GII 2022 SUMMIT
Since 2012, the Global Infrastructure Initiative Summit has convened many of the world’s most senior leaders in infrastructure and capital projects to identify ways to improve the delivery of major projects and get more out of existing assets. Our eighth GII Summit will take place in Tokyo, October 19–21, 2022, and focus on creating the pathway to sustainable infrastructure.
The challenges and uncertainties experienced over the pandemic have had an unprecedented impact on the $11.6 trillion global infrastructure industry. While the disruptions have been significant, COVID-19 also accelerated certain trends, resulting in an inflection point for the industry. Infrastructure investment continues to be seen as an important driver for multiple outcomes, but sustainability, digital technologies, and talent strategy have collectively moved to the top of the CEO agenda.
Decarbonization, the energy transition, social equity, resilience, digital transformation, and talent acquisition will be some of the biggest challenges to navigate in this next chapter. To solve these challenges, bold commitments and strong collaboration across the public and private sectors will be essential. The pandemic recovery has demonstrated what we can accomplish when we come together as a global community in a disciplined manner. Those organizations that step up their game now will be better prepared to confront future challenges—and contribute to building a more resilient, inclusive world.
Our 2022 program will be organized around four content pillars:
DECARBONIZATION AND THE ENERGY TRANSITION
Achieving net-zero carbon emissions goals will require deep commitment and a collaborative approach from both the public and private sectors. A successful decarbonization and energy-transition strategy will need to include policies and regulations, new investments and related risks, and an unprecedented sense of urgency. This pillar focuses on the tangible actions that regions, countries, and organizations can take to dramatically reduce carbon emissions and accelerate the energy transition.
DIGITAL AND ANALYTICS TRANSFORMATION
The global pandemic has catalyzed industry reliance on digital connectivity and cybersecurity tools, and those companies that use data analytics to inform decision making are thriving. To move beyond pilot projects and experimentation, organizations must undertake comprehensive transformation efforts at both the enterprise and project levels. This pillar explores how to create change at both levels while embracing the most promising use cases across digitalization, automation, IoT, and analytics.
LEADERSHIP AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
Organizational and industry transformations are more likely to succeed with a focus on leadership, culture, organizational structures, and talent. To attract and retain the talent that organizations need to survive and thrive, they must make a steadfast commitment to values that include sustainability, equity, and diversity. This pillar considers how project owners, contractors, and other key stakeholders can attract and train workers and build new work cultures and diverse capabilities at scale.
PROJECT DEVELOPMENT AND DELIVERY
Global industry trends, compounded by the impacts of COVID-19 and climate change, are poised to dramatically disrupt all stages of the project life cycle. Looking ahead, the project development and delivery phases need to leverage technology and trust-based cooperation to realize productivity, sustainability, and resilience imperatives. This pillar addresses the necessary steps to develop and deliver the projects of the future.
In addition, we will hold cross-cutting sessions that focus on improving infrastructure governance, capabilities, and delivery systems to enable sustainable infrastructure. We will also host sector roundtables, allowing leaders to do a deep-dive into their specific sector.