Leadership Keynote at INFOCOM, India’s top business, leadership & technology conference, Calcutta

India’s top business, leadership and technology conference is back with its 19th edition!

INFOCOM, the annual flagship B2B Conference from the house of ABP, India’s leading media conglomerate was started in 2002 and over the last 18 editions of the event, INFOCOM has evolved to be an important platform that focuses on the convergence of Business, Technology and Leadership elements that are essential for driving India to the next phase of growth.

Theme: The Next Normal
Dates of the event: December 3-5, 2020
Format: Virtual Conference held over Zoom platform
Leadership Keynote by Ralph Simon: What’s Coming Next? (Dec. 5th, 2.35–2.55pm)

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Highlights of the Conference

  • Virtual Conference held over 3 days for about 3 hours in a day over Zoom platform
  • Keynote addresses and Spotlight Sessions along with a few Panel Discussions.
  • Focus Areas: Leadership, Strategy, Technology, Healthcare, Education and Finance.
  • Expected to have 500-1000 delegates from large corporates, SMEs and academia joining over Zoom platform
  • 200 CIOs/CISO participation from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal
  • 30 top CXO Speakers

Theme for INFOCOM 2020 – The next Normal

As the world continues to grapple with the global pandemic and it’s far reaching implications, it is certain that life as we know it may not soon return to 100% normalcy. The world of work across industries and domains is making a fundamental shift to address the biggest business disruption anyone has ever seen.

While for some organization, near-term survival is the only agenda, others are thinking about getting out of this uncertainty phase and positioning themselves once the crisis has passed and things return to normal. There is also a third set of organizations that have looked at this crisis as an incredible opportunity and have changed the way businesses can operate.

But the question remains ‘what will normal look like?’ While we do not know how long the crisis will last, normal will not be like that of recent years. Our era will be defined by: the period before COVID-19, the new normal with COVID-19 and the post viral era – THE NEXT NORMAL where we emerge from the battle against COVID-19. As we build our economies, lives and livelihood and prepare for the next normal, our priorities will change and so must organizations across the globe as we build Resilience and Reimagine our worlds.

INFOCOM 2020 conference will provide a platform for various industry stalwarts and leaders to talk about the various strategies that organizations have adapted in this crisis and how they plan to make a comeback in the Next Normal.


The Future of Healthcare with Dr. Sandro Galea, Head of Boston University School of Public Health

Interviewer Ralph Simon in the compelling session with Dr. Sandro Galea, Dean of the School of Public Health at Boston University in the USA. “Dr. Sandro Galea, is a highly distinguished physician, epidemiologist, & author, is Dean & ‘Robert A. Knox Professor’ at Boston University School of Public Health. He previously held academic and leadership positions at Columbia University, the University of Michigan, & the New York Academy of Medicine. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed literature, & is a regular contributor to a range of public media, about the social causes of health, mental health, and the consequences of trauma. He has been listed as one of the most widely cited scholars in the social sciences. He is chair of the board of the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health, and past President of the Society for Epidemiologic Research & of the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. Dr. Galea has received several lifetime achievement awards. He holds a medical degree from the University of Toronto, graduate degrees from Harvard University & Columbia University, & an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow. He has practiced emergency medicine in Toronto & also in Somalia when he worked with Medicines Sans Frontieres.

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Legendary Newspaper editor, author and revered journalist Sir Harold Evans passed away

This past week saw the passing of one of the most important newspaper editors and designers of the 20th and 21st Century. Sir Harold Evans, who died on September 23rd 2020 in New York was the Editor-at-Large for Reuters Global News organisation, an author, major newspaper editor (The London Sunday Times and The Times of the UK), recognized as one of the world’s best-ever newspaper designers & typography thinkers, & also, the head of Random House book publishers in the USA, and editor to some very distinguished writers and politicians including Henry Kissinger, Marlon Brando, General Colin Powell, Norman Mailer, and many others.

In the 40 years of his subsequent career in New York after leaving the UK, he remained a staunch champion of all the best values of great journalism, particularly in recent years when it has been challenged by the new hegemony of social media, and the rise of political populism, with its partisan attacks on the business of truth-telling. Evans rose to the top table of New York’s publishing industry, but he did not forget the spirit and values that had got him there.

The sad news of Sir Harold Evan – a friend, a mentor, and one of journalisms towering global figures – passing away did indeed spark memories of his Royal Society of Arts visit. It was a very special occasion. The video of his talk “The Spirit of Innovation”, which was given in the Great Room of the Royal Society on 2nd June 2010, can still be found online here.

It is a fantastic talk that includes some important insights on the nature of innovation and what it takes to bring invention to market: “Innovation is not simply invention or discovery – it is invention or discovery brought to use.” (13:05)


Data-driven Global optimist & Singularity University Co-founder, Peter Diamandis

Our CEO Ralph Simon together with data-driven optimist Peter H. Diamonds, legendary author of Peter’s law. Recently named by Fortune as one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders,” Peter H. Diamandis is the founder and executive chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, which leads the world in designing and operating large-scale incentive competitions. He is also the executive founder of Singularity University, a graduate-level Silicon Valley institution that counsels the world's leaders on exponentially growing technologies.


'One Love' reimagined in Support of UNICEF, co-produced by Mobilium

“One love. One heart.” Bob Marley’s everlasting message about the power of love and solidarity is more important than ever as families face the COVID-19 pandemic and millions call for equality.

UNICEF is teaming up with the Marley family, Tuff Gong International and Amplified Music to reimagine the iconic song One Love – bringing people together to help children and their families recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and build a better world.

Jewellery brand and UNICEF global partner Pandora has donated US$1 million towards the UNICEF One Love activation to protect children and families from the effects of COVID-19.

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World Summit Awards 2020 in Vienna

Vienna. World Summit Awards 2020 Global Congress. WSA Jurors, Gary Schwartz, President - Canadian Lenders Association & Chair Emeritus MEF; Ralph Simon, Chief Executive of Mobilium Global & Carolina Rossi, CEO of Co-Media, Santiago, Chile: Hack the Gap’ is the theme-meme of the World Summit Awards 2020 Global Congress taking place in Vienna this week. With entries from 168 UN member states, countries & teams compete to be a global champion with the best new apps & platforms supporting the UN’s SDG’s in: ‘Government & Citizen Engagement’, ‘Health & Well-being’, ‘Learning & Education’, 'Environment & Energy’, ‘Culture & Toursim’, ’Smart Settlements & Urbanization’’, ‘Business & Commerce’, ‘Inclusion & Empowerment’ & by ‘W.S.A. Young Innovators’ - youth under age 26 taking action on the SDG’s. Since 2003, the W.S.A. chair, Professor Peter Bruck & the WSA board awards best practices in digital solutions & applications that transform the modern ‘information society’ into a ‘knowledge society’ & implement the UN’s SDG’s. Great solutions from countries big & small make a difference by bringing digital good into a troubled world.

https://wsa-global.org

 


The future is so bright, we all have to wear shades.

London. International Live Music Conference '2020 Vision - The Ten Year View’ on the future of live entertainment was the compelling panel at the ILMC in London this week. Soothsayers were: l to r: Jane Third, CEO of DreamTeam Music, concert promoter Jason Zink of Emporium Presents, Denver, Colorado, USA; Jeff Goodman, director of Business Development at Entertainment Tech/Branded Apps specialist at Greencopper, Boston, USA; moderator Chris Carey, CEO of Media Insight Consulting; Catherine Luckhoff, CEO of 20Fifty. Com, mobile & entertainment tech guru-ette, Cape Town, South Africa & Mobilium Global Chief Executive, Ralph Simon. They all agreed: ’The future (of live entertainment) is so bright, we all have to wear shades’.


This business is about what's coming next

"When Ralph Simon was a child in Johannesburg in the 1950s, his mother gave him some advice. She said, ‘Don’t be a human being. Be a human doing.’ Young Ralph listened. He really listened.

Over the course of a 50 year career in music, he committed himself to doing. What did he do? It’s hard to know where to start. How about…

  • Publishing YMCA
  • Running a 360 degree music agency 40 years before anyone else
  • Pioneering crossover hip-hop in the US
  • Discovering Will Smith
  • Helping Radiohead conquer the US
  • ‘Inventing’ the ringtone

Yes, Simon is the Zelig of the music business. And not just because he’s on the short side and wears big glasses. Look back over every big music industry trend of the last half century, and you’ll find Simon close by.

He’s seen it all. No, he’s done it all. And – more extraordinarily – he’s still doing it."

Read the full article and interview at
musicbusinessworldwide.com

 


Bhutan Prime Minister and environmentalist Tshering Tobgay

Bhutan Prime Minister, Tshering Tobgay, live on stage this weekend at TEDx Gateway, India’s biggest TEDx, before an audience of 5,500, in the special keynote interview with Mobilium Global Chief Executive, Ralph Simon. Bhutan is the world’s 1st carbon neutral & carbon negative country. Tobgay, a great environmentalist, told Ralph of the very serious crisis of the melting, shrinking glaciers in the Himalayas, & the existential danger to the water supply, livelihoods & agriculture affecting 1.5bn people in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan - & also potentially Afghanistan, Pakistan & China - one-fifth of the world population. Melting glaciers could massively impact these countries with flash floods, landslides & unimaginable destruction. The Himalayas also feed water into the Ganges, India’s holiest water source.