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Global Technology Governance Summit 2021
Tuesday, 6 April 2021 12:00 AM CET

Past Event


6 - 8 Apr.

12:00 am CET | 2 Days

Global Technology Governance Summit 2021

Deloitte joins the first global summit dedicated to ensuring the responsible design and deployment of emerging technologies through public-private collaboration.

The World Economic Forum (WEF) will convene the inaugural Global Technology Governance Summit (GTGS) on 6-7 April 2021. This virtual meeting, hosted by Japan, is organized in close collaboration with WEF’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR) Network, comprising more than 40 governments and international organizations as well as 150 companies.

GTGS brings global stakeholders together to discuss topics on industry transformation, government transformation, global technology governance, and frontier technologies.

Deloitte will have a strong presence at GTGS, including a delegation of its senior leaders and experts participating on panels and several report launches related to technology governance, smart cities, disruptive technologies in mental health, cyber resilience in aviation, sustainable drone programs, and technology futures and catalysts.

Drawing on Deloitte’s experience and capabilities from across our network, we help WEF address critical global challenges through our contributions to WEF communities, initiatives, and participation in events throughout the year. As a strategic partner, we work with a broad spectrum of global decision makers to develop frameworks, ideas, and approaches that address some of the world’s most pressing and complex challenges.

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Global Technology Governance Summit

Deloitte and the World Economic Forum

Deloitte is a long-standing strategic partner of WEF and works collaboratively with its stakeholders to address issues of global importance and inspire action to improve the state of the world.

Drawing on Deloitte’s experience and capabilities from across our network, we help WEF address critical global challenges through our contributions to WEF communities, initiatives, and participation in events throughout the year. As a strategic partner, we work with a broad spectrum of global decision makers to develop frameworks, ideas, and approaches that address some of the world’s most pressing and complex challenges.

6 April | 16:00-17:30 CET

This session is associated with Deloitte Australia’s collaboration with WEF on disruptive technologies in mental health.

Session description: 

This session will explore how disruptive technology is changing global mental health and wellbeing ecosystems and examine models for assurance, guidance and governance. Experts from government, business, and civil society will have a discussion related to:

• How the recent crises have shaped opportunities and surfaced ethical tensions

• How and why could those trends be shaped in the future

• Leveraging the Global Governance Toolkit for Digital Mental Health to drive safe, ethical and strategic adoption of digital technology in mental health

Opening remarks:

• Arnaud Bernaert, Head, Shaping the Future of Health and Healthcare, World Economic Forum


• Stephanie Allen, Global and Australia Health Care Sector Leader, Deloitte

• Marcus Schweizer, Manager, Deloitte; Fellow, Disruptive Technology in Mental Health, World Economic Forum


• Rotem Kopel, CEO, MindMatters Foundation

• Nawal Roy, CEO, Holmusk

• Shekhar Saxena, Professor of the Practice of Global Mental Health, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

• Robyn Shearer, Former Deputy Director General of Mental Health and Addiction, New Zealand Ministry of Health

• Harold Wolf, President & CEO, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)


› Read the Global Governance Toolkit for Digital Mental Health report

6 April | 16:00-17:00 CET

This session is associated with Deloitte Belgium’s collaboration with WEF on building cyber resilience in the aviation sector.

Session description:

How does the world become more resilient to cyber-attacks? One part of the answer is public-private collaboration–ensuring that the industry is working from the same security baseline and embraces a collaborative approach with government entities to address shared systemic cyber risks. Another part is culture, creating the conditions for organizations and individuals to be entrusted and feel responsible for cybersecurity in today’s connected world. Industry leaders and international aviation authorities come together to discuss how to build a more cyber resilient aviation ecosystem.


• Patrick Mana, European Air Traffic Management CERT Manager, Eurocontrol


• Bithal Bhardwaj, Group CISO, GMR Group

• Manon Gaudet, Assistant Director Aviation Cybersecurity, IATA

• William Harvey, Head of Cybersecurity Assurance and Compliance, International Airlines Group

• Nicky Keely, Head of Cybersecurity Oversight, Civil Aviation Authority UK

7 April | 03:30-04:30 CET

This session is associated with Deloitte’s membership of the Global Future Council on Health Ageing and Longevity.

Session description:

With people living longer than ever before, new ideas are needed to reshape the experience and potential of a longer life. What innovative solutions are available to maximize citizens' financial and personal health?


• Yang Yanqing, Managing Director, Yicai Research Institute


• Stephanie Allen, Global and Australia Health Care Sector Leader, Deloitte

• Alison Bryant, Senior Vice-President, AARP Research/ the Enterprise Lead for Technology & Digital Equity for AARP

• Sophie Guerin, Head – Diversity & Inclusion, Johnson & Johnson

• Yasutoshi Nishimura, Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy

• Kengo Sakurada, Group CEO, SOMPO Holdings

› Join this livestreamed session

› Read the Global Governance Toolkit for Digital Mental Health report

7 April | 12:00-12:45 CET

This session is associated with Deloitte Japan’s collaboration with WEF on the G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance on Technology Governance initiative.

Session description:

The COVID-19 pandemic profoundly changed infrastructure needs in city centres, yet the resulting economic downturn is expected to culminate in a local budget crisis that could reach $1 trillion in the United States alone. How can cities scale up urban technologies and infrastructures to become more liveable and remain engines of productivity, innovation, and growth? 

Opening remarks:

• Jeff Merritt, Head of IoT and Urban Transformation, Member of Executive Committee, World Economic Forum


• Carlo Ratti, Director, MIT SENSEable City Laboratory


• Debbie Sills, Global Consulting Government and Public Services Industry Leader, Deloitte

• Kazuyoshi Akaba, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Government of Japan

• Sally Capp, Lord Mayor, City of Melbourne, Australia

• Sridhar Gadhi, Founder and Executive Chairman, Quantela

• Jan Vapaavuori, Mayor, City of Helsinki, Finland

› Join this livestreamed session

› Read the report preview: Governing Smart Cities

7 April | 19:00-20:00 CET

This session is based on the WEF report, Technology Futures Report 2021developed in collaboration with Deloitte US.

Session description:

From Jules Verne to Star Trek, technologists often cite science fiction as an inspiration for their breakthroughs.

Join leaders from the arts and technology to exchange positive narratives that could yield tomorrow's technology.


• Kay Firth-Butterfield, Head of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Member of Executive Committee, World Economic Forum


• Alana Semuels, Senior Economics Correspondent, TIME Magazine


• Mike Bechtel, Chief Futurist, Deloitte

• Malka Order, Science Fiction Author and Humanitarian Worker

• Stuart Russell, Professor of Computer Science, UC Berkeley

• Amy Webb, Professor, NYU Stern School of Business

Join this livestreamed session

› Read the Technology Futures: Projecting the Possible, Navigating What's Next report

Reports launched at GTGS
Global Governance Toolkit for Digital Mental Health

Building trust in disruptive technology for mental health

Mental health is a huge burden on the global health care system, people’s social needs, human rights, and the economy. Yet, it is highly under-recognized. Between a quarter and half of the global population is affected by a mental disorder at some point in their lives.

Mental health challenges exacerbated in 2020 as the COVID-19 virus worked its way across the globe and catastrophes such as bushfires along with political unrest unleashed serious destruction. But social distancing and shutdowns also accelerated digital change unlocking a huge opportunity to transform global mental health and behavioral health systems. Despite the huge potential of disruptive technology, the new tools and services come with safety and efficacy concerns, as well as ethical questions related to the use of data.

WEF and Deloitte have explored the ethical concerns presented by disruptive technology in mental health and developed a toolkit that offers a framework of governance principles, standards, and processes that can be adopted by stakeholders as a code of ethics, regulatory standards, or simply as a kitemark of compliance, with a means for adapting these to different jurisdiction’s cultural, legal, medical, and clinical situations. 

› Read the Global Governance Toolkit for Digital Mental Health report

› Read the Agenda blog: Digital mental health is here – but how do we ensure its quality?

› Read the press release: New Resource for Protecting Personal Data for Mental Health Apps

› Read the Impact story: New toolkit protects users from thousands of unregulated mental health apps

Technology Futures Report 2021

Projecting the possible. Navigating what’s next.

The COVID-19 crisis is shining a klieg light on the immense challenge leaders face in planning for the future amid extreme uncertainty. In parallel, new technologies of the fourth industrial revolution, such as artificial intelligence (AI), cloud, and robotics, are changing the way we live, learn, and do business at a rate unprecedented in human history. These historic changes, considered within the increasingly urgent context of shifting political landscapes and environmental instability, suggest that now, more than ever, leaders need tools that can help them understand the future beyond the near term and then plan accordingly.

With this in mind, the WEF and Deloitte collaborated to produce a report that equips today’s readers with the insights and foresight critical to tomorrow’s leaders. The report highlights include a research-driven analysis of trends, resulting in a new framework for foresight; four pieces of speculative fiction to bring the possibilities and personalities of the future to life; and three calls to action to help leaders plot a path towards their most preferable tomorrow. 

› Read the Technology Futures: Projecting the Possible, Navigating What's Next report

› Read the press release: Futures Report Outlines Top Trends Impacting Global Economy, Society and Technology

› Read the Agenda blog: Futurism is a means to see beyond COVID-19. Here's how to time travel

Medicine from the Sky

Opportunities and Lessons from Drones in Africa

As we enter a new era of technologically advanced mobility that includes innovations once thought impossible, such as self-driving cars and new dimensions of aerial transport, one technology has been at the forefront: drones. In African countries, drones are saving lives through programs developed by the public and private sectors, that have positioned countries throughout Africa as leading examples of effective drone use for a variety of use cases, but especially medical delivery. Small pilot projects in paved the way for exploring the use of drones for medical delivery, but now the ecosystem is ready to move from pilots towards large deployments where the economics of drone delivery can make sense. The question is no longer whether the technology is ready, but how to find sustainable business models for drone enabled health care provision.

The pandemic stands to change the way people worldwide live and positions the world for a “Great Reset,” as vaccine development and distribution proceeds and economies begin to reopen.  Building upon successful pilots in rural African regions, programs around the world may even be able to leverage drones to pursue safe reopening through assisting with vaccine distribution, or grow economies in new ways through emerging use cases. This report explores how this work can be scaled to maximize the benefits; how lessons learned in Africa can pave the way for other large-scale programs globally; and how drones can prove beneficial on many fronts, including being leveraged to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

› Read the Medicine from the Sky: Opportunities and Lessons from Drones in Africa report

› Read the Agenda blog: 5 lessons from Africa on how drones could transform medical supply chains

Global Technology Governance Report 2021

Harnessing Fourth Industrial Revolution Technologies in a COVID-19 World

The recovery from COVID-19 has started a wave of innovations in work, collaboration, distribution, and service delivery—and shifted many customer behaviors, habits, and expectations. Several of the emerging technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) have been at the center of these innovations and are likely to play an outsized role in what emerges post-pandemic. Working together, the public and private sectors have the opportunity to nurture 4IR technology development while mitigating the risks of unethical or malicious uses. How governments and other stakeholders approach the governance of 4IR technologies will play an important role in how we reset society, the economy, and the business environment. This report examines the opportunities and complications of governance for a set of 4IR technologies: AI, mobility, blockchain, drones, and IoT.

This report aims to help governments, innovators, and other stakeholders understand the current opportunity. The pandemic and its aftermath have accelerated the urgency of addressing current gaps with effective governance frameworks. The report examines some of the most important applications of 4IR technologies for thriving in a post pandemic world and governance challenges that may need to be addressed for these technologies to reach their full potential.

› Read the Global Technology Governance Report 2021: Harnessing Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies in a COVID-19 world report

› Read the press release: World Economic Forum Announces Global Technology Governance Summit and Flagship Report

› Read the Agenda blog: 5 ways to unlock the power of tech for the post-pandemic recovery