How to maneuver the world – World leaders call for action at Global Leadership Forum

The two-days ‘Global Leadership Forum’ that took place from 12 – 13 March 2016 in New Delhi saw world leaders deliberating the need for decisive leadership to create trusted communities and a connected world. The forum highlighted the need for better implementation of Social Capital, sustainable and developing economies with an active involvement of women.

New Delhi, 13 March, 2016: Held at The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel in New Delhi under the aegis of the World Culture Festival, a celebration of The Art of Living’s 35 years of service to humanity, the Global Leadership Forum saw a line-up of leading decision-makers from the public and private sector, development agencies, government, sports and media who examined the dilemmas of leadership and reflect on how they can balance these challenging dichotomies in today’s world for a positive social impact.

The “Global Leadership Forum” kicked off its Day 1 with power packed sessions that saw senior global leaders discussing paradigms of leadership, along with the role of leaders in the current geopolitical and economic landscape. This forum sought to bring together communities and countries for a sustainable world of the future.

Inaugurating the august forum, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder of WFEB, Global Humanitarian and Founder, Art of Living, said “A leader always walks the last, and makes everyone move ahead. A leader is not meant to create followers, but rather create leaders. This is the concept of Bodhi Sattva – which originated in India and Nepal. A leader will always seek challenges. Youthfulness to me means challenges. A young leader will be ready to take any challenge which the world gives you. It keep you on your toes, this is what awakens your youthful energy. It inspires you to come up with more enthusiasm and energy beyond your normal capacity. So you all come together and think on global leadership. Thinking, discussing, arguing and disagreeing will all lead to something very good –if done with the right intention and purpose for the right cause”.

Hon. Mr. Suresh Prabhu, Railway Minister, India said ‘We are happy that Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has taken this initiative for this great event. The first human had no concept of nationality and boundaries. The first human was a woman obviously.’

‘There’s a huge exponential growth of population today. If there was no culture and identity, I don’t know if we could have grown like this. Therefore, culture is the essence of the way people live. In our own country, we see different styles of living and culture exhibitions.’

 H.E. Mr. Kjell Magne Bondevik , Former Prime Minister of Norway and President, The Oslo Centre for Peace and Human Rights, Norway said, ‘Remember as a leader, we are not to secure our own interest, but because someone wants us in this position. So let us practice servant leadership. Let us use dialogue as a main means. If team members whom we rely on, experience that we only give orders, they will lose interest and integrity to give results and we fail. Let them know we value them. All will feel ownership to the result then. It is about inclusiveness.’

‘Democracy is about how you treat minority, about creating an inclusive society and managing internal conflicts. So let us make an inclusive society. Our common basic values across cultures and national border is human dignity. It lies in the foundation of democracy. Sooner or later, there will be an uprise. Let us take off in this direction for peace resolution. This is our challenge for today.’

Day 2 of the Forum saw discussions about the necessity of social capital with political institutions to achieve development, leaders sharing their personal journeys of success, the role of global leadership community in achieving development, the role of women in leadership and transformations of mindsets to multiply the pace of achieving development.

The Global Leadership Forum witnessed deep discussions including the role of governments in managing natural and human resources and also relations with countries and organizations world-wide; the role of digital and economic progression in creating the reality of ‘Boundaryless nations’; examining the need to pursue a farsighted approach to tracking business trends amongst others.

Amongst the prominent speakers were Suriname’s Vice President A.S. Adhin, Vice President of the European Parliament Ryszard Czarnecki, Forbes CEO Michael S. Perlis, Dr. Gunnar Stålsett, Bishop emeritus of Oslo, Dominique de Villepin, Former Prime Minister, France,  Suresh Prabhu, Railway Minister, India, and many more.

Founded by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Art of Living is celebrating 35 years of service to humanity in the form of the World Cultural Festival. The Global Leadership Forum, organized under the aegis of the World Culture Festival sought to bring accomplished leaders from the world to discuss not only the challenges they face but also to share their journeys and successes.

  • H.E. Mr. Michael A.S. Adhin, Vice-President of Suriname, Suriname
  • Dr. Parry Aftab, Founder, WiredSafety, United States of America
  • H.E. Dr. Jawad Anani, Former Deputy Prime Minister, Amman-Jordan
  • Mr. B Ashok, Chairman, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., India
  • Prof. Adnan Badran, Former Prime Minister, Jordan
  • Mr. Ajay Bagga, Executive Chairman, OPC Asset Solutions Pvt. Ltd., India
  • Hon. Mr. Ted Baillieu, Former Premier of Victoria, Australia
  • Ms. Nancy Bakir, High Commissioner for Arab Civil Society at the League of Arab States and Former Culture Minister of Jordan
  • Hon. Mr. Rabin Baldewsingh, Deputy Mayor of The Hague, Netherlands
  • Mr. Annurag Batra, Chairman, Businessworld Magazine, India
  • Ms. Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairperson, State Bank of India, India
  • Mr. Sutirtha Bhattacharya, Chairman & CMD, Coal India Limited, India
  • Dr. Kiran Bedi, Recipient of Ramon Magsaysay Award, IPS Officer 1972-2007, India
  • Mr. Samrath Bedi, Executive Director, Forest Essentials, India
  • H.E. Mr. Šarūnas Birutis, Minister of Culture, Lithuania
  • Hon. Mr. Bob Blackman, Member of Parliament, United Kingdom
  • H.E. Mr. Kjell Magne Bondevik, Former Prime Minister of Norway and President, The Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights, Norway
  • Mr. Jean-Marc Borello, President, Groupe SOS, France
  • Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group, United Kingdom
  • Mr. Nirvana Chaudary, Managing Director, CG Corp Global and Chaudhary Group, Nepal
  • Hon. Dr. Sarah Claerhout, Member of Parliament Belgium, Chair Belgium Indian Relation, Belgium
  • Hon. Mr. Jan Creemers, Mayor, City of Maaseik, Belgium
  • Hon. Mr. Ryszard Czarnecki, Vice President of the European Parliament, Belgium
  • Mr. Amit Dalal, Executive Director, Tata Corporation, India
  • Mr. Christoph Daum, Former German Professional Football Player, International Football Manager, Germany
  • Hon. Prof. Herman De Croo, Minister of State, Member of Parliament Belgium, Belgium
  • Hon. Prof. Dr. Petra De Sutter, Member of the Belgian Senate, Belgium
  • Hon. Mr. Dominique de Villepin, Former Prime Minister, France
  • Hon. Mr. Nirj Deva, Member of the European Parliament, United Kingdom
  • Hon. Ms. Naheed Farid, Member of Parliament, Afghanistan
  • Mr. Tarek Fatah, Writer and Broadcaster, Canada
  • Mrs. Fulvia Ferragamo Visconti, Board Member Salvatore Ferragamo S.p.A., Non-Operative Head for Accessories and Furniture Design , VP Ferragamo Finanziaria S.p.A., Italy
  • Hon. Ms. Yvonne Feri, Member of Parliament, Switzerland
  • Mr. Andrew Forrest, Non-executive chairman, Fortescue Metals Group, Australia
  • Hon. Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping, India
  • Mr. Gary Gauba, President, CenturyLink, United States of America
  • Hon. Ms. Neena Gill, Member of European Parliament, West Midlands, United Kingdom
  • Hon. Mr. Hernán Penagos Giraldo, Member of Colombian Parliament, Colombia
  • Mr. Christoph Glaser,Managing Director of the World Forum for Ethics in Business and Board Member of the International Art of Living Foundation, Switzerland
  • Mr. Anant Goenka, Head, New Media, Indian Express, India
  • Mr. Arnab Goswami, President and Editor-in-Chief, Times Now and ET Now, India
  • Mr. Aadesh Goyal, Executive Vice President and Global Head of Human Resources at Tata Communications, India
  • Mr. Avnish Goyal, Owner and Managing Director, Hallmark Care Homes, United Kingdom
  • Hon. Mr. Piyush Goyal, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy, India
  • Dr. Mahesh Gupta, Chairman and Managing Director, Kent RO Systems Ltd., India
  • Hon. Dr. André Hahn, Member of Parliament, Germany
  • Mrs. Puravi Hegde, International Faculty, the Achieving Personal Excellence (APEX) program, India
  • Hon. Mr. Frank Heinrich, Member of Parliament, Germany
  • Hon. Ms. Linda Hofstad Helleland, Minister of Culture, Norway
  • Hon. Mr. Deshabandu Karu Jayasuriya, Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka
  • Mr. Vinsensius Jemadu, Director, Ministry of Tourism, Republic of Indonesia
  • Master Ji Jing, China
  • Hon. Mr. Yonadam Kanna, Member of the Iraqi National Assembly, Iraq
  • Mr. Deepak Kapoor, Chairman, PricewaterhouseCoopers, India
  • Hon. Mr. Ayoub Kara, Member of the Knesset, Deputy Minister for Regional Affairs, Israel
  • Hon. Robin Kelly, Congresswoman, House of Representatives, United States of America
  • Hon. Ms. Bariza Khiari, Member of Senate, France
  • Mrs. Rajita Kulkarni, World Forum for Ethics in Business, India
  • Prof. Vytautas Landsbergis, Europarliamentarian, Author, Lithuania
  • Hon. Mr. Armin Laschet, Member of State Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia, Federal vice-chairman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU)
  • Hon. Mr. Jo Leinen, Member of the European Parliament, Germany
  • Hon. Ms. Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of Parliament, India
  • Mr. Juan Carlos Losada, House of Representatives of the Colombian Congress
  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Lütge, Professor of Business Ethics, Technische Universität München, Germany
  • Mr. Peter Marti, Owner & CEO, Marti Communications AG
  • Hon. Ms. Krishna Mathoera, Member of Parliament, Suriname
  • Hon. Ms. Dace Melbārde, Culture Minister of Latvia, Latvia
  • Ms. Georgette Mosbacher, Chairperson, Green Beret Foundation, United States of America
  • Hon. Mr. David Musabayana, Member of Parliament, Zimbabwe, Africa
  • Hon. Dr. Walter Mzembi, Minister of Tourism and Hospitality, The Republic of Zimbabwe
  • Hon. Mr. Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Ms. Bhanumathi Narsimhan, Director Women Empowerment & Child Welfare Programs, Art of Living, India
  • Mr. Harshavardhan Neotia,, President, The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), India
  • Mr. Francisco Moreno Ocampo, Executive Director of The Art of Living Foundation in Mexico
  • Hon. Mr. Matthew Offord, Member of Parliament, United Kingdom
  • Dr. Arvind Panagariya, Vice Chairman of Niti Aayog, India
  • Hon. Prof. G.L Peiris, Former Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka
  • Hon. Mr. Robert Peneux, Minister of Education, Science and Culture, Suriname
  • Mr. Michael S. Perlis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Forbes Media LLC., United States of America
  • Hon. Mr. Alojz Peterle, Former Prime Minister, Member of the European Parliament, Slovenia
  • Hon. Mr. Suresh Prabhu, Railway Minister of India, India
  • Dr. Sanjay Pradhan, Vice President of Change, Leadership and Innovation The World Bank Group, United States of America
  • Hon. Mr. Mike Quigley, Congressman; House of Representatives, United States of America
  • Mr. G M Rao, Executive Chairman and Managing Director, GMR Group, India
  • H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Spiritual leader and founder of the Art of Living, India
  • Hon. Mr. Metro Armando Rios Piter, Senator from Mexico, Mexico
  • H.E. Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences Holy See ( Vatican)
  • Dr. R.Seetharaman, Group Chief Executive Officer, Doha Bank, Qatar
  • Mr. Nikhil Sen , Managing Director of Unibic Biscuits, India and Chairman of Sri Sri Ravishankar Vidya Mandir Trust, India
  • Mr. Shashi Kant Sharma, Comptroller and Auditor General, India
  • Dr. Vandana Shiva, Scholar and Environmental Activist, India
  • Capt. R. S. Sindhu, Chairman ACB , India
  • Hon. General Vijay Kumar Singh, Minister of State for External Affairs, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Statistics and Program Implementation, India
  • Hon. Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ministry of Commerce & Industry, India
  • Dr. Mac Smith, Senior Staff User Experience Researcher for the Google, United States of America
  • Dr. Gunnar Stålsett, Bishop emeritus of Oslo, Norway
  • Hon. Lord Stone, Member of Parliament, United Kingdom
  • Hon. Mr. Hildebrando Tapia Samaniego, Vice-President - Andean Parliament, Peru
  • Dr. Ajay Tejasvi Narasimhan, B.E., M.S. Computer Science, M.S. Foreign Policy, Ph.D. Political Science, India
  • Mr. Subhash Thakrar, Deputy President London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, United Kingdom
  • H.E. Kamal Thapa, Deputy Prime Minister, Nepal
  • Hon. Mr. Jigmi Yoser Thinley, Former Prime Minister, Bhutan
  • Ms. Brigitte Van Baren, Founder, Inner Sense, Netherlands
  • Hon. Mr. Geoffrey Van Orden, Member of the European Parliament, United Kingdom
  • Hon. Mr. Shailesh Lakhman Vara, Member of Parliament, UK Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, United Kingdom
  • Ms. Rupa Vora, Former Group Director and CFO - IDFC Alternatives, India