events, please contact us.
Deputy Editor, The Economist, Editor, The World Ahead at The Economist
Tom Standage is deputy editor of The Economist and editor of the yearly “The World in..” series. He is also responsible for the newspaper’s digital strategy and the development of new digital products, including Espresso and Economist Films. He joined The Economist as science correspondent in 1998 and was subsequently appointed technology editor, business editor and digital editor. He is the author of six history books, including “Writing on the Wall” (2013), “The Victorian Internet” (1998) and “A History of the World in 6 Glasses” (2005). He studied engineering and computing at Oxford University and has written for other publications including the New York Times, Daily Telegraph, Guardian and Wired, taking a particular interest in the internet’s cultural and historical significance.
Robert is the Director of the Economist Corporate Network based in Dubai and covering the MENA region. Robert works closely with network members to help inform their business strategies through political, economic and operational insight and to connect them with their senior leadership peers.
Robert is a business journalist, editor and publisher with 25 years of experience covering a wide variety of sectors, including hospitality, retail, construction, energy and transport, and a particular interest in human capital management.
He is an accomplished event chairman, moderator and speaker.
Robert completed an MBA at the University of Leicester School of Business in 2012 and holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Nottingham.