Forum Villa d'Este

Forum "Intelligence on the World, Europe, and Italy"

An annual event of international scope and prestige. Heads of state and government, top representatives of European institutions, ministers, Nobel prize winners, businessmen, managers and experts from around the world have been meeting every year since 1975 to discuss current issues of major impact for the world economy and society as a whole.

Forum “Intelligence on the World, Europe, and Italy”
Forum “Intelligence on the World, Europe, and Italy”
Forum “Intelligence on the World, Europe, and Italy”
Forum “Intelligence on the World, Europe, and Italy”
Forum “Intelligence on the World, Europe, and Italy”
Forum “Intelligence on the World, Europe, and Italy”
Forum “Intelligence on the World, Europe, and Italy”
Forum “Intelligence on the World, Europe, and Italy”
Forum “Intelligence on the World, Europe, and Italy”
Forum “Intelligence on the World, Europe, and Italy”
Forum “Intelligence on the World, Europe, and Italy”
Forum “Intelligence on the World, Europe, and Italy”
Forum “Intelligence on the World, Europe, and Italy”
Forum “Intelligence on the World, Europe, and Italy”
Forum “Intelligence on the World, Europe, and Italy”

“Intelligence on the World, Europe, and Italy”

 42nd edition
September 2-3-4, 2016

Speaking points from the Forum

The numbers of the 42nd edition of the Forum – Infographic (It.)
The true measure of a country’s attractiveness – Welcoming Remarks by Valerio De Molli: text | video (It.)
Crises in the Middle East: A Saudi Perspective – Speech by Prince Turki Al-Faisal: text
Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Startup Regions – Speech by Shimon Peres: video
Message of the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella to the participants: text
Empowering Europe’s investability: Key findings of the research study – Presentation by Esko Aho: text
Improving the Justice System and Fighting Corruption – Presentation by Carlo Nordio: text (It.)
The impact of  the reforms on businesses and the public – Presentation by Nicola Rossi: text (It.)
Global Attactiveness Index – Presentation by Enrico Giovannini: text (It.)

Papers and Studies

What we have learned from Israel. Points for thought from the Ambrosetti Club Innovation and Technology Community
Ambrosetti Club Economic Indicator – September 2016
Global Attractiveness Index – 2016 Report (It.)
The impacts of reforms in the PA, Jobs Act, banking and credit sector
and constitutional reform on businesses and the public – Ambrosetti Club Study
Improving the Justice System and Fighting Corruption – Ambrosetti Club Study (It.)
Empowering Europe’s investability. Policy recommendations for relaunching investments towards Europe and the role of the energy sector and digitalisation
Working Paper – Ireland from tiger to phoenix
Position Paper – Poland a sustainable transformation to a leading economy

AmbrosettiChannel – Youtube

All the video interviews to the protagonists of the Forum and the speeches open to the press

Photo Gallery (Photo Credits: AKAstudio-collective)

Villa d’Este
Rio2016 Olympic medals at Forum Villa d’Este
Day 1, Friday, September 2
Day 2, Saturday, September 3
Day 3, Sunday, September 4

Electronic poll results

Friday, Sept. 2 – Global Risks and Impacts on business
Friday, Sept. 2 – The Global Economic Outlook
Saturday, Sept. 3 – Integration or Disintegration of the EU?
Saturday, Sept. 3 – The future of the Euro
Saturday, Sept. 3 – Competitiveness and Growth
Saturday, Sept. 3 – The Migrant Crisis
Saturday, Sept. 3 – Disruptive Innovation and New Business Models
Sunday, Sept. 4 – Italy in the Global Outlook

Press Kit

National and International Press Review – Forum Villa d’Este 2016

Press Release
General Guidelines and Information for Accredited Press

Its international scope is the most significant aspect of the Forum The European House-Ambrosetti organizes each year in September at Villa d’Este in Cernobbio. The event, held each year since 1975, is entitled Intelligence on the World, Europe, and Italy and brings together an array of speakers of the highest level from the world of politics, academia, government and business, from across the globe.

The Forum

The Forum is a three-day event:

  • Day One is normally dedicated to major global issues of a predominantly economic, geopolitical and scientific/technological nature.
  • Day Two focuses on Europe and enjoys the presence of officials and representatives of all major European institutions who take part in discussions around the most pressing issues facing the European Union.
  • And finally, Day Three is dedicated to Italy with the presence of representatives of the Italian government, officials and numerous leading figures from the world of business and finance.

Forum participants

The highly-select audience is comprised of 200 top managers from Italy and abroad, with precedence given to members of the prestigious Ambrosetti Club. The Forum is an event with major appeal. It is no accident that requests to attend from around the world continue to grow and each year The European House – Ambrosetti finds it difficult to meet the demand.
Among the protagonists of recent Forums have been: H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, Kofi Annan, José María Aznar, Silvio Berlusconi, Joe Biden, Richard Cheney, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, José Manuel Durão Barroso, Larry Ellison, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, François Fillon, Bill Gates, Valéry Giscard D’Estaing, Felipe González, Neville Isdell, Alain Juppé, Henry Kissinger, Vaclav Klaus, Christine Lagarde, Sergio Mattarella, Abu Mazen, John McCain, Mario Monti, Giorgio Napolitano, Shimon Peres, Romano Prodi, Jean-Pierre Raffarin, H.M. Queen Rania Al-Abdullah First Lady of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Card. Joseph Ratzinger, Matteo Renzi, Michel Rocard, Nouriel Roubini, Wolfgang Schäuble, Eric Schmidt, Helmut Schmidt, George Shultz, Giulio Tremonti, Jean-Claude Trichet, Umberto Veronesi and James Wolfensohn.

What makes the Forum special

The Villa d’Este Forum is a unique event held in a highly-prestigious venue, but the secret of the event’s success lies in its exclusive nature. Since its inception, its sessions have always taken place behind closed doors and it continues to be a unique opportunity for many of the leading players and protagonists on the international economic and political scene to meet and discuss.
Another secret of its success is its ability to involve top-level guests in an exchange of viewpoints and debate of the highest level that is never mundane and focused on issues examined by the professionals of The European House–Ambrosetti. In fact, presented each year at the Forum are some of the most important studies developed within the firm, including with the contribution of authoritative outside experts, on issues relevant to the business community and the Country System.