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The first Global Impact Conference – “Energy for Impact” – to be held online on December 1-2, 2020, will discuss human-centric solutions facilitating steady growth of the global economy, the Russian state atomic energy corporation Rosatom has announced. Slated to be held over two days, 60 globally renowned experts from state institutions, businesses, NGOs and civil society will take part in the online event, the organisers Rosatom said.

“The Global Impact Conference has been organised in partnership with visionaries in technology, education and strategy such as Rosatom corporation, Russia’s Higher School of Economics, and Forbes magazine,” the statement said.

Among confirmed speakers are William Magwood IV, Director General of the Organisation for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD) arm Nuclear Energy Agency, Tatyana Valovaya, Director, UN Office at Geneva, Rustam Minnikhanov, President of the Republic of Tatarstan, Jean-Bernard Levy, Chairman and CEO of Électricité de France (EDF), Alexey Likhachev, Director General of Rosatom and other prominent sustainability and corporate governance experts, the statement added.

The conference keynote speaker will be Paul Polman, former Chief Executive Officer of Unilever, co-founder and chair of IMAGINE, an organisation accelerating business leadership to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and vice-chair of the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative.

“Business is the main engine of change, it can’t survive in a society that is failing, so we are responsible for the successful functioning of our societies. The key is leadership and the Global Impact Conference ‘Energy for Impact’ promises a vibrant discussion on solutions to the most pressing global challenges. The understanding of what collective and individual mindset shifts can help businesses and societies to thrive in a sustainable world will help global leadership teams redefine business models and put purpose at the heart of superior performance”, Polman said in a statement.

Rosatom Director General (DG) Alexey Likhachev will open the conference together with Polman. “The sustainability agenda is redefining business strategies in Russia and international markets. The pandemic has highlighted the relevance of the UN SDGs and indisputable synergies between the social, environmental and business spheres. I can’t separate the business and social agenda – one way or another, ROSATOM lives and breathes all 17 Goals”, Likhachev said.

The conference will also host the first meeting of the Research Expert Board, a new initiative by Rosatom and the Higher School of Economics. The Expert Board will study the human capital performance indicators in the interests of business growth and sustainable development, the statement added.

Participants desiring to take part in this landmark conference can register for free at: https://impactconference.global/