Forging The Future: International Executives to Gather in Arizona for Phoenix Global Forum The Future: International Executives to Gather in Arizona for Phoenix Global Forum<div class="ExternalClass5FC27A30E1804924B38D387223FCD8DB"><p></p><p></p><p style="text-align:left;"><em>Inaugural edition of the PGF will convene decision makers and leading experts to discuss the future of sectors including aerospace, biotech, manufacturing and sustainability. </em></p><p style="text-align:left;"><b><br>PHOENIX, April 18, 2024 </b>– The inaugural edition of the <a href="">Phoenix Global Forum</a> (PGF) is set to convene more than 350 high-profile CEOs and industry experts at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona, on May 2. The conference will act as a platform where decision makers and thought leaders come together to discuss society's evolving needs amidst ongoing global challenges, all held under the theme of 'Forging the Future'.<br></p><p>PGF is hosted by <a href="">Phoenix Sister Cities</a> , a citizen diplomacy nonprofit organization, and the <a href="">International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA)</a><span lang="EN-CA">,</span><span lang="EN-CA"> </span>which organizes economic conferences across the globe including the Toronto Global Forum, World Strategic Forum and the Conference of Paris.</p><p>“Phoenix was an obvious choice for the IEFA. There are few other cities worldwide experiencing such incredible growth, especially when it comes to critical sectors like bioscience, semiconductor technology, sustainability and aerospace," said Nicholas Rémillard, CEO of the IEFA. “We are delighted to co-host an event like this which creates a space for this burgeoning ecosystem of entrepreneurs and experts to connect, while encouraging future innovation and collaboration on a global scale."</p><p>The program will address topics including the future of manufacturing and mobility, as well as advancements in biotech and aerospace. Speakers at this year's event will provide valuable insights for organizations and industries seeking to stay ahead of the curve in a rapidly evolving economic landscape.</p><p>A <a href="">preliminary list of speakers</a> is available online and includes:</p><ul><li><strong>Jason Child</strong>, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Arm</li><li><strong>Kate Gallego</strong>, Mayor of the City of Phoenix</li><li><strong>Laurent Germain</strong>, CEO, Egis</li><li><strong>Barbara Humpton</strong>, President and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Corporation</li><li><strong>Reta Jo Lewis</strong>, President and Chair of the Board of Directors, Export-Import Bank of the United States</li><li><strong>William Maloney</strong>, Chief Economist, Latin America and Caribbean, The World Bank</li><li><strong>Judy Marks</strong>, Chair, CEO and President, Otis Worldwide Corporation</li><li><strong>Dorothy McAuliffe</strong>, Special Representative for Global Partnerships, U.S. Department of State</li><li><strong>Sonia Phares</strong>, Vice President IGNITE, Lockheed Martin Space</li><li><strong>Brian Tobin, </strong>Vice Chair, BMO Financial Group</li></ul><p>Additional speakers will be announced in the coming days.</p><p>“I am thrilled that Phoenix is joining the distinguished lineup of cities in the IEFA family. As the fastest growing big city in America, Phoenix is witnessing a new era of investment and economic growth, and I am looking forward to building an even stronger future for our city by seizing the opportunities for partnerships and collaboration that the Phoenix Global Forum presents," said Mayor Gallego.  </p><p>Those attending in-person at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel will have opportunities to network with speakers, partners, and other attendees throughout the conference. The conference will also be livestreamed on <a href=""></a> from 08:30-18:30 local time (MST).<br><br></p><p><strong>Further Information and Media Accreditation</strong></p><p>To apply for media accreditation, please <a href="">fill out the form here</a>.</p><p>For more information about the Phoenix Global Forum or to arrange an interview with a conference speaker, please contact Athena Sanchez on <a href=""></a>.</p><p>For the program and list of confirmed speakers, please visit <a href=""></a>.</p><p><br><strong>About The IEFA</strong><br>The International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA) was created in 1994 to encourage connection, collaboration and innovation in order to address the world's major challenges. The organization leverages its extensive network to convene a series of annual events across the globe where heads of state and government, business leaders, academics and leading experts can meet and discuss their common objectives and ways to achieve them.<br></p><p>The IEFA hosts multiple standalone events as well as six annual conferences: the Conference of Montreal; Toronto Global Forum; World Strategic Forum (held in Miami, Florida); the Conference of Paris; the IEFA LatAm Forum (held in Buenos Aires, Argentina); and Phoenix Global Forum (held in Arizona, USA).</p><p><strong>About Phoenix Sister Cities</strong><br>For 50 years, Phoenix Sister Cities has fostered relationships between the residents of Phoenix and our eleven sister cities around the world to promote friendship, peace and prosperity.<br><br></p><p><strong>Media Contact:</strong><br>Athena Sanchez, Interim Communications Manager<br><a href=""></a> +1 602 621 0507​​<br></p></div>IEFA in partnership with Phoenix Sister Cities presents the Phoenix Global Forum Graphic 2083x672.png4/30/2024 5:29:38 PM