Global Economy – Tackling the Threats

The global economy is facing numerous challenges:

  • How can society and economies pivot to deal with these challenges in a sustainable way?
  • What economic policy interventions are needed in these conflicted times?
  • How can we counteract the economic effects of rising geopolitical tensions?

We give you a sneak preview of the Global Female Leaders Summit 2023. Look forward to inspiring contributions from Margrethe Vestager, EVP for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age and Commissioner for Competition, and Stefanie Babst, strategic advisor, author, and speaker, among others.

Democratic Leadership in Times of Crises – a European way forward

Margrethe Vestager is EU Executive Vice President-designate for the digital area and Commissioner for Competition. She previously served as Minister for Economic Affairs and the Interior (2011-14) and Minister for Education (1998-2001) of Denmark, and as President of the ECOFIN Council (2012). She was Political leader of the Danish Social Liberal Party (2007-14) and has worked for the Danish Ministry of Finance (1993-95). Ms. Vestager holds an MSc in Economics (University of Copenhagen).

EVP Vestager, also known as “Iron Lady”, repeatedly causes quite a stir in her position as the European Union competition and digital commissioner. She obtains her excellent reputation through clear messages and strong statements.

In her Opening Keynote, Margrethe Vestager talks about democratic leadership and shows how Europe can take a step forward.

The successive crisis of the past years left us with a clear lesson: there is no going back to the world we knew. We shut the light dark on our old model based on cheap energy, cheap raw materials, and cheap labour. The challenges ahead are certainly big, but this is our chance to shape the world the way we want it to look. This means a digital transition that makes technology work for us all. And a deep transformation of our economies where competitiveness goes hand in hand with the preservation of our planet. By achieving these two goals, we will be able to recognise ourselves in the world we’ll help to build, as consumers, as citizens, as women.

Don’t miss the Opening Keynote by Margrethe Vestager:

Global Female Leaders Summit, Monday 24th April 2023.


Dr Stefanie Babst can look back at a remarkable professional journey in NATO’s International Staff. In the course of 22 years she held different positions in the Public Diplomacy Division which she was appointed to lead as NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General from 2006 to 2012. The post made her the highest-ranking German woman in the International Secretariat. From 2012 to 2020, she led NATO’s Strategic Foresight Team – a fabulous civil-military team, advising the NATO Secretary General and Chairman of the Military Committee on strategic unknowns and potential upcoming crisis situations in geographical and functional areas of relevance to the Alliance.

Stefanie began her career in 1991 as Assistant Professor for International Security Policy at the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel, Germany, moving on to become Professor of Russian and East European Studies at the Federal Armed Forces Command & General Staff College in Hamburg.

She is an internationally renowned strategic advisor, publisher and speaker on international security issues and board member of the German Council on Foreign Relations and the Danish Center for War Studies. Stefanie is also active in various security networks, including Women in International Security (WIIS) and the World Economic Forum. She also is a Senior Associate Fellow with the London-based European Leadership Network. In recognition of her professional achievements, she received several state awards.

While policymakers and business leaders must cope with many other pressing global challenges, there is nothing more important than helping to liberate Ukraine from Russian invaders. If democracies won’t succeed in containing and breaking the aggressive Putin system, it will break us.

In our Executive Panel Discussion, Stefanie Babst, among others, talks about the security of the global economy.

During the past 14 months and more Stefanie Babst has been a tireless supporter of Ukraine’s extraordinary efforts to defend against Russia’s brutal military aggression. While policymakers and business leaders must cope with many other pressing global challenges, she argues there is nothing more important than helping to liberate Ukraine from Russian invaders. If democracies won’t succeed in containing and breaking the aggressive Putin system, it will break us.


We look forward to our panellists:

Janka Oertel | Director, Asia Program | European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) | Germany

Domitilla Sagramoso | Senior Lecturer on Security and Development | King’s College London | UK

Moderated by Melinda Crane


Don’t miss the Executive Panel Discussion:

Global Female Leaders Summit, Monday 24th April 2023.

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Further Readings

Investing – Harnessing the Power of Our Choices

Cristina Jaeger emphasizes the importance of aligning our financial decisions with our values to actively contribute to a more sustainable and socially responsible future by investing in companies that offer both financial returns and positive impact.


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