The 2018 Global Think Tank Summit is taking place at a truly extraordinary historical moment in world history: the post WWII economic, political and security order are being challenged and redefined by national and regional tectonic shifts in domestic and international politics. At the same time, think tanks play a critical role in analysing, developing and promoting policy solutions, particularly in times of extreme disruption and change. However, these organizations now operate in information-rich societies where facts, evidence and credible research are often ignored — and where disinformation can gain a footing. To remain relevant and impactful, think tanks and policy institutes must simultaneously pursue rigor, innovation, accessibility and accountability more than ever before. As such, the Summit will explore not only the ways in which think tanks are currently making a difference and finding solutions to contemporary policy challenges, but also how they can become increasingly relevant in these tumultuous times. To that end, in addition to these pressing contemporary policy challenges, the Summit will also focus on sharing the best practices for raising funds, recruiting key staff, harnessing new and innovative technologies and responding to increased public scrutiny and discontent.

15:00 – 15:30 Registration & welcome coffee
15:30 – 16:00 Welcome Hosts and Organizers
Guntram Wolff, Director, Bruegel
James McGann, Director, Think Tank and Civil Societies Program, The Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania
16:00-16:30 Keynote speech Commissioner Malmstrom
The European Commissioner for trade will welcome the global delegates to Brussels and the Global think tank summit.
16:30 – 18:00 Plenary Panel
How can globalisation and global competition be managed fairly?
Is globalisation ‘fair’ geographically and across income levels? Is the current multilateral system fit for purpose to manage globalisation to the benefit of all countries? Can think tanks play a role in measuring the impacts of globalisation on societies and make relevant policy recommendations to both national policy makers and multilateral institutions? This session with think tanks leaders and one or two related experts in the field will explore these questions, among others.
Chair: Aart de Geus (Bertelsmann Stiftung, Germany)
Panelists: Edward Kofi Anan Brown (African Center for Economic Transformation, Ghana), Zhao Hai (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China), Jacob Funk Kirkegaard ( Peterson Institute For International Economics, United States), Catherine McBride (International Trade and Competition Unit, Institute of Economic Affairs, United Kingdom), Jan Mischke (McKinsey & Company, Switzerland)