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Is Democracy Becoming An Endangered Species?

How investment can secure democracy.

The theme for 2022, Is Democracy Becoming an Endangered Species?, poses the question of, if and how, democracy has changed and what role the financial markets, through investment and influence can play. Open and growth markets create investment opportunity. Our program is designed to approach the pressing issues of our time: frontier and emerging markets, diversity and inclusion, technology and the environment through the lens of democracy. And finally, …what is democracy in 2022?

Thanks for your interest in Truffle 2022!

If you were not able to join us, please click on the recordings below!

See you in 2023!

About Truffle

Truffle is an annual discussion at the intersection between the financial markets and politics of critical issues facing the world today.

A Thought Leadership event where COMPLEX TOPICS and RESPECTFUL DISCUSSION are the foundation behind each program.

Our guests include, but are not limited to: institutional investors, treasury, pension funds, family offices and anyone that wants to be challenged to think “outside the box”.

Conference Principles

  • Quality, not quantity
  • Respectful discussion – Everyone one has something to contribute
  • Awareness of the environment and responsible ownership
  • Social media is great but nothing replaces face-to-face
  • Engagement, not business card collecting
  • Arrogance has no place here
  • Supporting the cultural arts and historical locations with our event
  • Diversity

Tuesday, March 8, 2022 - DAY 1

(subject to change)

CET Recording Topic & Speaker GMT
09:00 – 09:15 Welcome
Colinne Bartel – Truffle Time, Owner
08:00 – 08:15
09:20 – 09:40
Fireside Chat: The Marshall Plan-A Case Study
Dr. Jackson Janes – President Emeritus of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC and Senior Fellow at the German Marshall Fund
08:20 – 08:40
09:45 – 10:45
Panel: Investing in Emerging and Frontier Markets as Catalyst for Change
Prof. Gretchen Selcke – Vanderbilt University-Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies
Eliézer Ndinga – Research Lead at 21Shares

Satoru Yamadera
– Advisor, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, Asian Development Bank
08:45 – 09:45
recyclingInvesting in Emerging and or Frontier markets presents investors an opportunity to participate in significant growth opportunities. Investments in these markets also puts investors in a position to increase quality of life and thereby, also serve as a catalyst for change.
10:50 – 11:50
Panel: Diversity – Where Do We Stand and What Have We Learned?
Chris DiGiovanni – Partner, Baby Giant Hollyberg
Edith Aldewereld – Co-Founder, Women in Sustainable Finance (WISF)
Dr. Valbona Dhjaku – Credins Bank, IT Director
09:50 – 10:50
foodAs inclusion has increased, is there a learning curve from the past and has politically correct become divisive as opposed to inclusive?
12:00 – 12:20
Conversation: The International Dimensions of Democracy and Authoritarianism
Prof. Susan Hyde – University of California, Berkeley – Chair of Travers Department of Political Science, Co-Director, Institute of International Studies
11:00 – 11:20

Wednesday, March 9, 2022 - DAY 2

(subject to change)

CET Recording Topic & Speaker GMT
09:00 – 09:15 Welcome
Colinne Bartel
– Truffle Time, Owner
08:00 – 08:15
09:20 – 10:10
Panel: World Heritage or National Asset?
Dr. Karina L. Walters – University of Washington and the Co-Director of the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute
Xavier Pierluca – Managing Partner, Enabling Qapital
Prof. Thomas B. Smith – Distinguished Professor, UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Institute of Environment and Sustainability / Co-Executive Director, Congo Basin Institute / Director, UCLA Center for Tropical Research
08:20 – 09:10
panelRegional environmental treasures, like the Amazon Forest or National Parks are within the national borders of countries but also represent significant national assets. Harvesting these assets depletes the positive contribution for the planet – how to balance the challenge.
10:15 – 11:15
Panel: Technology as Transnational Voice
Jay Tucker
– Center for MEMES, UCLA, Anderson School of Management, Executive Director

Lisa Sennhauser-Kelly – Bluesky Owner – FinTech Investor, Advisor and Leadership Coach
Audun Wickstrand Iversen – Portfolio Manager, DNB Asset Management
Sasha Havlicek – Co-Founder & CEO, Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD)
09:15 – 10:15
panelHow can the pace of technological development and digital disruption still be balanced between investor ROI and technological literacy for public awareness and protection?
15:30 – 16:30
Panel: Investor Panel
Dr. Joshua W. Walker – President & CEO, Japan Society
Evrard Bordier – CEO and Managing Partner, Bordier & Cie, Singapore
Prof. Dr. Peter Lorange – Chairman & CEO of the Lorange Network, Chairman S. Ugelstad Invest, Honorary President, IMD
14:30 – 15:30
panelA summary conversation of the conference taking on all topics and the perspectives of investors and their evaluation/contemplation of these themes and how their companies address these challenges.
17:00 – 17:15 Wrap-up and Preview for 2023 16:00 – 16:15

Truffle 2023: Save the Date

March 7, 2023 – Zurich

March 9, 2023 – Lausanne

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