ACE & Company held the second annual Global Investment Forum on June 2 and June 3, in association with SYZ Bank. This year’s edition was animated around the theme of “Navigating the Challenges of Today, Finding the Opportunities of Tomorrow” and featured a remarkable list of speakers and panelists, such as former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin; William Conway, founder of one of the world’s largest private equity firms; Garett Camp, co-founder of UBER; the Swiss Ambassador to Iran Giulio Haas; as well as Jean-Pierre Roth, the former Chairman of the Swiss National Bank.
An hour before kicking off the forum, the breakfast hall of the Intercontinental hotel in Geneva was buzzing with anticipation and chatter on the latest private equity insights from around the world, as asset managers, private equity visionaries and world-class entrepreneurs sipped their coffee and introduced themselves.
Our Chairman David Huyette kicked off the event with his take on the importance of sharing information with peers and the value of giving oneself the means to have sufficient foresight. “The essence of every wise decision is based on the pursuit of knowledge,” he explained before giving the floor to a proud and enthusiastic Adam Said, founder and Executive Director of ACE & Company.
What would follow throughout the two-day event included panel discussions and breakout sessions covering a diverse range of topics — from the private equity trends of today and tomorrow to the driving forces in direct investment, such as Iran’s growing role in its region, the future of energy or the sought-after tech unicorns, all capped off with stories from our very own portfolio companies, which each presented their journeys to creating value.
The ACE & Company Global Investment Forum has become an annual event and is becoming an ever more important date in the global private equity industry. Check out the entire 2016 agenda on the event website.