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Deloitte at WEF’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions
Tuesday, 27 June 2023 12:00 PM EAST

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27 - 29 Jun. 2023

12:00 pm EAST

Deloitte at WEF’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions

Ready to think like an entrepreneur? Across a rapidly changing landscape, new ideas are needed more than ever to tackle the energy transition, climate change and protecting our planet. To continue driving conversation and collaboration, The World Economic Forum convened for its 14th Annual Meeting of the New Champions (AMNC) also known as “Summer Davos” in Tianjin, People’s Republic of China. 

Under the 2023 theme of Entrepreneurship: The Driving Force of the Global Economy, the meeting brought together over 1,500 global leaders, thinkers, innovators and academics from across business, government and society. 

From idea to impact 

As a Strategic Partner of WEF, Deloitte was proud to be participate in this year’s #AMNC23. From Deloitte’s Dora Liu being involved in a panel discussion on the official stage, to our team co-hosting an event with the Tianjin Muncipal Bureau of Commerce on Smart Cities strategy for the future, we brought to life entrepreneurial insights throughout the week.

Across Deloitte, we help WEF address critical global challenges through our contributions to WEF communities, initiatives, and participation in events throughout the year.

Deloitte on the AMNC stage

Trickle Up: Unleashing SME Potential

Thursday, 29 June 9:00 - 10:00

This panel session discussed the importance of small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) as a segment of the economy in addressing global challenges today. Be it the climate crisis and adaptation, economic growth and resilience, and equality and social mobility—we put a spotlight on the perspectives and needs of SMEs. 


  • Younes Sekkouri, Minister of Economic Inclusion, Small Business, Employment and Skills, Morocco
  • Dora Liu, Deputy Chief Executive Officer; Chief Quality and Transformation Officer, Deloitte
  • Shani Senbetta, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Kidame Mart Plc
  • Sanjeev Gupta, Executive Director, Financial Services, Africa Finance Corporation (AFC)
  • Moderated by: Kellee Tsai, Dean of Humanities and Social Science, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


Unlocking Future Preparedness for Mid-Sized Companies

Tuesday 27 June, 15:00-16:30

SMEs, including mid-sized companies, are the backbone of the economy but 67% of them are fighting for survival. But SMEs lack data maturity and readiness and risk falling behind in today's data-driven business environment. What challenges do global SMEs face to become data-driven enterprises and what can they learn from industry giants, innovators and other key stakeholders?


  • Opening remarks: Thierry Delmarcelle, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Asia-Pacific, Deloitte. 
  • Remarks by: Supheakmungkol Sarin, Head of Data and Artificial Intelligence Ecosystems, World Economic Forum
  • Closing Remarks: Emilija Stojmenova Duh, Minister of Digital Transformation, Ministry of Digital Transformation of Slovenia

Discussion Leaders:

  • Basma AlBuhairan, Managing Director, Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Saudi Arabia
  • Lourdes Casanova, Senior Lecturer and Director, Emerging Markets Institute, SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell University
  • Agnes Cui, Vice-President, Government and Regulatory Affairs, Greater China, IBM
  • Ayman Ismail, Associate Professor and Abdul Latif Jameel Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship, American University in Cairo
  • Carolina Rossini, Co-Founder and Director for Policy and Research, The Datasphere Initiative Foundation


Deloitte on the Agenda blog

Ready to make your mark on the world? Organizations need to go above and beyond ‘business as usual’ and recognize how challenges of our time present opportunities to imagine better ways things can be done.

Read the blog by Patrick Tsang 

Exclusive event

Enhancing urban resilience:
Smart City strategies for the future

Co-hosted by Deloitte and the Tianjin Municipal Bureau of Commerce during #AMNC23 on Wednesday 28 June, this event brought together industry experts, advisor organizations, leading entrepreneurs, and innovators.

The session covered the present challenges, opportunities, and drivers of sustainable growth amidst the rapid urban development, and also explored ways to balance technology with the needs of citizens.As urban development accelerates, speakers looked at current challenges, opportunities, and drivers of growth—along with how to balance technology with the needs of citizens. 

The event also highlighted the power of policies and the importance of technology for a human-centered approach. Guests will gained insights into the cooperative strategies essential for sustainable urban development and the significant role public-private partnerships play in this process.


  • Clare Ma, China Government & Public Services Leader, Deloitte
  • Patrick Tsang, China CEO, Deloitte
  • Mr. YANG Bing, Vice Mayor, Tianjin
  • Vivian Brady-Phillips, Head of Strategic Initiatives for Urban Transformation World Economic Forum
  • Fumikazu Kitagawa, Japan Core Business Operation - Industry Solution Leader and WEF Smart Cities Project Leader, Deloitte
  • Yoo Jung-Bok, Mayor, Incheon, Korea
  • Koh Cha-Ly, CEO, Urbanmetry
  • Haruko Nagayama, Japan Chair, Deloitte

> Read the event summary