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- Founder, Investment Advisory Firm
We have been fortunate to learn from some of the world’s greatest leaders in foreign affairs and business at the Global Flashpoints Roundtable over the past several years. The caliber and prominence of our chairs and featured speakers - past and present - are one of the many ways the Roundtable stands apart from traditional conferences. We look forward to the unique insights and perspectives from various distinguished guests this year.
LTG H.R. McMaster (Ret.)
White House National Security Advisor, 2017-18
Chair, Ergo Flashpoints Forum
Hon. Kay Bailey Hutchison
US Permanent Representative to NATO, 2017-21
US Senator from Texas, 1993-2013
Gen. Michael Hayden
Former Director of CIA & NSA
Founder of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide and Starwood Capital Group
Sen. George Mitchell
Former US Senate Majority Leader and Peace Negotiator
Gen. Glen VanHerck
Commander, NORAD and NORTHCOM
Hon. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
US Representative from Florida, 1989-2019; Chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, 2011-13
UK Ambassador to the United States
Chairman and CEO, Chubb Limited and Chubb Group
Former President, NYSE
Former Prime Minister of Australia
Sen. Saxby Chambliss
Former Ranking Member of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
The world has changed dramatically in the last several years, and the challenges we face today are more numerous and complicated than they have been in generations. Shifting political, economic, social, and public health forces have created an international business environment that is unfamiliar and unpredictable.
Today, it is not only governments that must develop strategies to safeguard their global interests. Because their influence and control of resources is greater than in any other period in history, firms must have domestic and foreign policies as well.
In crafting their policies, CEOs and heads of state must make decisions that could have repercussions for years to come. They need counsel, based on accurate, actionable intelligence, from trusted senior advisors to understand dynamic geopolitical and macroeconomic factors, many of which affect business and government equally.
Ergo, a leading global intelligence and advisory firm, has been providing bespoke access to critical information and this generation’s greatest strategic thinkers to the world’s leading companies and governments for nearly two decades. Once a year, we bring together these unique assets—our intelligence, our experts, and our clients—for a one-of-a-kind private working group on the issues and individuals who matter most.
Modeled on and leveraging the success of our previous events, Ergo’s 2023 Global Flashpoints Roundtable will be an exclusive, invitation-only session open only to the most influential leaders of the world’s most powerful companies and consequential government bodies. This intimate, off-the-record gathering will be limited to approximately 200 top executives of the largest corporations, banks, and investment firms, as well as to a handful of current and former officials from the highest ranks of the US and other governments.
The theme of the 2023 Roundtable is “Geopolitics Matters Again”—evidenced by the seismic shifts set in motion by unprecedented economic and military conflicts underway among the world’s great powers and their impact on business operations and markets.
Note: This is a draft agenda and is subject to change. Some speakers listed have not yet confirmed attendance. This draft agenda should not be distributed; it is intended only to provide a sense of our current planning as of November 2023.
The structure of the 2023 Roundtable will be similar to that of our previous events. We will use the “Oval Office briefing” model in which the world’s top experts on a subject will brief a “principal” on their current intelligence, perspectives, predictions, and recommendations on an issue of highest global importance. The principal will probe and prod his or her briefers to reveal the insights that are of greatest value to audience members—who are encouraged to actively participate in the questioning. Speaker names will be disclosed when panel construction is finalized. All panel times are subject to change.
Breakfast and Registration
Ground Rules and Goals
R.P. Eddy, CEO, Ergo
Desert Storms: The Middle East Ablaze
Zohar Palti, Director of Policy & Political-Military Bureau, Israel Ministry of Defense, 2017-22; Head of Mossad Intelligence Directorate, 2014-16
Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA), Member, House Armed Services Committee
Ted Singer, CIA Station Chief and Head of Middle East Operations, 1988-2023
Frank Wisner, Former US Ambassador to Egypt, Undersecretary of State, and Undersecretary of Defense
Principal: Linda Weissgold, CIA Deputy Director of Analysis, 2020-23; Head of Middle East Analytical Units, 2001-20
The Kingmaker Who Would Be King
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
In Conversation With Chris Stadler, Managing Partner, CVC Capital Partners
Humanity’s Final Invention: The Coming AI Tsunami
Tim Hwang, Former Global AI Public Policy Lead, Google; Former Director, Harvard-MIT Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative
Wasim Khaled, CEO and Co-Founder, Blackbird.AI
Michael Kratsios, Chief Technology Officer of the United States, 2019-21; Managing Director and Head of Strategy, Scale AI
Alondra Nelson, Acting Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, 2021-23
Principal: Sophie Goossens, AI Policy Lead and Partner, Reed Smith
Keynote: The Presidency and a World in Crisis
H.R. McMaster, White House National Security Advisor, 2017-18; Chairman, Ergo Flashpoints Forum
The Talons of a China Hawk
Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), Chairman, House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party
In conversation with Clete Willems, Deputy Assistant to the President for International Economics, Deputy Director, White House National Economic Council, 2018-19; Partner, Akin
Are You With Me: Will America Go It Alone on China?
Amb. Julian King, Final British Commissioner to EU, 2016-19; Senior Advisor, Flint Global
Gunnar Wiegand, Managing Director for Asia-Pacific, EU Diplomatic Service (EEAS), 2016-23; Senior Fellow, GMF
Hon. Han-Koo Yeo, South Korean Minister of Trade, 2021-22 and Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Principal: Amb. Paula Dobriansky, US Undersecretary of State for Global Affairs, 2001-09; Vice Chair, Atlantic Council Scowcroft Center for Strategy & Security
Presentation of the 2023 Michael V. Hayden Award for Courage, Service, and Patriotism
Elizabeth Cheney, US Representative (R-WY), 2017-23; Vice Chair, House January 6 Committee, 2021-23
Award presented by Michael Hayden, CIA Director, 2006-09; NSA Director, 1999-2005 and R.P. Eddy, CEO, Ergo
In conversation with Evan Pressman, Managing Partner, Head of Flashpoints Forum, Ergo
It’s the (Geopolitical) Economy, Stupid: Winning in Volatile Markets
Scott Bessent, Founder, KeySquare Capital
Dambisa Moyo, Economist, Author, and Investor; Member of the UK House of Lords
Clete Willems, Deputy Assistant to the President for International Economics, Deputy Director, White House National Economic Council, 2018-19; Partner, Akin
Principal: Jonathan Hausman, Executive Managing Director, Global Investment Strategy, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
Bend or Break: US Democracy Bracing for a Hard Landing
Reggie Babin, Chief Counsel to Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, 2017-22; Senior Counsel, Akin
Brendan Dunn, Top Advisor to Senate Minority Leader McConnell, 2012-18; Partner, Akin
Katie Harbath, Public Policy Director and Elections Lead, Meta, 2011-21; Chief Digital Strategist, National Republican Senatorial Committee, 2009-11
Mary McCord, Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security, 2016-17
Brad Raffensperger, Georgia Secretary of State
Principal: Mo Elleithee, Communications Director, Democratic National Committee, 2013-15; Founding Director, Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service
Europe’s Front Line: The Future and Legacy of Putin’s War in Ukraine
Oleksandr Dnylyuk, Ukrainian Minister of Finance, 2014-16; Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, 2019
Vladimir Milov, Russian Deputy Minister of Energy, 2002; Chair of Russian Political Party Democratic Choice, 2012-15
Britt Mosman, Attorney-Advisor at OFAC; Lead Attorney on Iran and Russia-Ukraine Sanctions Programs, 2019-20
KT zu Guttenberg, German Minister of Defense and Minister for Economics and Technology, 2009-11
Principal: H.R. McMaster, White House National Security Advisor, 2017-18; Chairman, Ergo Flashpoints Forum
Should I Stay Or Should I Go: Is China Still Investible
Max Baucus, US Ambassador to China, 2014-17; US Senator, 1978-2014
Laura Black, Inaugural Director of Policy and International Relations, Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), 2018-22; Senior Counsel, Akin
Liza Tobin, Director for China, White House National Security Council, 2019-21
Shang-Jin Wei, Chief Economist, Asian Development Bank, 2014-16
Principal: X. Rick Niu, Co-Founder, The Impact Council
Interactive Simulation: Wargaming US-China-Taiwan Conflict
Adm. Mark Montgomery (Ret.), Director of Operations, US Pacific Command, 2014-17
Travis Whitworth, CIA Chief of Several East Asia Analytical Units, 2000-22
Facilitated by Edward Price, Principal, Ergo
SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS
COCKTAILS AND HORS D’OEUVRES
The Global Flashpoints Roundtable is an invitation-only event that is limited to senior executives from the world’s largest and most influential multinationals, hedge funds, private equity firms, pension funds, and sovereign wealth funds. Attendees of previous Roundtables represent over $4T in market cap and over $10T in AUM.
Highlights of Previous Roundtables
Opening remarks by Gen. Michael Hayden, former Director of CIA and NSA