DuPont CEO Forum 2013: Panel Session Videos

The CEO Forum, a DuPont Sustainable Solutions executive forum, took place in Dubai on September 25, 2013. This forum brought together key members of industry, government and academia to discuss innovation and collaboration as a means to achieve sustainable growth.


Leadership at a Crossroads: Building a Sustainable Economy Through Collaboration

Keynote speaker: Ellen Kullman, Chair of the Board and CEO, DuPont

Panel Session: Driving Sustainable Growth Amongst Complexity

Moderator: James Weigand, President, DuPont Sustainable Solutions

In light of tepid growth projections and volatile market dynamics within emerging and developed economies alike, companies are faced with the challenge of augmenting agility and speed and driving growth concurrently. Within this context, how can companies best compete? Panelists spoke to this issue, as well as the role of sustainable business practices, collaboration and innovation in achieving improved outcomes, both for business and society.

Panel Session: Securing our Energy Future

Moderator: David Miller, President, DuPont Electronics & Communications

By 2050, global energy demand is projected to double, spurred on by population growth that will exceed nine billion, rapidly industrializing economies, and a rise in the standard of living in many developing countries. The future of energy will depend on the interplay of a number of factors including increasing levels of efficiency, supply and demand management, innovation, government policy, and the transitions to renewable energy sources. In this panel, leading energy experts discussed shifting global energy patterns and addressed key technologies, energy trends and strategies that will power us toward a cleaner and more efficient future.

Panel Session: Building Nutrition and Health in a Growing Population

Moderator: Craig Binetti, President, DuPont Nutrition & Health

Ensuring that enough healthy, nutritious food is available for people everywhere is one of the most critical challenges facing humanity. The need for both affordable and nutritious food to feed growing populations in the Middle East and beyond is a growing concern. Panelists addressed these issues across the value chain – from agricultural development to food distribution.

Panel Session: Promoting Sustainability and Growth in Emerging Regions

Moderator: Ian Hudson, President, DuPont Europe, Middle East and Africa

Sustainable development as a concept emphasizes a holistic, equitable and long-term approach to decision-making at all levels. It emphasizes not just strong economic performance, but intergenerational equity, and the integration of social, economic and environmental goals and objectives. As the world shifts its focus to emerging markets, how can multinationals develop local capabilities and support the sustainable growth in developing regions? Panelists explored the approaches, models and strategies that lead to business success and the creation of social value.

Closing Session

Keynote speaker: Ellen Kullman, Chair of the Board and CEO, DuPont

• How can leaders drive improved operational performance and stimulate sustainable growth in a volatile economic climate?

• What is an acceptable risk profile – political, economic and social – within the new global paradigm?

• How do you balance the need for long-term investments in sustainability and the need to deliver short-term results?

Read about the executive forums here